Stay Cool and Comfortable in a Pair of Lightweight Summer Pajamas

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We’ve all chuckled when someone cracks a joke about changing from our daytime pajamas into our nighttime pajamas. It’s funny because it’s true, and all too familiar. Pajamas are becoming far more than just a creature comfort to enjoy when crawling under the covers; they are a way of life.

But what to do when temperatures rise and the cozy set that got you through hibernation season now sends you tossing and turning by night and hot-flashing by day? Flannel will not do for May, and with summer creeping up on us, visions of airy linen sets and billowy poplin nightgowns now dance in our heads.

From starchy oversized nightshirts to slinky silk negligees, the perfect summer-weight sleepwear is out there waiting for you, begging to be worn 24 hours a day. So next time you’re lying awake, sweating in your winter sleepwear at 2 a.m., take a look at our favorite lightweight options and the best summer pajamas for women, below. (The sheep you’re counting won’t mind, we promise.)

Easy-Breezy Sets

Silk camis, short sleep shorts, and sweet bloomers will have you feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all.

Loup Charmant silk scoop tank and bloomers

$180

THE SLEEP CODE

Olivia von Halle Bella Debauchery silk camisole set

$335

OLIVIA VON HALLE

Lunya washable silk set

$178

THE SLEEP CODE

Eberjey Fiona Catnap cami and shorts set

$148

EBERJEY

Crisp Classics

Swap your long-sleeve shirt and pajama pant sets for something shorter. These coordinated cotton and linen pajama sets are summer’s version of the classic sleep set, or in this case, the best summer pajamas for women.

Altuzarra Stellan pajama top

$488

ALTUZARRA

Honna London short pajama set

$129

THE SLEEP CODE

Sleeper short linen pajama set

$220

BERGDORF GOODMAN

General Sleep Camilla organic cotton-poplin pajamas

$167

MATCHESFASHION.COM

Airy Sleepshirts

From counting sheep to pouring coffee, these oxford and T-shirt gowns will take you from sweet dreams to Sunday mornings.

Lauren Ralph Lauren cotton-poplin sleep shirt

$59

NORDSTROM

Lake Pajamas Pima Weekend nightgown in wisteria

$74

LAKE PAJAMAS

Ella Simone Poet’s nightshirt

$70

THE VERMONT COUNTRY STORE

Edith Hour the Dora Gown

$150

EDITH HOUR

Short Stories

The perfect women’s boxer short does exist. So long to borrowing (stealing) from the boys. Just throw on your favorite T-shirt and snooze.

Comme Si La Boxer Classica

$58

COMME SI

J.Crew cotton-poplin boxer shorts in mini gingham

$40$30
J.CREW

HommeGirls logo-waistband cotton pajama shorts

$45

MATCHESFASHION.COM

Tekla striped organic-cotton pyjama shorts

$85

MATCHESFASHION.COM

Nighties and Negligees

What better season to sashay around the house wearing vintage-inspired sleepwear than summer?

Hill House Home the Tati silk teddy

$125

HILL HOUSE HOME

Eileen West modal spandex knit sleeveless short nightgown

$68

AMAZON

The Sleep Shirt sleeveless nightie

$205

THE SLEEP CODE

Gilda & Pearl Diana sheer slip dress

$364

FARFETCH

Featherweight Robes

Your bedtime routine just got sweeter thanks to these luxe, wind-down robes, from a crisp seersucker and lightweight linens.

Serena & Lily Porto linen robe

$128

SERENA & LILY

Matouk Matteo stripe robe

$185

NORDSTROM

Pour Les Femmes belted linen robe

$350

NET-A-PORTER

Roller Rabbit Party Stripe short robe

$98

ROLLER RABBIT