Warm up with cozy pajamas

ShopAtHome.comJanuary 22, 2014 

  • PJs we love

    Here are a few cozy pajama (and robe) selections that caught our eye.

    Bonus: This time of year, most retailers have cut the cost of pajamas by more than 50 percent:

    •  Natori Dynasty Pajamas ($160 at nordstrom.com): The gorgeous Pearl Dynasty print on these classic notched-collar pajamas made of lustrous microsatin will have you strolling down the driveway for the morning paper sans robe, just to show off to the neighbors.

    •  PJ Couture Waffle-Weave Velour Pajama Set ($45 at jcpenny.com): These adorable sets with elastic-cuffed wrists and ankles remind us of childhood – and they’re perfect for a day of couch-surfing.

    •  Kim Rogers Printed Fleece Pajama Set ($48 at belk.com): These pajamas pair fun printed microfleece pants with a long-sleeve, v-neck waffle-fleece top for a cool “PJ pants and tee” look.

    •  Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Fitted Pajamas ($28 at nordstrom.com): Little boys can’t look much cuter than when they’re wearing the Blue Superhero pajamas from Tucker+Tate. Available in sizes for baby boys, toddlers and big boys.

    •  Tucker + Tate Fitted Pajamas ($28 at nordstrom.com): Tucker+Tate has little girls covered too, with the sweet Blue Zebra pajama sets, which frankly, many grownups would be tempted to wear (unfortunately, only available for toddlers).

    •  Ralph Lauren Thermal Pajama Pant ($45.00, belk.com). He’ll love getting cozy in these soft waffle-knit pajama pants, which have a drawstring waist and pockets (which reminds us – why can’t women have pockets in their pajama/lounge pants? We carry stuff, too!).

    •  L.L. Bean Fleece-Lined Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe ($79.95, llbean.com). Whether or not pajamas are his thing, he’ll love this Portuguese flannel robe, lined with fleece for added warmth. The washable robe is yarn-dyed to stay vibrant.

    •  Kassatex Spa Bathrobe ($140 at belk.com): Lightweight, luxurious, beautiful. What more could you ask for in a robe? We’ll take one in silver sage, please. (Available online only.)

    Compiled by Brooke Cain

Let’s start with the most basic of facts: It’s dang cold outside.

Unless you’re among those kicking back in sunny Florida, your fingers and toes are numb, your goosebumps have goosebumps, and spring – along with its promise of warmth – seems as distant as Mars.

For the frigid majority, we have a few suggestions. Lurk near radiators, fireplaces and other warm spots. Avoid the great outdoors whenever possible. And find a pair of warm, soft pajamas. We won’t tell a soul if you decide to stay in them night and day.

Sharon Haver, founder and editor of focusonstyle.com, has a practical outlook on sleepwear if you’re thinking of purchasing a new night wardrobe.

“I prefer sleepwear you can answer the door in,” says the New York-based stylist and consultant. “I’m not much into dainty pink.”

And don’t necessarily look in the sleepwear aisle, she says. The dance enthusiast loves Lululemon lightweight pants, which move from yoga to nap time in a snap. But there’s nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned flannel, she says.

“When it comes to clothes you sleep in, there’s flannel, then the jersey ones – which are soft and stretchy and drapey – and then there’s silk,” Haver says, then pauses to laugh. “OK, most people don’t buy themselves silk pajamas, but I think the (washable) silk pajamas are nice when they’ve been washed several times.”

Find your comfort zone

Comfort is essential, says the style guru, so look for a loose waistband and a fuller top. A sleep shirt is another option – both practical and attractive, she adds.

“Sure, you sleep in it, but there’s no excuse for looking ugly,” Haver adds.

Mary Rose MacKinnon, public relations manager for L.L. Bean, agrees that a nice-looking pair of pajamas will move from evening into daytime hours gracefully. L.L. Bean’s pajamas and robes have been selling well this chilly year, she says.

“Look for pajamas made of very soft cotton and bottoms with a comfortable waist,” MacKinnon says. “The fabric should be warm and cozy, but never bulky. Our customers tell us they love our sleepwear because it’s soft, warm, cozy and durable.”

And what more could any of us ask for on a cold winter day?

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