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The Best Women's Pajamas of 2021


Sleepwear is subjective; your perfect pajamas might very well be the stuff of someone else’s bad dreams. Comfort can mean anything from snuggly and toasty to airy and cooling; it could take the form of a cami and shorts as easily as full-length flannels.

“To me, what makes for the best sleepwear is whatever you find the most comfortable that still looks put-together,” says our expert sleepwear buyer Krista Molinaro. “Depending on your preference, I like to look for trends and prints that seamlessly transition from the couch into bed.”

To help narrow down a vast field of dreamwear, we asked Krista to share her absolute favorites in some key categories. Whether you like to sleep in a nightshirt with your legs out free to kick the covers or snugly ensconced in joggers, whether you prefer separates or would much rather match than mix, here are her top picks for the best women’s pajamas.

Best Luxury Sleepwear:

With a pedigree dating back nearly 140 years, Swiss brand Hanro has become synonymous with the finer things in life. The label’s minimalist aesthetic puts all the emphasis on quality and innovation, like top-of-the-line pure cotton, flattering cuts, and understated trimmings that subtly convey next-level refinement. While best known for the timelessness of its luxury nightgowns, Hanro has continued to evolve into pajama sets, lounge pants and shorts—to say nothing of its camis and tank tops that extend into the day shift. This is one of those in-the-know lines that’s won legions of fans for how amazing it feels up against your skin. Give it a go with the extremely highly rated Hanro Juliet Knit Gown, with its pleated neckline, adjustable straps, gorgeous drape and saturated shades. It’s ravishing in its simplicity and femininity. (Prefer a shorter style? There’s also a sweet babydoll version.)

Best Sleepshirts:

It should register as no surprise that the most iconic white button-down sleepshirt comes from that paragon of tailoring, Ralph Lauren. Renowned for an effortlessly preppy, classically American vibe that transcends fashion, Lauren Ralph Lauren sleepwear carries the ethos into the evening hours. Go with crisp cotton or soft velour, a casual pajama set or a glamorous satin robe, a button-front sleep shirt or a pull-on nightgown—whatever feels truest to you. That said, you can never go wrong with an oversized white button-down like the Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic Woven Sleep Shirt. First off, it’s seasonless. It’s generously cut, universally flattering and supremely polished with a spread collar, subtle tonal pinstripe, cuffed sleeves and logo pocket. If you want to feel entirely at ease without necessarily looking like it, this is the nightshirt for you. (See our vast selection of sleepshirts and nightgowns.)

Most Affordable Sleepwear:

When you’re in the business as long as us, you learn a lot about what makes for the best sleepwear. So when we designed our own women’s line, we knew it needed to look cool, feel ridiculously soft and ring up at the right price. Enter the brand-new Bare Necessities Sleep line of basics-but-better. From shorts and tanks to long-sleeve tees, sweaters and sweats, PJ sets and joggers, they’re all are perfect for bedtime and down time. At this moment, we’re living in the Bare Necessities Cool Jade Light Nights Sleepshirt, a super soft, stretchy blend of fibers infused with jade (yes, the actual mineral) to decrease your skin’s surface temperature, keeping you comfy on every possible level. In three contemporary prints, we made sure there’d be lots to love in one cute under-$50 package.

Most Comfortable Sleepwear:

Casual clothes don’t need to be threadbare to be comfortable. To unlock high style along with a high degree of comfort, we pledge allegiance to PJ Harlow, the mix-and-match satin and knit separates collection. With the sensation of silk (but way more low maintenance) in a rainbow of gorgeous shades, you can put together whatever pajama outfits suit you best, be it the Jolie Satin Lounge Pants or Mikel Satin Sleep Boxer Shorts, the Laura Satin Tank with or without the Shelby Knit Lounge Cardigan Wrap, a tee or a cami top, a chemise or a tea-length nightgown. Once you’ve picked your pieces, commit to a color and you’re outfitted for any kicked-back occasion.

Best Sexy Sleepwear:

When you want to hit the sheets feeing your hottest, the brand to know is Oh Là Là Chéri. Created by a Parisian and designed in Miami, Oh Là Là Chéri has mastered the art of sexy sleepwear like none other—these pieces are as playful and fashionable as they are exciting and empowering to women of all sizes. Go with Oh Là Là Chéri when date night goes long, on your honeymoon or, honestly, any day you want to command someone’s attention (or feel like fire for nobody but yourself). Our Oh Là Là Chéri Valentine Lace Babydoll Set is as good on that particular annual night of romance as it is any given Tuesday: in multiple colors and plus sizes, this sheer, seamed, ruffled mesh and lace micromini comes with a G-string to make you the total package. Good luck getting much sleep.

Best 100% Cotton Sleepwear:

Hanro takes the title again, this time when it comes to cotton pajamas. When you want breathable, washable, comfortable PJs, choose the brand that isn’t much for blends: Hanro frequently uses cotton yarn that has been mercerized, a process that imparts a high-luster finish and also happens to increase dye absorption and fabric durability. All of this is to say that the Hanro Pure Essence Knit Sleep Shirt is a perfect paradigm of cotton’s most outstanding attributes. Of course, there’s plenty more all-natural cotton sleepwear to consider here at Bare Necessities.

Best Sleepwear Sets:

Sleepwear sets take all the effort out of pajama shopping, which we are always here for—it’s only sleepwear, not brain surgery, right? All you really have to do is look to your favorite brands to find a sleepwear set that meets your needs, be that based on style, material or length. Taking the decision-making further still, we’ll name names when pressed: The sleepwear set of our dreams is the Honeydew Intimates Star Seeker Pajama Set, which comes in a half a dozen prints a season—and, truth be told, we want them all, though the Camo Knit is a great kick-off to what’s sure to be your new collection. Every pair is thin yet warm, soft, cozy and cool-looking, for bed or for lazy Sundays. (Not gonna lie, we have definitely been known to leave the house in them.) A word to the wise: Size up if you prefer your top not to be too cropped.

Best Plus-Size Sleepwear:

At Bare Necessities, we pride ourselves on curating a size-inclusive and universally on-trend plus-size sleepwear department. From scanty chemises to the no-holds-barred comfort of a full-length flannel nightgown, you’re in the right place to do your thing regardless of size. When pressed, we keep coming back to a handful of brands that know how to do plus-size sleepwear the absolute best, including Lauren Ralph Lauren, Eileen West, Lanz of Salzburg, our own Bare Necessities Sleep line and Karen Neuburger. Not only is the label synonymous with great sleepwear overall, but it also especially excels when it comes to democratic sizing. To wit: The Karen Neuburger Plus Size Midnight Blooms Girlfriend Knit Pajama Set, available in five gorgeously graphic, bold prints, up to a 3X.Her robes and sleepshirts are also worth checking out.

With a pajama wardrobe this optimal, you’d be hard-pressed to ever want to change into street clothes. (Occupational hazard­—we totally get it.) Fortunately, these days, you hardly have to. Have fun perusing all the excellent sleepwear Bare Necessities has in store, and don’t be surprised if you start waking up on the right side of the bed every AM.

Updated 11/12/2021

Bare Necessities: Editor Bio

From the desk of: Brooke Glassberg

Editor at Bare Necessities

Brooke oversees all the words here at Bare Necessities. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, Food Network and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.


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