Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pajamas – The Real Eveningwear

So, I just turned 41, and recently bought my first pair of real pajamas.

I guess I was always wearing sweats, or lounge pants, or knit shorts and a simple tee to bed. I had never put much thought into my sleepwear. However, I began to reconsider my nocturnal strategy once I began staying in nicer hotels in Milan and Paris. I often work on my laptop in bed while traveling, and I had begun to feel that the hotel bed was dressed better than me!

It didn’t take me long to find the pair above at Brooks Brothers for around $80 (on sale now for about $60). I love them, and I finally feel as chic as my bed in Milan. However, I worry that I might be sliding down that slippery slope to fuddy-duddyism. So I have a question to the ladies in the audience (I think the men in the audience will carefully consider your answers).

What do you want to see your man wearing to bed at night? (don’t say a naughty grin, that wouldn’t be fair)

The other downside of this pj purchase is the fact that my sartorialism might be getting out of hand.

I recently found myself checking old movies to see what length the shirt on a pair of pj’s should be. There is a great scene in The Philadelphia Story (scene 18 on my DVD) when Cary Grant answers the door, to a drunk Jimmy Stewart, while wearing a great pair of pj’s. I mean if you are going to look for inspiration on how something should fit then why not go to the master. I am now struggling with the choice of either marking the alterations on the pj shirt myself at home, or do I take them to the tailor and have them marked there. I am not looking forward to walking out of the dressing room in my pj’s.

In related news…

I don’t know why I think it is so funny, but whenever I wear a terrycloth robe in a hotel I have to put a wash cloth in the chestpocket – like a little matching terrycloth pocket square. I know it’s just plain silly, but I can’t help it. At least the waiters who deliver room service in Milan always seem to get a chuckle out of it.


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  1. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Is this really such a big deal, the pj's?? Well, I'd rather take my man to bed in t-shirt & boxers.

  2. The Bride

    December 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

    My favorite pair of pajamas for men is one that has a top that looks adorable on me, while the bottom looks good on him. (My film reference would be June Allyson and Dick Powell, but I forget the film).

  3. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

    honestly, i would much rather a guy be concerned with what’s underneath his pjs, and take good care of himself so that all he needs to sleep in are a nice pair of boxer briefs.. and me!

  4. donna

    December 18, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I personally don’t mind what a guy wears—as long as it’s not the same as me. ie: like a night slip, or flower pjs.

  5. Mlle Marie

    December 18, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I am currently on the quest for a nice set of jammies for my dearest to wear to bed, it was actually his request. No fuddy business here- I would love to see some smart looking PJ’s crawling into my bed!

    Keep on taking it to the next level!

  6. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I hope you’re kidding about having your pajamas tailored. I love your blog, but I’m a little scared for you right now!

  7. Matty

    December 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I love my man in a tight fitting short sleeve tee shirt and pajama bottoms. I love seeing his biceps peeking from beneath the sleeve and the tighter fitting tee shows off his pecs – sexy!!

  8. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I love a man in lounge pants and a fitted V-neck tee, but I’m not 40 yet and my taste for masculine sleepwear might change later.

  9. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Wearing PJs in bed never appealed to me. I can’t imagine how anything with buttons, a collar and pants could be comfortable to sleep in. Around the house is fine, but I’m far away from the 40 mark so I’ll stick with the fleece pants/tee combo, and in bed, it’s only underwear.

  10. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I personally love guys in pajamas! I think they are really cute and have bought my brother some Brooks Brothers ones in the past. It’s also cute for a girl to wear men’s pajamas or at least men’s pajama pants with a fitted top. If you’re sleeping in nice sheets you should have the pajamas to match. Bedhead also makes good ones.

    It’s a good way to show subtle that you really do know how to dress and pay attention to details as a man.

  11. Heather

    December 18, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Well, honestly, I hadn’t really given it a thought until you posted this question; however, I would have to say that seeing a man in pj’s is actually very nice. First,when I see my man in his pj’s it gives me this feeling that he still has this “boy” inside him. The boy that wore his pj’s around the house and was sweet to his mother and brushed his teeth before bed. In other words, it gives me a feeling that deep down, he is a good person. Second, it makes me feel that he cares about himself enough to wear something that he has given thought to, which is also a really good feeling. Having said that, I think you should be happy with your choice. Enjoy your pj’s!


  12. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Okay…I love you. You are just adorable. (Petting on the head) Seriously, you are obsessed, I will say, but there are far worse things to obsess over than the correct length of the PJ top. And that pocket square is…oh my god.

    May the fashion god have mercy on your soul. Frankly I think the PJ is a bit too ‘trying too hard’ to be truly chic. There is something to be said about effortless fashion, whether in or out of bed. But for you…I think it’s just right, Mr. Sartorialist. Just because you are you, you get a pass.

  13. Karmander

    December 18, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I’m not very particular, and of course body type does matter. Some men should wear briefs to bed and some shouldn’t, bottom line. But I think a man in a smart pair of pajamas would be very sensually pleasing no matter what his body type. He prepares for his nighttime ablutions and and is probably rather sophisticated and I always think a guy in pajamas probably smells good. Something about “getting dressed for bed”, he pampers himself and really puts some thought into himself.

  14. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:46 am

    My partner sleeps only in his boxers, and I like it that way. At the end of the day, no garment could be as comforting to snuggle up to as his bare skin.

  15. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I love a man in pajamas but a light weight cashmere sweater and boxers can be stylish and cozy too. I’m not into the t-shirt/pants lounge wear thing that is everywhere…that feels very fuddy-duddy and screams “mall of america” to me. The washcloth in the pocket is funny and you know what being playful can lead to….

  16. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:53 am

    A lady in the audience answering Sart’s question posed: a man is most becoming in pajama pants sans any shirt or tee – if he’s torso svelte; if he’s not modelesque then pj pants and shirt top 2 buttons undone (or tee). Nothing sexier than a man with nice cut pj pants easily hugging those man hips — Heeavennnn! :-)

  17. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Tight boxers – no shirt. Sometimes a well-fitting wife-beater can be sexy. PJs not so much. Sorry.

  18. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Proper pajamas (for men and women)are a must if you travel frequently. There have been many occasions when I have either been locked out of my room or answered the door for room service and being attired appropriately has saved me embarrassment. As for being at home… anything goes, but I love my husband in his pajamas- he looks smashing.

  19. tanya

    December 18, 2008 at 11:56 am

    OMG that terrycloth pocket square, Sart. You’re hilarious.

  20. Deb

    December 18, 2008 at 11:57 am


    You are too much! I got a great chuckle over your washcloth pocket square.

    I think your pajamas look dapper. I guess I don’t have a real preference for what my man wears to bed, it should just be something that suits him and that smells good and feels good.

    Sue R.

  21. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a nice pair of PJs, especially in nice soft fabrics. If we like to feel it against our own skin, why wouldn’t we love it against yours? Especially in winter, I doubt there’s anything comfier.

  22. Rita@Goldivas

    December 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    That is so cute!

  23. Emily

    December 18, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I love the pajamas. I get that for the actual sleeping part of the night you might get tangled, but there’s no reason you can’t slip out of the top and under the covers when that portion of the night happens.

    I think that as long as they’re not ratty and they’re well fitting, then whatever you’re comfortable in is best.

    Currently, I like my husband in soft pajamas that are cozy to snuggle against. After all, it’s Winter.

    As for the washcloth-cum-pocket square = excellent. Whimsical and marvelous. Love it.

  24. Jack Daniel

    December 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I’m happy with my adidas jogging pants and an old shirt from Spain saying: “Push the pedal to the metal”.

    But it’s great to know about these pj’s. I think i’m gonna ask one for x-mas.

    Nice words, Scott.

  25. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I’m a woman and I like classic pajamas! I wear them myself. At first I bought men’s pajamas, but lately I buy women’s. Several drawers full, in fact. (My man does not own any, but would like some in organic cotton.)

    On the subject of men in pajamas, I understand your concerns…but, I remember a scene in Mad Men where Don Draper is about to go to bed, and of course he has on pajamas. He only buttoned one button of the top. Sexy.

    I think the pajama pants can look good with a plain t-shirt, too.

    PS Love the terry pocket square!

  26. TYSON

    December 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    if you are willing to let your sleepwear get sloppy and unappealing you will be willing to let your day and night wear get sloppy and unappealing.
    caring about your PJs is not taking it too far by any means, it just shows that you are ALWAYS fashion conscious. who knows when you will be forced outside into the street for some reason in the middle of the night. do you not want to be the best dressed in any occasion?
    cheers Sartorialist, carry on.

  27. Melissa Joy

    December 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now.

    I, personally, think that people should wear pajamas. That being said, I am a seamstress that makes custom pajamas.

    I would be glad to do the alterations for you. I think that you are in NYC. The link goes to my website, where there is contact information for me.
    –Melissa JOy

  28. Dave

    December 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Lot of girls on here talking about body type….and we thought you liked us for our personality and wit!

  29. Lindsey

    December 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    okay, i never comments, but since you asked… if you’re going to be walking around/seen, then i like just pajama pants with a plain white T. when it’s time to go to sleep, i prefer just boxers – no shirt.

  30. racheld

    December 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    guy sweatpants are never ok!

  31. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    The washcloth pocket square is whimsical, right down my alley. Practical, too, in case you spill your water or something.
    Bedwear – I do like nice cotton pajamas like the ones you pictured from Brooks Brothers. They are modest, comfy, and if they are well-made, trim and tidy looking. Silk is nice, too.
    I just bought my husband an expensive cashmere robe for Christmas. It’s lined in silk, has three pockets on the outside and one on the inside, like a jacket. Not sure what that is for. I hope he likes it because it is really an investment piece.

  32. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I have bought my guy some nice Dior pj’s (he’s 42) but he says he feels dorky wearing both the top and bottoms together as a suit. He wears the bottoms – I don’t know what happened to the top – with a t-shirt.

    The same kind of thing happened with the wonderful vintage silk robe/smoking jacket. I thought we would lounge around weekend mornings in our fine vintage-wear (I have a closet full of vintage gowns and robes) sipping coffee and reading the paper. The reality is that my guy says he’s worried about spilling coffee or breakfast on the vintage robe and he points out it doesn’t really lend itself to roughhousing with our 3-year old.

    So I sit lounging in lovely silk gowns and robes and my guys roughhouse in pj/sweats combos. *Sigh*

  33. Jeremy

    December 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I like the idea of PJ's in a hotel or bed & breakfast especially. Maybe not something I would actually sleep in though in a personal living space.
    I do have a pair of seersucker pajama bottoms that I wear in the summer. Looks great with a white tee. Would be perfect for a beach house.

  34. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Whatever a gentleman chooses for sleepwear, the fabric should be lovely to snuggle up against.

  35. nice dream

    December 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    a fitted cotton v neck and a pair of lounge pants is ideal. Just don’t wear the same thing you have been wearing throughout the day.

  36. texasjetset

    December 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Ahhhh, yeeees…. finally.
    The only thing better than a man wearing the classic PJ’s to bed would be to have a contrasting shawl collared robe to swish around in while mixing up a little Bourbon over ice before retiring for the evening. Being a woman, I’ve often looked for such an ensemble for myself having often seen it in old black and white movies. Trips to Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s department, you won’t find them. You’ll find the PJ’s but not the robe. Or you’ll find the robe but not the PJ’s… No designer/buyer seems to look at them as a set purchase anymore. sigh…tsk! And the women’s version of it will NEVER do. But hmmm.. I bet Charvet in London could whip up a fantastic pair!

  37. Kate G.

    December 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Being alive means that you are the star in your own movie, so why not pay attention to the set and wardrobe? Brooks Brothers is an excellent choice, but tailor them with caution or suffer the tell-tale mismatching of stripes. Also I recommend a prewash before you do the markup.

    As to the terry pocket square…that is truly star treatment. You never cease to amaze me.

  38. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I feel that it is completely subjective. I can see the comment about the little boy aspect. I think it shows a certain sophistication, a maturity if you will. A young man will most likely sport just the bottoms, a man includes an open top, a gentleman all buttoned up and ready for the fire alarm to sound. Each appropriate and each attractive.

  39. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    pjs are cute…but i want to sleep with my bf in boxer-briefs (those american apparel ones are so sleek…) if anything at all…

  40. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    proper pajamas for traveling, always. a robe and slippers, too, if possible.

  41. Super Milk-Chan

    December 18, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t have a problem with formal matching pj sets, except that seem a little overdone for someone like me. I’m a big fan of my husband’s fitted plain white t-shirts and assortment of jammy pants. He always looks adorable, and he feels comfortable. And since comfort is the most important part…

  42. Jill

    December 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I prefer my man in boxer briefs but pajamas are also adorable.
    Especially really luxe ones…then I feel great wearing them too!

  43. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    The thing about pajamas–they can be spectacular, or a total mess. It all depends upon the fabric content. One hundred percent cotton or silk look great in the evening, and are very comfortable for sleeping. Here comes the “but”. But in the morning, they’re–and consequently you–are a wrinkled mess. Knowing that you’re a certified sartorialist, you might want to take that into consideration and look for something like a blend of bamboo and cotton, or a micromodal fabric with a little elastine in it. And by all means, the shirt should be no longer than the top of your hips, lest you look stumpy legged.
    Oh, and my personal preference is for a mandarin-type collar on the shirt, with at least two buttons undone. A regular shirt collar looks somehow childish, in my estimation.


  44. Tara

    December 18, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Philadelphia Story has some great sartorial moments, no?

    For bed – no track pants. No no no. Lounge pants? Meh. I like the simple pajama pant and, if the man is in good shape, an American Apparel tee works very well indeed. If not in tippy-top condition, the pajama top will suffice but lacks a certain je ne sais quoi? I prefer them to be dark in colour myself with a fairly-closely matched robe. Leather slippers.

    Love the eyeglasses tucked into the pocket.

    No, hem the shirt etc. yourself. You can do this quite simply and easily and need not bother a tailor with it. Besides, it shows a dashing level of self-sufficiency. I’m quite sure Cary Grant was handy with a needle and thread.

    Love your work – particularly the well-tailored men. I love menswear for women – it’s such a wonderful look. So much inspiration available.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours,

  45. Sara

    December 18, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I think that what a man wears for bed should change according to their age. When your younger, go for shorts or something like that because… let’s face it… your body will never be as good as it is now (was back then). As you grow older, maybe ‘older’ sleepwear. A good pair of stripped pj’s looks god on pretty much every single man. Or married man.

    But ultimatly, and as you are now in your 40′s, pj should look respectable. I don’t know why, but I think that men look good in blue pj’s.

  46. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Certainly PJs are so nice to undress. I like to open the string belt and the buttons. The color should be matching the mans eyes and the material as silky as possible. Classic models are always in style. I am a lady of 59 years.

  47. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    You didn’t ask, but that terry pocket square idea is a total panic. You just brightened up my day.

  48. Valentine

    December 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    There’s just something about the phrase “proper pajamas” (which a previous poster used) that just . . . doesn’t . . . connect. This sort of reminds me of your sweatpant question, which I refrained from answering because I couldn’t think of enough ways to say “pretentious” and “levels of absurdity that discourage many from entering the fashion world.” There’s really a point where fashion (and ostentation) has to end and practicality has to kick in. PJs should be comfortable. They should be appropriate to whatever temperature your locale reaches at night.

    My personal favorite for men is pajama bottoms or boxer shorts (depending on the weather) with a soft T-shirt. I know guys would never think of this, but girls have long hair, and I HAVE gotten it tangled in the buttons closing my duvet cover, so I’d probably be afraid of getting my hair caught in a guy’s buttons if he wore a button-down shirt to bed. I kid you not. Plus, I know as someone who always sleeps on her stomach, it seems uncomfortable to sleep in a shirt with buttons.

    Why are only girls answering this question. Naughty answers aside, don’t we get to know what men would like us sleeping in?

  49. Preita

    December 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I really love PJ’s just like you pictured. But they have to be pima or Egyptian cotton (no flannel please) and the bottoms must be a little bit long so that they crumple with slippers.

    The shirt is not as important. Sometimes the pj shirt works, but other nights a plain white or black t (not to big) is just as nice :)

    And no work out shorts please.

  50. leila grace

    December 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    ha that pocket square… you’re too cute.

  51. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    i imagine you are extremely handsome in those pjs and that they do not rob you of any necessary assertiveness.

  52. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I think it’s important to look good when you go to bed with your signifigant other. When your in your 20′s and 30′s that may mean just underwear. But as you get a little older you might want to make a little more effort – and pajamas are a nice, elegant way to look good and let your partner know you still care to make some effort.

  53. S.

    December 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    just boxers please

  54. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    to me it all depends if you are sleeping alone or with someone else. if alone, PJs are good and cozy and look cute, but if there’s someone else there, don’t they get a bit hot? in that case, good boxers all the way!
    also, the terry cloth pocket square is truly hilarious. i can just image the waiter’s look :)

  55. Specialward

    December 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    PJ’s are just another thing for me to wash. I sleep in short boxer briefs and no shirt. I’ve never had any complaints with anyone who happens to be next to me. That pocket square is pretty funny. I predict that your next entry will be that you steam the wrinkles out of your boxers.

  56. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    You are a funny guy Sartorialist. How would i make it throught my working hours if you did not exist?

  57. Elementality: Evan's PR blog entries

    December 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I think us guys in tailored PJs is def. a good look! If I could afford them, I so would buy some from Brooks Brothers, even if I’m not 40. Fresh is Fresh!

    As I don’t have classes on Thursdays, I’m still in my PJs which consist of Aeropostale fleece pants (black with little stitched skulls on them) and a white t-shirt.

    Keep is simple, keep it gangsta

  58. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    i love men in classical pj’s and i don’t think it’s that strange or trying too hard. I also love checked or silk dressing gowns.
    and i’m 30.


  59. Arwen

    December 18, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I’m a woman and wear men’s-style pajamas to bed, and my husband doesn’t object. And, doesn’t Julian Schnabel wear them most of the time? :) (Tho he is not my idea of sexy…)

    I think with Cary Grant as your guide, you can’t go wrong. Now, if Fred Astaire was your pj guide, perhaps. I love him, but that does smack of fuddy-duddy, at least with sleepwear (see Easter Parade…)

  60. Helen

    December 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I love seeing my boy in just PJ bottoms or boxers, but our flat is really cold so he normally needs to wear a top – he usually goes for a random T-shirt he doesn’t like enough to wear in public, but I would really rather he matched it to his bottoms. I think PJs look better on a slightly older man personally (we are 25).

    I’m being totally hypocritical though really as I wear brushed cotton PJs to bed myself in the winter (sometimes with socks, I confess), purely for warmth. The best I can manage in those is ‘cute’ I think, definitely not sexy!

  61. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Mr. S~
    This is taking it to the next level! I always adore seeing my love climb in next to me in nothing more than his sweet striped boxer briefs. However, when we are lounging about, there is nothing better than soft flannel to lay my head against. Dark grey striped flannel fitted jams are as good as it gets!The cozier you are, the more we want to spoon you!

  62. Jill

    December 18, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I wasn’t going to share this, but then the wash cloth pocket square? Wow.

    I’m not sure I’d love this look on any man, but on my husband this is my absolute favorite: long johns. Hear me out. It’s specifically a black thermal shirt paired with this certain pair of chocolate brown thermal pants (with black cuffs, black piping, and a black elastic waist band). I love it. It showcases his personality (as well as his great body), and the whole look is somehow manly and utilitarian, fun and flirty, warm and cuddly – all at the same time. Just like him.

    Unfortunately, the temperature averages around 75 degrees year round here, thus, I don’t get to see this look very often. (Tear.)

    However, the summer time boxer-briefs (“Mangerie” as I call them) are always good!

  63. mych

    December 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I think the bottoms from brook brothers are great. When you’re at a hotel I would add the top, but at home a wife beater, or just topless seems more comfortable. I find linen is the actually the best thing to sleep in. I have an oversized linen tunic from Banana Republic that I use and it’s great.

  64. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I own two pair of Brooks Brothers pj’s (one flannel, one cotton) and I think they’re one of the better purchases I’ve made.

  65. Juan Manuel Trejo Sánchez

    December 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    As a man, I’ll take The Bride’s advice:

    “My favorite pair of pajamas for men is one that has a top that looks adorable on me, while the bottom looks good on him.”

    Because it turns me on seeing a woman wearing nothing but my t-shirt on. (like some song I heard somewhere)

    I guess that comment said a lot to me. But I don’t know if that’ll work for a hotel hallway.


  66. The Wanderers' Daughter

    December 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I wear men’s Brooks Brothers flannel pjs that I’ve had since college. They never wear out, and are perennial favorites.

  67. Amber

    December 18, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Oh Sart, You leave me speechless..

  68. Julie

    December 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I think the pj pants are a must have in any man’s wardrobe, because of the effect they carry in the bed and out. The have a social history from the movie to the dorms of universities everywhere. The shirts however are more carry a more straitlaced, stricter feel and can make the man feel a little to old school, to forced. I say a pair of pj bottom and a nice soft white t-shirt. Or of you’ve got the form and figure no shirt at all.

  69. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    just boxer shorts will always be my fave (and an old t-shirt on top if cold)

  70. Graycat

    December 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Boxerbriefs :o)

    Aside from that, you can pretty much wear anything as long as you keep this hierarchy in mind:


    If getting dressed, put things on from the top of the list down. If getting undressed, start from the bottom. That way you’ll never look ridicullously half-dressed, only sexily so :o)

  71. seeds

    December 18, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I’d like it best if mine man wore just boxers when in bed, but since this is a cold country, pyjama pants and t-shirt or a wifebeater would do nicely.

  72. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    These Brooks Brothers men’s pajamas are my favorites, even though I’m a woman! I have two pairs that are super huge on me and they are great for traveling or just lounging around at home before bed. They last forever too.

    I don’t mind a man wearing pajamas to bed. It’s very Nick and Nora.

  73. Joshua

    December 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    I like Prana yoga pants – drawstring waist, comfortable but not baggy – on the bottom, and a white v-neck t-shirt on top, though I only sleep in the yoga pants.

  74. natalie

    December 18, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I think if you have impeccable taste/style, you should care about your pajamas as well. Just as undergarments truly complete an outfit or feeling, lovely pajamas can complete your wardrobe. It is very attractive to see a completely put together man 24 hours of the day. None of it is over the top. If your job is to care how things are made, how they look, and how they fit, it is only natural to take notice of every little detail in your personal life.
    I also love the terry cloth ensemble. Great sense of humor.
    Looking dapper in pajamas is the ultimate statement! :)
    …but maybe do the tailoring at home;)!

  75. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I love this post! I am English, female and have been wearing men’s pyjamas like this since my teens. I also had a nice wool plaid dressing gown at one stage. I would love to see a man in a crisp pair of traditional pyjamas. It is not fuddy duddy but actually v. sexy. A fine light blue pinstripe on white is my personal favourite. I salute your choice!

  76. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Sart, you have me lol on this one.

  77. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    naked has my vote!

  78. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Ditch these “chic” pajamas! They definitely look like they are for an old man. They also look like they are trying too hard. Sweats or boxers and a nicely fitted tee are sexy to me…

  79. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Nice PJ’s are a must for around the house at night or sitting down to breakfast in the morning, but I demand my BF to take them off before getting into bed. I need to be able to feel his soft skin to go to sleep, it’s like a security blanket.

  80. Carlos

    December 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    haha the robe bit is priceless.

    ive had the same dilemma before when i would just wear athletic shorts around the house but my girlfriend recently go me a nice pair of cashmere lounge pants and a nce tight yet slouchy tee shirt. so im happy with that


  81. Priscila

    December 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    sorry, sart, but pajamas remind me of…MY DAD! Im pretty sure all women here (please raise your hands) will agree with me when I say the effortless the better when it comes to men´s sleeping wear… Sexy boxers, neat underwear, with tshirts or not are the best..! Women, on the other hand, should be more worried about how they´re dressed when they go to sleep..! No men´s pajamas for women or huge tshirts or, the worse, women should never sleep wearing those mickey mouse long tshirts…

  82. Green Real Estate Developer

    December 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Its AG my man! I just saw a japanese magazine do a spread on Brooks PJs.

  83. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    So that is what you were purchasing at yesterday. Hmmm!! Nice.

  84. Luce

    December 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Hmmm, I’d have to say I prefer just underwear, plus a t-shirt or a jumper if its colder. Your PJ’s look so smart though! and I love the terry cloth pocket square too, just whimsical enough.

  85. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    All of the well dressed men I’ve known in my life, (i.e. my father, grandfather), have worn pyjamas. I’m 35 and I have been wearing pyjamas since I was a child and will continue to do so. Sexiness has nothing to do with my choice. If I want to be sexy in bed, I simply remove the pj’s. Personally, pyjamas make me feel more like an adult. It’s like wearing a suit. I have small children, and I think wearing pyjamas around the house rather than a t-shirt and boxer shorts or whatever, shows I care about my appearance at all times – not just when I am out in public.

  86. mariachavez

    December 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I am pro P.J. I always try to have some satin or cotton “virgin vintage” 2 piece P.J.’s in my store for Valentine’s Day and Christmas. It’s men’s lingerie in my opinion. So way to go. Chic to bed and Chic to rise!

  87. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Personally, some of my favorite items are pyjamas and and a silk dressing gown purchased from Sulka they day they regrettably closed their Chicago store. Nothing more classic or elegant. Add a fire, a glass of scotch and my wife and life couldnt be better.

  88. Carmen

    December 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Pj’s are essential for an aceptable sleepwear.

    Maybe in the US you find all the pj’s discussion a little bit too much but here in Spain (at least in the North, at least in San Sebastian) is just so natural, you grow up wearing pajamas to sleep (even girls) and you keep on wearing them all life long (well, maybe on your honeymoon you change your pj’s for delicate nightgowns, but just for 15 days, once you realise that pj’s are, not only comfortable, but also much more sexy).

    Cary Grant’s is always a good way.

  89. Ann Ever

    December 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Boxers to bed. Pajamas for coffee and reading in the morning.

  90. Jessica

    December 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I love that you even put effort into your pajamas! I would say that a man who wears a really nice pair of pajamas to bed is very smart looking. I think that a white tee and pajama pants are okay, too, but not lounge pants or just boxers; that reminds me of dirty college boys.

    And the washcloth pocket square! I love it!

  91. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    white v-neck tee and boxer briefs! that pocket square thing is really precious, as has been mentioned…

  92. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I adore the pjs, and frankly want my boyfriend and I to have matching ones, although as I am a small woman I might have to buy from childrenswear. I also love the pocket square, because I think fashion has to always be fun. It is not a bit out of hand.

  93. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    For me the problem with most PJs is around the waistline – that elastic, cinched business does not flatter most and certainly is not the most comfortable. Maybe something with a clearner finish or drawstring would work better…

  94. the_eye_collector

    December 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Can I just say – I LOVE IT. It’s so comforting to know that not everyone is completely eaten up with worry about the world turning into a shit tip; people still care about the little things in life.

    In my opinion, I loooove a man in a white v-neck tee and cotton pj pants (especially with a sort of shirt pinstripe pattern, or plaid). There’s something about very clean, almost clinical, white and blue nightwear that really does it for me. Hmm… upon considering this carefully, I shall be keeping an eye on this particular burgeoning fetish. Wouldn’t want things to get out of hand. As regards the tailoring, I really wouldn’t bother. It’s adorably anal, but surely completely unnecessary; aren’t there other things that money would be better spent on?

  95. Dominica

    December 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Very sexy to have as a couple…the guy wears the pants and the girl/woman wears the slightly oversized shirt…

    PS My son has PJ’s like this in stylish lightblue and checkered brown…
    (he’s 4)

  96. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    My bf wears pj pants or boxers; sometimes he pairs them with a white t-shirt. And that’s exactly what I want to see him wearing to bed. The “real pajamas” you’re talking about look very grandpa-ish to me. I wouldn’t want my bf to wear it before he turns 60:-)

  97. Laura

    December 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I personally love the idea of a man coming to bed in nice pjs. I don’t think it’s fuddy-duddy at all, and I’m 23. Also, adding a towel as a pocket square is genius. I love it.

  98. Reyes

    December 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I have to go with a t-shirt & pj bottoms

  99. Helen

    December 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I LOVE men's pajama's — I used to take my dad's (way too big) Derek Rose pj's which are really lovely, and have now gotten in the habit of purchasing them in the right size myself whenever I'm in a high-end men's shop. Interestingly, here in Canada, the quality men's pajama is becoming a bit of a white elephant… seems that most stores, such as Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew carry more jersey sweats, and such.
    I recently purchased a gorgeous pair of Derek Rose pj's for my 42 year-old husband, as he's inclined to wear nothing, (or on rare occassions boxers & a t) and we both had a good laugh – they looked silly on him somehow.
    So, as a woman of 30, I must say I appreciate a beautiful pj on a man — I'm thinking of some of my favourite movies such as Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (the most gorgeous man to ever appear in a pj, in my mind) or Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, but it's more about the man, than the pj — if it doesn't suit him, then it just doesn't work.

    PS I love the terrycloth pocketsquare idea!

  100. Danette

    December 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    PJ’s for lounging and cuddling and sipping beverages by the fire.

    Hopefully not much more than maybe a loose pair of boxers by bedtime.

  101. Moi

    December 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Boxer Briefs. Hands down the sexiest.

    Oh and the washcloth hankerchief is phenomenal. Love it.

  102. Katrina

    December 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Oh I love these! Very hot, very sexy, and oh so classic – very Cary Grant, and what woman would object to Mr. Grant crawling into bed next to her?

  103. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t think what we think really matters, as long as it makes you happy. But I do think nice pjs are a classy sexy look for the bedroom…so cheers!

  104. Charlotte

    December 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    My husband is 32 years old and I’ve been searching everywhere for pyjamas for him. I was even looking over my lunch hour today. From Old Navy to Frette, and everywhere in between, I haven’t found what I want.

    1) matching set (top, bottoms, robe)
    2) color of his eyes (clear blue)
    3) possessing an element of stretch (to avoid that binding feeling)
    4) natural fabric (cotton, hemp, bamboo, silk)

    I imagine that 99% of the time he will not wear the top. Maybe I will, and he’ll have it for traveling. Day to day he will wear the bottoms with a t-shirt or nothing on top, then when he gets up from bed in the morning he’ll put on the robe to stay snuggly and go make me coffee (this last part he already does in his REI jacket instead of a robe). I would pay anything (Frette prices even!) for his blue eyes in a blue robe bringing my coffee… Yum.

    So far I think I’m going to have to make these myself.

    Thanks for asking a very pertinent question Sart – I see I’m not alone in the futile quest for useful and attractive men’s pyjamas.

  105. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I grinned ear to ear upon seeing the pocket square.
    Now that winter is upon us my man and I have taken to wearing our flannel pj’s together while we reading/playing on the computer before bed. I think we look adorable. In the morning, we usually each have on half of the ensemble (me top, him bottom) though not always from the same set we were wearing the previous night. Bad pj’s getting all mixed up like that!

  106. Q

    December 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I like the appearance of woven pajamas, but wearing them to sleep is not a comfortable experience for me and knits are much better. It seems to me that it is due the confines of woven fabric – wovens are for boundaries – when you want to clearly mark the edge of a silhouette. When you are sleeping don’t you want to release those boundaries and give yourself over to the escape of dreams? Or perhaps some men prefer to have a comforting sense of boundaries.

  107. Linda

    December 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Brooks Brothers pajamas are the right choice. Very simple, chic, clean. Personally I hate guys at nighttime in tshirts, sweatpants – fleece pants are a particular pet peeve. It just seems sloppy and wrong. My husband wears Brooks Brothers broadcloth nightshirts, but I am not a fan of those either. It looks too old-man to me and is a bit of a turn-off (even though I do love him!).

  108. crowsfeet

    December 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    If you’ve gone crazy then I want to come along! I am actually making my husband pj’s for Christmas. I don’t find anything fuddy-duddy about them. And I love your pocket square wash cloth; if there is anything we could always use more of, it is silly. As for taking your pj’s to the tailor I say do it. If you appreciate the chuckle the pocket square provides for the room service waiter, then you could at least do the same for your tailor.

  109. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Your new PJs are very classic & sexy. Having PJs altered, however, would be way too obsessive. Unlike the terrycloth pocket square, which is cute & funny.

  110. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I am 18 (which is far from 40 mark) and I have recently ordered a pair of bespoke pyjamas at Turnbull&Asser. I find it very comfortable and the ladies claim that I look very debonair. Enough for me.

  111. Cheryl

    December 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I love you, Sart. I couldn’t help smiling through the whole post.

    Well, since I have long since been deprived of such think, I’ll just say that I would take a man in my bed and not care what he was wearing. :) But the PJ’s are nice.

  112. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    For a man with a nice body – pajama bottoms – super yummy!

  113. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    PJ’s for sure. Personally I think they should be monogrammed. That said pyjama tops do seem uncomfortable to sleep in so I guess a t-shirt (or nothing on top) would be a good combination with pyjama-pants.

  114. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    For practical purposes in the winter, pajama bottoms are a must because without them, my sweetie will have no defenses against my ice-cold feet. As many others have said, I like pajama bottoms with either no shirt or a fitted white t-shirt.

  115. Daniella

    December 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Well, I’d love my husband in pajamas (I like the old satiny vintage ones), but my lover… nude. Should he need to rise from the bed, he could wrap himself in a sheet or blanket from the waist down. (This is not intended to dismiss the lovely domesticity of the right pajamas–they are both important, but, different, for me).

    I think having your pj top tailored is absolutely in keeping with you (and it’s not all that ridiculous, you’ll spend alot of time in those pj’s)–what I like is that style is personal to you, Sart., not for show (for sharing, yes)–but for you, how you feel, how clothing makes you feel. And to me, that’s the best kind of style there is. It’s why I’ve loved clothing since I was a little girl, and it’s one of the reasons I enjoy your work so very much.

  116. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    i think a nice set of comforable but clean cut jammies are always nice. the robe with the pocket square is hilarious.

  117. carissa

    December 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    i laughed also at the washcloth in the chest pocket. that is funny. and more sartorialist than PJs.

    by all means, get the PJs tailored. think about how often you wear them! i get my house/lounge attire altered. its better than constantly being bugged by the flaw.

    i prefer my husband to wear as little to bed as possible, however, i have to constantly ask him to wear his lounge pants to get the paper. underwear is not acceptable paper fetching attire.

  118. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I love the washcloth! Cute and humorous.

    And add me to the list of people who like men in just boxers, at any age. (My own preferred bedwear is a soft fitted tee and short sleep-shorts — pajama pants when it gets chilly.)

  119. Marie

    December 18, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I love those pjs! But I can’t imagine anyone actually sleeping in them — I agree, its like wearing a straight jacket to bed.

    I like it best when my man is wearing something that feels good to the touch — something cotton, something soft. Generally I like thin knits for him.

    And, for lounging in the morning or evening, I love his long, soft robe (again, its all about the tactile sensation) or his red union suit and socks, which is really just irresistably adorable!!!

  120. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I’d stick to boxers and a t-shirt and invest in a really smashing robe.

  121. Rebecca

    December 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I’m cool with the PJs. They look like something Stephen Colbert would wear to bed. Mmmmm.

  122. <3

    December 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I would feel strange if my guy came out in full-fledged pjs. I think it’s much sexier when guys come in casual stuff rather than a pair of matched pjs.

    You should stick to what you had.

  123. Daniel

    December 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Ahahaha, now you’ve taken it to a whole new level. I really appreciate that you can laugh at yourself, this blog is very human and lacking in pretension because of that quality.

    And in tribute to sartorialism everywhere, I too shall place a terrycloth pocketsquare in my bathrobe.

  124. downunderboy

    December 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Nothing. Simply, joyfully, always wear nothing to bed.
    That’s why the robe was invented. So you have something to put on when the room service waiter arrives!

  125. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    i’d have to say i like my man sleeping in white boxers. clean and simple.

  126. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Cute post! The only thing I want to see my man wearing in bed is boxer shorts. (Hopefully, not for long though..!) Seriously, getting dressed to go to bed seems pointless?

  127. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    This may be my favorite post! I just love pj’s!
    Thank you!

  128. Duncan

    December 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    You don’t need to ask women what to wear. Disagreement with your choice is natural sorting.

    That aside you seem to have listed a pair of pyjama’s without a top button.

    Some error surely?

    See Derek Rose (new boy on the block) or any of the established shirt makers on Jermyn Street.

    With regard to your robe comment, if you’re stuffing your wash cloth in your pocket where do you put your handkerchief?

    Finally, if you’re heading down the pyjamas route (what have you been playing about at before now?) don’t forget tropical shorts and winter flannel – both a joy.

  129. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Frankly, I don’t wear itsy bitsys to bed every night any more – my fellow likes to see me dress to my mood, and flimsy = taken off soon. If I change into an elegant nightgown, I get a glass of wine and excellent conversation. For him, if he comes out in his skivvies, he’s my boy toy – if he comes out in his striped pajamas, he gets Scotch and a good movie. I think it’s a tacit nod to a great, flexible relationship: to get dressed up or down for sleep as you would for different restaurants.

  130. yankeegrl506

    December 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Really, some cheap, plaid pj pants and a white tee are fine.

    (besides, all guys look good in white =P)

  131. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    You all will laugh but I’ve taken to mixing and matching my pyjamas. I feel safer in mixing and matching odder colours and patterns than in my regular dressing. You can learn a lot from doing that and applying that to what works during the day. Besides which it makes going to bed a little more fun. Waking up and either laughing at yourself and seeing how awful or wonderful your combination is a great way to start the day.

  132. Remah

    December 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Haha, I would just like to see boxers. Plain and simple. And it’s so funny how now-a-days people like you and I look to the past for inspiration to the wardrobe (…although I am a female). I look to the past because I’m a men’s wardrobe stylist, I look to see how a suit should fit perfectly (i.e. Cary Grant – my hero) or just the little things. Pajamas remind be of older men, your still young Scott. Less is more. And the robe with the pocket square is rather funny, but it’s still very cool. Oh Scott, you and your little details. That’s what I admire the most, you pay attention to the smallest details which often tend to pull a whole outfit together. Keep it up!

  133. Rebecca

    December 18, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I like the pj shorts, teamed with just a plain wifebeater/white t-shirt.
    The men’s pj button up shirts creep me out a little.

    And I don’t really think you should be getting alterations on pj’s…

  134. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I adore pajamas for men. post university it’s a must.

  135. Smilla

    December 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Style is best with an individual sense of humour, even at its own expense. I like Tom Wolfe’s comment that, in real life, Cary Grant does a great Cary Grant. I can’t prescribe what a man should wear to bed except to say: relax and be yourself.

    I think you’re doing fine, Sart. The PJs are relaxed and stylish for working in bed. The washcloth and spectacles in the pocket show you are careless and comfortable, and not self-conscious, in your robe. If you placed a folded hankerchief to peep out of your top PJ pocket, however, then you would have entered the fuddy-duddy world.

  136. Colleen

    December 18, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I like plain old boxers. If it is chilly, then add a t-shirt.

    The pajamas kind of freak me out. It would be like going to bed with Grandpa and that just isn’t right.

    If you feel the bed is dressed better than you, buy some really nice undergarments for special occasions.

  137. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I’m 21 at the moment and I’d love to see a guy in his thermal long johns and perhaps a cardigan. I think for an older gentleman however, it might be nice to see a pj suit with legs that are ever so slightly cropped.

    Love the terry cloth facecloth! I had an ex-boyfriend who couldn’t leave the house without putting a pen in his front pocket.

  138. Dan in Richmond

    December 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I love your washcloth in the robe pocket! Sure it’s silly, but it’s also fun and cute and I think I’ll do the same myself from now on. My favorite pyjamas were CK, I think, and were a lightweight jersey knit. The bottoms were cut like typical pj bottoms, the top was a pullover with a very low mockturtle neck. Wonderfully comfortable and they looked good, too. I haven’t found anything like them lately. I haven’t yet read the 136 comments above, maybe someone suggests something similar. Your comment about walking out of the dressing room in your pj’s reminded me of a scene in the film “Gods and Monsters” in which Ian McKellan says “All my pyjamas are tailored”. Thanks for another great post. And what a response, to pj’s!

  139. Dan in Richmond

    December 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    P.S., to answer more completely, pyjamas are what I put on when I get up in the morning- I find any clothing uncomfortable to sleep in- starkers all the way (for us both).

  140. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Men’s pjs immediately bring to mind my father and his old cotton pair. He had worn them for so many years that they were so soft and perfect. I can still picture him in pjs reading the newspaper at the kitchen table on the weekends. However, I’m in my mid-twenties so I really don’t want to see my boyfriend in a pair of pjs like my dad used to wear, but I wouldn’t mind slipping into bed with him if he had on some pj pants and a white cotton shirt. As we get older, though, I would love to see him in a decent set of pjs. I think they add a bit of sophisticated manliness to sleeping.

  141. andrew

    December 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    i wear a light cashmere pajama pants i dont like having the sheets up too high and i like to be warm so the sweater does it for me. It looks good when i am preparing to retire for the evening and there is NOTHING like sleeping in cashmere!


  142. sam

    December 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    my father was a pilot and always wore a nice set of pajamas to bed when i was younger. i think the quality of the cotton is vital to them looking crisp and tailored and by all means have them taken in if the fit isn’t correct!

    besides pjs i think a cashmere thermal and nice lounge bottoms is also a comfortable and put-together look.

  143. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    There is something to be said for owning a nice pair of PJs, but I like to see a man in a plain tee and shorts or pajama pants. I wouldn’t be attracted if they were too fussy about what they wore to bed.

  144. E(ileen)

    December 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I love the PJs — very Mad Men although Don Draper does wear a singlet a lot of the time.

    I work at home a lot and wear nice loungewear around the home and change when I go to bed. When I travel I pack sleepwear that matches my locale (and the room hopefully). I think that dressing nicely at home or in the hotel room makes everything much more civilised.

    I think the washcloth in the robe is great; besides it gives your glasses a spot to nestle in.

  145. mave

    December 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I'm surprised at the number of people who "don't care" about what is worn. Fashion does have a place – even in the bedroom. Isn't that why we're all here in this forum – because of a shared interest in/appreciation for fashion?

    I actually prefer men wear nothing to bed, or else simple pyjama pants, no shirt. But around the house, a full set of pyjamas and bathrobe are a nice touch. A T-shirt & pyjama pants are an OK option as long as they are properly fitted, but anything baggy – and especially boxer shorts – are a huge no-no.

    I loved your comment about the terry cloth pocket square. I think it's incredibly charming and clever, and if my man did that around the house I'd totally adore it!!

  146. Thordis

    December 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    - Great piece by you, a lot of fun to read.
    I have to say ‘these pajamas look great’ – I could see my husband wear them, but I prefer warm skin under the covers so nude is my choice.


  147. Ronan the Librarian

    December 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    that pocket square had me laughing out loud too… also your “tailored PJs”…you might be getting obsessive Sart!
    I agree with Anonymous at 11.33, pyjamas are impossible to sleep in and the straight jacket analogy is perfect. Only nudity is comfortable. Though the Brooks Brothers jarmies would be perfect to have brekkie with the kids in.

  148. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    These are nice, but I prefer pajama pants with a plain T shirt (long or short sleeved). There is just something unreal about pajama tops in general. Like, who really sleeps in a collar?

    Boxers, as many people are saying, are nice, but not always seasonally appropriate. And not so much good when you are walking around.

  149. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    for me, i’d break it down to a simple theory of relativity…the hotter the man’s body underneath, the less necessary it is to wear a set of beautifully made ‘paired pajamas’ – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. conversely, the less, um, ideal the man’s body is (par exemple, if he has a Santa Claus belly) there is a lot of added value to him wearing a beautiful set of nice fitting (read forgiving) set of PJ’s. treat PJs as you would your day clothes…everybody at least tries to make whatever they got to work with, look better with the clothes they wear, right?

    i also like this post – there’s charm in a bit of self deprecation. good stuff.

  150. E(ileen)

    December 18, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Sart, this is a funny news article that is in line with what you are talking about:

    It is about Shanghainese people wearing pyjamas and nightgowns on the street. Enjoy!

  151. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    i honestly think there isn’t anything as comfortable as sleeping nude, but if you like the feeling of pajamas- more power to you.

    and thanks for posting the last picture; it made me chuckle!

  152. Miss Moshi

    December 18, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    the pj shirt is a lady i love nothing more than pj bottoms and a wife beater or plain cotton t-shirt or no top at all on a man. the pj shirt is mine! i know its such an after sex look…but its so nice when you can share : P

  153. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Scott, you’d look good in anything and you can come to bed dressed however you like. I’ll just take it off anyway. Sexy has nothing to do with fabric. It’s who’s wearing it that matters. Those pj’s would look fuddy duddy on someone who is a fuddy duddy. You would make them look smokin’ HOT.

  154. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    White tee shirt that’s been washed many, many times and boxers.

  155. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    The most attractice bedwear I’ve ever seen on a man, is a vintage silk Chinese robe that is not long enough to fully cover the man’s privates. Of course not every man could carry something like that. Bare chest and silk pyjama bottoms are nice. The most important thing is of course that the man is comfortable. Naked is good, but not gym track suits and sloppy t-shirts.

  156. Shaina

    December 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    LOL! Really? Hmmmm…nada! LOL! But since their “Brooks’” I guess their okaaaay…but your only “41″ so just wear the pants and a fitted white tee and your good to go! =D

    way too funny!

  157. tartanscot

    December 18, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    this may be the most adorable post I’ve read in years . . . lol.

    firstly, I’m a huge pj fan. I’ve been collecting classic stripes and fun holiday ones for years and tend to wear them to bed every night, with the exception of those gruesome warm evening we get here in SF in the Fall.

    secondly, I hope you’re not putting a firm connection between pj’s and the aforementioned ‘fuddy-duddy-ness’ as I hope I haven’t crossed that bridge either. I think of my evening’s attire as being more ‘gentlemenly’ than ‘elderly.’

    and finally, the whole wash cloth as pocket square . . well, I think I might have fainted in gleeful delight upon reading that. I planning to add that to my own sartorial regime.

    always a faithful viewer,

  158. Fashion_Loving_Stylist

    December 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I wear the tops and you wear the bottoms. At least that’s how I like it.

  159. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Man, what’s going on girls? Your standards aren’t high enough. Men — real men, not boys or adolescents — should wear pajamas to bed, preferably ones like this Brooks Brothers example. It shows respect for one’s self and one’s partner. I’m only 29 and I’m already over the whole boxers-tshirt-singlet (I refuse to use the word “wife beater”) look when it’s bedtime. Grow up, folks!

  160. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Just PJ bottoms – No Shirt. :)

  161. swanson

    December 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Boxer Briefs. I like a man to be shirtless in a pair of boxer briefs.

  162. chloe

    December 18, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I agree with some of the other commenters – I like lounge pants and a fitted tee or boxer briefs alone for men. As a woman I too go through times when I think “can’t I do better when I am going to bed?” so I totally hear you. I usually wear pj bottoms and an oversized tee but I really do prefer simple cotton nighties.

    smelling nice and looking clean is always a must.

  163. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I like when my man wears his simple, soft cotton v-neck tees and sweats to bed. They are casual and comfy to snuggle up to!

  164. annie

    December 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    that PJ set reminded me Frasier Crane…and his brother Niles Crane… all tidy up. and honestly i don’t think it’s comfortable wearing a shirt with collar to sleep. you can always wear a nice silk/satin rope (dark color) while working in expensive bed of hotel or to answer the room service.

  165. cattirun

    December 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    pj’s are great…. classy men should wear them; some nice fitting pjs with gorgeous yet simple fabrics are a must for a man’s closet.
    Just try to stay away from the hugh hefner look and you’ll look great; otherwise it looks as if you are trying too far

  166. swile67

    December 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Hey Anonymous two comments up, my dad is 75 years old and still wears his boxers to bed! I think it’s GREAT! But, I do like men in “real” pajamas in a nice cotton and no stripes, just plain!

  167. Scott W

    December 18, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I can’t wear pajamas while sleeping. They bunch up and end up making me crazy. When it’s cool I wear a tee shirt and briefs, in summertime nada.

  168. Acacia

    December 18, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I have to side with the much sexier t-shirt and pajama pants, and I’m 41. Full button-shirt and matching pants pj set is just too geriatric for me. They also seem uncomfortable when they twist during the night. My husband wears them on occasion and they just don’t do it for me.

  169. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    How adorable. That pocket square made me laugh out loud as did some of your readers' posts.

    How about an old fashioned union suit? OK no. I do appreciate a nice pajama but the t-shirt & boxer/long thermals are so cute.

  170. Sabrina B

    December 18, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I think those old-school striped pajamas are sexy and stylish. I love it!

  171. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I’m 20, so I still prefer only boxers for a man in bed, or a fitted tee and sleep pants.

    But just so you know, Sart, my 54-year-old father has been wearing this same style of Brooks Brothers pajamas ever since I can remember. I think of it as something a classic man should wear (my dad has never worn a t-shirt in public)–I have never really considered it to be a question of style, it is just the way things are for professionals of the traditional mindset.

  172. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Dear Sart,

    I know exactly what you mean.

    If you want to indulge your pyjama passion and find yourself in Cairo, check out Swellam tailors on Adli Street, near the old synagogue. You can also pick up a robe de chambre there, to wear before entering the full pyjama zone.

    Incidentally, I think Cairo would make an interesting photo project.


  173. ulrike

    December 19, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Crispy white boxers and a nice body. Sorry, but those pajamas remind me of my little brother (very little, he is twelve).. Invest in the perfect robe (dark colors, soft and loose), as to be presentable when seen in public (or in case of chilly hotel room).

  174. Kate

    December 19, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I’m a little disappointed as I had assumed that the Sartorialist was already the type of guy to wear BB pajamas. You can’t go wrong by using old movies as your guide to sleepwear.


  175. Michelle

    December 19, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Scott, this is the most endearing Sartorialist post ever.

  176. kidsonleashes

    December 19, 2008 at 12:29 am

    i cant help loving something with a little bit of character.
    long johns maybe?
    & complimented with printed topman socks. definitely a winner for me.

  177. caitlin

    December 19, 2008 at 12:39 am

    that made me chuckle!

  178. Chilling in Dubai

    December 19, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Allow me to share something which has made my life at home super comfy. The single best outfit a man can wear at home consists of 1. tailor-made pajama pants made of soft cotton shirting fabric (baggy fit, elastic waistband, why fuss?) – I have a collection of these; and 2. a very specific super soft t-shirt – heather grey made my GAP.

    Seriously, it will change your life.

  179. Stephanie

    December 19, 2008 at 12:53 am

    A nice pair of pajama pants with a plain t-shirt. Classy yet functional.

  180. Joylene Green

    December 19, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I say skip the pajamas (or any other clothing option) altogether.


    With this option a nice soft robe to throw on is a necessity!

    If you must wear pajamas then the ones you have chosen look pretty smart.

  181. ERman

    December 19, 2008 at 1:19 am make me wanna buy my ouw silk PJ!!

    Cute touch on the chest pocket!!

  182. Lola Haze

    December 19, 2008 at 1:34 am

    This post has me a bit smitten; because not every night can be a clothesless night, those are the perfect pajamas. I’d probably near die to see someone I was with drink his coffee in the morning while wearing those. Good choice.

  183. Star

    December 19, 2008 at 2:01 am

    i prefer men to be in just sweats or boxers and a white, plain tee, or whatever. i love the whole “just got out of bed” look for guys. pajamas are too matchy matchy and look like one spends too much time thinking about what they wear TO BED! if anything, THAT is a turn off. when it comes to clothes, i really think people need to remember that a lot of people in the world cannot afford “special” clothes for just sleep. keep it human!

  184. Elizabeth

    December 19, 2008 at 2:51 am

    At 61, I may be thought to represent the fuddy-duddy vote, but I think real pajamas are great. Seems to me if they fit right, they won’t be binding. Thus a visit to the tailor seems apropo.

    One can always remove them, should the occasion, er, arise.

  185. Elizabeth

    December 19, 2008 at 3:05 am

    I’m all for fabulous clothing on men, but for bed, I’d rather my boyfriend either go entirely naked or just a pair of boxers and an undershirt. You don’t have to be all done up for dreamland!


  186. suzanne nelson

    December 19, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Reluctant to leave my comments as after 164 other comments (a record?!)you’re not short of advice.. however i empathise with your dilemma as a woman who dislikes nightgowns and feels the cold. I love Brooks Bros pyjamas and have often considered for mself but they are too big. i love the choice you made- very stylish, at home or in Milan. The other look i think is cool is that of Anon 12.32pm’s husband: wearing the bottoms with a crisp white T. The bottom line with nightwear is it needs to be pristine, even vaguely ratty is distinctly off-putting. As for getting them tailored – Sart you’re the best – do whatever you need to do to feel comfortable and relaxd in your new pyjamas. Just like the pocket square – make them your own.

  187. Nina Siu

    December 19, 2008 at 3:07 am

    My boyfriend is 17 years older than me (I’m 22). And I wouldn’t like to see him in pijamas. It’s like sleeping with your granfather :-)(please mind that I only mean that pijamas add age) But if a man wears only pijamas bottoms and a simple t-shirt or even nothing on top, that works for me…

  188. jane

    December 19, 2008 at 3:27 am

    just boxers is the sexiest, they should be silk for preference, a young fit bod looks good in a fitted T-shirt and cotton bottoms – or cashmere in winter. PJs are great, but they must have a drawstring, sexy to undo, if there are buttons they mustn’t be the sort that dig into you, they should really be silk, and they should always be blue. Not sure why.

  189. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 3:49 am

    pjs do look prim and proper, but not exactly sexy, sorry. i like my lover in his underwear and a classic dark blue satin silk gown thrown over. it’s very comfortable, very sensual, and very appropriate when a waiter delivers room service.. especially if you can afford the tom ford versions..
    but honestly, what’s best is that my lover doesn’t care too much about it, and sometimes when he’s sleeping over at my place he will just wear my la perla silk gown or even a pair of my leggings. don’t laugh now, i’m not suggestion you should wear women’s clothing on a regular basis. but i tell you: playfulness and not worrying about conventions too much – that is very sexy.

  190. trulyjuly

    December 19, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Tricky question. from a fashion point of view: thumbs up for PJs – the more consistent the better, don’t be sloppy, make an effort (don’t try too hard though – pocket square – you lose the air of effortlessness).

    From a ladies point of view though….Pjs are just not the sexiest choice. I bought my man a pair (old school german ‘seidensticker’) and I sort of regrettet it. He loooves them and they look goood on him but it gives him that certain grandpa touch – a bit too asexual. He is unaware of it and I cannot tell him (as I gave them to him). I am waiting til they fall apart now – no replacement.

  191. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 4:32 am

    It is boring to wear every night the same thing.
    I like surprise and change of outfit during the day and during the night!

  192. jeichhor

    December 19, 2008 at 4:47 am

    what would cary grant wear if it was acceptable to wear something else than pajamas while been seen in a film?

  193. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 4:55 am

    What could be better than the pajama scene in Roman Holiday when Audrey Hepburn says, “I like pajamas; just the top half!” Go for it Sart. BTW, there should always be at least one item that is blue and white striped in a wardrobe, especially for men- the BB pjs rock on this note and yes, the pocket square is hilarious, but truly you. Love it!!

  194. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Seriously? …

  195. KIRSTIN

    December 19, 2008 at 5:22 am

    My Hot French girlfriend thinks I look hot in my PJ set. I’m 33. She’s 23. I can do no wrong and neither can you by wearing PJ’s. I think the ladies feel comfortable around some one confident enough to don a pair. Also they love a mature gent, as long as he isn’t afraid to act a little ungentlemanly from time to time… am I right or am I RIGHT?

  196. Kazzy

    December 19, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Yes, you are getting a touch obsessed! However, from a girls point of view… (other than naked…) I love a guy in PJ pants and a tight T or tank. A bit of toned arms is always lovely.

  197. Marthe

    December 19, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Dear Sart, I can remember the times when p.j.’s were obligatory for all males out of diapers.
    They are infamous entanglers and the next morning they don’t look so good. Let alone after three nights running.
    So if you are not a tosser and
    turner and are willing to travel with a travelling iron… go for it.
    Or just take a pair for being handsome in and lay them off when
    you’re ready for the serious stuff
    of sleeping.

  198. anja-elena

    December 19, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Underwear is just fine but I really affect pjs. He even has them dry cleaned with his shirts – a bit over the top, but it looks splendid on him.

  199. Ellie

    December 19, 2008 at 6:27 am

    To me, a pair of pajamas on a man (and I’d say yours are nice) tells me that he considers bed to be for sleeping and reading (or working on his laptop). And if they’re nice and the man has clearly considered his choice it further communicates that he wants to wear them. Pajamas are just not sexy. However, if he has to wear anything at all in bed, a pair of good quality, great fit, soft and unremarkable pajama-bottoms can be lovely.

  200. pixie

    December 19, 2008 at 6:42 am

    This is how I love it and I’m in your age range Sart…. I like my man in bed the same way I am… naked.

    However we both wear PJ’s around the house, after dinner, saturday and sunday morning. Lounging. They are comfy and warm.

    Don’t go tailoring your ps’s thats so… its just too over the top to be normal.


  201. bendigo

    December 19, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I don’t understand how anyone could be comfortable wearing anything to bed – fine sheets and warm coverings are all that is needed for any conditions.

    Nothing compares to the relaxed beauty and warmth of bare skin at bedtime!

  202. Catlin

    December 19, 2008 at 7:05 am

    The pajama pants. Loose the top.

  203. Mens designer clothing

    December 19, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Thats a really nice blue on the dressing gown.

  204. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I’m just not sure about the fold on that pocket square. I prefer the James Bond/GQ quarter inch of rectangle…

  205. Marianna

    December 19, 2008 at 8:32 am

    hmmm PJs… I generally dont like stuff that is too “matchy” for myself nor on men. Anything where the top and bottom match (for PJs) makes me think of little babies and I find it a bit too childish? I think for me, what I tend to be picky about is the material PJs are made of- I generally like 100% cotton, something really soft and gentle to the skin at night. And I love really quality cotton soft marcels/wife beaters on men and I wear those myself as PJ tops.

  206. Martine

    December 19, 2008 at 8:46 am

    A man in pyjamas is very, very sexy!

  207. Saffron

    December 19, 2008 at 9:06 am

    The pajamas are probably ‘satorialistically correct’, but wearing an interesting T-shirt and pj bottoms to bed appeals more to me because they reflect more the boyish charm of a man. And those Brooks Brothers pj’s scream old man to me. Sorry :)

  208. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I always thought men bought pajamas when they had daughters, but I guess you had sleepwear just not real pajamas. I totally think you should have the pajamas tailored and do not feel bad about it. I am a petite woman and I would love custom tailored pj’s but I just wear gowns.

  209. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I’m surprised so many women are agianst pyamas. I’m a 28 year old man, and always wear pyamas in bed. They are much smarter and more comfortable than a t shirt, and my girlfriend certainly approves. Other women compliment them too, when i wear them around the house.

    I can’t even imagine thinking that wearing pyamas is starting to be too precious about clothing.

  210. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Oh, I love them, especially silk ones, while I’m not too keen on sweatpants. Of course pijamas and such have to go with your bedroom and lifestyle.

    I only wear men’s pijamas myself by the way. I think they look great on women too.

  211. Delighted and Charmed

    December 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I kind of find it amazing that you used the phrase “fuddy-duddyism.”

  212. indigo warrior

    December 19, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I’ve had red satin jammies myself. Personally, no one in our house wears anything to bed. Unless there’s some reason for costuming … but never mind that. Considering that we no longer have kidlets that might need us in the night, it’s not necessary. When we travel and there’s a chance that room service is going to be delivered or housekeeping might be by (say forgetting the do not disturb)my man wears his boxer briefs and a t-shirt.

    And for those obsessed with the perfectly chiseled abs or biceps … there will come a time when the body perfect will be no longer. It will bear the marks of a life lived. It’s called getting older. And really, it’s not so bad.

    The pocket square in the bath robe is cute and would warrant a giggle …

  213. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 10:22 am

    On a man I like either a) proper pajamas like your new BB ones (but hemming them, Sart? really – unless you’re really dragging that is a bit hilarious, no?)or b) just the pj bottoms or c) singlet with pj bottoms or long johns for that man-in-cabin-chopping-wood look!

    No shorts. No old corporate team-building t-shirts (referenced hilariously in Flight of the Conchords song Business Time). That is all. :)

  214. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 10:24 am

    the pj bottoms AND top does seem fuddy duddy to me. My pick for my man would be an assortment of well cut pajama bottoms in soft, touchable fabrics to be worn with white tees or light fitted sweaters until bedtime at which time skin is best.

  215. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 10:27 am

    i have to agree with pj bottoms only, either with a well fitting tee or nothing on top. the whole set just seems too formal. you could always slip the top on when you’re expecting room service, etc. i think i’d be put off if a guy came to bed with full pj’s. it just screams “i’m too formal, don’t touch me,” but who knows that might be a turn on to someone else.

  216. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I like the pj you got from BB. I like the piping and color. Is it cotton? If it’s silk or linen you will never want to take them off. There is nothing wrong with tailoring your pj. They are the first thing you are in when you wake up and look at yourself in the mirror.

  217. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I love to wear my boyfriend’s pyjamas! And then, I adore your blog. I was in a hideous job once, and visiting your blog gave me so much joy and strength to endure that awful workplace until I found something much better…

  218. RMR

    December 19, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I do not understand why should a guy wear anything at all in bed? I sleep naked though I live in Russia and can’t say that it’s too hot here. My body is tired of clothes at the end of the day and wants to breath and to move freely. And why should I hide it from my woman after all? She’s got a direct access to it all night long.

  219. Red Flashlight

    December 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I prefer my man be comfortable! For him that appears to be a pair of flannel boxers, or a pair of work-out shorts. My own experience with pajamas is that the buttons and non-stretchy fabrics are uncomfortable (for me). Buttons on sleepwear leave “button dents” on my skin.

  220. Max

    December 19, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I vote for nothing. Nude for the bed (just get a heavy down comforter for when it’s cold). Have a gorgeous robe for when you need to get out.

  221. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

    James Perse makes great sleepwear.

  222. miss cavendish

    December 19, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I *do* like a gent to have attractive pyjamas. It signals *man,” not *frat boy,* although I wouldn’t want my fellow wearing something too precious (I do prefer a certain rakish devil-may-care look). All that said, check out Olatz Schnabel’s gorgeous line of PJs. Her hubby wears them all day long, you know . . .

  223. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    My husband and I like to share Egyptian cotton pajamas. We usually by a pinstripe set (not unlike the kind you bought) and I get the top and he gets the pants.

  224. How!

    December 19, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Arriving late at this blog, everything has already been said that can be said. I really enjoy this blog and the attention you give to it.

    Thank you. Happy New Year!


  225. -E

    December 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    crisp white boxers. classic. sexy.

  226. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    tshirt and boxer or lounge pants are my favouriet mens pj. but i honestly prefer my man to sleep naked next to me.

    sleeping time doesn’t need to be well tailored.

  227. Lauren (Lo)

    December 19, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I like when a man goes to sleep in his boxers or boxer briefs with no t-shirt on. Then in the morning out and about in the apartment he can put on pj bottoms and a T.

    Not into the full set of pj’s for bed.

  228. Nhien

    December 19, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    BOXER BRIEFS and a chiseled BARE CHEST is all you need, baby.

    AND if I were room service personnel, I wouldn’t mind you opening the door to that.

  229. alisun

    December 19, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    real pajamas are classic. i'm making my partner a pair of striped & piped p.j.s for x-mas this year. earlier for his birthday, i made him a robe. there is no need to not be a gentleman even when taking out the trash or going to bed. cheers to the small formalities!

  230. sgoat

    December 19, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    who knew that men’s pj’s would be so controversial? good choice on the brooks brothers pj. i recently got my hubby hooked on the lounge pants. very comfy and classy!

    my preference for a man’s sleepwear? whatever he is comfortable in as long as it does not involve a thong. i had to kick a guy out of bed once when he surprised me with a thong. ew, honestly.

  231. Busby SEO Test Gary Viray

    December 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I think as we get older, we have our own whims here and there. Rather than obsessing over expensive jewelry, it is great to see you thinking about PJs. As they say, we spend half of our lives in bed then I guess we might as well be most comfortable with it. So go ahead and enjoy your PJs.

  232. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    That is the same pair I have! I purchased mine three months ago for the same price ($60). — Farhad

  233. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Just a nice pair of boxers please

  234. Sisse

    December 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I also think the man is hottest and simply just “a man” in his boxers and a t-shirt… Funny and interesting thoughts about the PJ though :-)

  235. Market Publique

    December 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I have been wanting those Brooks Brothers pajamas for so long! I thought I was getting them for XMas last year, but no dice. I better drop a harder hint this time!

    HINT: I want these for xmas.

  236. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I’m a woman who has long (15 years?) worn silk equivalents of the PJs you show. It became even more important as I made friends around the world and stayed with them on my various voyages–I needed to be decent coming out of bed. Nothing tacky like sweats and nothing overtly sexy either. However, I am about to visit my in-laws for the holidays, which requires sleeping on an air mattress the floor in a barely heated room. I will be wearing not one but two pairs of sweats, and maybe even a hat. Standards are important but one must adapt to circumstances, alas.

  237. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it’s hot
    I wear my flannel flannies in the winter when it’s not
    But sometimes in the springtime
    And sometimes in the fall
    I slip between the sheets with nothing on at all.
    Glory glory hallelujah
    Balmy breezes blowing through ya.
    Sometimes in the springtime
    And sometimes in the fall
    I slip between the sheets with nothin’ on at all.
    (camp classic, to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic)

  238. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I have been watching the post forever but do not remember anything that has sparked so many comments! Is this the record? if not which post is! by the way based on replies I am running to bergdorfs now to buy PJ’s the bottom for myself and the top for my girl…

  239. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Mmmmmm, pjs! The best: he wears the bottoms (maybe a nice white t-shirt if it’s chilly) and I wear the top!

    And a sulka robe!

  240. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Re: the terry coat pocket square.
    I think the washcloth is great. After all, what else would you put in there? A bar of soap?

  241. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    PJ bottoms only. that’s what i love a man to wear to bed.

  242. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I love classic PJs on a guy! Extremely sexy. Though I do prefer them to be worn before bed and after, lounging around, etc. When actually IN bed, I like my guys totally naked. So there you go.

  243. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I love the terry cloth pocket square; it is so much fun and silly is where it should be at, anyhow.

  244. fringe

    December 19, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    There are so many things to say about this fabulous segment!

    I agree that Cary Grant is the perfect example of ideal pj style. As is William Powell in The Thin Man. His pjs appear to be silk and white, are slightly see-through and the top longish with a belt. They are absolutely mesmerizing!

    I do believe I need to purchase a pair of those Brooks Bros. blue striped pjs for myself. They are equally sexy for us girls!

    Your story of the wash cloth pocket accessory just shows how deeply stylish you truly are! Style and humor, what a winning combo…

  245. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    no no no to matchy pj tops & bottoms. 30yrs. ago, even, it put me entirely off an otherwise great guy. I always thought it made him look like an old gaffer.

  246. Alessandra

    December 19, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Love the pj’s. I actually think its charming and cool. Its like when you said that the bed was better dressed than you. Why not look nice when going to bed? I think would look great if the woman is wearing a nightgown and the man pj’s.

  247. hreeves

    December 19, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Men should always sleep shirtless. Unless, it’s too cold, of course. My man wears just boxers or long underwear in the winter both of which I find super cute.

  248. ChristannChanell

    December 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I actually think its quite nice to wear pj’s to bed (on occassion)…now. I am one of those who will prop up in bed with my laptop and do my due diligence of web surfing….so I totally understand how looking nice even in bed could have meaning.

    men who wear pj’s are totally cool in my book! ;)

  249. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Okay, I confess. My husband and I both change into PJs the minute we walk in the house. Cute cotton PJs, sometimes flannel in the winter. And sometimes he sings that Bob Marley song about pajamas. Of course, Frank Zappa had the Pajama People song.
    Love the pocket square, but maybe a little OCD? And please don’t have them taken in.

  250. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Pajamas to bed? Whenever faced with a question like this, I ask, What would James Bond do? I think the answer is obvious.

  251. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Mr. Satorialist, are you referring to PJ as lounge wear while getting ready for bed OR really something to sleep in?

    PJs (both male or female) need a little stretch material in the fabric for comfort.

    I like my man to feel comfortable and smell CLEAN when he gets into bed. Looks, whatever he likes.

  252. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 12:12 am

    i actually laughed out loud that you put a matching terrycloth pocket square in your bathrobe. it’s brilliant. i think i’m going to start doing that now.

  253. Snowpea

    December 20, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I like PJs on a guy, but not the tailored kind that has identical top and bottom — it’s just too matchy-matchy, too ‘bon garçon de bonne famille’. I mean, Cary looked good but somehow I never wanted to ruffle his perfect hair, you know?

    I prefer my fellow to wear PJ pants with a well fitted t-shirt that go well together, color-wise.

  254. P and P

    December 20, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Either pj’s or a night that have been handmade by me.

  255. Yuki

    December 20, 2008 at 2:43 am

    I like these PJ’s. I have them. You know what though… Its all about the robe. I find the robe to be both formal and casual. BB makes this pattern in a robe with a shawl collar. I wear it when i am bumming around the house and I have taken to traveling with it. Its one of those things that makes you feel at home when you are on the road.

  256. ilegirl

    December 20, 2008 at 3:10 am

    On a winter night, good quality plaid flannel pajamas – something that might make you expect Asta to hop onto the bed.

    Plaid flannel is practical and masculine (unless it’s pink, I suppose). My husband looks comfortable and warm when he wears this, and will lounge in this get-up on frosty mornings during the coffee and newspaper hour.

  257. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 3:56 am

    try and arrange a set of pics of people in pj’s (or otherwise) as this will allow a clearer profile of what people actually look and dress like in their usual indoor stle

  258. Rollergirl

    December 20, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Wow, 244 comments! I agree with a previous commenter – matching top and bottoms look dorky. I love classic PJ bottoms with a grey marl tee on a man.I also love that someone on here has offered to do your alterations for you!

  259. Zoe

    December 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

    pjs are nice but for attractiveness the best would probably be pj bottoms and a teeshirt. however it probably depends on the age of the man, past a certain age that can look scruffy and pjs are the answer. I like the idea of the pocket square; the best style touches are the ones you do for yourself, those that no-one else may notice but that make you pleased whenever you look in the mirror.


    December 20, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I like those and my film reference is Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife by Ernst Lubitsch with the pajama’s game between Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. Fine clothes to share.

  261. chris van

    December 20, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I’m warming to the idea of a nightshirt, for the simplicity and freedom of it whilst maintaining an air of dignity. The Mayfair by Derek Rose is perfect, soft cotton with the cut of a nice business shirt, only longer. The collar and cuffs are important, please no grandpa or shawl collars here.

  262. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    December 20, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I love PJs on a man.

    I actually want to find a pair for myself as sometimes work on my laptop in bed.

    I think for traveling they are a must.

  263. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Naked, that’s all !

  264. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    pajamas are nice on men. i am a lady and i like to wear pjs, too. my boyfriend has some very nice turnbull and asser ones. (on sale now at harrods) and when he’s out of town, i wear the top.
    it’s nice to have pjs that aren’t too slutty and i mean this for both men and women, pjs that actually require some removing if it comes to that, and that are highly suitable attire for reading the papers over breakfast.

  265. helenmary

    December 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    The Brooks Brothers ones you got are really lovely….I’m british…but I was in Houston, Tx in May and bought a pair of BB pyjamas in xs and they are loevley. Personally I really like a man in nice clean pyjamas. Reasoning: they are clean and soft and easily washed – all of which, to me is attractive. I think they should be cotton, not cashmere as cashmere will absorb body sweat and are therefore they are going to, inherently, more prone to smelling bad and becoming out of shape. As for more ‘base’motives….again the trad pyjamas hit the mark for me anyway….there is something very manly about crisp cotton trousers with a tie waist …and like someone said, the girl gets to wear the top….which to most men….is quite irresistible…so its a win win really.


    December 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    PJs are fine as long as they’re good quality; comfortable but not sloppy fit; very good quality cotton and never, never, never, faded or fuzzy.

    I think it’s cute you finish your terry robe with washcloth in the pocket.

    But don’t you think you should be traveling with a good dressing gown? They don’t take up much space and make you entirely presentable when Myrna Loy accidentally stumbles into your room.

    p.s. – I didn’t see any votes for night shirts. Vintage patterns for them show up on ebay pretty regularly…

  267. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I must say…I love the washcloth in the pocket.

  268. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I never wore PJ’s, I am cool with a white tee…I move a lot when i sleep so I need something tight to move with me.
    By the way do you wear boxer shorts under PJ????????

  269. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I haven’t read the other comments (there are so many!), but personally, I think less is more in this department. Nothing too Hugh Hefner-y. A nice pair of dark briefs and a nicely toned body are what I see a great man being comfortable in around the house and in bed.

  270. Laura

    December 20, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    seriously, it’s best when he’s just naked. pj’s are too uptight for me, but I am the earthy type. i’m mainly just saying this for your wife/lover/girlfriend’s sake– don’t cover up!

  271. Kim

    December 21, 2008 at 12:00 am

    To be honest with you I like my man neat and clean even in pj. But after all anything is fine, the simpler the better so i can easily hug him and feel his body heat.

    Growing up I remember sleeping next to my grandpa and obverse him. He wore fitted pj even down to the length of the pj pants. His pj was neat with no wrinkle.

  272. mamacita

    December 21, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Love the pjs (for lounging — for sleeping, it’s “naughty grin” all the way). But you should def. get them tailored. Remember Diana Vreeland saying that she used to have three fittings for a nightgown? Hyperbole, yes, but she had a point.

  273. mamacita

    December 21, 2008 at 1:59 am

    And to the ladies — look into bed jackets!

  274. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 3:14 am

    i LOVE the idea of men in PJs…..and i love Tom Fords dressing gowns…..

  275. OndrejS

    December 21, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Whoa, I think you are opening a completely new room in the sartorial world. And I am not sure what we are going to find there and if we will like it:-)
    You made me laugh so much with that article. Thank you for that. And I think the idea with the wash cloth a la pocket square in the terrycloth robe is fantastic. Or rather it is fantastic that you have the idea! Because it is things like that that keep style (fashion) dynamic. Independent, creative and spontaneous thinking just for fun, not just replication.
    I am looking forward to hearing more on this issue.

  276. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 7:18 am

    I don´t think it is at all exaggerated to have tailor made pjs. And that is precisely what I would like to see my husband in, after all, he has to wear them around the room and drinking coffee in the morning, so why not look decent?

  277. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

    PJs are the way to go. Brooks Brothers’ are great. Get them tailored if you like, but remember how high Grant wore the waist of his trousers. Isn’t there some sort of fit algorithm to re-interpret the past? For modern reference see the West Wing episode with Josh–had to be the second or third season.

  278. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I have been begging my husband to quit wearing those gross knit tees and sweatpants or sweatshorts to bed for years. He finally bought himself a nice pair like yours from the King Size big and tall catalog. He even has a bathrobe too! I based my case around old Cary Grant movies, which he admires. I told him a stylish man is dressed for bed, not working out.

  279. Gabrielle

    December 21, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I always thought Frank Spencer had a good sleepwear look; Fair isle tank top (nothing underneath) and stripey pyjama bottoms. Very sexy.

  280. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    PJs=very sexy

  281. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I would have to say that if the guy is dressed better than I am then that is something to be a little worried about. I’m not one to absolutely condone wearing PJs, I just find it a bit much. T-shirt and boxers are just fine by me.

  282. fern

    December 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I agree entirely with several posts so far, pyjama bottoms and a fitted tee (of the undershirt ilk) is my vote–although in winter there’s something charming about the whole ‘suit’, top and bottom. very jimmy stewart.

  283. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t know, but classic pajamas aren’t really that sexy. I suggest to go with the pajama bottoms, but instead of the pajama shirt, wear a tight and casual v-neck t-shirt. sexy and classy! : )

  284. Suse

    December 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Those pyjamas are excellent, and the mark of a mature, stylish gentleman.

    Also, I have an overwhelming urge to send you one of my beautiful handknitted cotton washcloths, so you don’t have terrytowelling sticking out of your bathrobe, but something with a tad more j’ne sais quoi.

  285. Lady Holiday

    December 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Julian Schnabel, who is known for wearing pajamas in public.

  286. Vasco Futscher

    December 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I own 4 cotton and 2 silk pj’s, which I use under one of 4 different robes. This might sound strange, but what I really like is to go around the house wearing the pj’s and robes. It’s very comfortable, and i guess you don’t look sloppy… but when it comes to sleeping I only wear boxers!

  287. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Sart, I love your style and your blog, but matched PJ’s in bed are too much. I like a smartly dressed man in public, but I much prefer skin-to-skin contact in bed, even in winter. But if you must wear something, silk pajama bottoms and a fitted tee (long or short sleeved) that shows one’s physique is sexy. Or bare chest and silk boxers when the weather warms up. Then throw on a robe (not flannel please, too fuddy-duddy!) to greet others.

  288. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    sart, my dear, you have gone too far.

  289. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 12:08 am

    From a girl’s perspective, i prefer a pj set as opposed to sweats and a tee. While i am all about the laid-back comfort of broken in sweats, there is something to say about a set that is being shared by both of us. grown up is the expression. by the way the pocket square in the robe, hilarious, i love it!

  290. Suzy

    December 22, 2008 at 12:41 am

    My husband won’t wear them, but I think PJ’s in winter are super sexy!

  291. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I love those 100% cotton pj from Muji! Even better if it comes with softener smell!!

  292. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 9:35 am

    it’s the little things…love it!

  293. patranila

    December 22, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I’d prefer PJ pants and no shirt at all. Leave the shirt for me to toss on when I get out of bed as I sleep only in my birthday suit.

  294. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    for lounging around i wouldn’t mind my guy in pajama pants and a tee, or a super soft sweater. but for bed, i personally like him in boxers and that’s it! i like to cuddle up against him for warmth!

  295. Carol

    December 22, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    i prefer my men to be topless but have something nice for the bottoms like pj pants

  296. jamie.

    December 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    You are a funny man.

    I am amused by the terry cloth ‘pocket square’ in the terry cloth robe. I laughed out loud!

    As for us: while I want my night life to reflect the Thin Man movies (martinis, dressing gowns in silk and maribou on me, pajamas on him, and Asta), my life is truly currently about grey cashmere lounge pants and a light cashmere tank top for me (it’s cold here in Chicago), and flannel pants and a t-shirt for him.

    Although I prefer when he’s just wearing that devilish grin we’re not supposed to suggest.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  297. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Man, you need to take a break from obssessing about “sartorial”ism
    But since you asked — I don’t like a man in a full PJ set — too fuddy duddy. PJ bottoms (well tailored to show the cute butt muscles) and a nice T-shirt is perfect. Boxer shorts are also cute. But, I don’t like “patterns” on PJs — I saw a catalog recently with men’s PJ’s that had patterns of X’mas trees and the like. NOT SEXY.
    Stripes or solid PJ bottoms are cute but not the whole “outfit.”

  298. green lantern

    December 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    That’s right Pajamas!! Always and forever!!
    My issue is that I can’t find a proper night cap!
    Your face towel hanky is brilliant!!
    Dressing defines a point or phase of life (and death).
    Yes, you dress for bed! You’ve heard it said…so do it!
    Thank you Sart…you are a gentleman!

  299. CAP

    December 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I love good old fashioned pajamas on men! They are sexy in a grown-up, confident way.

  300. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    A nice tight t-shirt and PJ bottoms. I think my boyfriend is well built and I love seeing him in those. :) I think if you are not well defined or fit, maybe the PJs.

  301. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Goodness me my friend! Sort out some ultra-lux bedsheets and be done with it. Bedtime should be a celebration of well-cared for skin and little else.

  302. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I go to a school on the East coast considered a “New Ivy” and there is an actual interest in wearing pajama sets with slippers – note that this is coming from 18-22-year-olds. Whether due to the very traditional atmosphere of the school or utilitarianism (we study at night together or wander about the hallways), you definitely have fans of the younger generations to back you up.

    P.S. I’ve had my pajama sets tailored. I also have friends with their initials embroidered on their chest pockets.

  303. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    pjs on a guy would be cute as a funny fluke-but not regularly. and I hope you are kidding about the tailoring-i would want my guy to save his money for hi day clothes

  304. Anonymous

    December 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I’d say wear the pajama bottoms with a white t-shirt (or bare chest, depending on the individual) and some sexy tortoise shell glasses. Leave the pajama shirt for her to wear.

  305. Tahda

    December 23, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I love guys in Pajamas! it’s so old fashioned.

  306. Anonymous

    December 23, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I like the man to wear a t-shirt and boxers. (not the baggy kind though)

    Formal pajamas are good for traveling but at home they are just too much.

  307. Elizabeth

    December 23, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    A nice pair of pajama bottoms and a t-shirt work quite well, but honestly, a well-fitting pair of actual pajamas is just fine too. As long as you’re not wearing one of those male nightgowns before the age of seventy, you’re alright.

  308. Anonymous

    December 24, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I think the answer to this question should come from YOUR woman and you. If it turns her on or you, then have at it!

    Personally I think pyjamas are more sweet than sexy — but that is so subjective.

  309. Erin

    December 24, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I’m personally not into the whole matching pajamas thing. I may be slightly biased…my dad is an incredibly classy, well-dressed 48-year-old, and he refuses to wear a pajama set, so maybe that’s why I’ve just never liked them. A nice comfy t-shirt and shorts or lounge pants sound perfect to me. Pajama sets just aren’t…snuggly.

  310. Babs

    December 24, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Maybe this is the fashionista in me, but I would love to slowly unbutton a pair of dashing pajamas. It would be so much more civilized than pulling a Guns N Roses Use Your Illusion II concert t over the head.

  311. Anonymous

    December 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite are men’s silk PJ’s you get the bottoms and I get the tops. Don’t worry about the length. Either way, we both win.

  312. Anonymous

    December 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Cary Grant could look good in a nascar t-shirt and tapered leg jeans. He was the definition of modern. I think crisp new pajamas look good, when they start to get comfortable, you know you’re a fuddy duddy.

  313. Anonymous

    December 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    As a women, I think the best thing a man should wear to bed are pj bottoms ONLY and no shirt or simple white tee…and if your in shape, flaunt it and go for the boxer-briefs

  314. Jeff

    December 26, 2008 at 4:07 am

    I’ve always worn pyjamas. I suppose one’s perception of pyjamas is linked to one’s upbringing, as I’ve always associated pyjamas with gentility and masculinity – it’s the other options that seem childish or tasteless.

  315. Anonymous

    December 26, 2008 at 6:33 am

    My husband loves nothing more than coming home from work, bathing, then putting on his pj’s. He looks great in them. It’s especially nice on these cold winter evenings Once, while in Paris, we were forced to evacuate our hotel in the middle of the night. It was good to be in pjs.

  316. Anonymous

    December 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Interesting idea! I don’t know that anyone has mentioned this yet, but in her book about wardrobe essentials, Nina Garcia mentions pajamas – for women. She describes nice, plain pajamas from fabulous bed linen stores like Frette, which are chic enough to be worn with a robe (silk, not terry, naturally) down to the hotel bar. Perhaps that’s more acceptable in a woman, but that seems appropriate to consider, in light of your original inspiration from the Milanese hotel rooms! The 30s screwball comedies do have great bedroom farce scenes, so I agree that’s great inspiration. Don’t feel bad – I actually did take my organic cotton pajamas to the tailor, and wore them out of the dressing room!

  317. Anonymous

    December 27, 2008 at 8:03 am

    “I recently found myself checking old movies”
    The reference should be for inspiration on a modern take on the PJ , but buying the same as in te movie and styling it the same way seems off to me. Where’s the move forward?

  318. Anonymous

    December 27, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Listen Scott, Most of these women have no sense of old world romance and chivalry. Unlike myself, who maybe has too much. I find the pj’s for men charming and sexy, reminding me of ‘Pillow Talk’ and ‘Lover Come Back’, or even Lucy and Ricky. If the man had a particularly good upper bod, well than maybe just the pants. But the glasses in the robe pocket might just make me swoon. I am truly a sucker for a stylish man.

  319. jenny

    December 27, 2008 at 10:08 am

    A number of years back I got my husband a pajama set from the Gap (in a funky stripe) – I got him the pants, the button front shirt, and a matching long sleeved T shirt. I think I was envisioning the pant and T-shirt, but he fell in love with the classic top. But he fell in love with the classic shirt and pants! And he looks fabulous in them. His current favorites were picked up in Barcelona.

    And they really do travel well – he does a lot of international business travel…

  320. Anonymous

    December 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    All that matters is that you’re comfortable, and can lounge around and sleep in pajamas like that.
    Although those pj’s aren’t “sexy and hot,” per say…they are a little fuddish.
    However,I believe there comes a time in a mans life, when tradition envelopes a mans life more so than pop cultural elements do. A 25 year old wearing BB’s pj’s? a bit dorky.
    A 40 year old wearing BB’s pj’s? A gentleman with class, a man who knows how to even unwind with such panache.
    Would you rather answer your hotel door in twisted, dirty boxers, or would you rather answer the door in those pajamas, with your terry clothe robe, terry cloth pocket square and glasses… I would much rather remember you as a dashing fellow that reminded me of Cary Grant than an Arizona State Frat boy after turning away from your hotel room.

  321. Anonymous

    December 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Now, something cut like these pajamas would look VERY hip out on the street….and the stripes are quite refreshing, as opposed to the waterfalls of PLAID that have been flooding the streets all these years….I mean, whatever happened to polka dots and stripes and….hell paisley? Let’s get rid of the argyle (it was cool, but only for a month or two) and plaid, and move on….

  322. Anonymous

    December 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Depends on the man, to be honest. My boyfriend just wears his underwear to bed, and that is fine by me. I’m sure he would love to wear the PJs you bought (frankly, I’m surprised he doesn’t) but aren’t clothes more about non-erotic approval than erotic approval? I know most women usually say they “dress for themselves” (eyeroll) or for other women, and I think that is true.

    I’m sure any man would love to go to bed snuggled up in PJs like yours, it brings to mind Cary Grant or some other old movie star, like you said. Us women are fine with just about anything, as long as our man is happy and confident. And how could you NOT be confident in sleepwear?

  323. Liesl

    December 29, 2008 at 3:20 am

    It is always most comfortable, chic and sexy to be sleep naked.

  324. katherine

    December 29, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Mustard yellow full length long underwear with openings for hands but not for feet. Hooded. Comfortable and playful for both sexes.

  325. MchlJsphRffrty

    December 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    At the wonderful age of 24 I started wearing Brooks Brothers PJ's and I confirm, they are the best. No fuddy duddy stuff….you should also try their Peal & Co slippers. most comfortable slippers on earth.

  326. produit frais

    December 30, 2008 at 5:37 am

    To be honest, I do not want my man wearing anything in bed. I prefer sleeping naked, since it is so uncomfortable to sleep in pj’s. But I am actually considering buying a pair to wear when I get out of bed in the mornings!

  327. eartha

    December 30, 2008 at 6:30 am

    its always good to have something to take off…

  328. Anonymous

    December 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    You might be a little insane.

  329. D.

    December 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Anonymous at 12:58: “Certainly PJs are so nice to undress. I like to open the string belt and the buttons.”

    I have to emphatically second this. Undoing a button up shirt/drawstring pant is such a turn on. Absolutely.

  330. D.

    December 30, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Anonymous @ 5:11: “”Now, something cut like these pajamas would look VERY hip out on the street….and the stripes are quite refreshing, as opposed to the waterfalls of PLAID that have been flooding the streets all these years….I mean, whatever happened to polka dots and stripes and….hell paisley? Let’s get rid of the argyle (it was cool, but only for a month or two) and plaid, and move on….”

    SO TRUE. I am SICK of all the plaid that is EVERYWHERE and on EVERYONE and in EVERY shop window, sometimes on every mannequin in the window, no less! It had appeal when it was unusual (still not my favorite or anything, but acceptable) but this is too much.

    I was a little heartbroken by this past season’s deluge of argyle, too. I love the pattern to death and at first it was a sweet opportunity to find all the argyle I could ever want, but now I’m worried my heartfelt argyle appreciation is gonna look conformist or something.

  331. rb

    December 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve always thought it wonderfully smart for a couple to share a pair of pajamas – bottoms for the gent, top for the mrs.

  332. Raya

    December 31, 2008 at 6:21 am

    i once offered my ex-husband a real pajama, he never wore it. he never liked my taste in clothes anyway…i guess that explains why we have split!!!
    Keep wearing those blue pajamas and posting great stuff! Thanks!

  333. Anonymous

    December 31, 2008 at 9:16 am

    i love you.

    you have great sense of humor.
    your new pj are perfect and better have them tailored.

    on question
    i too prefer t-shirt on top and underneeth, pj pants or shorts, or boxers.
    i agree that if you have a well shaped body, any sleepwear will look good on you, but that goes for any piece of clothing.

    there is smth about being absolutely perfect and elegant in the sense of those people you mentioned in the old american movies. it pleases my eye, i admire, but in our days you dont see often people dress like that and the result coming out naturally, its their “own” style and almost always it extracts elements of sexuality from them.

  334. Ana

    December 31, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Bottom: PJ bottoms (the ones on the picture you’ve posted are the perfect version, not at all grandad-y) or sweats.
    Top: A tee.

    All men’s PJs quite easily slip into the grandad-y category, unfortunately.
    It’s even easier for the top to walk the thin line separating chic from old and slip into the wrong category… I think it’s because of the collar.

  335. Zaulia

    January 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Oh dear… I had to stop myself on that naughty note about naked men in my bed, but overall – good tailored PJ is a must.
    It shows something… decent about a man. Why should you have two styles? Why should you have “ehm.. whatever” on you when you going to sleep?
    And again. Women are considered to have stylish night underwear, while men – not?
    And it ain’t crazy. I have my own female PJs that were adjusted at my tailor’s. I’m skinny and I didn’t want to look like a small girl.
    Good luck there;)

  336. Nikki

    January 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Though I’d love to see a man going to bed in a full suit and tie–there’s somthing vulnerable and honest about pyjamas. Something that denotes closeness, comfortableness. Tanktops and plaid flannel pants seem to suffice, but I love the idea of your nice fitting, beautiful pjs.

  337. Stacey

    January 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Funny, before I even began reading the text, I saw the PJs and thought, “oh, Cary Grant!” Old School gentlemen: that’s HOT. . .

  338. Anonymous

    January 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I think a man, regardless of age, can be quite dapper (and sexy) in a pair of nicely tailored pajamas, provided the body inside is in reasonably good shape. Another look I really like is a slightly rough toothed cotton or cotton linen blend robe…swung open to reveal nothing but a tight pair of white boxer briefs. Yum.

  339. Gina

    January 6, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I am yet another fan of a guy in pajama pants and a tshirt.

    Soft worn cotton fitted tshirts are the best, and I’m partial to flannel pj pants.

  340. GingerLand

    January 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    PJ bottoms, bare on top.

  341. Brynnella

    January 9, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I like the baggy plaid flannel pajama pants paired with a basic white or grey t-shirt. I have a thing for plaid pj pants! I suppose they aren’t the most stylish sleepwear, but they work on everyone and give off the coziest vibe.

  342. Anonymous

    January 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Pyjamas is the only proper thing for a man to wear to bed. Most Jermyn street tailors make 2-fold poplin pyjamas. For example T&A and Hilditch&Key.

  343. Dana

    January 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    okay, the pj’s? not so into them. sorry.:) well, i guess it does depend on whats under it. but… im in my early 20′s and my boyfriends in really good shape sooo, tight boxers under a terry robe? excellent. pj’s too olde english for me right now. but close to 40, a nice pair of well fitting pj’s like yours are good but we HAVE to find some sort of alternative to the collar. that, im seriously not into.

  344. Amy

    January 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    You should try BedHead for their indescribible, soft, delicious Italian cotton (like silk!) pajamas! (only $210 – but worth it!)

  345. Laura Grosskopf

    January 13, 2009 at 12:32 am

    If you ask meee (heheh) I would say no doubts about it that the ‘creme de la creme combo’ is a great pant of PJs and a white T-shirt.
    Smart but yet REALLY comfortable…
    I’d say that if you open the door dressed like that, NOONE would say ANYTHING, and you would feel according to the situation.
    Don’t you think so?

  346. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 12:51 am

    You might enjoy “Touchez pas au grisbi,” a fantastic Jean Gabin movie from the mid-fifties… great pyjama sequence (rivaled only by great potted meat/pate sequence that precedes it).
    I am a woman who likes a pyjama. On me or on the gent next to me.

  347. Rebecca

    January 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I just found this blog – fantastic. I love pjs on men. I love the extra bit of effort they show but then I adore ironed sheets. I say have them tailored.

  348. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I am a staunch advocate of pajamas. Striped, of course. Crisp cotton in summer, flannel in winter. & I love your washcloth pocket square! Am going to start copying that idea asap!

  349. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    As a fully fledged dandy & nerd, i salute your choice of PJs. As a glasses wearing (but athletic!) guy, I think they give one a sexy Ryan O'Neal in "Whats up Doc" kind of vibe. To take it one step further may I also suggest a pair of super-luxurious Charvet boxers for the summer. Tailored , pleated, in amazing Charvet shirt fabric. They are unfortunately not available in New York at BG so I suppose its Charvet in Paris.

    They look great but if you crank up the air conditioning (and for that Hi-Low, socially aware shopper) these boxers teamed with a clingy, soft American Apparel Summer-weight T-shirt are a really nice look.
    However, they are really are best worn alone, bare chested, with a pair of glasses. Bow tie optional.

  350. belle

    January 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    i agree with “the bride”, as far how a set of pjs look best these days.

    a man in a full set of classic pjs just seems costume-y and old-fashioned (so yes, i vote fuddy-duddy). i can see the appeal, but i just think they are dated. it’s a jersey age for sleepwear i think. although cotton or flannel pj bottoms on a man look great always as loungwear – they look great on women too.

    that being said – it depends on the man. if one happens to be like tim gunn for example (and i do not mean “gay”, i mean with that j’ne sais quois) you can wear a full set of pjs and look just right.

  351. victoriawoeste

    January 14, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I like a smart pair of pajamas on my husband. I am especially fond of the pair you have purchased at Brooks Brothers. When I began reading your piece I immediately began thinking of Cary Grant, so, I had to chuckle when you referenced him later in the piece. By all means have them tailored – - otherwise, it will weigh on you every time you wear them. Embrace your inner Cary Grant.

  352. Anonymous

    January 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve been moved to make my first comment ever…for those who are still reading…I’m with those girls who long for silk gowns and black and white movie luxury – nothing wrong with that at all. What happened to decent nightwear? If you look like a million dollars in bed, you’ll always look like a million dollars.

  353. kiwi

    January 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    personally the thought of a guy in their early 20s wearing striped pjs isn’t very attractive. I’d much prefer my guy to be wearing just a pair of boxer briefs and t-shirt or no shirt at all.

  354. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    soy fiber boxers

  355. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    After wearing one in a hotel in Tokyo, my almost 50-year-old husband just bought himself an elegant lightweight cotton nightshirt. (We live in Florence but purchased it mailorder in England.)It’s like a man’s very long shirt, with buttons all the way down the front–rather cute on him in an old-fashioned way, and he says it’s very comfortable. We both like it because his legs are uncovered in bed, yet he is a lot more dressed around the house in front of our kids than he’d be in his underwear!

  356. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Well I thin PJs are a great comfortable stylish way to be around specially in the bedroom or at any nice hotel.

    I get my pajamas from Derek Rose of London and I even have nice cotton twisted yarn oxford fabric, custom tailor made; believe or not I order those for my honeymoon and they cost me around 70 euros (in Madrid.

    I never wore my PJs outside the bedroom except Sunday mornings.

    It’s true pajama’s jackets are not ultra comfortable for that reason when I actually going to sleep I remove the top and wear a well fitted white T-Shirt.

    Some women does not find PJs really appealing, well mine does and she’s just 30 now (and have been hanging around 8 years now)

    by the way I just love your blog -congrats man-

  357. Anonymous

    March 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

    PJ bottoms and soft T is the best bet for sleeping and add the top unbuttoned only over the T to lounge around for evening or morning. Mixing up the bottoms and tops of the set is fun too..less stuffy but still grown up and not as contrived.

  358. Anonymous

    April 5, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I’d always been hep on boxers and tee (sans tee if the weather’s warm), but on a visit to my mother’s last year, I noticed her silk pjs. She’s worn men’s-style pjs cut and sized for women as long as I can remember, and Aunt Mary’s robes are legendary among my cousins who’s visit when I was a kid. I haven’t invested in the robe just yet, but I did find a really handsome pair of silk pajamas that I wore all winter. They’re awesome.

  359. Anonymous

    June 18, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I do personally own a pair of Ralph Lauren classic pajamas and I love them, but I never actually wear them to bed only before. I don't know about you all but I sleep in the nude, Why not?

  360. Anna Jumanji

    July 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    at least one nice pair of pajamas should be a staple for every man's wardrobe, especially on travel. a robe as well.

    for more casual wear around home, boxer shorts/briefs with a tshirt. for the colder seasons, lounge pants of sorts.

    think of it this way- if you ever have to run out of your house in the middle of the night with the chance of an audience outside watching, what would you want to be wearing?

  361. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Fitting tee with a V-neck and Thai fisherman pants worn low. Just a tad martial artsy.

  362. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    My husband usually wears pajama pants or lounge pants with T-shirt or tank top, or soccer shorts in the summer at home, but he always wears briefs underneath them. So when he goes to bed, he would usually the briefs. I always find him "cute" that way.

  363. Singapore Fashion

    April 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I think it doesn't really matter. Pj or others…cool. This is amazing

  364. long john lover

    November 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    My student flat is so cold in winter I have taken to wearing a thermal T Shirt and long johns instead of the usual boxers. My flatmates ribbed me unmercifully at first, but now see that I do have a point.My gf thinks i look dead sexy in long johns, fortunately!

  365. Kelsey & Erik

    November 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I LOVE your nocturnal strategy! My husband and I love old movies but we also love to look classy as we laze about. I found a great pair of Leopard silk PJs for myself and my husband and I tried to fit him into a pair of manly classic PJs we found your publication as we googled “Jimmy Stewart’s PJs”! Now, we just realized that it’s 4 years after your original post but I ( the woman in the audience) hope that you did buy those PJs because there is nothing more sexy than a well groomed, classic man – night or day.

  366. jean

    October 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    yes,you much try them,pajama made of Material cotton 60% Polyester 40%,very comfortable,they are soft and smooth,concern is that you feel cool when you wear it on,I like all skin on my body are to get friction to them,so I just like to wear them,
    I’m guy,I like to wear classic style men of pajama all the time in my life, and they really make me punch drunk during sleep,

  367. Caterina

    March 27, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Italian men wear silly pajama bottoms to bed… nothing on their torso. Schumann would look like a fool because of his short stubby sad physique.

  368. Phonemantra

    July 14, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I guess I was always wearing sweats, or lounge pants, or knit shorts and a simple tee to bed.

  369. Suzy

    November 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    came here looking for ideas for holiday gift – why don’t you write posts like this anymore?

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