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Our favorites are breathable, sweat-wicking, and comfy enough to promote a good night’s sleep
There’s something about a cute pajama set that makes us feel so put together. Although style is an important factor, choosing a pair of pajamas is also about function, fit, and feel — after all, you want a sleep set that can help support sleep hygiene, not hinder it.
“A good night’s sleep makes your whole day better and what you wear to bed can impact how well you rest,” Cassandra Cannon, the chief creative officer and co-founder of Lake Pajamas, tells PEOPLE. “We put a lot of time and care into what we choose to wear during the day but, at night, if we’re just throwing on whatever, it can lead to restlessness while we’re trying to sleep." She also notes how the wrong pajamas can make you too hot, too cold, too restricted, and so forth.
Since they boast a sense of utility, choosing the best pajamas is as important as the most comfortable mattress or the softest sheets. With that in mind, we researched dozens of pajamas across a variety of styles, materials, and purposes to find the best pajamas for women.
From the best T-shirt set to the softest cashmere PJs, see our top picks for the best pajamas for women, ahead.
Best Budget: Stars Above Women's Beautifully Soft Short Sleeve Notch Collar Top and Shorts Pajama Set
Target is one of the best places to buy pajamas at affordable price points — and the Stars Above Women’s Beautifully Soft Short Sleeve Notch Collar Top and Shorts Pajama Set is one of our favorites in our closet. This set features a classic button-down T-shirt and shorts style constructed from a buttery soft blend of modal with spandex for some added stretch. Available in a variety of solid colors, including classics like black and navy blue, and patterns, the Target pajama set also has one of the most inclusive size ranges, with sizes starting at XS through 4XL.
With its high-quality construction and breathable material, this pajama set is one of the best options for everyday wear. And, if shorts and T-shirts aren’t your preference — or not warm enough for cold weather—the set also comes in a pants and long-sleeve style.
Price at time of publish: $21.99
Material: Modal, spandex | Sizes Available: XS-4XL | Colors/Prints: Black, navy blue, gray, light beige leopard, rose pink, light pink stripe
Best Modal: Lake Pajamas DreamKnit Ribbon Long-Long Set
Lake Pajamas is known for its super soft pajamas that are as stylish and elevated as they are comfortable, and the DreamKnit Ribbon Long-Long Set is no exception. A favorite of PEOPLE's Director of Commerce Lindsey Metrus, they are constructed from a blend of modal and spandex for a soft, lightweight, breathable, and stretchy fit.
"I thought I knew what 'super soft pajamas' were until I tried this pair — the stretchy modal fabric skims the skin like angel kisses (I'm being hyperbolic but it really is unlike anything I've ever felt) and is incredibly comfortable to sleep in or wear around the house," Metrus says. "I actually look forward to bedtime so I can slip into these and feel an ultimate sense of luxury."
Available in sizes 2XS through 2XL, these modal pajamas have a slightly relaxed fit and feel buttery soft and lightweight against the skin. If you're wanting a festive print in a super-soft cotton material instead, we also love the brand's Pima Long-Long Set in limited edition holiday prints.
Price at time of publish: $122
Material: Modal, spandex | Sizes Available: 2XS-2XL | Colors/Prints: Dark green, dusty blue
Best T-shirt Set: Ekouaer Tie Dye Pajamas Set
Who It’s Good For
This sleep T-shirt and shorts set comes in lots of colors and prints to choose from and is offered at a relatively affordable price.
Who It’s Not Good For
Someone looking for a more elevated T-shirt pajama set may prefer other options on this list.
Amazon is one of the best places to buy pajamas, especially when it comes to affordable T-shirts and shorts sets. The Ekouaer Tie Dye Pajama Set is one of our favorite pajama set options from the Amazon marketplace because it’s constructed from quality materials, comes in over 50 different colors and prints, and features a comfortable and relaxed fit.
Cut from a cotton and spandex blend, this pajama set feels soft, lightweight, and breathable against the skin. Plus, it has enough stretch to move with you if you toss and turn. Although the pajamas are highlighted for its collection of tie-dye patterns, this set also comes in some festive holiday prints, plus leopard print, celestial print, and some solid colors if that’s more your style.
Price at time of publish: $19.18 (orig. $32.99)
Material: Cotton, spandex | Sizes Available: S-2XL | Colors/Prints: 54
Best Flannel: L.L.Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas
With their supreme warmth and classic plaid look, the L.L.Bean Women’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas combine function with style for the coziest winter pajamas. Made from the brand’s exclusive cotton flannel material, this plaid pajama set features a timeless button-down long sleeve with matching straight-leg pants for relaxing comfort.
Since they’re constructed from cotton material, these pajamas are breathable enough to keep you cool and prevent overheating, though they’re still super warm and can withstand the chilliest nights. On top of that, you can customize these pajamas with monogrammed initials for a more elevated (or giftable) set.
Price at time of publish: $79
Material: Cotton flannel | Sizes Available: XS-XL in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes | Colors/Prints: Angus, bean of Freeport cream, black watch, dress gordon, indigo tartan, rob roy, vintage tartan, washed buchanan
Best Classic: Brooklinen Marina Pajama Set
For a pair of classic pajamas, consider the Brooklinen Marina Pajama Set, which are so stylish that you can wear them to bed or out of the house. These pajamas are constructed from a high-quality cotton material that provides plenty of comfort while keeping the body cool and refreshed at night.
The set features classic drawstring pants and a long-sleeved button-down shirt in several patterns, including gingham, stripe, and plaid, plus one solid blue color with chic piping to outline the garment.
Price at time of publish: $168.30 (orig. $198)
Material: Cotton | Sizes Available: XS-2XL | Colors/Prints: Ribbon stripe poplin, cabin plaid flannel, blue end-on-end poplin, navy gingham poplin
Best Jogger: Skims Classic Jogger
Kim Kardashian’s Skims is one of our go-to brands for the best basics, including loungewear options such as sweatpants. If you prefer to sleep in jogger sweats, you can find an elevated and timeless option in the Skims Classic Jogger. Constructed from ultra-soft cotton fleece and available in an inclusive size range of 2XS through 4XL, these sweatpants are the ultimate loungewear style.
We love that the narrow drawstring waistband elevates these sweatpants with a more put-together look, yet the slightly slouchy fit gives them that classic, relaxed feel that you want in a sweatpant. Wear these sweats with your favorite oversized tee or make it a set with a matching Skims Hoodie.
Price at time of publish: $68
Material: Cotton fleece | Sizes Available: 2XS-4XL | Colors/Prints: Light heather gray, heather gray, onyx, steel blue
Best Jersey: Aamikast Women's Pajama Set
The Aamikast Women’s Pajama Set from Amazon is our top pick for the best jersey pajamas. Constructed from a blend of modal and spandex, this pajama set boasts a classic design with an ultra-soft and cozy feel.
Available in 20 different colors and patterns and sizes small through 2XL, this pajama set boasts a luxe feel (without the steep price tag) and is the perfect crossover between loungewear and PJs. Plus, the broad collection of colors makes it a great choice for bridesmaids' pajamas.
Price at time of publish: $44.99
Material: Modal, spandex | Sizes Available: S-2XL | Colors/Prints: Blue, dark gray, gray, lake green, light gray, navy blue, pink, black plaid, plaid red, red, sky blue, and more
Editor’s Note: While we — and thousands of Amazon customers — love this set, it’s important to note that it’s not a great match for the washer and dryer and, therefore, needs to be hand-washed in order to keep its integrity.
Best for Family: PajamaGram Christmas Pajamas For Family
If you’re shopping for matching pajamas for the whole family — including your pets — you can find some excellent options on Amazon. The PajamaGram Christmas Pajamas for Family is our top pick because they come in women’s, men’s, kids', babies’, and pet sizes in three fun and festive holiday prints.
The pajamas are also cut from a super soft polyester fleece material, providing a layer of warmth during the chilly holiday season. Since they’re available on Amazon, you can get them delivered relatively fast for last-minute Christmas morning coordination (although we recommend getting ahead of the holiday rush!).
Price at time of publish: $59.99
Material: Polyester fleece | Sizes: Women’s XS-3X, men’s S-XXL, kids 6-14, babies 0M-5T, dogs XS-XXL | Colors/Prints: Red plaid, candy cane, navy
Best Washable Silk: Cozy Earth Classic Pajama Pant
Silk is the most luxurious pajama material, but it’s not always the easiest to clean — which is why we prefer a washable silk set. Constructed from 100 percent mulberry silk, the Cozy Earth Classic Pajama Pant is our top pick for the best washable silk pajamas. These pants are available in sizes XS through XL, feature a relaxed wide-leg fit, and are treated with aloe vera to add a soothing touch to the skin.
Price at time of publish: $165 (orig. $275)
Material: Mulberry silk | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Champagne, black, ivory, navy, merlot
Best Nightgown: Eileen West Rose and Berry Floral Rayon Cotton Flannel Long Nightgown
The best nightgown goes to the Eileen West Rose and Berry Floral Rayon Cotton Flannel Long Nightgown. If you love the Hill House Home aesthetic but want something a little cozier (and less expensive), this nightgown boasts a classic long-sleeved look with a soft flannel texture that feels oh-so-cozy. The sleep dress is specifically designed for cold weather, making it a good alternative to flannel pajama pants sets in the winter.
Price at time of publish: $78
Material: Cotton rayon flannel | Sizes Available: 2XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Rose and berry floral
Best Sleep Shirt: Hill House Home The Theo Sleep Dress
The Hill House Home Theo Sleep Dress is constructed from organic cotton and features a short-sleeved design with a classic scoop neckline for a comfortable and effortless pajama style. This sleep shirt is an excellent alternative to a short set as it provides lightweight and breathable comfort while remaining cozy enough for a snooze. Available in sizes 2XS through 2XL and two floral print options, this sleep shirt is a fantastic choice for those looking for the best pajamas for spring and summer.
Price at time of publish: $41.25 (orig. $75)
Material: Organic cotton | Sizes Available: 2XS-2XL | Colors/Prints: Floral stripe, pond floral
Best Cotton: Summersalt The Pointelle Cotton Pajama Pants Set
The Pointelle Cotton Pajama Pants Set from Summersalt is our top pick for the best cotton pajamas, thanks to their luxe material and timeless style. Constructed from a cotton pointelle knit, these pajamas are designed to feel lightweight against the body, breathable, and sweat-wicking to keep you cool in warmer temps while remaining cozy and comfortable.
This set features cropped pants with a scoop neck tank for a casual everyday look but its subtle details — such as the henley buttons and faux boxer fly — give it a more elevated feel.
Price at time of publish: $75
Material: Cotton pointelle knit | Sizes Available: XS-2XL | Colors/Prints: White dream blossom
Best Boxer Set: Bedhead PJs White 3D Stripe Short Sleeve Classic Shorty Woven Cotton Sateen PJ Set
If you love the look of boxer shorts and want a pajama set inspired by the undergarment, consider the Bedhead PJs White 3D Stripe Short Sleeve Classic Shorty Woven Cotton Sateen PJ Set. This pajama set features pajama boxer shorts with an elastic and drawstring waist for the best fit, plus a matching button-down T-shirt in a classic pajama style. The pajamas are constructed from organic cotton sateen, so they’re lightweight, breathable, and eco-friendly, too.
Price at time of publish: $98
Material: Organic cotton sateen | Sizes Available: XS-3XL | Colors/Prints: White
Best Sweat-Wicking: Eberjey Gisele Relaxed Short PJ Set
After researching several pajama sets, we found that the Eberjey Gisele Relaxed Short PJ Set is the top pick for the best sweat-wicking pajamas. Constructed from a sweat-wicking blend of Tencel, modal, and spandex, this PJ set features a relaxed fit with a slightly oversized button-down T-shirt and a slouchy pair of matching shorts. In addition to lightweight and breathable material, the pajamas come in a fantastic range of colors with contrasting piping for an added touch of style.
Price at time of publish: $128
Material: Tencel, modal, spandex | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Black, navy, vista blue, coastal blue, sunrise, pure ivory, mulberry, Italian rose, and more
Best Monogrammed: Mark & Graham Knit Bamboo Lounge Pajamas
Up the ante on your pajama game with some customization. The Mark & Graham Knit Bamboo Lounge Pajamas are a top pick thanks to their lightweight, breathable, and slightly stretchy bamboo material and relaxed fit.
In addition to the customization factor, these PJs are Standard 100 Oeko-Tex Certified, making them both eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. Plus, they’re moisture-wicking and odor-resistant, so they’re great for sweaty sleepers (or hot summer nights).
Price at time of publish: $99
Material: Viscose, elastane | Sizes Available: S-L | Colors/Prints: Blush, navy
Best Festive: MeUndies Women's Longsleeve Modal PJ Set
The MeUndies Women’s Longsleeve Modal PJ Set is one of the best holiday pajamas we’ve ever worn — we love them so much that we wear our Christmas pajamas year-round. These holiday pajamas come in a mix of seasonal prints and colors, plus some classics that the brand carries throughout the year, including black, navy, and charcoal.
In addition to the style, the MeUndies pajamas are constructed from the brand’s MicroModal material, which is sustainably sourced, colored with ethical dyes, and has a lightweight and buttery soft texture that feels comfortable against the skin.
Price at time of publish: $98
Material: MicroModal | Sizes Available: XS-4XL | Colors/Prints: Watts of love, cozy bears, bright stripes, buffalo plaid, fired up, cosmic mistletoe, piece on earth, bougie rouge, and more
Best Breathable: Magic Linen Linen Pajama Set Comporta
Linen is one of the best breathable pajama materials, and this pajama set from Magic Linen is constructed from a high-quality and medium-weight linen that gets softer and softer with more wear.
The set consists of a relaxed and slightly oversized three-quarter length button-down top with a pair of ankle-length pajama pants, making it a good choice for those in-between months when the weather can’t quite make up its mind. Available in sizes XS through XL, the set is designed to provide ample comfort with its overall style, fit, and material.
Price at time of publish: $125
Material: Linen | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Tan gingham
Best for Gifting: Lunya Rest Your Best Gift Set
Give the gift of washable silk with the Lunya Rest Your Best Gift Set. This gift set features Lunya’s best-selling Washable Silk Tulip Back Set with a matching Washable Silk Scrunchie. Made from the brand’s luxurious-feeling washable mulberry silk material with flowy shorts and tank style, this set is designed to move with your body while you sleep.
Since it’s constructed from silk, the material can keep skin moisturized and supple and is a great option for those who love the look and feel of luxurious silk with the option to toss it in the wash between wears.
Price at time of publish: $198
Material: Washable mulberry silk | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors/Prints: Deep blue, maroon
Best Cashmere: Naked Cashmere Siena Pajama Set
Designed from 100 percent pure cashmere with a 14-gauge knit, the Naked Cashmere Sienna Pajama Set is our top pick for this category. While it is a more luxury purchase, the pajamas are designed from the softest and most divine feeling cashmere material in a classic pajama style, making them worth the investment.
These cashmere pajamas also come in a variety of neutral hues, including a gorgeous tan oat, a dusty blue lake, and a warm terracotta color. While they are technically pajamas, the button-down top could totally work as a fall or winter sweater blouse if you want to give the pajama shirt trend a try.
Price at time of publish: $475
Material: Pure cashmere | Sizes Available: XS-L | Colors/Prints: Sheepskin, oat, lake, chocolate, black, terracotta
How to Pick the Right Pajamas
Material and Breathability
When shopping for the best pajamas, material is one of the most important things to consider, as this not only tells you about the quality of the construction but also plays a key role in the overall feel of the pajamas. “The feel of the fabric is hugely important, but I would suggest looking at fabric composition, too,” says Cannon.
She explains that more natural materials such as cotton, modal, silk, and bamboo are more breathable than some cheaper materials such as acrylic satin. While breathability matters from a comfort standpoint, it can also play a key role in hygiene and help not only cool you down but also wick away sweat and odors, too.
Pajama style is also worth keeping in mind while shopping — especially if you have a specific preference in mind. From nightgowns to sleep sets, there are a variety of style options to browse through. In addition to the overall style, Cannon says to also consider specific details like sleeve lengths, pants vs. shorts, and waistband.
Style preferences can often shift based on season and occasion, so Cannon recommends building out a sleep wardrobe so that you’re prepared with all of the best pajamas for your needs. This can include the pajama set you lounge around in when you’re home alone, the set you feel more comfortable wearing around family on holiday mornings, and a style that makes you feel sexy and confident around your partner.
Sets vs. Separates
Pajama sets typically boast the most value and are often how brands prefer to sell their sleepwear. However, if you are someone who likes to mix and match styles, it’s worth shopping for pajama bottoms and tops individually so that you can play around with your sleep wardrobe and achieve a nighttime look you feel most comfortable in. This can look like purchasing separates or mixing and matching between sets so that you have a long-sleeved top with a pair of shorts or a short-sleeved top with a pair of pants.
Frequently Asked Questions
What pajamas are best for your skin?
“There’s science behind the benefits of sleeping in cotton and silk pajamas,” says wardrobe stylist Allie McKenna. Both of these materials are lightweight and breathable against the skin, allowing you to remain cool while you sleep. Additionally, silk is gentle on the skin and can help reduce irritations as well as prevent moisture loss.
With this in mind, we recommend giving the Summersalt The Pointelle Cotton Pajama Pants Set a try. This set features a cotton pointelle knit material and is designed to not only keep the body cool but also wick away sweat and moisture, making them an excellent choice for warmer weather or hot sleepers. Our top pick for the best washable silk, the Cozy Earth Classic Pajama Pant, is also worth considering as it features 100 percent mulberry silk that is treated with aloe for additional cooling properties.
What pajamas are best for night sweats?
If you’re a hot sleeper, Cannon says to look for moisture-wicking fabrics that allow your body to breathe and keep you comfortable throughout the night. Additionally, it might also be worth considering the overall style of pajamas as this can help the cause. “I recommend a tank nightgown or a shorts set to keep your body comfortable and not overly covered,” Cannon notes.
The best sweat-wicking Constructed from a blend of Tencel, modal, and spandex, the Eberjey Gisele Tencel Modal Relaxed Short PJ Set is our top pick for the best sweat-wicking pajamas. These PJ shorts feature a slouchy fit and are designed to feel breathable against the skin while also keeping you cool. The Mark & Graham Knit Bamboo Lounge Pajamas are another good option for sweaty sleepers as they’re both moisture-wicking and odor-resistant, thanks to the natural bamboo material.
What are the most comfortable pajamas?
The most comfortable pajamas can largely depend on personal preferences. However, there are a few things worth considering when shopping for the best and most comfortable pajamas. First, always look at the material and choose options that feel soft to the touch and breathable against the skin.
Natural materials such as cotton, linen, bamboo, and silk tend to be the most popular picks for breathable fabrics. It’s also worth considering pajama styles that are more comfortable to you. While some people might prefer nightgowns or sleep shirts, others opt for classic pajama pants and button-down long sleeves to stay warm and cozy throughout the night.
Take Our Word For It
Jessie Quinn is a contributing commerce writer for PEOPLE and has written for publications such as Byrdie, InStyle, The Spruce, NYLON, and more. To find the best pajamas for women, Jessie scoured the internet for dozens of top styles, carefully taking materials, styles, and fits into consideration. Additionally, Jessie reached out to top experts Allie McKenna and Cassandra Cannon to learn more about what to look for in the best pajamas and gain insight on some of the most frequently asked questions.
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Allie McKenna is a wardrobe stylist who has been featured in InStyle, Bustle, The Zoe Report, The Strategist, and more.
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