If you’re not sure where to start, you came to the right place. To help level up your loungewear, GQ Recommends tracked down a heavy-hitting list of the absolute best men’s pajamas on the market right now, so you can relax in super-soft, swaddled bliss as long as you like.
The Can’t-Fail Classic Pick
Now that it’s finally starting to warm up, you probably want to retire the thick and toasty PJs you’ve lived in since last fall. As it turns out, the brand behind your go-to flannel set makes a mean warm-weather version, too. The Bean’s pure cotton joints ensure maximum breathability in the hottest and most humid climates, thanks to a top that’s relaxed at the chest and sleeves and bottoms that sit comfortably at the waist and hit right below the ankle, a Goldilocks fit roomy enough to get a couple of big morning stretches in without causing any damage. Best yet, the whole kit always clocks in at less than a single, solitary Benjamin—and right now, it’s on sale.
The Budget Pick
Sleeping in the utmost comfort doesn’t need to break the bank. This breezy cotton-poly men’s pajama set will keep you comfortably cool and cozy for less than $20! The relaxed fit is great for those fall evenings when it’s still unseasonably warm and you need a little extra airflow and equally primed to layer well under your go-to hoodie when the brisk weather really settles in. With the current promotion running right now, it’d be wise to stock up on a couple sets as something tells us these PJs will quickly become your new at-home uniform.
The Ultra-Posh Pick
When you need a perfect bespoke suit you go to Savile Row. When you need a perfect bespoke shirt, you go to Jermyn Street, home to elite tailors like Emma Willis, the eminent British shirtmaker. Willis’ cashmerello pajamas, cut and sewn by hand in the brand’s Gloucester workroom, look plenty spiffy, but it’s the fabric—a ludicrously soft blend of cashmere and Swiss cotton—that really helps you nod off like an OBE. The whole set makes for a perfect gift…or a well-deserved treat for yourself.
The Cool Guy Pick
What do taste gods like Justin Saunders and red-hot fashion labels like Stüssy have in common? A sold-out collaboration with Tekla, the Danish textile brand that hawks pajama sets so fly they’d make Julian Schnabel blush. In a little over five years, the upstart PJ experts have become a surprise fashion crowd favorite, thanks to jammies exactly like these: cut from crisp organic cotton, kitted out with mother of pearl buttons, and done up in a murderer’s row of eye-grabbing stripes. Your sweatpants never stood a chance.
The No Pants, No Problem Pick
Central Saint Martins alum Praline Le Moult makes nightgowns for the modern-day bon vivant, each inspired by her great-great-grandfather, a dandy entomologist with the wardrobe to match. To harness a jolt of his globe-trotting energy, just slip on one of the caftan-like longshirts designed in his honor; made from sustainably-grown organic cotton, they’re the raddest way we’ve found to add little opulence to your nighttime routine—more Papa in his Mediterranean pied-à-terre than Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime bear.
The Fall-Ready Pick
What’s more quintessentially fall than flannel pajamas? This set from A&F has everything you want—a super soft, mid-weight cotton flannel decked out in festive red to keep the autumn vibes flowing. The top is cut to a relaxed fit so you can lounge about the apartment unrestricted while the roomy, matching pajama pants feature a stretch a drawstring at the waist to accommodate pending food babies. If you’re already in holiday gifting mode, these PJs are a guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser—just make sure you snag a pair (or two) for yourself.
The Hot Sleeper Pick
These one’s for the guys who run hot while resting up. If the thought of dozing off in a pair of thick pajamas this time of year looks a lot like you tossing around in a pool of sweat, you’ll definitely want to grab yourself a pair of temperature-regulating linen pajamas. We like this set from Desmond & Dempsey because it’s cut in an extremely breathable loose fit, features ample pocket space for stowing away Kleenex and random trinkets, and is conveniently machine washable, meaning you can literally wear these every day if you so desire (and you probably will).
The Cheeky British Pick
If you want your pajamas to keep you nice and toasty while serving up a quick dopamine-hit in the AM, look no further. These Paul Smith pajamas are made from luxe cotton poplin that feels like a second skin but the real selling point is the brand’s trademark rainbow stripes. If simply looking at them makes your face light up and your heart skip a beat, rest assured your morning wake-up calls are going to look a lot brighter.