As a kid, I thought pajama sets were the one true marker of being an adult. My mom (and aunts, and grandmas) all wore them, and I always saw myself graduating college and finding the perfect one for myself. And while I'm still a card-carrying member of the oversized-shirt-to-bed club at the tender age of 28, I have set out to find the best pajamas that at least feel like I have my life together. While Marie Claire has already written dedicated guides to the best pajamas on Amazon and the best silk pajamas, I was still having trouble finding a solid, simple pair of pajamas that I could invest in.
Because I’m starting from scratch here, I turned to Ali Mejia, the Co-Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer of Eberjey for advice on how to shop for the best pair. “Quality pajamas have the power to transform how you feel and how well you sleep,” she tells me over email. “Slipping into a great pair can help you look and feel more polished, can trigger relaxation (it’s time to unwind!), and envelop you in the feeling of a warm, cozy hug.”
Ahead, Mejia breaks down what to look for in the best matching pajamas as well as hand-selects a few of her favorite Eberjey sets to snuggle up in this winter season.
What to Look For in Pajamas
This might sound simple, but finding a high-quality pair of pajamas is the number one thing to look for. And no, higher-quality items don’t necessarily come with a higher price tag. Mejia recommends looking for sets made from “light, breathable fabrics derived from natural materials” because they “will feel silky soft against your skin and provide the ideal sleeping temperature for your body.”
Deals on Matching Pajamas
J.Crew End-On-End Cotton Long-Sleeve Pajama Set,
$98 $60 at J.Crew
Reviewers love this under-$100 pajama set from J.Crew because they’re so comfortable and breathable. “These fit just as a pajama set should! Not too tight, not too baggy, and so comfy...... I would definitely purchase again,” wrote one reviewer. Shop them now for $60 in three colors.
- Best Affordable Pajamas: Amazon Essentials Women's Cotton Modal Long-Sleeve Shirt and Full-Length Bottom Pajama Set
- Best Classic Pajamas: J.Crew End-On-End Cotton Long-Sleeve Pajama Set
- Softest Pajamas: Eberjey Gisele Jersey Knit Pajamas
- Best Fun Pajama: Sleeper Black Tie Pajama with Detachable Feathers in Burgundy
- Best Pajamas For Hot Sleepers: Hill House Home The Perri Sleep Tank + The Gemma Sleep Shorts
The Best Pajamas for Women
Best Slim-Cut Pajamas
These under-$100 pajamas from Nordstrom's own brand are great if you love a more fitted look to your pajamas. They come in several colors in prints, and reviewers note how soft they are. However, other reviews say that they tend to pill if they're not washed correctly. Our tip? Wash them on a gentile cycle or in a lingerie bag to keep that from happening. Other reviewers also say that they're thicker than other pajama sets, so stock up on them if you live in a colder climate.
Best Classic Matching Pajamas
Personal anecdote time: My mom has invested in J.Crew pajama sets ever since I was little and she has never had to replace them. This cotton set from the brand features all the classic details that you would typically expect: contrasting piping on the hem, a boxy, roomy fit, and a drawstring waistband. They're also machine-washable and only get softer the more you wash them over time. They're available in three colors and in women's sizes XXS through 3X.
Best Pajama Set for Hot Sleepers
These pieces from Hill House Home—which are sold separately for sizing convenience—are actually monogrammable, so they make the best-ever gift for that person on your list who seems impossible to shop for. Buy The Perri Sleep Tank and the matching Gemma Sleep Shorts for a lightweight short set that works year-round, especially if you get hot when you sleep. So if you’re shopping for someone who is a Hill House Home superfan (myself included!), this is the perfect wintery addition to their wardrobe because you can shop them in prints that match the rest of your Nap Dress collection.
"I’ve never been the kind of person to care about what I wear to bed and would typically throw on a big old t-shirt and call it a night. Then I received this Eberjey set and my whole outlook on pajamas has changed. To put it simply, they are 100 percent worth the hype. They are buttery soft and cozy, yet perfectly lightweight enough to keep me cool. Every night I wear these pjs is a night I go to bed happy." — Brooke Knappenberger, Assoiciate Commerce Editor
Pajamas With the Best Color Range
If you're looking for a pair of super-soft, long pajamas that you can spend hours in and that come in just about every single color you can think of, this set from Kim-Kardashian-owned lounge- and shapewear-brand SKIMS is for you. They're available to shop in sizes XXS through 4X and in three neutral "Core" colors as well as an additional 11 colors like fuchsia, jade green, and a deep brown hue. It has a slightly oversized, menswear-inspired fit for ultimate comfort.
Best Fun Pajamas
You've probably seen these fun, feathered pajamas from Sleeper all over your Instagram feed, but I promise you that they're just as fun IRL. This high-necked iteration comes in two including this pink hue and a black version. The cuffs are detachable and they very easily double as a chic going-out outfit during the holiday season when worn with heels. They're so cute, Margot Robbie recently wore a pink version to a screening of the Barbie movie.
Ali Mejia's Favorite Pajamas
Mejia loves this pair of Eberjey pajamas because "Even with all the washing they have endured, they have retained their beautiful patina," she says. "I feel so joyful wearing them and love that the fabric helps regulate my body temperature, which is critical for a deep night’s sleep." You can shop them now in three printed colorways that are not for the faint-of-heart.
Best Soft Matching Pajamas
Not only is this bestselling long pajama set from Eberjey soft as can be, but the quality lasts even after you wash them a few times. "And while these Eberjey pajamas do cost a pretty penny, they're worth it,” wrote one five-star reviewer on Nordstrom’s site. “They keep their shape beautifully and don't snag on anything.” Some things to note: some reviewers say that the paler colors are slightly sheer. This set comes in 13 shades and in sizes XS through XL.
Best Washable Silk Matching Pajamas
Lunya’s range of best-selling pajama sets shot to internet fame because they're made from machine-washable Mulberry silk. This short set from the brand is available in five core colors, including black, white, and tan, as well as a few limited-edition shade for the new season, like this purple hue. You can also shop them in sizes XS through 3X. Not only are they machine-washable, but they're also designed to keep you cool all night long and are made in a slightly boxier fit.
Best Pajama Set For New Year's Eve
Matching pajamas are a great New Years Eve ensemble if you're staying in and celebrating with friends. This champagne-themed pair from Printfresh is perfect for the occasion. They're made from an organic cotton poplin material and are available in 21 other patterns if champagne isn't your thing. "I love a crisp poplin PJ for year-round wear, and these fit the bill!" wrote one five-star reviewer. "These are nicely finished, they run true-to-size, and the pattern is super cute, of course."
Best Minimalist Pajamas
These loungewear-adjacent silk pajamas from LILYSILK have the brushed finish of a suede material while maintaining the softness and easiness of your favorite silk pajama set. You can shop them in three colors—this navy blue, a tan colorway, and a pure white variation—and in sizes XS through XXL. The brand also offers custom sizing for an additional fee of $30. They're made from 22 Momme Silk Suede and are machine-washable, although the brand recommends that you sue their own laundry detergent which is made specifically to care for the silk material.
Best Casual Pajamas
Move over, silk pajamas. If you're the kind of person who wants the comfort of an oversized tee at night but is after the fancier look of a matching PJ set, consider checking out this 100 percent Pima cotton set from LAKE. You can shop them in seven different colors (including this very cute green-striped version) and in sizes XXS through XXL. The brand notes that they fit true to size and that the pants are designed to have a high-waisted fit.
Best Editor-Approved Pajamas
"Cou Cou Intimate's sleep shorts and matching cami top are the pajamas that finally (finally!) inspired me to say goodbye to a certain ratty, oversized T-shirt I've been wearing as a makeshift nightgown for, ahem, decades. They're made of ultra-soft, organic cotton and boast a darling coquette-ish pointelle knit design that ensures my dreams are sweet. The shorts, in particular, are a standout because I love how they call on the easy comfort boxers but with more of a feminine twist that feels true to me" — Emma Childs, Style Editor
Best Under-$50 Pajama Set
This set from Amazon Essentials comes in at just $30 and comes in eight other neutral colors like black, orange, pale blue, and gray. They have over 3,300 five-star reviews on Amazon's site. As one five-star reviewer noted, "I love these pajamas - for the price they are a great value. The material is soft and comfortable - I have multiple colors and love them!"
Best Checkered Pajamas
Celebrities like Nicky Hilton are fans of pajamas from Big Feelings, the new brand from alice & olivia's founder, Stacey Bendet. This checkered short set comes in three colorways and in sizes XXS through XXL. The pajama shorts this set can be worn with the words "Naughty" or "Nice" across the front, making them perfect for gifting your Gen-Z cousin.
Best Customizable Pajama Set
"I am all in on fancy pajamas, because I want to have a glorious bedtime experience. These pjs are comfy-cozy, and then you can go matching or mix and match with colors. You can also pick long or short sleeved tops and pants (with different inseam sizes) or shorts for a very custom experience. They come back in stock if your fave color is not available at the moment. This was the stocking stuffer pick (in matching colors) for my husband." — Katherine J. Igoe, Contributing Editor
Best Thermal Pajamas
Not all pajamas need to be made from silk or cotton. This pair from Victoria's Secret are made from a quilted thermal material that are very much vintage-inspired. They're well-priced at under-$100 and come in a few colors and patterns. "These are the most comfortable pajamas I’ve had," wrote one five-star reviewer on Victoria's Secret's website.
Best Pajama Set for Brides
Getting ready for your wedding day in a white lingerie-inspired set is tailor-made for the Instagram feed. This set from Rya Collection is perfect because it's lightweight and is easy to take off once you have your hair and makeup done. The set comes in both standard and plus size ranges and in one color: This pearly white shade.
"Printfresh’s matching pajama sets, sleep shirts, and airy sleep dresses are adorned with patterns that never fail to fill my brain with dopamine, and this “Happy Howlidays” set is no different. The cozy fabric is decorated with little dogs of all different breeds surrounded by Christmas lights, pine trees, and other delightful holiday decor. Like all of the brand’s pajamas, the fabric is warm without ever getting too hot or stuffy, and is roomy enough for me to move about freely—something that many of my other sets fail to do, especially around the bust." — Gabrielle Ulubay, E-Commerce Writer
Meet The Expert
Born in El Salvador and raised in Miami, Ali Mejia’s passion for design and luxury pajamas began at an early age. Inspired by her mom’s European sleepwear and its beautiful attention to detail, Ali was enthralled with having the “cutest” PJ styles and even became known in her college dorm as “the girl with the cute pajamas.”
After graduating from Princeton University where she studied politics and Latin American studies, Ali had a brief stint on Wall Street in New York before spending time in Florence where she came to the realization that she was meant to lead a creative life.
Returning to Miami, Ali took a job in direct marketing where she met future Eberjey co-founder, Mariela Rovito. Ali had a small side project, sewing samples with a local patternmaker, and a dream of creating a contemporary innerwear brand. Ali shared these dreams and her samples with Mariela, who loved what she was seeing, and together they left their corporate jobs to start Eberjey in 1996.
Ali’s idea for Eberjey was based on a singular vision: to create comfortable, beautiful designs that encourage confidence and a relaxed lifestyle. As Chief Inspiration Officer, Ali currently leads all creative teams at Eberjey.
Ali resides in Miami with her husband and two daughters (Luna and Amaya), and pups Henry and Toby.