We Said It: Matching Pajamas Are the Underrated Hero of the Holidays—Here Are Our Faves To Shop Now

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You blinked and the holidays are on the horizon… and with them, a laundry list of seasonal to-dos. What are you getting for everyone this year? Who's hosting the Friendsgiving feast? When will you find time to bake the iconic family cookie recipe? What happened to your red lipstick?

It’s all holly and jolly, but it can feel like, well, a lot. So why not hit pause on all the big plans and ask yourself the actual most important question of all: What set of matching pajamas will you choose for you and your family?

Yes, in the spirit of keeping things comfy, cozy, and close to home, it's time to embrace the holiday self-care classic that is relaxing around the house with your loved ones—both big and little—in complementary loungewear. And for matching sets that are festive enough for "candid" present pics, evergreen enough to wear year-round, and versatile enough to suit anyone's tastes (yes, for both toddlers quivering with excitement to uniformed, don’t-buy-me-anything dads), LAKE has you covered.

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The PJs are seriously sleep-inducing (in case you need another reason to snooze your alarm during that week between Christmas and New Year's), and yet crisp enough to count as daytime loungewear, too. So you can go from your morning coffee, to baking duty, to an overly competitive game of charades in comfort and style, all before putting the kids down and dozing off to your most beloved holiday flick. Take it from three Well+Good editors who are outfitting their families in matching pajamas this season—and sharing their faves.

Keep scrolling for the matching pajamas at the top of our editors’ lists this season.

1. Holiday picks for PJ pros

My family has gotten matching pajamas for the holidays every year since I can remember. My mom always wraps them up and puts them under the tree with the rest of our gifts, and somewhere along the way it became a requirement to yell “Christmas pajamas!” in a very particular cadence when you found your box.

Now that our gift-opening festivities have expanded to include more family members (my fiancé, my younger sister’s boyfriend, and my older sister’s husband and four kids have since been initiated into the tradition), it’s so much fun seeing how my mom coordinates our PJs to fit different styles and sizes. Plus, seeing how excited my little nephews and niece get to match their auntie makes me want to wear Christmas pajamas every day (I’m only sort of kidding).

This year, I’m strongly advocating for my mom to go with a lineup of LAKE pajamas (just feel how soft they are and you’ll understand why). I’m eyeing the red-striped kimono set for the grownups, and a mix of the ornament-patterned and red-striped sets for the littles, to give us all festive, candy-cane vibes, perfect for snuggling up for a holiday movie marathon together.

— Erin Flynn, senior branded content editor

2. Subtle pajamas for little ones and grownups

Confession: I never thought I’d be a “matching pajamas” person, but having kids—and having classic, minimal, and ridiculously soft options to choose from—has converted me. I like to take a loose approach to matching with a general color palette, like LAKE’s collection of green lounge pants (for my husband), thick fleece-lined robes (for me), and patterned kids' PJs (for my two boys) that feel subtly festive and yet applicable to wear well into the new year. Now if only I can get my wiggly toddlers to hold still enough for the obligatory tree-side pajama pic…

– Eva Rohan, senior director, content + strategy

3. Super-soft sets for PJ newcomers

Growing up, my parents didn’t really do traditions. They thought that made our family spontaneous and fun—but I just felt envious of friends with annual turkey trots and birthday breakfasts. In other words, holiday pajamas were the stuff of dreams. This year, I’m finally making them happen.

To ease everyone into the new tradition, I set out looking for a subtle option that’s not all reindeer and snowflakes—and LAKE’s navy sets fit the bill. I’m opting for a starry set for my mom and me, made from 100 percent Peruvian Pima cotton that’s cozy and cooling (night sweats, begone). My husband and my dad are a tougher sell, so the navy tee is perfect: It’s comfy enough for a nap but could totally pass with a pair of jeans. At some point, I'll ask them to throw on the soft pinstripe pants for an obligatory family selfie... and I bet they won't rush to take them off.

— Helen Sidebotham, branded content editor

Want to gift some holiday comfies this season? LAKE has a perfect PJ option for everyone in your family (yes, including you)—so add to cart and get cozy.

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