It’s like someone flicked a switch and now we’re all huddled by heater or clutching a hot drink to keep warm. Though we don’t suffer long dark winter nights for long, there’s a thrill in dressing like we’re bracing for a frosty night by the
fire TV, lounging around in silk, cashmere or fluffy robes, awaiting a knock at the door with our takeaway order. And why not dress up when we’re planning to stay home?
Because we like the idea of a little winter indulgence but don’t always have the budget for it, we’ve picked out 13 Aussie labels (at a range of pricepoints) selling sleepwear in all its guises – from loose-fitting dresses and tunics to plush shorts, long tapered pants and sophisticated slip-on shoes. Silk eye masks and toasty bedsocks included.
Designed in Western Australia, Bedtonic’s sleep tunics, bedding and blankets are made from soft European flax linen. The spacious, oversized tunics ($189–$199) come in eucalyptus, denim blue and a creamy natural shade. Each one has long sleeves and baggy pockets, is tinted with natural dyes and can be thrown over swimwear as readily as you’d wear it to bed. The fabric is hypo-allergenic and biodegradable, and the dress-like design has garnered a repeat-purchase reputation since launching in 2016.
Also fans of French flax linen, Bed Threads is a go-to for summer midi dresses that you can wear to bed or the beach. The Sydney label is all about creating affordable bedding and sleepwear, such as these longer slips ($140) in vibrant pink, turmeric, olive and rust, or these V-neck T-shirts ($80) in white, charcoal and khaki. For the cooler months, you can layer up with waffle robes ($140) in many of the same colours. Or, opt for luxury cashmere pants ($260) in black, grey, oatmeal or olive; they’ll keep your limbs incredibly warm all winter.
Broadsheet’s national editor loves these relaxed pants so much she wore them almost daily in lockdown. Designed in Sydney, Hybernate’s roomy slim-leg pants ($109) 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 five 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 label In Bed creates timeless sleepwear in a range of linen pants, boxy shirts, short shorts and single-size robes for men and women. Styles have varied only slightly since launching in 2013, and right now you’ll find pyjama separates in khaki, kohl and dove grey in the same softened linen as the store’s bedsheets. 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. Women’s shorts start from $80; men’s from $90. New in-store is a unisex tracksuit: the In Bed sweater in bone ($165) is made in Portugal from 100 per cent organic cotton in a boxy shape. The pants ($155) are available in men’s and women’s fits with elasticated waists and back pockets.
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 lockdown last year with oatmeal and navy tracksuits; now it has a wider range of sweats and sleepwear. Its Capri Silk pyjama set ($359) 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. It’s on the exxy side, so for a slightly less pricey option there’s a satin polyester set ($149) in diamond print, cut in the same tailored style.
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 Couch Collection, you’ll find plush high-waisted shorts ($60) in ruby, sapphire, emerald and moonstone, plus loose dresses, relaxed jumpsuits and long pants for evenings catching up on Mare of Easttown. It also has drapey Power Pants ($80) for power-stance posing by the microwave.
Inspired by her grandmother’s vintage nighties and robes, designer Liv Flanagan 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 Flanagan 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 chocolate-brown silk slip-on dresses ($220) look as good layered over a jumper as they do under the sheets. Its black silk shirts ($230) and monochrome stripe pant sets ($515) might be harder to pull off on a trip to the shops, but why should that stop you?
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 the basketball court, or wherever you like to wear Hooper Shorts ($109) around town. The 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. Those breezy basketball shorts have hidden pockets and come in navy and burnt olive. There are also form-fitting Kickon Leggings ($119); soft racer-back Dozer Tanks ($89); and these Eclipse Pants ($149) with a slight drop crotch and tapered leg.
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 that can be worn around the house or to the pub. You can choose from seven colours in its soft velvet slip-ons, like regal marigold, mulberry red or hunter green. Each pair is $165, which you can opt to have monogrammed with your initials in silver or gold thread, from $20 extra. 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 Öösel, 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 ($225) has a relaxed, masculine look, made from hammered silk satin with abalone shell buttons. Öösel keeps it simple with three classic colours: ivory, black and leopard print. And you can also buy matching silk eye masks for $55.
Powder blue pyjama sets. Fluffy 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. Its Winter Warmers range has waffle-effect tops and tapered pants in sage ($44.95 each), full-length modal pyjamas with stylish white piping ($119.95) plus super-soft socks ($19.95).
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 ($419–$429). They’re smart and sophisticated, and the silk comes from two dedicated farms where silkworms feed on organic mulberry leaves.
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 Moon Classic ($180). Long-sleeved styles range from $200 to $210.
Additional reporting by Sarah Norris, Che-Marie Trigg and Stephanie Vigilante.