Last week, Julie was on a panel at the Design Leadership Summit in NYC along with two other sleep-deprived bloggers from Lonny and AT (it's the nature of the business!). So we took note when Arianna Huffington, the next speaker, held forth about the importance of a good night's rest when it comes to our health and mental acuity (sleep is her new cause). Good design, she told her audience of architects and interior designers, enhances our sense of well being. She also advocated for nap rooms in work places (we're in complete agreement). But no matter what our surroundings are, we find that putting on a favorite pair of pajamas is a sure-bet way to unwind. Here, the sleepwear that we swear by—plus some investment pieces that we dream about.
Above: The Dosa Tassel Kurta ($205) and Dosa Tassel Pants ($150) are a night and day wardrobe staple made of the lightest khadi cotton by Dosa, one of our favorite fashion lines; both are available at Tiina the Store.
Above: For the woman (or man) who has everything: the silk Pajama Set from luxury bedding purveyor Olatz (Schnabel); $750 at Tiina the Store.
Above: Julie's favorite: Tonight Button-Front Pajamas from 130-year-old Swiss company Hanro, made from their signature silky mercerized cotton; $198 from Neiman Marcus (pricey, yes, but they last for years).
Above: Understated luxury from Araks: the Ally Pajama set is made of cotton wool with contrasting silk chiffon piping, mother of pearl buttons, and cotton twill tape drawstring. The Kate Pajama Top in Aranthera Heather is $280 and the Ally Pajama Pant in Aranthera Heather is $192.
Above: Francesca uses the same white towels (from Land's End) and white sheets interchangeably throughout her house. She sleeps—no surprise—in a white J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set; $95. A similar J.Crew design, the Classic Cotton Poplin Pajama set, $69.50, is available for men.
Above: On my wish list: Sleepy Jones's Henry Pajama Shirt, $142, and Sol Pajama Pant, $136, in the same floral Liberty Print as a smocked dress that my daughter wore many years ago ( I'm not usually one for florals, but I liked this one so much, I saved the dress). I just discovered that these pajamas are for men, so my husband may be in for a surprise. (Sleepy Jones offers a darker Liberty Print, the Marina Pajama Shirt and Marina Pajama Pant, for women.)
Above: Coyuchi's Women's Flannel Pajamas are made in Germany by a family-owned mill founded in 1885 and feature mother of pearl buttons; $212 from Coyuchi (includes a wood gift box).
Above: Erin loves the throwback look of J. Crew's Pajama Set in Gingham Flannel; $95. She's so petite, she wears xx-small—yes, it's a real size.
Above: Meredith is a fan of Silky Seduction, a one-piece modal getup, €119 from Calida, a Swiss brand that Izabella also swears by. Says Meredith, "I've been in my pajamas during a few morning Skype meetings; the neckline looks like a daytime shirt, and if I slip on some earrings, my cohorts are none the wiser."
Above: Christine swears by the soft coziness of Petit Bateau pajamas; she got hooked on them when her teenage sons were babies. They may no longer wear them, but she can't break the habit because she has not found any pajamas more comfortable. The Girl's Pajamas in Opale Blue are £37 from Petit Bateau (women can order teen sizes, which go up to age 18).
Above: A reader tipped us off to Marigot, a NY-based maker of sleepwear. We like the Azalea Classic Long Pajama Set, made of 100 percent cotton (available with five different piping colors); $132 from Marigot.