When you consider that one-third of our life is spent sleeping it only makes sense that we should put some thought into what we wear during that time.

That’s why I’m bringing you all the best pajamas for women that will definitely keep you looking stylish as you sleep and during breakfast time.

Does it matter what your pajamas look like?

When it comes to pajamas everyone has an opinion. On one hand, there are those that think, “I’m just sleeping, no one will care or notice.”

On the other hand, there are those that think, “This is a fairly good chunk of my life, I need to look put together.”

I fall into the latter category. Pajamas should not be an afterthought, they should be an acknowledged part of your wardrobe.

When it comes to pajamas for women there are so many choices. There are also quite a few things to consider when you’re looking for a good night’s sleep.

What to consider when choosing women’s pajamas

Style and fit

Our style evolves over our lifetime. As we get older, we tend to be a little more on the conservative side. We opt for pajamas that offer more coverage and perhaps more practicality.

The fit and style of pajamas are important. If these two elements are off, you will be uncomfortable. Discomfort will most likely cause you to wake in the middle of the night to adjust…something.

The bottom line is pajamas should fit you well. There should not be any tightness or pulling, and the only thing you should feel is comfort.

Pajamas for women are available in all size categories so it should not be difficult to find the right fit.

Remember to think of your pajamas as an extension of your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to have them tailored for the right fit.

Nothing detracts from an elegant look like ill fitting clothes, pajamas included.

Pajamas for women: Fabric choice

When choosing pajamas fabric is probably the most important factor.

The fabric you choose directly affects your body temperature, your comfort level, and subsequently your quality of sleep.

Understanding the properties and benefits of the fabrics most often used for sleepwear is important.

This will help you make the best choice for your needs.

Are you choosing pajamas for a gift?

I always think pajamas make such a good gift idea for women. If you are choosing pajamas as a gift, make sure you choose an extra-special pair.

Papinelle x Karen Walker dot silk pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Papinelle x Karen Walker dot silk pajamas

Are you just sleeping in your pajamas or will they be seen at breakfast

If you tend to wear your pajamas as loungewear and at breakfast time rather than just in bed, you are likely to want a beautiful pair.

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Catherine is looking lovely in grey pajamas.

Are you looking for winter pajamas or summer pajamas?

Of course, you may feel the cold more than others, or perhaps you regularly get too hot during the night. In which case you will want to choose pajamas for your own body temperature.

But you will also want to consider the seasons. You are likely to want a thicker, cozier pair of pajamas for the cooler months than if you are on summer vacation, for example.

Here are some of the best pajamas to choose, no matter what the season.

Cotton pajamas for women

Cotton fabrics are probably one of the best options for pajamas as they are soft, lightweight and easy to care for.

Additionally, cotton allows for air circulation due to its breathability. It is important to note that cotton absorbs moisture, so if night sweats are a concern this may not be the best option for you.

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Roller Rabbit floral print pajamas

Silk pajamas for women

For those that want to sleep in luxury, silk is a great option, as it is a natural thermo regulator.

It keeps you warm when it’s cold and keeps you cool when it’s warm.

The primary concerns with silk pajamas are that they may be slippery. Although it’s often recommended to dry clean silk pajamas I personally just wash them by hand. If that’s too much work for you the the dry cleaning bills can add up.

You could still save these for special occasions though!

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Papinelle silk pajamas

Moisture-wicking sleepwear

Moisture-wicking sleepwear is great for anyone who deals with night sweats.

Just like activewear, these fabrics draw the moisture to the surface and allow it to evaporate, allowing the wearer to remain dry.

Winter pajamas – flannel pajamas for women

During the cold winter months, flannel is a great option as it is breathable and provides warmth.

Wearing flannel to stay warm in winter | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom flannel pajamas

Fleece pyjamas

Fleece traps a layer of air around your body so is a great option if you really feel the cold in the winter months.

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PJ Salvage pajama top PJ Salvage jogger pants

Satin pajamas

These satin pajamas look just like silk and have classic styling.

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Nordstrom satin pajamas

Summer pajamas – women’s pajama shorts

While long flannel pajamas are a great idea to stay cozy during colder months, you also need to ensure your wardrobe has sleepwear to keep you comfortable during warmer weather.

Shortie pajamas or cropped pajamas are a great option for this, providing comfort and coverage while keeping you cool.

BP. satin short pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

BP. satin short pajamas

Glamorous pajamas

If you are on vacation, you want to look amazing while staying as a guest with friends, or you just want to feel glamorous while sleeping, these could be the ones for you.

Natori satin pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Natori satin pajamas

Women’s pajama sets

If you have a romantic style personality, how about opting for a pretty floral pajama set?

Flora Nikrooz floral print twill pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Flora Nikrooz floral print twill pajamas

Matching pajamas

While you can opt for pajama separates, just as you can choose separates, rather than a suit for work, I always think matching pajamas help you to feel particularly put together, especially on Christmas morning!

These Bedhead PJs have a fun martini glass motif.

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Bedhead Pajamas martinis & mistletoe pajamas

Animal print is always on-trend, but how about giving it a twist and taking the theme more literally with these tiger print pajamas. There’s also a Zebra pajamas option.

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Chalmers pajamas

Softest women’s pajamas

When you go to bed, the last thing you want is to feel itchy or uncomfortable because of your fabric choice.

These Honeydew Intimates pajamas are supersoft, although reviews do say the legs are long, so they may be best for those of you who are on the tall side.

Honeydew Intimates pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Honeydew Intimates pajamas

Floral pajamas

Flowers are always a popular print for pajamas. Even if you don’t usually wear prints day-to-day, pajamas can be a good way to bring some patterns into your wardrobe.

Papinelle luxe cotton & silk crop pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Papinelle luxe cotton & silk crop pajamas

Red pajamas 

Often, pajamas are designed either in black, white, or in more muted tones. To stand out (even if no-one will see you) you could always opt for red.

best pajamas for women: Eberjay crop pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Eberjay crop pajamas

Ethical pajamas – Feather pajamas 

If you like to think ethically about your purchases, Nordstrom’s feather pajamas are created in a factory which supports female workers through the HERproject.

Nordstrom Lingerie pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Lingerie pajamas

Crop pajamas

You may have a pair of cropped pants in your closet. How about a pair of cropped pajamas?

best pajamas for women: Papinelle flower crop pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Papinelle flower crop pajamas

White pajamas

If you have a minimalist style personality, and you love to slip between crisp, clean, white bed sheets, you could opt for matching pajamas.

Papinelle cotton & silk pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Papinelle cotton & silk pajamas

Lace pajamas

Lace is always a popular embellishment to add a touch of glamour. You don’t just have to save your lace for your evening wear, you can also wear it during the night.

Natori pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Natori pajamas

Women’s pajama pants

Perhaps you prefer to wear separates, or you like to wear a t-shirt, vest or camisole with your pajamas rather than choosing a matching set.

In that case, why not go for a pair of bold, print pants and team with a block color top.

PJ Salvage floral print pajama pants | 40plusstyle.com

PJ Salvage floral print pajama pants

Robes to go with your pajamas

What will you wear over your pajamas when you pop down to breakfast? You could opt for a glamorous lace-trimmed robe to wear as you have your coffee.

Natori robe | 40plusstyle.com

Natori robe

Slippers to go with your pajamas

You’ll also want to keep your feet cozy with a pair of stylish slippers or socks in the colder months.

You can never go wrong with metallics!

UGG metallic slipper | 40plusstyle.com

UGG metallic slipper

What do you like to wear at night? What helps you to feel comfortable and to sleep better?

Continue reading:

  1. The Best Loungewear That Makes You Feel Comfortable AND Stylish
  2. Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gift Ideas For Women Over 40
  3. The Ultimate Checklist Of Wardrobe Essentials: Which 28 Essential Pieces Do You Need In Your Closet?

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