The best women's pajamas you can buy

  • A comfortable set of pajamas makes downtime even sweeter, and when the pajamas look as good as they feel, that's the best of all.
  • J.Crew's Dreamy Cotton Pajamas hit the mark on both counts, and raise the pajama bar as high as it can go.
  • All of the pajamas on our list make great holiday gifts, too — either for a friend or yourself.
  • Some of our top picks might see discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so make sure to bookmark this guide for future shopping. 

Yes, your favorite worn-out college T-shirt and ratty gym shorts are very comfortable, but there comes a time when you need — you deserve — real pajamas that look just as good as they feel. And we're here to make that time now.

We've gathered up the best women's pajamas in all the categories that count, from luxurious silk pairs to ones that'll keep you cool on warm nights. So whether you're getting ready to slip between the sheets for some shuteye or some binge-watching of the latest Netflix must-see, here are the jammies to do it in.

Here are the best women's pajamas:

  • Best pajamas overall: J.Crew Dreamy Cotton Pajamas
  • Best day-to-night pajamas: Papinelle Classic Crop Pajamas
  • Best gender-inclusive pajamas: Jambys
  • Best splurge-worthy pajamas: Crane & Canopy Layla Pajama Sleep Set
  • Best pajamas for cold sleepers: L.L. Bean Cozy PJ Set
  • Best pajamas shorts set: Eberjey Gisele Long Sleeve PJ Set
  • Best pajamas for warm weather: Latuza Women's V-Neck Pajama Set

Updated 11/13/2020 by Maria Del Russo. Updated prices and links. Added Papinelle as best day-to-night pajamas, and Jambys as our best gender-inclusive pair.

The best women’s pajamas overall

So comfortable, you won't want to take them off when it's time to get dressed for work, but never fear — The J.Crew Dreamy Cotton Pajamas will be waiting for you when you get back home.

Pros: Soft and comfortable, good fit, wide range of sizes including petite

Cons: Only two colors to choose from

Sizing options: XXS-3XL

"Ahhh." Is there any feeling quite so wonderful as the moment you kick off those heels, take off those constricting pants, remove your bra, and slip into a set of supremely comfortable, oh-so-easy-on-your-skin pajamas? Well, when those pajamas are the Dreamy Cotton set from J.Crew, the feeling is even better.

These supremely cute jammies are made of 100% soft cotton with a bit of stretch, so there's no squeezing, pinching, or cutting at your waistline or anywhere else. There's elastic plus a drawstring, so you can let the waist in or out as you feel the need. The fit is just right: not overly baggy, but not at all tight. A few buyers said that the pants run a bit long, however.

The Dreamy Cotton Pajama set comes in only two colors: navy stripe or gray stripe. Unusual for pajamas, J.Crew carries the set in both petite and regular sizes — but that's good news for shorter women.

The best day-to-night pajamas

If you dream of wearing your fancy pajamas to the supermarket — and who doesn't — the Papinelle Classic Crop Pajamas are the perfect pair to purchase. 

Pros: Cute enough to wear outside, super lightweight and airy

Cons: The silk in the fabric means you have to wash these on gentle, which may be a little too precious for some

Sizing options: S-XL

If you're skeptical about the whole "pajamas as outerwear" trend, then you should dip your toe in with a chic pair that looks like a matching set. The Papinelle Classic Crop Pajamas are a perfect place to start. This pair has a couple of subtle details that make them look more like intentional daywear than something you wear to snooze. 

Firstly, the pajamas are made of an airy silk/cotton blend, which makes these super light and cool to sleep in. It also helps them look more luxurious, which makes them more outdoor-appropriate. 

I love to work in my Papinelle pajamas. They're cozy enough so that I'm comfortable but cute enough that I can run to the market without having to worry about looking less-than put-together. Plus, the cropped leg, three-quarter sleeve, and silky material make this one of the more stylish pairs of pajamas you'll ever wear. — Maria Del Russo

The best gender-inclusive pajamas

Jambys are gender-inclusive pajamas that include boxer-style shorts with pockets, which is a total game-changer. 

Pros: Incredibly soft, boxer-like shape, has pockets, gender-neutral

Cons: You have to buy your tops and bottoms separately

Sizing options: XS-XXL

You know those old boxer shorts and tees you typically toss on to sleep in? They just got a major upgrade. Jambys are gender-inclusive boxer-style shorts that have pockets — and are made of the softest and breathable modal French terry. The matching JamTees, which are what the brand calls the matching tops, have a touch of stretch, too, so you don't feel constricted while you snooze.

It's the details that make Jambys so great. The tee has a small, two-inch slit on both side seams, so you can sit without the shirt feeling constricting. And the shorts are swingy and breathable, so they won't get tangled between your legs. 

Sleeping in Jambys is a totally comfortable experience. I was shocked by how soft they were. And as someone who not only sleeps warm but sleeps next to a warm snoozer, I tend to overheat in the night. In Jambys, I woke up feeling well-rested and cool. I actually look forward to wearing them at night. — Maria Del Russo

The best splurge-worthy women's pajamas

If you want to add a touch of luxury to bedtime, the super-soft Crane & Canopy Layla Pajama Sleep Set is worth the splurge.

Pros: Soft, stretchy, comfortable, monograms available

Cons: Only three colors available

Sizing: XS-XXL

I find that I get the best night's sleep when I have a routine. Rather than just laying down the moment I feel tired, I like to take some time to wind down, center myself, and go to bed with a clear mind. This usually involves lighting a candle and putting on a really nice pair of pajamas. 

Insider Reviews senior editor Sally Kaplan swears by the Crane & Canopy Layla Pajama Sleep Set. She says:

These are the most comfortable pajamas I've ever worn, point blank. The ultrasoft material is pretty thin, which is especially great people like me who overheat easily at night. And while "stretchy" probably isn't the first word you're looking for in a review of snuggly, soft, comfy pajamas, I find that the stretchier the waistband and material are, the cozier the jammies. That's because stretchy pairs like this move with you as you sleep, never feeling restrictive or pulling against your sheets while you're tossing and turning. If it's in your budget and you're really looking to treat yourself to the best of the best, in my opinion, this set is it.

— Remi Rosmarin

The best women's pajamas for cold sleepers

If you take your sleep seriously, you'll find the L.L. Bean Cozy PJs to be the perfect pair for that trip to the land of Nod.

Pros: Very soft, cozy, and warm, available in a very wide range of sizes, reasonably priced

Cons: A few complaints that the bottoms run big

Sizing options: XS-XXL

These L.L. Bean jammies don't mess around when it comes to comfort. Made from 100% breathable, soft, smooth cotton, they are cut to fit well without bagging, bunching, or squeezing, and they keep you cozily warm without making you overheat.

The plaid flannel bottoms have a drawstring waist along with elastic for a comfortable fit that won't pinch. The solid-color henley top has small buttons and a lining that matches the bottoms. The label is printed on the back of the top, so no itching or scratching while you sleep.

Most customers commented on the softness and comfort of the fabric. Some felt the bottoms run large, however, and a handful complained that the pajama set didn't wash well. There are five colors to choose from, and the Cozy PJ Set comes in misses', women's, and petite sizes.

The best women's pajamas shorts set

The Eberjey Gisele Long Sleeve PJ Set is made with a lightweight modal jersey fabric that feels like a second skin. 

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable, comes in multiple colors and pairings

Cons: Not the largest size range

Sizing options: XS-XL

I've already written an entire article about how the Eberjey Gisele Long Sleeve PJ Set changed my mind about fancy pajamas. I used to think spending money on a pajama set (let alone one that costs over $100) when I have a closet full of old T-shirts and sweats was silly, but Eberjey has converted me.

Eberjey's pajamas make bedtime feel special. Not only are they super-soft, stretchy, and lightweight, but they drape over your body in a way that's equal parts flattering and comfortable. I know that a chic fit isn't what most of us look for in pajamas, but it sure doesn't hurt. You can go for a simple monochromatic look or a fun pattern, Eberjey has it all. 

Truly, the best thing about these pajamas is the fabric. It's part modal and part spandex, so you get a bit of stretch and a whole lot of lightweight, swingy, softness. I've washed these many times and they still always come out feeling good as new. 

I find the shorts and long sleeve top to be a great combination, but Eberjey has plenty of options for whatever you need. You can find long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, long pants, and shorts — Eberjey has multiple combinations to choose from. Even Oprah counts these PJs as some of her favorite things. — Remi Rosmarin

The best pajamas for warm sleepers

Made from breathable, soft, cool bamboo, the Latuza Women's V-Neck Pajamas will keep you comfortable all night long — even in the summer. 

Pros: Bamboo fabric is cool and soft, great color selection, cute fit, low price

Cons: A few buyers said the fit was boxy and the pajamas run a little small

Sizing options: Small-4XL

Ugh, hot and sweaty is no way to get a good night's sleep. Whether it's because of hormonal changes, hot weather, or just your personal inner thermostat, it's miserable to wake up in a puddle of sweat. But that shouldn't be a problem with the Latuza Women's V-Neck Pajama Set. Made of highly breathable bamboo, these jammies keep your body temperature on the comfortable side of the thermometer.

They're cute as well. Satin trim around the neck and leg openings adds a feminine touch. The elastic waist won't pinch or bind. The overall cut of the pajamas is loose, but not too baggy. 

You can choose from 13 colors and sizes from small to 4X. The price is so reasonable, go ahead and buy a couple of pairs. You'll be glad you did when you wake up feeling fresh as a daisy.

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