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    The smartest pyjamas to nod off in

    29 August 2018

    If you head to bed in battered trackies and a baggy T-shirt, it could be time to invest in some proper matching pyjamas – and then invite everyone over for brunch for the widest possible audience. Smart pyjamas are a venerable British  tradition, introduced to the country as stylish lounging attire by colonialists back from India, when they were first known as ‘mogul’s breeches’. Over the past few years a new wave of independent British pyjama-makers are giving these overlooked classics a new lease of life in irresistible silk, cashmere, linen – and of course, the ever-popular and practical brushed cotton. Time to organise a sleepover…



    London pyjama makers Yolke make this stretchy botanical-print set in silk and elastane so that it will never crease or crinkle, allowing you to watch as many hours of Netflix on the sofa as you can manage, and still look pristine. With their soft, luxurious feel, they’re ideal as a present, and you can add a personal touch with monograms from £10 per letter. Bow set in powder pink, £100


    They might make you look like a six-year-old ready for your bedtime story, but these pyjamas are seriously comfortable and feel homely straight away. Established initially as a bedding company, Piglet specialises in unpolished stonewashed linen, so if you buy both the pyjamas and bedding you could end up totally coordinating with your bed. Unlike the other pyjamas, these are consciously imperfect, embracing the creasing and irregular dyeing of the French linen. Navy Pyjamas Set, £69.70

    Olivia Von Halle

    Designer Olivia Von Halle spent four years in Shanghai and takes its stylish 1920s heyday for her inspiration, including in this playful jungle print. She got in early on the trend of pyjamas doubling as daywear so all of her quirky styles are flattering, with a nip in at the waist but plenty of fabric elsewhere for ultimate comfort. Olivia also accepts bespoke monogramming commissions, going from the standard lettering up to large scale embroidery. Lila George pyjamas, £395

    Morpho + Luna

    French and Italian duo Cécile Gavazzi Daccò and Carola Botto Poala Voli set up shop in London four years ago to design feminine tailored pyjamas in Italian silk and Swiss cotton. The low cut of the trousers means that you avoid the frumpy, fusty look that you get with most standard pyjama sets. Their thick cashmere robes will make hibernation at home even more appealing come the winter. Mika set in poudre, £490



    If Noël Coward were shopping around for jammies in 2018, he would be pretty tempted by Bonsoir’s satin striped ensemble. As the company was established in the Roaring Twenties, they continue to channel the spirit of ‘cocktail pyjamas’ for entertaining in – pyjamas that you can mix a martini in and then roll straight into bed without the hassle of changing in between. As they’re a practical dark colour you could probably get away with spilling a little jam and morning coffee on them, too, before needing a trip to the dry cleaners. Striped satin pyjamas, £89

    Desmond and Dempsey

    Couple Molly Goddard and Joel Jeffery launched their label four years ago after Molly kept pinching Joel’s shirts to wear for bed. They realised that the best way for him to get his shirts back was to revive the art of pyjama-making so that she could have her own. Since then they have been designing collections for both men and women with precise tailoring, but in comfortable slouchy cotton. They looked to Morocco for inspiration for their ‘Jamal’ print, one of the many eye-catching designs to pick from. £90 for the shirt, £85 for matching trousers, Monogramming starts at £30 for two letters

    Derek Rose

    Lightweight and super soft, this silk set with delicate mother of pearl buttons is almost too stylish to stay at home in. As they’re entirely silk they are great travel companions for tropical climes, as well as for the comfort of your own bed. Handmade since 1926, the label started off in Savile Row and is still really the benchmark for tailored men’s jammies. Thoughtfully, there is no seam on the inside leg of the trousers, so that they never hitch up in the night. Brindisi 26 modern fit pyjamas, £600

    Tales of Thread

    Set up by Rebecca Fordham, who had previously worked for Newsnight and the UN, her company Tales of Thread is about creating entirely ethically sourced sleepwear using African fabric. For this she combines English tailoring with Ghanian craftsmanship and hand-printed textiles from Accra. This soft ‘wave’ set is 85 per cent organic cotton and 15 per cent silk for a little slinkiness, and is left deliberately roomy in the cut. Wave pyjama set, £85