Fancy Pajamas Are the Perfect Antidote for Anyone Tired of Sweats

The new take on elevated loungewear was all over the pre-fall ’21 collections.

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Elevated loungewear—not a new concept by any means, but a tricky one nonetheless. How do you actually balance style with comfort? That’s the question designers strive to answer season after season. The of-the-moment answer is often the tracksuit. By no means are we against the crowd-pleasing coordinated separates, but we do welcome alternatives—one can only wear coordinated sweats so many days in a row. In our search to diversify our comfort-oriented closet, we welcomed the refreshing substitute we saw among the pre-fall collections: elevated pajamas.


fancy pajamasMarina Moscone
Photo: Courtesy of Marina Moscone
Though most consider an old t-shirt and boxer shorts the basis of a sleepwear wardrobe, this is a chance to dial it up. NYC-based designer Marina Moscone showed a crinkle-cut satin pair with custom mohair piping detail in her recent pre-fall ’21 collection. As is the case with many, Moscone is designing for a lifestyle shift which she has personally felt alongside the rest of the world. “Day to day, I live in a uniform—while spending all our time at home now, I find that women still want to feel comfortably elevated,” the designer tells Coveteur. “These pajama-style sets are the perfect look to wear all day at home, for outside errands, and for evening when the time comes again!”

fancy pajamasErdem
Photo: Ina Lekiewicz / Courtesy of Erdem
Other designers had similar ideas. At Erdem, we saw a matching set of fluid blue silk rendered in a floral motif. The design duo behind Jil Sander opted for a more minimal approach with a polished forest green top layered over jogger-style matching bottoms—take or leave the high heels. Both designers relished in the accessories, layering on scarves, headbands, necklaces, and handbags to create a luxurious feeling from head to toe.

fancy pajamasJil Sander
Photo: Courtesy of Jil Sander
Moving from sightings on the runway to those in reality, the styling is even more diverse. A pair of sneakers provides just the right amount of irony for a quick jaunt to the store—add a coat to brace chilly temps. If you’re feeling up for it, try color-coordinating high heels and a polished handbag. Our favorite combination happens to involve the addition of a couch in an equally loud print, a coffee cup, and newspaper. But despite all the styling tricks, we’re simply telling you it’s cool to wear pajamas all day; need we say more?

Shop Our Favorites Below:

Olivia von Halle Lila Floral-print Silk Pyjamas

If you’re willing to financially indulge, we suggest this ultra-luxe set from Olivia von Halle. The decadent silk fabrication exudes a regal aura and would pair excellently with over-the-top slippers.


Cosabella Bella Pima Long Sleeve Top & Pant PJ Set

A head-to-toe navy look is without a doubt always a classic. Red nail polish, cashmere slippers, and perhaps a strand of pearls will top off your look perfectly.


Desmond & Dempsey Leda Swan Print Pajama Set

Rendered in a print that’s not too loud, this swan-emblazoned set is perfect for a stylish night in. All it needs is a pair of plush slippers.


Sleeper Feather-trim Gingham Pajama Set

If you’re wearing ostrich feathers, there’s no way your night can be boring, right? Plus, we always love anytime a fashion statement comes with an elastic waistband.


Soft Focus The Silky Set

This pj set could pass for streetwear any day of the week. The subtle leopard print adds the perfect dose of intrigue. If you’re feeling bold, complete the look with a red lip and gold jewelry.


Sleeping with Jacques High-shine Velvet Effect Trousers

The crushed velvet on these is practically begging you to spend the entire day in bed—no objections here. Pair them with a white button-down for a decadent lounge look.


Cuyana Washable Charmeuse Cami Sleep Set

For the minimalist, this set is elegant yet still simple—no frills, unlike some of the other options present. Although you may need a sweater if you’re in the northern hemisphere…


Sleepy Jones + Purple Pajamas

These lavender pj’s are made out of the same silky-soft fabric of Purple’s sheets, so it’s basically like you’re wrapped in a blanket all day long. Perfect for a day where you never leave the couch.


Eberjey Iona Short Ruffle PJ Set

The peek-a-boo lace trim one this one immediately ups the ante, taking it from a simple black pj set to an alluring, stylish ensemble.

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