The best men’s pajamas take the art of looking good while you catch up mandatory rest to another level. The most stylish options are heavy on the louche sex appeal (jacquard silk, anyone?) without compromising on comfort or ease of movement. But while comfort-enhancing features like elastic waistbands and highly breathable fabrics like modal are great, your sleepwear should also be stylish enough that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to at least answer the door—and maybe even leave the house—wearing them. The right PJs should be a year-round flex, from ultra-soft flannel pajama sets that’ll make you feel like a worldly sophisticate to silky lounge pants you could—and should!—wear out and about with, say, a big, boxy button-down and a pair of loafers.
That 5-pack of XXL Hanes tees you ordered by accident and then repurposed as evening attire? Retire them. That overly roomy, toothpaste-stained bathrobe you’re afraid to put in the washing machine? Maybe toss that one. (While you’re at it, ditch those ratty workout joggers you wear to bed as well.) Elevate your jammies by swapping out that short-sleeve T-shirt/sweatpant combo you’ve been sleeping in since high school and invest in a proper set.
If you’re not sure where to start, you came to the right place. To help level up your loungewear, we tracked down a heavy-hitting list of the absolute best men’s pajamas on the market right now, so you can relax in super-soft, swaddled bliss as long as you like.
Our Favorite PJs, at a Glance
The Classic Pick
Even if you’ve never owned a pair, plaid pajamas feel downright nostalgic. Something about the cozy print immediately conjures up images of toasty nights spent by huddled by the fireplace and lazy mornings that stretch long into the afternoon. L.L Bean’s selection of vibrant, yarn-dyed sets are crafted from Portuguese flannel woven out of longer-staple cotton fibers designed to hold up through thick and thin. Which means you’ve got plenty of time to make memories you’ll cherish every time you slip ’em on.
The Budget Pick
Amazon stocks cozy pajama sets by the dozens, but Hanes’ handsome plaid number, a perennial best-seller on the site, is the one most worth your time. Cut from a plush, cotton-poly blend with a loose fit for easy movement, it’s designed to maximize your dollars without skimping on style.
The Top of the Line Pick
Emma Willis, the legendary Jermyn Street shirtmaker, cuts all of its pajamas by hand in the brand’s Gloucester workroom, a ludicrous display of artistry befitting of the label’s reputation for precision. This set is made from a cotton/cashmere blend so soft the hand-rolled piping and mother of pearl buttons will seem like an afterthought in comparison. It makes for an excellent gift…or a well-deserved treat for yourself.
The Cool Guy Pick
Over the years, Jerry Lorenzo’s flair for easy-wearing, cozy staples has yielded reams of thoughtful sweats designed to sync up with Fear of God’s sensitive, ‘90s-indebted tailoring. So when the brand’s Essentials line debuted its inaugural loungewear collection earlier last year, expectations were high, and it didn’t disappoint. This is the type of PJ set FOG obsessives dream about—a waffle-knit tonal tee with a single button closure and trim sweatpants you’ll want to wear outside the house—done up in a luxe cotton blend that feels as good as it looks.
The No Pants, No Problem Pick
If pulling on another pair of pants is the last thing you want to do before hitting the hay, allow us to introduce you to Majestic International’s exceptionally roomy nightshirt. Cut from pure, breathable cotton, it’s an old-school, literary-leaning silhouette so comfy it might just inspire you to pen your best work yet (or hastily tap out some very prolific midnight musings on the Notes app).
The Winter-Ready Pick
When the weather outside feels like a personal affront to your productivity, you’re going to need a pair of PJs designed to keep you sufficiently warm and functioning. If the retailer’s name didn’t clue you in, the good people over at the Vermont Country Store know a thing or two about winter-ready sleepwear. With warmth top of mind, they triple brush (triple brush!) their heavyweight flannel for added softness, yielding pajamas you can rely on when it’s time to hibernate—or when it’s time to groggily roll out of bed and start responding to emails.