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What Are the Best Silk Pajamas for Women?

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There’s something so glamorous — and comfortable — about the idea of slipping into silk just to go to bed. But for most people, an old T-shirt and ratty (but beloved) soft pants do the job of pajamas just fine, and venturing into the world of matching silk sets can be intimidating. To help you dip your toes into what is definitely a luxury market, we spoke to lingerie experts, boutique owners, and all-around stylish women about their favorites.

Sleeper Silk Satin Pajama Set
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Sleeper Silk Satin Pajama Set

Gabriella Pelletier, buyer at Lisa Says Gah, loves the silk sleepwear from the Sleeper, a new brand based in Kiev, Ukraine. “They are so whimsical and aspirational yet also extremely practical as separates in daily life when you’re not dreaming,” says Pelletier. “Sleeper provides ultrafeminine cuts with practicality if you decide to pair your silk pajama shirt with your favorite pair of vintage Levi’s and a blazer.”

TexereSilk Women’s 100% Silk Pajama Set

Try this highly rated, 100 percent silk set available on Amazon in “barely pink” for a similar vibe and a fraction of the price.

Sleeper Love Me Tender Silk Dress

Pelletier also recommends Sleeper’s nightgowns: “They can double as everyday casual dresses with a chunky cardigan and an ankle boot.”

Violet & Wren Botanist Pajama Top

According to Cora Harrington of the Lingerie Addict, “U.K. luxury loungewear label Violent & Wren creates some of the best prints, and their silk is incredibly lush — plush, sumptuous, and soft to the touch — just like what you’d expect from silk PJs.” Julie McConnell, senior buyer at Journelle, agrees: “When you can’t travel someplace warm, these tropical PJs are the next best thing.”

Violet & Wren Botanist Pajama Trouser
Natori Key Essentials Charmeuse Silk Pants

Equally as swingy — and just a tad less loud — are these charmeuse silk pants we’d love to slip on to spend a snowy weekend curled up with a good book.

Asceno Striped Silk-Satin Pajama Shirt

According to industry expert Ellen Lewis of Lingerie Briefs, British brands are making some of her favorite silk sleepwear: “I think the British acumen with print and their expertise in tailoring set them apart, particularly in the luxury market. I love the kitschy British vibe.” In addition to Violet and Wren, Lewis likes Asceno for its use of classic stripes and geometrics. McConnell is also a fan of Asceno’s menswear-inspired pieces.

Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Shirt

Andy Spade’s sleepwear line Sleepy Jones is a Strategist favorite (having been recommended by the likes of Karlie Kloss, writer Hermione Hoby, and designer Casey Larkin Blond of Mr. Larkin), and their silk offerings are just as cozy. Try (another) menswear-inspired top that can do double duty as a regular shirt.

Sleepy Jones Silk Corita Short-Sleeve Pajama Shirt

Or this short-sleeved number that’s over 50 percent off.

Olatz Silk Unisex Pajamas

If you’ve seen Julian Schnabel around town sporting PJs, chances are he’s wearing Olatz, which happens to be his ex-wife Olatz López Garmendia’s brand. You, too, can cop his look, as these silk pajamas are truly unisex.

Olivia Von Halle Lila Rola Screen-Print Silk Classic Pajama Set

Another British favorite of Lewis’s is Olivia von Halle for the brand’s “larger- than-life chic motifs.” This chartreuse set printed with tigers certainly makes a statement.

Charter Club Silk Pajama Set

For something a bit more understated (and affordable), try this sweet floral-printed set from Macy’s.

Natori Hana Floral Silk Two-Piece Sleep Set

Natori’s floral PJ set seems like a steal at $90.

The Glad Hours Matisse Acid Pajama Set

Owner of Minneapolis-based boutique Mille Michelle LeBlanc loves the silk PJs from the Glad Hours: “I love their 1920s inspired take on classic silk pajamas. The wide-leg pant and acid hue feels extra chic.” This oversize set is made from 100 percent crepe de chine silk.

Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Jumpsuit
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Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Jumpsuit

“The one element I find emerging of great interest is washed silk,” says Lewis. “Of note here is Lunya, an American sleepwear brand that develops its own fabrics, including a silk that’s machine washable. Ever consider wearing a silk jumpsuit to bed?

Morgan Lane Suki Silk Jumpsuit

This dotted one-piece hardly looks like sleepwear.

F.R.S for Restless Sleepers Nomos Satin-trimmed Printed Silk-twill Robe

Lewis also recommends Italian brand F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers for its innovative shapes and prints: “One questions if these designs are silk sculpture.”

Morgan Lane Esther Silk Robe

We love the stripes on this Art Deco-inspired silk robe by Morgan Lane that’s a fraction of the price.

Christine Lingerie Bijoux Short Silk Robe

Another brand that Lewis likes is Canadian company Christine Lingerie. “These are classic cuts, again in extraordinary prints as well as solids,” she says. Here’s an elegant robe that will never go out of style.

Ginia Lace-Trimmed Silk Cami

For something a little more affordable, Lewis recommends Australian company Ginia. This sweet lace-trimmed cami, paired with a leather moto jacket, would work outside of the bedroom as well.

La Perla Silk Camisole

This flirty camisole-and-tap-short set (sold separately) is 60 percent off.

La Perla Silk Tap Shorts

Skin Rosamonde Chemise

Lewis also likes Skin for its silk offerings. This midi-length chemise can just as easily be worn to bed or out.

ARAKS Cadel Washed Silk Slip
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ARAKS Cadel Washed Silk Slip

Cindy Kahng, owner of the East Village boutique Azaleas, loves this vintage-inspired washed georgette-silk slip from Araks that’s great for “indoor sports as well as pairing with an oversized cardigan for a night on the town.” The delicate pin tucks make all the difference.

Maison Du Soir Bardot Crepe Pajama Top

Khang is also a fan of the silk sleepwear from Maison Du Jour. This crepe de chine top is over half off.

Maison Du Soir Jaclyn Silk Shorts

Pair with these sporty shorts, also on sale.

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What Are the Best Silk Pajamas for Women?