Lazing the day away in your best pajamas used to be one of life's simple pleasures. In recent years, though, in the spirit of regularly working from home and spending a lot more time indoors, PJs now serve as a sort of uniform for it all. In other words, you're probably wearing them more often than just at bedtime. Brands have taken note of the trend, and many have amassed a loyal following thanks to pajama iterations that fall between day and nightwear. If you haven't done so already, we recommend you up the ante with an indulgent set of silk pajamas.
Try a matching pajama set (perhaps one trimmed with feathers because, why not?) from J. Crew, a statement silky print from Olivia von Halle, or summer pajamas from Lunya or Rihanna's Savage x Fenty. Read on to shop the best silk pajama options from around the internet and our editor's PJ drawers. Plus, helpful tips like how to wash silk best.
What to Look For in Silk Pajamas
- Feel: "I believe what you wear has a transformative effect on how you feel, so when shopping for silk pajamas, you should look for pieces that feel like heaven," describes Olivia von Halle, founder of the eponymous luxury loungewear brand known for its opulent silkwear. And while you may think that all silk pajamas are the same in that they all feel, well, silky, that isn't a universal truth. First off, note is that silk isn't a fabric. It's a fiber that's then woven to become different fabrics like silk satin, silk chiffon, or silk crepe, all of which have a different feel. Then, of course, you have your silk blends and imitation textiles: Viscose, polyester, vegan silk, etc. Thus, silk pieces will have different hand feels due to the many fabrications and varying percentages of pure fiber. You can expect an authentic silk satin—the fabric silk pajamas are most commonly made of—to feel soft and buttery, but heed caution that viscose or polyester blends tend to come off as scratchy against the skin.
- Quality: Authentic silk is quantified by "mommes" (abbreviated to "mm"), a Japanese word that's the universal unit of measurement for the fiber. While there is a mathematical element to momme weight (far too many numbers and decimals are involved for my little fashion-loving brain to comprehend), the takeaway here is simple: The higher the momme, the heavier and denser the weave will be, ergo, the better quality the silk piece will be. But here comes the tricky bit: Brands don't always offer the momme weight of their silk pieces. In those cases, you'll want to pay close attention to the materials and percentage breakdown of how much natural silk is used to gauge the piece's quality.
- Price: Higher-quality silk, therefore, will have a heftier price tag, but trust us here—if you want a pair of bona fide silk pajamas, it'll be worth the splurge. "To me, luxury is first and foremost about exquisite fabrics, and at OvH, we only use the finest," van Halle describes. "The kind of silk and techniques we employ are a rare find today due to their expense, but this is what gives integrity to our materials and enables us to create pieces you can treasure in your wardrobe forever!" But if you're hoping to cap your budget at $200 (give and take) or below, you'll want to look for affordable silk pajamas made of polyester charmeuse blends— several of which you'll find below.
Best Deals on Silk Pajamas
- Best Overall Silk Pajamas: Eberjey Inez Washable Silk Long PJ Set
- Best Washable Silk Pajamas: Lunya Washable Silk Set
- Best Luxury Silk Pajamas: Olivia Von Halle Jagger Steel Blue Silk Habotai Pajamas
- Best Plus-Size Silk Pajamas: Savage x Fenty Heavenly Satin Sleep Shirt
- Best Affordable Silk Pajamas: Gap Satin Relaxed PJ Top
- Best Silk Nightgown: Papinelle Sasha Slip Dress
The Best Silk Pajamas for Women
Best Printed Silk Pajamas
No, your eyes do not deceive—this silky pajama set is only $95, making it one of the best bargains on this list. One of Summersalt's best-selling items, The Cloud 9 Silk PJ Set offers an ultra-relaxed fit with its roomy button-down and effortless pull-on pants with an elastic waistband. Envision yourself lazing the day away on the couch, streaming TV until your heart's content—you're wearing these pajamas, aren't you? And if this shell print isn't calling your name, choose between a confetti-like polka dot, dark leopard, or emerald and ruby red speckle print.
Pros: Under $200; Machine wash cold; Made of 100 percent recycled, anti-microbial, and anti-static polyester charmeuse.
Cons: Not genuine silk; Reviewers say there is a limited stretch.
Customer Review: "These are silky soft. They do not stick to me when my skin is dry. Washes well on delicate in the laundry. I even threw it in the dryer and didn't notice any shrinking. Wish they had short/petite sizes bc the arms and legs are long on me." — Summersalt
Best Affordable Silk Pajamas
This matching set from Gap comes in four colors and retails for $50. It comes in four colorways, including this light taupe color, a classic pinstripe, and a grey polka-dotted version, too. To get the entire matching look, shop the matching pair of pants, too. The two non-printed options retail for $50, while the printed versions retail for a little higher a pricepoint—$59. Details like white piping on the cuffs elevate them and make them the perfect under-$50 gift.
Pros: Priced at $50; Comes in other colors and prints; Runs true-to-size.
Cons: Both pieces are sold separately.
Best Washable Silk Pajamas
"This silk set is the ultimate in low-key luxury," says Marie Claire's Director of Content Strategy, Jenny Hollander. "It's Lunya's best seller, and for a good reason: It's cozy but not cloying (it has 'thermoregulating' powers, apparently), relaxed but not baggy, and can be mixed and matched with your other summer pajamas. Win-win-win." Bonus: This washable set means you can toss it directly in the machine! Still, heed caution by washing it in cold water and perhaps even tossing it in a laundry bag for delicates.
Pros: 100-percent Mulberry silk; Under-$200; Washable; Sizing up to a 2X; Made from BLUESIGN-approved dyes.
Cons: Reviewers say the sizing runs small.
Customer Review: “Love this set so much I ordered another! You will not be disappointed! I ordered a size larger than I would have only because I like my sleepwear to be loose.” — Lunya
Best Overall Silk Pajamas
"When I first started shopping for silk pajamas, my mom and sister recommended that I start shopping at Eberjey. Longtime fans of their cotton matching pajama sets, this washable silk set was immediately added to my list. Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint. I have the black set, but they come in seven other colors, from navy blue to festive ruby red. And, if you're looking for a great gift, you can get this set monogrammed." — Julia Marzovilla, E-Commerce Editor
Pros: Editor-reviewed; Comes in several colors; Machine-washable; Can be monogrammed; Made from 100 percent silk; Runs true-to-size.
Cons: Hand-wash preferred.
Customer Review: "These PJs are incredibly comfortable and luxurious to sleep in. You'll slip and slide straight into slumber. Plus, the colors are just to die for!" — Eberjey
Best Plus-Size Silk Pajamas
Savage X Fenty's Heavenly Satin Sleep Shirt ranges from XS to 4X, making it a cozy PJ nightdress that everyone can enjoy. This baby pink button-down boasts an ornate jacquard print featuring dreamy clouds, hearts, squiggles, and sultry lace-up sides because this is a Rihanna brainchild after all, so, of course, there's going to be a little something-something. One reviewer commented, "This is the softest sleep shirt I have ever owned," while another mentioned they often wear this piece out of the house as a silky statement blouse. Another bonus? You can toss this piece directly in the washing machine—all you need to do is opt for a cold-water setting.
Pros: Machine wash cold; Comfy oversized fit; Under $200; Up to a 4x.
Cons: Polyester blend; Only one colorway.
Customer Review: "I love this sleep shirt; it is so comfortable, and the fabric is stretchy, which adds to the comfort. It's also just so cute!" — Savage X Fenty
The Best Silk Pajamas for Winter
"I'm a huge fan of Intimissimi's silk pajamas," offers Gabrielle Ulubay, E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire. "I absolutely live in their silk nightdresses in the summer because I adore the lightness of their fabrics, and now, as the weather gets colder, I opt for longer, equally lightweight sets—like this button-down shirt and trouser pair. Not only does it feel comfortable and warm without making me overheat, but the white trim gives the set a chic, classic feel." Opt for Ulubay's top black pick, or try one of the label's six other colorway options.
Pros: Editor-approved; Comes in several colors.
Cons: The largest size is an L.
Customer Review: Not available.
Best Pajamas With Feathers
From Petite Plume's old Hollywood-inspired Cabaret Collection, this black silk set is made of 100-percent Mulberry silk, meaning they're PJs you can feel good about investing in. They're also a pair of pajamas you can easily style for out-of-the-house wear. All you'd need to do is throw on the feather-trimmed tunic (which, let's first take a moment to appreciate because, my god, it's fabulous!), slip into your favorite light-wash boyfriend jeans and a pair of slingback kitten heels, and you're good to head out the door.
Pros: 22mm; Can be machine washed in cold water and a laundry bag; Also comes in white.
Cons: Must dry flat; Only offered up to an XL; Over $200.
Customer Review: Not available.
Most Breathable Silk Pajamas
Quince's 100% Washable Silk Pants are made from washable, 100-percent Mulberry silk and boast a high leg slit for ventilation—the ideal silk set for anyone, whether you run hot or cold. "The pants are comfortable and keep me cool at night," writes one reviewer. "I don't want to take them off in the AM!" Further, the material was crafted in a mill that meets the standards of the sustainable textile production company Bluesign® and is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified, which means it contains zero hazardous substances.
Pros: 100-percent Mulberry silk; 19mm; Breathable leg slit; Washable; Pants have pockets; 4.5/5 Reviewer ratings.
Cons: Size range is only XS and XL.
Customer Review: "These pants are lovely. The side slit makes moving around in them a breeze, and sleeping in them is great. Perfect lounge pants." — Quince
Best Simple Silk Pajamas
Available in three neutral colors (black, tan, and olive green), this matching set of washable silk pajamas from Nordstrom's own brand are top sellers for a reason. As the name suggests, you can throw these in your washing machine and dryer without worrying about ruining them. Reviewers also note that they run true-to-size while still being roomy in all the right places. Some reviewers also noted that they help cool you down if you are a hot sleeper.
Pros: Runs true-to-size; Cooling on the skin at night; Comes in several colors.
Cons: Some reviewers say the white is see-through.
Customer Review: "I'm usually a medium, and M fit perfectly - I found this exactly true to size. I had no issue with the top button gapping; the shoulders fit well. Drawstring pants are so comfortable. And best of all, they are silky soft, cooling at night (I run hot), and so luxe. They make you feel like a queen!!" — Nordstrom
Best Viral Silk Pajamas
This pajama set from LILYSILK is made from the brand's signature silk charmeuse fabric and is one of the brand's best-selling styles. They come in sizes XS through XXL, nine fun colors, and, according to the reviews, are perfect for all-season wear because they keep you cool without making you cold. If you are looking for a gift for someone special this season, this pair is perfect because you can get customized monogramming just in time for the holidays. Just remember to hand-wash them and line-dry them!
Pros: Top-rated; Comes in several colors; Fits true-to-size; Cooling material.
Cons: Needs to be hand-washed.
Customer Review: "These are the best silk pajamas ever. I truly believe I am getting better sleep because of them. I have washed them two times in cold water and then hung them to dry, and they retained their softness, shape, and length" — LILYSILK
Best Lacy Silk Pajamas
For something a little sexier, try this set of pajamas from Victoria's Secret. They come in four prints and colors, including this porcelain print that is so sweet and dainty. Priced at under $80, they're great if you want to venture into the world of satin and silk pajamas. They also come in a plain white shade perfect for all your bridal needs—or the bride in your life. Another win? You can throw them in the washing machine and the dryer.
Pros: Machine-washable; Comes in several colors; Runs true-to-size.
Cons: Some reviewers said the top isn't suitable for larger chests.
Customer Review: "These are my favorite pajamas. They are so comfortable and cute. They are very flattering and make me feel so sexy! I will definitely be purchasing these in the other colors. Love love love." — Victor
Best Long Silk Slip
I love Papinelle’s range of matching silk sleepwear sets, and this breezy nightgown is next on my to-buy list. The delicate pastel floral print can be styled in and out of the house. Think: with boots and a turtleneck layered underneath in the winter months and with a pair of sneakers in the warmer ones. For reference, it measures 30.75 inches in length and is available to shop in sizes XS through XL.
Pros: Runs true-to-size; Versatile styling.
Cons: Needs to be hand-washed.
Best Silk Pajamas to Wear Out
I’ve talked briefly about the types of silk pajamas you can wear outside, and this icy blue set from the luxurious brand Olivia Von Halle falls into that category. It’s comprised of a tuxedo jacket-style top and a pair of palazzo trousers that you can easily access with slippers or heels for a festive night out a la Carrie Bradshaw. It’s made from 100 percent 19 momme silk fabric that’s weighted enough to keep its shape.
Pros: Made from 100 percent silk material; Versatile styling; Can be washed in 30-degree water; Can be gift-wrapped.
Cons: Dry-cleaning preferred.
Best Short Silk Pajamas
Silk short sets are like the slightly more fun version of your regular matching pajama set, especially when they come in this fun pink print from Fleur Du Mal. It comprises this pair of mini shorts and a matching short-sleeved shirt in this so-called Carnival Print. This set is also made from a silk blend fabric of 92 percent silk and eight percent elastane for some stretch. Finished with sweet black piping, they’re great if you’re sick of wearing neutrals to bed.
Pros: Lightweight material; Made from 92 percent silk.
Cons: Dry-clean only; Both pieces are sold separately.
Best All-Black Silk Pajamas
While not technically made of silk, this silky-feeling pair of pajamas from SKIMS is made from a luxe fabric inspired by first-class flights and five-star hotels. They come in three limited-edition colors (this black shade, an icy blue version, and a light gold option) and sizes XXS through 4X. They’re also outfitted with all the makings of a pricey pair while retailing for under $100: elongated cuffs on the shirt and the pants and embroidery on the front.
Pros: Comes in three limited-edition colors in sizes XXS through 4X; Priced at under $100.
Cons: Not made from natural silk.
Best Short Silk Slip
Shorter slips from BedHead Pajamas are so fun with a sweet floral pattern. It measures 34 inches long and is available in plus and straight sizes. Both machine-washable and suitable to go in the dryer, it’s made from a lightweight 100 percent silk material. The sizing runs slightly more significant than others on this list—a size zero equals a size two, for instance—but don’t let that stop you from feeling your best in this pick.
Pros: Machine-washable; Made from 100 percent silk.
Cons: Runs slightly large.
How to Wash Silk Pajamas
"The natural fibers in silk have excellent properties that will prolong the time you can wear without washing," explains von Halle. "Silk is moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial, so simply hang your silk pieces in the fresh air and let the material work its magic. This method means you can extend the time between washes, which is also great for the planet," she points out.
But when you must launder your pair of silk pajamas, von Halle emphasizes that you should "wash them with cool water to preserve the life of the garment and the saturation of the color." She adds that the products you use to launder your silk pieces are essential. "Surprisingly, harsh detergents, not heat, do the most damage to delicate fibers, so always ensure you opt for a specialist silk detergent. My favorite one is Clothes Doctor's Eco Wash For Silk."
Meet the Expert
Working in trend forecasting and as a luxury brand consultant, Olivia von Halle discovered a gap for luxury leisurewear. Coming home from evenings partying with friends, she would long to ditch her sky-high heels and constricting outfits for something glamorous enough to enjoy a gin and tonic in before sliding off to bed. Seeing that the pajamas and eveningwear of yesteryear spoke to today, Olivia von Halle’s luxury design stand for a proudly playful brand of femininity and mindful luxury. Seeking to create a covetable wardrobe— full of objects of lust, and love, and fascination—Olivia von Halle has taken the styles that women turn to in these moments and elevated them for a new era.