My enthusiastic love of matching pajama sets traces directly to the movie White Christmas, when Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney's characters made them look so chic, perfect red lipstick and all. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, drop whatever you're doing now and go watch White Christmas - it's a true classic). A matched set of PJs is both relaxed and yet pulled together, and feels so cozy all winter long without being limited to the holidays. I especially love flannel PJ sets since I tend to be cold constantly and they always feel so warm and inviting.
Good, soft flannel gets better and better with age. I had a pair of American Eagle flannel pants that were a Christmas gift while I was still in high school and I wore them until they were literally in threads (ahem, earlier this year). In the interim, I acquired a couple flannel PJ sets some of which (pink paisley!) are going strong but some of which (from a brand that will remain nameless) were too coarse and scratchy.
I was therefore overjoyed to receive this Gap x Pendleton set as a Christmas gift this year. I love that these two iconic American brands are collaborating, and the resulting PJs are soft and just perfect - don't miss the satin piping detail! I also love this flannel sleep shirt and highly recommend the flannels from L.L. Bean as an alternative since the Pendleton versions are selling out. I'm such a fan of L.L. Bean's flannels that two years ago I gifted them to all four of my siblings!
As the icing on the cozy cake, Eberjey's Alpine fleece robe is the perfect complement to any winter loungewear, flannel or otherwise, since it is wonderfully warm and yet so elegant. I've had my eye on the Alpine robe for the past two years but held off because of the price. I finally pulled the trigger on it earlier this season and it's just as dreamy as I hoped. I throw it on over literally everything while at home (see above comment on how I'm ALWAYS cold) and keep telling my husband that it was the best purchase I made in 2016.
This time of year those of us in temperate climates are all chasing hygge (especially now that we know about that ultimate quest for coziness) and in a city apartment with no fireplace, I've taken to burning deep, woodsy campfire candles. My current favorite is from Good Candle in Brooklyn, which was the party favor for our friends' wedding in Hudson last fall.