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Sleep Chic: The Best Brands for Designer Sleepwear


Bedtime is no time to become a style slouch. Whether you’d rather wrap yourself in cashmere, lounge in satin and silk or cozy up in sherpa, Bare Necessities has brought together the world’s finest sleepwear to make every night more restful—and more beautiful, which doesn’t hurt, either.

Meet the 10 best-dressed after-hours labels you need to know now.

What it’s all about: One-hundred-percent silk separates designed in Australia, from little sleep shorts and camis to robes and gowns, in a rich, neutral palette of emerald, cream, grey and slate.
Our favorite style: With its simple tank silhouette, the ingenious Ginia Washable Silk Chemise is already a best seller its first week on site. We love it because you can wear it year-round—and you saw the bit about how it’s washable, right? Game-changing!

What it’s all about: Pretend your house is Canyon Ranch and layer on cashmere, the ultimate sleepy-time indulgence. The naturally insulating fiber keeps you warm while also keeping things light and breathable. Designer Chris Arlotta is widely credited for creating the “soft dressing” concept; she helped bring innerwear outdoors.
Our favorite styles: Bye forever, sweats. Hi, Arlotta Cashmere Mock Neck Lounge Top and Cashmere Lounge Pants.

Flora Nikrooz
What it’s all about: Flora’s look is super pretty and feminine, in varying combos of lace, modal and charmeuse. The styling runs the spectrum, from sexy to sophisticated to casual. It’s all meticulously crafted, and much of it very wedding-friendly.
Our favorite style: Undress to impress someone this season in the hot-yet-haute, floral-adorned Flora Nikrooz Showstopper Charmeuse Teddy. 

Kate Spade New York
What it’s all about: Consistently clever and irreverent designs with girly undertones in pretty much every style and fabric, these pajamas are best worn with a wink and a nod (and a cocktail in hand).
Our favorite style: Do a velour jogging suit, but make it fashion, as in the cheeky cheetah-printed Kate Spade New York Velour Jogger Pajama Set. 

Sleepy Jones
What it’s all about: This brand’s cool, crisp cotton pajama styles are always served up with an side of preppy-with-a-twist. Inspired by artists who did their most creative work in casual clothes, Andy Spade (husband of Kate) created the brand to be “a stylish escape” in 2013.
Our favorite style: A modern take on timeless collegiate stripes, the Sleepy Jones Marina Stripe Woven Pajama Set is totally something we would’ve borrowed from an ex…and never returned.

Lauren Ralph Lauren
What it’s all about: Patrician, polished classics you know you’re going to look and feel good in, be it at home or at a five-star hotel.
Our favorite style: The new Lauren Ralph Lauren Velvet Pajama Set all but demands to be worn while sipping tea by a roaring fire in a Swiss ski chalet. (Or, you know, on your couch.)

Donna Karan
What it’s all about: Beautifully cut and draped for comfort, these are the clothes Donna Karan—the iconic woman designing for other women—wants to wear. They’re understated separates for the uptown girl who believes in ease and simplicity, but never at the expense of elegance.
Our favorite style: Like the time-tested fragrance it shares its name with, the buttery, easy-wearing Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Knit Nightgown envelops you in decadence.

Barefoot Dreams
What it’s all about: Designer Annette Cook set out to create a collection that soothed the senses, starting with a newborn receiving blanket, and ended up crafting the softest-to-the-touch textures imaginable. Some pieces (the wraps, the pants) double as outerwear; in others, you’ll guaranteed not to want to leave the house anyway.
Our favorite style: The plush, shawl-collared Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Heathered Robe is the loveliest way we’ve found yet to chase away chills.

PJ Harlow
What it’s all about: An enduring collection of comfy, unassumingly sexy satin pieces that’s designed to be effortlessly mixed and matched at will. (Learn more about the brand in our Power Figures interview with founder Tina McMillan.)
Our favorite styles: We’re planning to pair the new wide-strapped, V-neck PJ Harlow Jill Satin Tank with our forever-favorite wide-legged Jolie Satin Lounge Pants.

What it’s all about: Pure European luxury. This 135-year-old Swiss brand specializes in fairly minimalist designs in only the top materials, with perfect cuts and high-end finishes.
Our favorite style: Hanro’s Moments Knit Nightgown epitomizes modern elegance. Accented with lace at the neckline, this mercerized cotton (translation: a finishing treatment that imparts a silky feel) nightgown is impossibly soft against the skin to all but guarantee good dreams.

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Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.

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