Pajamas for women: The best types of women’s pajamas for women over 40

by Sylvia

The best pajamas for women over 40 |

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.

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. They should be a part of your wardrobe that you have put some thought into and include items that you make conscious decisions about.

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.

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.


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.

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.

“I love these pajamas, they are soft, warm and comfortable. I have three pairs.” – Donell

cotton pajamas for women | 40plusstyle.comCotton pajamas, 680+ reviews, 4.3 stars

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!

“Very nice looking and the silk is excellent.” – Doogie in Bako

silk pajamas for women |

Silk pajamas, 4.5 stars

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.

Flannel pajamas for women

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

“These are perhaps the best pajamas I’ve ever owned.” – Allie

flannel pajamas for women | 40plusstyle.comFlannel pajamas , 380+ reviews, 4.3 stars

Polyster pajamas for women

Although I personally find polyester pajamas too hot, you can’t beat how they look. These satin pajamas look just like silk and get rave reviews.

“Best and most comfortable PJs I have ever owned. Bought three pairs so I always have clean ones.” – Izzy

Satin pajamas for women |

Satin pajamas, 1,500+ reviews, 4.2 stars

Shortie pajamas

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.

“My new favorite pajamas! They are the softest pjs I have ever put on.” – Amazon customer

shortie pajamas for women |

shortie pajamas, 800+ reviews, 4.4 stars

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

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1 Brenda

This is a very timely as I am looking to replace my sleepwear due to night sweats. You mention moisture-wicking sleepwear but you failed to specify which fabrics are the best in moisture-wicking. Some guidance I this would be greatly appreciated.

2 Nicole

I love Soma’s Cool Nights fabric. It’s available in many styles of pajamas/chemises too:

3 Sylvia

thanks for the feedback Nicole. These look great!

4 Yvonne G.

I totally agree with you Sharon – pajamas should be flattering and we should feel good in them. I have an extensive collection of pj’s and robes in all fabrics and colours and yes, I love flannel for our cold Canadian winters.
Great article!

5 Sharon

I recently picked up some Kate Spade cotton black and white polka dotted/striped pjs on sale and I absolutely love them and are looking to purchase another pair. Even at their regular price I would have purchased them – they even have pockets!

6 Greetje

I haven’t ever bought any PJ’s. I am more of a night dress woman. And it is very hard to find a good one. Especially for winter.

7 M

I agree with Greetje. I wear a night GOWN not pants to bed. It is very hard to find one that looks cute and flatters a bra-less older woman! I used to have one with a vertically ruched empire top part, which for some reason was very flattering, and it went down to my KNEES which was awesome and very rare to find, and the fabric was NOT see-through. It was both flattering and conservative and I could wear it around the house in the evenings. I miss it. =(

8 Greetje

I would buy the one you describe! Definitely.

9 bonnie

this is phenomenal, so educational, and puts a different spin on pjs

10 Elizabeth Beggs

I wear night gowns as I don’t like tightness around my middle when I sleep. For Australian hot summer nights I’ve recently found a cotton silk mix gown that is so cool to sleep in, has pockets, can be washed, and not as expensive as 100% silk.

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