Healthy Sleeping Habits

Experts Say *These* Lightweight Summer Pajamas Will Keep You Cool as a Cucumber While You Snooze

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Do you have a favorite pair of pajamas? Better yet, do they remain your favorite PJs all year round? Chances are, they don’t. After all, what’s comfortable in fall and winter’s crisp temperatures can be pretty stifling come summer. Flannel in July? No thanks...

That’s why we chatted with fabric experts about the best pajamas for women, made of the best fabrics to sleep in this summer. According to Joann's Fabrics' textile sourcing team, hot, humid climates call for moisture-wicking materials, like lightweight cotton and other natural plant fibers. These are the pajamas that won't leave you in a puddle of sweat. "For example, bamboo-based viscose is more sustainable and has fast-drying abilities because it absorbs moisture," the team's spokesperson suggests. "Eucalyptus-derived Tencel is also a good option because it is highly absorbent and breathable.”

Save the silk, polyester, or flannel for winter. “These fabrics are natural insulators that will make you feel warmer, which is not ideal for summer nights,” the team’s same spokesperson reveals. “Also, avoid tight fabrics and instead opt for natural fibers that have more give so they don’t stick to your body during the night.”

Now that you know what materials to look for (and which ones to steer clear of), it’s time to find your coziest summer pajamas. Ahead, find seven dreamy sleepwear sets that fit the bill.

The most cooling, sweat-proof summer pajamas for women

bagheera set
Printfresh, Bagheera Short Sleep Set — $128.00

Available in: XXS—6XL.

Printfresh’s most-beloved pattern is the Bagheera tiger print, which is sold in various colors–and now it’s available in a summer-friendly short set, too. Made with 100 percent cotton, this set isn’t only stylish, it’s breathable, too. And if the tiger doesn’t tickle your fancy, explore the brand’s other trendy, colorful patterns—Printfresh releases new prints every few weeks.

Hill House Home, Aurora Sleep Dress — $75.00

Available in: Sizes XXS-XXL

This slip isn’t nearly as detailed as the brand’s signature Nap Dress, but, boy, is it just as comfortable. The dainty dress is made of lush organic cotton that feels buttery smooth agains the skin, designed to keep you cool on even the hottest nights. Between the delicate floral pattern, sexy straps, and eye-catching cutout, it’s almost too good to sleep in… almost.

pima cotton
Lake, Pima Tank-Short Set — $88.00

Available in: Sizes XXS-XXL.

This tank-and-shorts set from Lake just looks cooling, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Made with 100 percent cooling Pima cotton, it’s about as breathable as it comes for summer. Luckily for us, it’s sold in seven colors and sizes, too.

jockey sleepwear
Amazon, Jockey Everyday Essentials 100% Cotton Capri — $34.00

Available in: Sizes S-3XL.

Perhaps you’ve got a sleep shirt you’re in love with but need some summer-friendly PJ pants. If that’s the case, Jockey’s Everyday Essentials 100% Cotton Capri are a great option. They hit mid-calf, feature a loose (but not super baggy) fit, and are so lightweight you’ll practically feel naked.

bamboo pajama
Cozy Earth, Women’s Short Sleeve Bamboo Pajama Set in Stretch Knit — $124.00

Available in: Sizes XS-3XL.

The brand behind Oprah’s favorite sheets makes these equally-breezy bamboo viscose sleep shorts. Beloved by thousands of shoppers, they’re a great option for anyone looking to stay cool and cozy while they snooze. The set features a stretchy, lightweight fit that’s sold in five colors.

tank john pajamas
Hanna Andersson, Women's Tank John Pajamas in Organic Cotton — $37.00

Available in: Sizes XXS—XXL.

What’s more summery than watermelon? Hanna Andersson’s fruity fresh jammies are sold in a bold watermelon print, as well as blue and white stars—both of which are just begging to be your PJs of choice this summer. (Psst: The brand also has a pair of fun rainbow checkered cotton tank PJs for Pride Month. Snag them while you can!).

Linoto, Linen Boxer Shorts — $30.00

Available in: Sizes XS—XXL.

Fun fact: Linen is one of the most thermoregulating fabrics out there, thanks to its breezy, breathable design. These boxer shorts—which are made entirely from the brand’s leftover fabric—will ensure you sleep comfortably through the night, keeping you cool and dry, even when temps soar. Paired with a tee, a tank, or no top at all, you’ll be happy you bought them.

Want to try your hand at making your own perfect summer PJs? Check out Joann's selection of pajama patterns and consider fabrics like JOANN’s Yellow Micro Plaid Cotton Viscose Fabric ($12.99/yard) and Blue Blurred Plaid Cotton Viscose Fabric ($12.99/yard).

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