I love a good menswear pajama set. I love the play of masculine/feminine — there really is nothing sexier. But too often menswear pajama sets go wrong — the fabric isn’t drapey enough, the cut isn’t quite feminine enough (or it’s too feminine, or the set tries to make up for a bad cut with quirky penguins or something), and the resulting look is…not great. Dumpy, in fact, if you are as short as I.
My favorite menswear pajama sets perfectly walk this line between softness and tailoring. And they don’t mess around with fabric — it matters. So here are four sets of menswear style pajamas that I personally LOVE. Warning: I tend to see these classic pieces as investments, so these sets are all over $100. I really do change into something cozy every night, so for me, the cost-per-wear works out.
One: My Favorite Silk Menswear Pajamas
I’ve been dying for a pair of silk menswear pajamas, and I’ve found many I like…but most are upwards of $300-$400. And some, bizarrely, are dry clean only. That doesn’t work for me — AT ALL. (NOTE: I’ve found, through trial-and-error, that you can pretty much wash anything that’s 100% silk. It just removes the sheen. The silk piece will come out with a matte finish, which I actually don’t mind for most silk pieces.)
This pair of pajamas by UGG Australia are 100% silk, machine washable, and covered in tiny little stars. LOVE.
Two: Cosabella Menswear Pajamas
I’ve had my eye on this Cosabella set for a year now, and finally took the plunge. It’s made from a seriously soft jersey material, and drapes like a dream. But my favorite part is the updated neckline. Instead of going for feminine details like a scalloped collar, they went the other way, and made the neckline sharper. And the tuxedo-inspired details don’t hurt, either.
Three: The Prettiest Printed Pajamas
Local designer Voloshin (finally!!) came out with a pajama set. And? It’s stunning. These would make a seriously gorgeous gift. They’re designed in Philly, but made in India using a handmade block print. The whole process is so cool (more on that, here). But the net result is that these 100% cotton voile pjs are super soft and beautiful. (They also have a slightly cropped length.)
Voloshin (wearing size xs – these run a bit small)
Four: The Best Classic Menswear PJs
The pair I’m wearing happen to be a limited edition set from a few years ago. But even without the embroidery…La Ligne’s Bonne Nuit PJs are good. The cut is perfection, and they’re made from a t-shirt fabric so they are both soft and a little stretchy. I’m obsessed. I had mine hemmed, but the legs are very long, so tall mamas can easily wear them. But they added the piping higher up the leg, which was a stroke of genius: not only does it look cool if you are tall, but even if you have to hem them, you won’t be hemming off the piping.