If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that pyjamas are no longer relegated solely to the confines of our beds and couches. In part, this is due to lifestyle changes. Work-from-home set-ups and a more relaxed approach to dressing have blurred the lines in our wardrobes. But brands are pushing things one step further, crafting pieces that would be a shame not to wear out of the house.
Vintage-inspired silk slips that can accompany you to cocktail hour. Linen sets you can wear as you walk the dog. Fluffy robes that make the perfect post-swim beach cover-up. And velvet slippers you can pop down to the pub in. These are but a few of the choice sleep and loungewear staples from some of our favourite Aussie brands this season.
Deiji Studios might be best known for its luxurious linen loungewear. But with its latest collections the Byron Bay-based brand continues to blur the lines between styles that you can wear in or out of the house. Pieces like the Tie Knit top and Tube skirt will slot right into 9-to-5 wardrobes, and the Curved Quilt jacket is an outerwear hero.
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If you’re anything like us around the Broadsheet offices, your basics collection is probably brimming with Paire’s sweat-proof T-shirts, butter-soft underwear and cosy socks. The Melbourne brand has recently added a range of loungewear staples to its line-up. Made from the same Breezeblend fabric (a merino wool and tencel mix) as its classic tees, the new range is primed for binge-watching Succession, working from home and even weekend coffee runs. The unisex offering includes a long-sleeved tee and lounge pants, as well as an oversized T-shirt and elastic waist shorts. The minimalist silhouettes come in black, grey, olive green and two blue hues: sky and stormy.
This colourful patterned loungewear is designed in Melbourne and handmade and dyed in Bali. Like others on this list, it’s made for more than just eight hours of shut-eye. Each pyjama set is unisex, lightweight and silky, and made from bamboo rayon. Everything about the super loose jammies is wide – shirts have wide sleeves, pants are wide culottes, and you can opt for a slightly warmer version with extra long sleeves. We love the simplicity of the Milkbar and Azalea prints this season.
It’s no surprise that one of Broadsheet’s favourite bedding brands is also a top contender for PJs and loungewear. Made from the label’s signature French flax linen, the sleepwear range includes breezy slips, as well as long- and short-sleeved shirts that can be mix-and-matched with shorts and pants depending on the season. There are also classic robes and waffle styles to layer up with.
Sydney label In Bed creates timeless sleepwear in luxe fabrics like linen, organic cotton and cashmere. There’s a collection of pants, boxy shirts, short shorts and single-size robes for men and women to choose from, depending on the season and your sleep preferences. In Bed’s ethos is to create sustainable items in an ethical way. Its textiles are coloured using eco-friendly dyes and softened with volcanic stones, rather than with chemicals.
Hommey is one of our favourite brands for giant cushions, pet accessories and cosy robes. But they also stock a range of cloud-like shearling slippers that are finished with rubber outsoles, which are perfect for wearing beyond just running to the rubbish bins.
Inspired by her grandmother’s vintage nighties and robes, designer Liv Koennecke makes curve-hugging slip dresses, loose-fitting shorts and “boyfriend” pyjamas with wide-leg silk pants and button-down shirts. They’re all made from 100 per cent silk, which Koennecke chose for its hypo-allergenic properties, as well as its versatility. Designed in Sydney, Maison Essentiele’s collection can be adapted for wearing day or night. The lace-trimmed Vintage nightgown looks just as good with a pair of pumps as it does under the sheets. And the brand’s black and white striped Lounge shirt and coordinating pants will even suffice a chic trip to your local cafe when paired with a trench.
Of course Boody has taken the butter-soft bamboo its undies are famed for and applied it to loungewear. It just makes sense. From the Downtime pants, Crop tee and Long jumpsuit to the Goodnight Sleep set and Chunky Bed socks, it’s a hard task wanting to dress in much else on off-duty days.
Kat the Label
Lace-trimmed lingerie might be your conversation starter with Melbourne-born brand Kat the Label. But its satin pyjama sets, slips with built-in bras and delicate tie-up two-piece styles are sure to keep you engaged. There are classic monochrome pieces, as well as trending espresso, olive and limoncello hues to choose from.
Printed pyjama sets. Plush robes. Cosy bed socks. Papinelle started life at the Paddington markets in 2003, and over the years the Sydney-based sleepwear brand has stayed true to its floral patterns, pastel colours and soft, feminine styles. A growing range of loungewear, including these Waffle joggers and Rib hoodie will even take you from work-from-home days to school runs.
Jasmine and Will
Elle Macpherson and Lara Worthington are big fans of this Sydney label’s Australian-made loungewear. Jasmine and Will sells comfortable clothing for all ages in fabrics like cashmere, wool and silk. The label launched during 2020’s lockdown with oatmeal and navy tracksuits; now it has a wider range of sweats and sleepwear. Its Capri Silk pyjama set is long sleeved and has a light stretch to the fabric. You can also get your set monogrammed if that makes you feel more like a rock star.
Melbourne brand Maeva (which means “welcome” in Tahitian) makes loungewear and pyjama separates in soft-as-a-cloud materials like cotton, wool, modal and viscose. Its clothing is produced in China, where the brand says it has decade-long relationships. As part of the collection, you’ll find striped cotton styles, plush fleece pants and bold printed-robes, all perfect for power-stance posing by the coffee machine.
Designed in Sydney, Hybernate’s roomy slim-leg pants are made in Peru using soft pima cotton and five per cent spandex – and they don’t lose their shape, even when washed. There are seven colours to choose from, including deep navy and soft green, and though the leg tapers at the ankle, it’s loose-fitting at the “seat” area (without looking too slouchy to wear when nipping out for coffee). Hybernate says they’re perfect for all seasons. Have we mentioned they have pockets?
Sydney brand Mawde (an acronym for “Make a World of Difference Every Day”) is committed to slow fashion – and not just ethically. These sweats are made for moving very slowly from the bed to wherever you like to wear them around town. The collection of loose-fitting loungewear is made in Australia using the brand’s own Sofcel Bamboo fabric, plus five per cent elastane for a bit of stretch.
Slippers or loafers? It depends where you’re wearing them. Melbourne couple Lib Hutton and Will Carter saw a gap in the market for unisex loafers and slides that can be worn around the house or to the pub. You can choose from shearling, terry or velvet fabrications and even opt to have certain styles monogrammed with your initials. They’re a little bit hotel slipper, a little bit loafer, with a leather sole.
Adelaide’s Lauren Puvi designs luxury loungewear under the label Oosel, which means “at night” in Estonian. Her elegant pieces are all made in Australia, and Puvi wanted her silk pyjama shirts to get multiple wears; they look chic tucked into a pair of jeans – and they feel great when sprawled on the sofa. Her silk double-breasted classic pyjama top has a relaxed, masculine look, made from hammered silk satin with abalone shell buttons. Oosel keeps it simple with three classic colours: ivory, black and leopard print. And you can also buy matching silk eye masks for the ultimate beauty sleep.
Sleeping With Jacques
The word “opulent” comes to mind when perusing the velvet collection at Sleeping With Jacques. Cindy Crawford and Shanina Shaik are said to be fans of the signature Bon Vivant robes, made from silk velvet with a plush tie belt, and matching wide-legged pants. The Melbourne brand’s pyjama sets are equally catwalk-worthy: made from 100 per cent silk, with ribbon detailing. They’re smart and sophisticated, and the silk comes from two dedicated farms where silkworms feed on organic mulberry leaves.
Desmond & Dempsey
London-based Desmond & Dempsey gets an honourable mention on this list as a one-half Australian brand (co-founder Molly Goddard grew up in Brisbane). Comfort is king for this playful label, which is best known for its classic spread-collar styles in bold jungle cat prints. But its latest collection, The Elements, sees a swing closer to daywear. The monochrome Palm Stripe set, sunshiney Sol print square nightie and “sundried tomato”-hued Helios embroidered men’s style are simply begging to be worn alongside an Aperol Spritz in a tiny Italian town this summer.
Additional reporting by Sarah Norris, Che-Marie Trigg and Stephanie Vigilante.
This article was first published on June 21, 2021 and has since been updated.
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