Now that we’ve closed the books on another holiday season, we’re all ready for some quality sleep. And sure, we can get by sleeping in old gym shorts and a t-shirt, but it’s decidedly more luxurious to have a real sleep set. And did you know that silk pajamas help keep your skin moisturized? Yes — that means there’s a medical benefit to high-end PJs.
Your practical side will argue that only you and maybe one other person see your pajamas. But there’s also the equally convincing point that you deserve some self-care and luxury in your life. So if you’re dreaming of a silky sleepwear upgrade, go for it — especially if you’re still sitting on a generous holiday check from Grandma.
Silk is indulgent price-wise, but you can find pieces and sets for around $160 or less. Here are five you’ll love.
Silk Pajamas for Women
Luxurious in mint green
These mint green PJs are classically styled with a bit of contrasting trim at the sleeves, collar, and ankle. They are 100% mulberry silk, and so beautiful you may not want to leave the house on the weekends.
Fierce in animal print
Yes, this set is edging up into splurgy territory at $159. But they’re so fun! A soft gold is the perfect backdrop for those galloping zebras, which offer a nice change of pace from the usual snake and leopard prints.
Sweet in baby blue
This pretty blue silk nightdress makes me want to curl up with Wuthering Heights and sip tea. In the morning, I imagine anyone wearing this would literally float out of bed and down the hall to make coffee. More practically speaking, it has no waistband, which means no tugging at night.
Easygoing in shorts
A shorts set offers less coverage, but a lower price point too. This cute two-piece set is available in five color choices, including claret as shown, charcoal purple, and champagne. It’s also sexy enough to double as “something more comfortable” if you know what I mean ;).
Double duty top
If you really can’t get your brain around dropping $100 on silk pajamas, there is another option. Try a silk pajama top that can work as streetwear or lounge wear. This piece from Lucky Brand is exactly that. Full disclosure: it has buttons, which means you may not want to sleep in it. But you could certainly get your luxury fix in by lounging around the house in it.
Caring for Your Silks
If you invest in silk PJs, make sure you know how to care for them. Sadly, you can’t just throw them in the washer. Some silks can be hand-washed and others are dry-clean only. If the label says “dry clean only,” don’t risk a hand-wash. It’ll likely ruin your expensive piece.
To hand-wash silk garments, start with a small spot test using a mild detergent. Make sure the color doesn’t run and the feel of the fabric doesn’t change. If the spot test is successful, start by pre-soaking the piece in a mix of water and 1/4 cup vinegar for 30 minutes.
Then toss the garment in your bathtub with cool water and gentle detergent. Let it soak for up to 30 minutes.
Remove it and gently press between two clean towels to remove excess water. Don’t wring it out. You can hang it gently on a drying rack or dry it flat. If it dries with wrinkles, iron on the lowest setting.