Fight the Frump: Update Your Sleepwear

Greetings and TGIF! Actually, this is the one Friday I was hoping wouldn’t get here quite so fast. Today is the Friday we take my son to college. I’ve been preparing for this day all year, and and in some ways, for my whole life, so it’s not like it’s caught me by surprise or anything, but that doesn’t make it any less bittersweet. I realized the other day that I’m feeling not sad about him moving on — I think we’re all ready for that — but the sadness I’m feeling is nostalgia for the days gone by. I just wish I could cuddle that sweet little boy one more time, ya know?

But we’re all really excited for this next adventure, and I think we’re ready. We only have a short window of two hours to get him all moved in, and then he has his first marching band practice, so I’m trying to stay task oriented to get through the day. I may be a little sad tomorrow and next week when I realize he’s not asleep in his bed upstairs, but hopefully those moments will soon be replaced by fun college experiences. He’s going to school nearby, and we’ll be able to attend football games and see him perform in the band.

Anyway! Most of you are here because you’re either trying to maintain or reclaim your style as you keep up with your busy life, so today we’re talking about updating our sleepwear.

summer pajamas rose all day

pajamas // cardigan // swig wine cup

Sleepwear may seem like a strange place to fight the frump, but it’s an area that’s easy to neglect, and even what we wear to sleep can affect our morale.

While I realize my husband and children are usually the only ones who see my sleepwear, I want them to know they matter enough to me to make an effort to look decent in what I wear around the house as well as what I wear out and about.

hoodie HERE, HERE and HERE // lounge around shorts

My pajamas were getting pretty grungy so last summer I decided it was time to update my sleepwear, and I’ve been adding a new pair here and there ever since — usually when I see something on sale. It’s amazing how much a simple thing like new pajamas can brighten your day.

Once you update your pajamas, don’t forget to get rid of the old stuff so it’s not weighing you down and cluttering your drawers. When we moved, I went through my pajama drawer and tossed anything that was old or mismatched or too small, and I folded everything else neatly so I can see what I have. Now I enjoy opening that drawer, and I love putting on a cute and comfy pair of pjs after the dinner dishes are put away in the evenings.

If you have a hard time spending money on yourself for something that seems as inconsequential as pajamas, new pjs are a great gift idea for holidays and birthdays. My mom and I often end up gifting each other pajamas for special occasions.

With that lengthy prelude, here are some of my favorite places to shop for pajamas!

Cute & Comfy Summer Pajamas

#1. GAP

Last summer I added a pair of Gap’s sleep pants and lounge shorts along with two of their short sleeve sleep shirts to my pajama wardrobe. The shorts are a nice modest length, and the pants are super soft and lightweight. The sleep shirt is also soft and lightweight, and there are a ton of cute color and print options.

These both run big, but I still bought mine in size medium because I like my sleepwear to be roomy and comfortable. That said, it’s up to your personal preference as to how you like yours to fit.

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#2. Victoria’s Secret

VS secret baby tee // Pocket Satin Pants

Victoria’s Secret is always a good place to look when updating pajamas. I got a pair of their pajama shorts and a tee last year that I wear a lot, and I got a set for my daughter too. Their tees are super duper soft.

#3. SOMA

pajama top // pajama pants

I discovered the Cool Nights Sleep Sets a couple years ago when I was doing a campaign with Soma, and I liked them so much I ordered one for my mom for Christmas. Since then she and I have gifted these back and forth several times over. We both love them. They’re soft and cool and comfortable, and they come in some really pretty and fun combinations. These run true to size. I like to buy a size medium so they’re plenty roomy and comfortable.

SALE ALERT >> Save 25% off your order during the Soma Friends & Family Sale!

#4. KOHL’S

Croft & Barrow Printed Tank & Shorts PJ Set

Over the years, I’ve bought several cute pajama sets at Kohl’s. They are affordable and hold up pretty well although they’re not as soft as the ones I’ve listed above. This short PJ set caught my eye because they look cool and comfortable, and they’re also available in plus size.


There’s a chance this could be wine… 🍷

PJ Salvage Pajama Set

hoodie HERE, HERE and HERE // lounge around shorts

I’m sure it surprises no one that I list Nordstrom as one of my favorite places to shop for, well, anything! I’ve had good luck with PJ Salvage winter pajamas so I recently ordered this pajama set, and I love it. So soft and comfy, and I just thought they were super cute. They have a few different patterns/colors to choose from. Bonus, they also come in plus size.

I always like the juxtaposition of shorts and a long-sleeve top in the summer months, so I just added these lounge around shorts and hoodie to my loungewear wardrobe. I like them because I can wear them all day and feel dressed, but they’re as comfy as pajamas.

Unfortunately, this hoodie just sold out at Nordstrom, which I don’t get because when I ordered it, they were fully stocked in a variety of colors. But I found it in other colors and on sale at Zappo’s and Bloomies. For size reference, I have a medium in both.

lazy Sunday pajamas

long sleeve sleep shirt

short pajamas

I also think these lazy Sunday pajamas are cute if you’re hot natured and prefer shorts and a tank. I’m not one for sleep shirts, personally, but I wanted to include the option. And finally, these short pajamas aren’t my favorite style, but I realized I’m heavy on the t-shirt style pjs in this post, so I wanted to include something different.

Also, don’t forget about Nordstrom Rack. I’ve purchased the PJ Salvage and Honeydew Intimates brands there for a fraction of the price on the Nordstrom website.

Beauty Queen Sleep Pants (can’t find the shirt, unfortunately!)

I didn’t include nightgowns, but if that’s your jam, go for it! I gravitate to the shorts or pants with pajama tops because I feel like they’re more appropriate for wearing around the house in front of the kids, and occasionally a neighbor might even show up at my door so I want to feel like I’m wearing something appropriate for those situations.


Now that we have our pajama discussion out of the way, let’s talk robes for a sec.

Last year I ordered this Natori midi robe, and I love it. It’s the perfect length and weight for summer, and it comes in 5 colors.

For winter, I have a thick and cozy UGG bathrobe that was a Christmas gift from my mom one year. Mine is a longer style that isn’t available at Nordstrom right now, but I’m sure they’ll be getting more options in when it gets closer to the holidays.

I’ve also heard great things about Soma robes.

As much as I like a good robe, I often bypass my robe and throw a cardigan on over my pajamas. It’s more modern, plus I feel slightly more dressed around the kids and their friends. I finally drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Barefoot Dreams cardigan during the #NSale and I am IN LURVE.

pajamas // cardigan // swig wine cup

Seriously, this is the softest thing I have ever put on my body. It’s cozy and warm, so I’ll get more wear out of it this fall and winter when the weather cools down, but sometimes I put it on in the early mornings to have my coffee before I get too heated up. For size reference, I went with a medium because the arms on the small were a little snug.

I’m sure you guys have some favorite sleepwear and loungewear you can recommend too, but I hope this post gives you a place to start!

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