Every guy has his own habits and rituals to follow when he settles in for the night. Maybe you have a favorite late-night TV show to watch or book to read, and perhaps you’ve figured out the grooming routines that are and aren’t suitable to complete before bed or determined how long you need to stay away from your smartphone in order to get a good night’s sleep. But you might not have given thought to another important aspect of your nightly routine: what you’re wearing to lounge around before bed and, eventually, to fall asleep.
If you’re still going to bed in a worn-out tee and pilling sweatpants, it’s time to have a little more sartorial self-respect and get more choosy about what you wear to bed. Your sleepwear should be comfortable, and suited to the climate where you live. While lots of guys don’t wear traditional, two-piece pajamas anymore, and opt instead for boxers or boxer briefs, pajamas are actually a lot more comfortable and practical than you might imagine. Find a pair in a classic but flattering cut and a material that’s appropriate to the temperature, and you’ll feel and look more put together, even when you’re lounging on the couch watching Netflix before turning in for the night.
So where do you begin your search for new pajamas? Start by considering the fabric you want. Cotton is a light and breathable choice year-round, even in areas with four distinct seasons, and you can always layer a sweater or robe on top if cotton is a little cool for a drafty house mid-winter. If you live in a seriously cold climate and need sleepwear that can keep you warm, flannel is likely your best bet. You can also find pajamas in other materials, like linen and silk, depending on your preference.
When you’re making your selection, consider what’s going to be the most comfortable not only for sleeping, but also for lounging around the house with your roommates or significant other on nights in or lazy weekend mornings. Convinced that a classic pair of pajamas is a worthwhile addition to your wardrobe? Then take a look at a few of our favorite pairs.
1. Broadcloth pajamas
Pajamas are an indisputably classic article of clothing, so why not opt for a pair from a pillar of American menswear, Brooks Brothers? The brand offers wrinkle-resistant broadcloth pajamas that marry a breathable material with a comfortable but simultaneously flattering cut. The style is offered in both blue and white, and you can even have your own monogram added in the typeface and thread color you prefer for a decidedly Wes Anderson-esque touch.
2. Oxford cloth pajamas
If an oxford shirt is your daytime uniform, you may find that a pair of oxford cloth pajamas make you feel right at home in the new world of sophisticated sleepwear. Brooks Brothers offers oxford cloth pajamas, too, in the same shades of blue and white you’ve grown accustomed to choosing between when selecting a shirt. Monogramming is available for these pajamas, as well, and is a great choice if you appreciate the feeling of having something made just for you.
3. Tartan pajamas
If you’re a fan of cotton but aren’t enamored of the idea of wearing light blue or white pajamas, Brooks Brothers has other options for you. One of our favorites is the brand’s pair of signature tartan pajamas, crafted of comfortable broadcloth in a darker pattern that you’ll like reaching for on winter nights. Tartan is a classic that can be easily paired with a dark robe or even a shawl-collar sweater for lounging on the weekends.
4. Glen-plaid pajamas
For guys with minimalist wardrobes and a taste for muted colors, a pair of pajamas in a neutral grey may be just what you need to relax when it’s time to turn in for the night. Sleep Jones offers a pair of glen-plaid pajamas, with a soft cotton shirt and a pair of breathable trousers that sport a sophisticated but laid-back check pattern and crisp black piping — a perfect choice for the most stylish guys.
5. Navy printed pajamas
Another classic choice in traditional pajamas is Derek Rose, a label that designs all of its own fabrics in-house. An advantage of that unique strategy is that the company often features fabrics with fun but subtle patterns, like you’ll see with these navy blue cotton pajamas. They’re crafted of soft cotton that’s printed with miniature sailboats, for a pattern that manages to be both elegant and playful.