Forget About Party Dresses, This Year It's All About Party Pyjamas

Just add fluffy slippers and a cosy dressing gown, and you'll be good to go...

With staying in the new going out, 2020 might be the year that our collection of PJs starts to rival our wardrobe of party dresses for the festive season.

Christmas trees are being erected all over the country, supermarket shelves are packed with party food and festive chocolates and Netflix have already begun to roll out their Christmas movie schedule. If it were any other year, each one of these activities would spark a certain urge to buy anything that sparkled or had feathers – or sometimes, even both. See, party season was never just about mulled wine and mince pies but it's also about discovering the party piece of your dreams. 'Tis the season where we all take inspiration from the decorations we'll later adorn our houses with. Embrace anything from all over sequins, embellishment and basically anything that can light up a room.

However, for very obvious reasons, party season is going to look incredibly different this year. Gone are the office gatherings and the colleague confessionals (for now). The mulled wine soirees and dinner dates are all on pause (until further notice). But just because we can’t attend these in-person parties doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy party season be it a solo celebration at home or a virtual shindig. And of course, dressing up for said festivities is half the fun. 

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Whether it was simply putting on a statement earring or going all out in a dress and heels, if you've made an effort to dress up at home at any point over the past eight months (not that anyone is counting), you know how much of a mood-lifter it can be. But that doesn't mean that comfort should be sacrificed. Cue luxurious sleepwear. 

Attending a party in your pyjamas is every woman's dream. No need to hunt down the exact bra for the most challenging of dresses and no squeezing yourself into restrictive shapewear. We’re not talking about the flannel button-up style pieces that you’ve slept in. Think more silky two-piece sets, or even luxe loungewear in the form of satin joggers and slinky robes. Pieces that look and feel like sleepwear; that have the comfort of your biggest, baggiest tracksuit - but crucially, look elevated enough to wear out (if you could go out).

Fabric and colour are key; a silky material is essential for that added glamour, and this trend works best with distinctive grown-up hues like baby blue, emerald green, or terracotta. Prints are okay as long as they are unexpected; avoid typical florals and any hint of gingham as they can give off serious sleepwear vibes. 

And although it may seem frivolous to invest in a pair of party pyjamas for the sake of 2020, believe us when we say they will not only make you feel great but as most of these luxe pyjamas sets are separates, you can and will be able to style for everyday life as soon as that resumes. There's one nightshirt, for example, with a pretty embroidered collar, that would work with jeans just as well as with a pair of PJ bottoms.

So whether you invest in a silky pair as a luxurious treat or simply want to give your sleep attire a refresh, we've rounded up all of the best pyjama sets to shop now.

After all, you know what they say: you snooze, you lose.

rixo 

Proving that party sleepwear is the new party dress, cult-dress brand Rixo have designed one of the best collections of loungewear money can buy. Launched today, the collection features pyjama sets, nightdresses, robes and separates that will make staying in all the more appealing. 

White embroidered night shirt, €78.95, SHOP

cYBERJAMMIES 

Welcome to the new powerhouse of nightwear. Cyberjammies not only create beautiful modal and cotton mixed jammies, with no restricting edges for ultimate comfort but, their whole range is mix and match too. Choose from button-down shirts, drawstring trousers, slouchy tops, jersey joggers and many more, to create your perfect combination.

 Herringbone Pyjama Set, €54, SHOP

DESMOND & DEMPSEY

Fast becoming the cult jammies of the year, Desmond & Dempsey's signature pyjama is a redesigned version of the old boyfriend's shirt and boxers combo. Only this time it is in aesthetically pleasing prints and soft cotton. So out with the old and in with the new, because everyone needs to revamp their sleepwear wardrobe once in a while.

Cotton Long Pyjamas Set, €98, SHOP

the white company

The timeless, understated luxury of The White Company has made it a go-to not only for homewares and gifts but also for sleepwear. Its super-soft jersey, brushed cotton and pure silk pyjamas make bedtime even more appealing, while its cashmere collection is perfect for cosy winter evenings inside.

Piped Silk Spot Pyjama Set, €258, SHOP

honna

Created by style editor Barbara McMillan, the female-founded brand puts the knowledge of a stylist to great use. With an edit of timeless, classic pyjamas; the under-€150 sets have bridged the gap between luxury and affordable sleepwear.

Red Stripe Pyjama Set, €130, SHOP

OLIVIA VON HALLE 

Is there anything more decadent than velvet jim-jams? We think not! The queen of luxury nightwear Olivia von Halle has come up trumps with this gorgeous silk and velvet pyjama set. We're not sure our bed could do these justice, but we'd be more than happy to give it ago.

Silk Velvet Pyjama set €1,500, SHOP

liberty london 

Known for its exclusive printed designs, Liberty London is the go-to for gifting. The latest sleep collection launched last month and features designs found from the 45,000 prints in the brand’s archives. Sales of its own brand sleepwear has doubled this year, and we can see why. This silk nightdress is the perfect hybrid of party dress and sleepwear. 

Silk Jacquard Long Chemise With Lace, €361, SHOP

Loom Linen 

While crisp linen might not be one's first thought in the depths of winter, these pjs are perfect for those who tend to run a little hot during the night. From her base in Tipperary, Melissa Steele has built her brand on the founding principle of sustainability and her selection of pyjamas are made from eco-friendly and biodegradable materials, so you can sleep soundly while wrapped in the softest Irish linen. 

Baby Blue Linen Pyjama Set, €160, Loom Linen, SHOP

ALEXA CHUNG

Fashion queen Alexa Chung launched her first sleepwear collection for her brand ALEXACHUNG and if the satin pistachio styles, vintage details and paisley prints don’t make you happy to hit the pillow, we don’t know what will.

Bloomer Pyjama Set, €255, SHOP

ZARA

High street giant Zara is obviously by no means a sleepwear brand by trade, but for autumn/winter 2020 - perhaps spotting a heightened demand for beautiful, yet affordable clothes to lounge in - it launched its first lingerie line. The brand's offering includes beautiful nighties with silk trim, classic silk pyjamas, seamless cotton separates and beautiful satin sets. If you didn't know they carry cosy separates, now you do! 

Striped Wide-leg Pyjamas, From €19.95, SHOP

pour les femmes

Crafted from breathable lightweight cotton, this striped set is ideal for warm autumn days. They're also a feel-good buy: Pour Les Femmes' pyjamas benefit charitable organisations that promote brighter futures for women living in conflict regions around the world. 

Cotton Sateen Pyjama Set, €235.95, SHOP

yolke

Founded in 2013, London-based Yolke makes super chic silk pyjama sets that look just as cool worn with trainers for day or heels for a party as they do for the bedroom. They’re made from a special stretch silk which not only means they’re super comfy, but it’s also crease-resistant and much harder wearing than traditional non-stretch silk, making them perfect PJs for dancing around your kitchen in.

Prowling Leopard Silk Pyjama Set, €410.95, SHOP

EVEWEAR 

Launched this past April by Talia Schlussel, Evewear is an LA-based, eco-friendly line of retro-girlish sleepwear. Think of it as the Reformation of PJ's: The brand is rooted in ethical practices — all of the garments are made using recycled fabrics and are produced domestically by local artisans in LA — and it has a very laid-back, cool-girl aesthetic. 

The Free Spirit, €85, SHOP

KAREN MABON

Have you ever seen pyjamas so splendid? Karen Mabon has made the jump from her iconic, colourful, luxe scarves to widen her range to include beautiful, opulent, pure silk nightwear.

Crufts Silk Pyjama Shirt, €162, SHOP

SLEEPER

No round-up of luxurious sleepwear would be complete without a pair of feather-trimmed pyjamas. Sleeper is one of the brands that reinvented our summer dress collection earlier in the year with puff-sleeve styles. However, they originally began as sleepwear – hence the name. The brand's goal is “to make every environment feel like home”. Elegant and chic, Sleeper's offering is almost too good to be hidden from plain view.

Party Pyjama Set with Double Feathers in Black, €280, SHOP

Main image courtesy of RIXO

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