The countdown to Christmas is on. While the last of the office festivities fizzle out, our attention turns to some well-deserved me time. You may have your Christmas day outfit prepped and your smart threads ready for New Year’s Eve, but we can all agree that the best thing about this time of year is to hunker down, switch off the smart phone and indulge in a box of Quality Street while watching a stream of your favourite films – all while dressed in your Christmas pyjamas, of course.
While most of the nation will be zipping on a snowflake onesie for the duration, I’ve selected five seriously stylish pairs that will elevate your loungewear to an all new territory. And, just in case you get caught by an unexpected visitor with a Baileys in hand, you’ll be suitably (and comfortably) dressed to receive them. Happy Christmas.
1. Desmond & Dempsey Byron print shirt and trousers
I love the very non-festive palm print on these cotton voile pyjamas. The shirt is properly tailored, complete with a camp collar – a rather more sophisticated choice than a shapeless pyjama top. Earlier this month Desmond & Dempsey opened up a pop up shop on London’s South Molton Street, in the heart of Mayfair, which will be open until the New Year. The small boutique includes a well-edited selection of the brands distinctive prints, which can be bought and personalised with monogramming and gift-wrapped. Perfect timing for that last minute but thoughtful gift. Even if it is just for yourself for Christmas.
2. Liberty London ‘Juno’ brushed cotton pyjamas
The historic Tudor store is synonymous with their iconic prints, which lend themselves perfectly to loungewear. This ‘Juno’ print is more low-key than typical floral Liberty prints, but no less effective – its design of small peacock feathers is commonly associated with the Aesthetic art and design movement. Printed onto Dartmoor brushed cotton, it has the comfort factor at its heart that just has you wanting to lie on the sofa watching classic Christmas movies. As with most of Liberty’s products, the devil is in the detail, and the piping and mother of pearl buttons give these pieces an element of structure and design appeal. Perfect for Boxing Day… and the day after for that matter, too.
3. David Gandy For Autograph cashmere lounge hoodie
David Gandy has partnered with high street stalwart Marks & Spencer on a number of lines in recent years (swimwear, tailoring, underwear). Of these, his Autograph loungewear range has proved to be a particular hit – and it’s not just down to the man himself flexing his muscles in it. His supima cotton pyjamas are, needless to say, excellent, but I’d recommend bringing a bit of cosiness to your couch surfing over next week’s hibernation with this soft cashmere pyjama hoodie and matching jogging bottoms. Totally suitable to wear around the house all day, every day over Christmas, and they won’t even look out of place for those inadvertent outside errands that need doing.
4. Turnbull & Asser navy piped pyjama set
We can’t be entirely sure HRH Prince Charles will be knocking around the Sandringham estate for days on end in his Turnbull & Asser pyjamas, but it nonetheless conjures up an image that will be echoed up and down the country come Christmas morning. This navy two-piece from the Royal Warrant holdering tailoring house will certainly bring a regal appeal to proceedings over the festivities. The contrast white piping on Egyptian cotton makes for a classic design that will long out live a bobbly fleece onesie. This is sleepwear on another level, with each of T&A’s pyjamas being handmade in their Gloucester factory by expert seamstresses. The pyjamas are finished with ethically sourced mother of pearl buttons, which are thermally fused, to ensure they never loosen with wear. I’m sure his Highness would approve.
5. Hanro ‘Narius’ jersey pyjama set
If comfort is your top priority over the Christmas holidays, then this lightweight super soft cotton jersey set is just what you’re looking for. It’s from Swiss brand Hanro, who have serious form when it comes to sleepwear and underwear. The blue grey plain colour shirt looks good enough to wear out and about, which maybe is the idea. The cut is flattering as it skims the torso and moulds to your body for that second skin appeal. The additional navy piping adds some quality finishing details and the elasticated waistband on the trousers give maximum comfort without unnecessary bulk. You won’t need any reason to take these off from 25 December until you’re dragged back to your office in the New Year.