Pyjamas, pajamas or PJs, whatever you call them, they are in everyone’s closet. Yet we seldom spend much time selecting the right pajamas for our shape and lifestyle.
As we get older the styles of sleepwear that we feel comfortable in change. For me, that has meant returning to classic pajamas. I like modest clothing and no longer wish to show much of my legs. I also found that since Covid, lifestyles have changed. Pajamas are no longer just for bed. So I recently decided to overhaul my sleepwear collection.
I find that to get the comfort I want, I go up a size. I don’t like clingy pants so I tend to look for floaty wider-hem styles. Cotton or bamboo keeps me cooler but if it’s for lounging or breakfast man-made fibres often look best.
If you’re ready for a re-style, here are my pick of the best pajamas for women over 50.
Best pajamas for breakfast on the terrace
These striped pajamas are drapey and wide, to allow you to move easily. The ‘DreamKnit’ kimono top does a great job of distracting the eye from the hips and putting focus up at your shoulders and higher. Demure, modest and feminine, these are perfect for when family visit and you all want to breakfast outside in the sunshine.
In silky-soft modal with non-slip sewn in belt. XXS-XXL. Lake is a US pajama company that delivers worldwide.
Best pajamas for visiting friends
I’ve worn these pyjamas in various patterns over the past couple of years. They are lightweight and cool and look great when chatting with friends or family the night before or the morning after. Of course you can keep them nicely pressed just for breakfast – and wear less structured PJs in bed.
The designs Hush comes up with are so very lovely that I’m thinking of buying this set just so I can wear the top as a Spring/Summer shirt with jeans.
100% cotton, regular (30ins inseam) and long (32ins inseam), XXS – XL. British-based company with international site offering free shipping and import taxes included in price.
Best pajamas for a classy hotel break
Beautiful pattern, well-tailored, narrowing lower leg so they don’t ride up overnight and a simple drawstring waist so you’ll never feel they’re too tight, these luxury pajamas in soft cotten voile can be machine washed. Desmond and Dempsey are a London designer label with unique fabrics. XS – XXL.
Best pajamas for snuggling on the sofa
These pants are gathered at the ankle so they’re more like leisure wear than floaty nightwear. There’s a drawstring waist with some elastic to keep them well in place. The smart simple top has a relaxed fit and scoop neck. They’re soft and warm, and can take you from Netflix and cocoa, to coffee and croissants the next day without fear of creasing. XXS – XXL.
Best pajamas for everyday luxury leisuretime
If close and comfy is not your thing, chill out in this gorgeous easy-fit short-sleeved top with matching wide-hemmed pants. They are made from washable silk with a tiny bit of Spandex to help them keep their shape. Haven is part of Talbots so the price is good and there are lots of sales too! XS-XXL.
Best pajamas for a vacation
I love the pattern, I love the slightly shorter length pants (I’m a petite but few retailers stock petite in sleepwear), and I love that Pact makes these sleepwear items from 100% organic cotton jersey. Buy several mix-and-match items for your holiday (staycation or vacation) so you’ve always got something fresh and very comfortable whether snoozing or lounging. XS-XXL, 27ins inseam.
Best pajamas for sensitive skin
If your legs look like mine you won’t be wearing these for breakfast on the balcony but you’ll love sleeping in them (they also come in a long version!). 100% smooth, cooling bamboo with a slight sheen, these sets come in beautiful colors including summer stripes. Drawstring waist means they’re never too tight. Here are your home-alone go-to PJs for summer. Currently on sale (end of March 2023). Three sizes.
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