The best men’s pajamas are made for more than just lounging. The most stylish options are heavy on the louche sex appeal (pink tiger-print linen, 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? Toss ’em. That overly roomy, toothpaste-stained bathrobe you’re afraid to put in the washing machine? Toss it, too. (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 pair of pajamas. Not sure where to start? You came to the right place. To help you 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 swaddled bliss as long as you like.
The Classic Pick
The Bean’s selection of vibrant, yarn-dyed sets are crafted from Portugese flannel woven out of longer-staple cotton fibers designed to hold up through thick and thin.
The Budget Pick
The ‘Zon 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.
The Summer-Ready Pick
When you think of pajama sets, your mind probably conjures an array of toasty plaid flannel joints. But in the summer, when the number one hindrance to a good night’s sleep is overheating, those simply won’t fly. Cleverly’s short set is cut roomy and relaxed from a smooth lightweight cotton designed for maximum slumber-inducing comfort.
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. These bad boys are made out of a cotton/cashmere blend so soft the hand-rolled piping and mother of pearl buttons will seem like an afterthought in comparison.
The Enthusiast’s Pick
Sleepy Jones made a name for itself selling pajama sets designed to double as daywear. In the years since, the brand’s perfected the ingredients that make its coordinating sets such a smash—e.g. the sort of eye-grabbing prints it’d be a crying shame to only show off in front of your apartment cohabitants.
The Nightshirt Devotee Pick
Mr. Sandman had the right idea with his nighttime attire. A nightshirt is like wearing a cross between a band collar button-up and a blanket, and this one from P. Le Moult is done up in soft pique cotton (the same fabric your favorite polos are made out of) for a stretchy feel that won’t quit on you after a handful of laundry cycles. Oh, and did we mention the pockets?
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.