When you consider that one-third of our life is spent sleeping it 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, when you go down for breakfast, and whenever else you want to wear your pajamas.

In fact, you’ll find the most comfortable pajamas below, from cozy flannel and cotton pjs to silky, glamorous nightwear, so you may just want to wear your pjs all day.

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

Below are some factors to think about before you choose your next pair of 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.

The Natori satin pajamas (below) for example feature a striking pattern and print.

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

Natori satin pajamas

Or, how about these on-trend pajamas from Midnight bakery (below) which have a fun leopard print.

Midnight Bakery crop pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Midnight Bakery crop 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.

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.

If you get really cold, you could choose a pair of thermal pajamas like the ones from Just Love (below) which are designed to keep you warm in cooler months.

Just Love Women's thermal underwear pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

Just Love Women’s thermal underwear pajama set

The best pajamas to choose, no matter what the season

The best pajamas for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Now, let’s take a look at more of the best women’s pajamas to choose in stores now…

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.

Catherine (above) wears a pair of soft gray pajamas with animal print slippers while having her morning (or evening) tea.

Check out this similar grey short sleeve pajama set from Amazon. The pajamas from Papinelle (below) are another good choice if you want a pair of soft, casual pajamas.

Papinelle feather soft pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Papinelle feather soft pajamas

Most comfortable pajamas

Waffle weave is particularly on trend this season, as well as being comfortable. The waffle weave pajamas (below) are available in a choice of pastel shades, and they are thermal so will keep you warm.

Papinelle waffle weave pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Papinelle waffle weave pajamas

Christmas pajamas for women

As the festive season is coming up, many of you may be looking for a pair of pajamas that would be perfect for Christmas morning. The pajamas (below) from J.Crew feature a fun Christmas lights print which is playful without being garish.

J.Crew string lights pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew string lights pajama set

Cotton pajamas for women

Cotton fabrics are probably one of the best options for pajamas no matter what time of year it is 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, however, this may not be the best option for you.

BedHead Pajamas organic cotton pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

BedHead Pajamas organic cotton pajamas

Best silk pajamas for women

Silk pajamas for women | 40plusstyle.com

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! Silk pajamas also make a beautiful gift option.

The White Company piped silk spot pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

The White Company piped silk spot pajama set

Comfy pjs: Lounge pajamas

Loungewear is a popular option right now, and no wonder given that so many of you are at home more than usual. Opt for a pair of lounge pajamas and you can wear during the night, or to relax during the day.

Flora Nikrooz lounge pants | 40plusstyle.com

Flora Nikrooz lounge pants

For for more style inspiration, check out the best loungewear for women over 40.

Best sleepwear for women: 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.

GYS pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

GYS pajama set

Winter pajamas – flannel pajamas for women

During the cold winter months, flannel is a great option as it is breathable and provides warmth. To feel really cozy, flannel would be a good choice if you’re looking for the warmest pajamas for chilly weather.

Noble Mount cotton flannel pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

Noble Mount cotton flannel pajama set

Warmest women’s pajamas: Fleece pajamas

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

PJ Salvage fleece pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

PJ Salvage fleece pajamas

Best pjs: Satin pajamas

These satin pajamas from Splendid look just like silk and have classic styling. They come in a subtle pale green print or the more vibrant floral print below.

Splendid satin pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Splendid satin 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 tie waist pajamas from The White Company could be the ones for you.

The White Company silk soothing suit pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

The White Company silk soothing suit pajama set

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.

Target floral print pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

Target floral print pajama set

Women’s pajama sets

A classic pajama set choice is to choose a pair with piping like the button-down set (below) which comes with a sleep mask and has great reviews from wearers who say they fit and wash nicely.

Alexander Del Rossa button down satin pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

Alexander Del Rossa button down satin pajama set

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. The Ekouaer pajamas (below) come in a huge range of colors and prints.

Ekouaer soft pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

Ekouaer soft pajama set

Classic piped pajamas

Another piped option for you! But, this time, rather than satin, the piped pajamas from J.Crew below come in cozy cotton.

J.Crew cotton pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew cotton pajama set

Softest pajamas sets: Jersey pajamas

Jersey is another good fabric choice for your pajamas as it is soft, flexible and wrinkle-resistant, so your pajamas should look just as good when you get up as they did when you went to bed.

The White Company classic jersey pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

The White Company classic jersey pajama set

Menswear inspired pajamas

Take some inspiration from menswear with your pajamas. The classic cut and style of the pale blue pajamas below looks like a stylish man’s work shirt.

J.Crew vintage pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew vintage pajama set

Tiger print hand-painted pajamas

Have some fun with the print on your pajamas with this striking tiger pattern nightwear from luxury pajama company Desmond & Dempsey. You can add a monogram for free on all pajamas. Prints are hand-painted in London and the pajamas are made in Portugal.

Desmond & Dempsey tiger print long pyjama set | 40plusstyle.com

Desmond & Dempsey tiger print long pyjama set

Summer 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.

Ekouaer capri pajama set | 40plusstyle.com

Ekouaer capri pajama set

Linen is another good choice for both daywear and nightwear during warm weather or if you’re lucky enough to be heading off on a sunny vacation.

Serena & Lily linen pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Serena & Lily linen 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, you could opt for a pair of pajama bottoms and wear whatever you want to on top.

PJ Salvage thermal knit lounge pants | 40plusstyle.com

PJ Salvage thermal knit lounge 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 luxe robe | 40plusstyle.com

Natori luxe 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.

UGG slipper | 40plusstyle.com

UGG slipper

What do you like to wear at night? What helps you to feel comfortable and to sleep better? I’d love to hear about your own recommendations for the best pajamas for women.

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