Men’s pyjamas: five smart sets

’Tis the season to upgrade your sleepwear with standout designs from British designers

Derek Rose jersey-cotton Bari pyjamas, £240
Derek Rose jersey-cotton Bari pyjamas, £240

DEREK ROSE

For traditional pyjamas, look to Derek Rose – a British institution since 1926. The finely striped double-mercerised jersey cotton of its Bari design is attractively sheeny and ultra-smooth. “Jersey is the first step in creating a slimmer fit and a more contemporary edge,” says the founder’s grandson Sacha Rose. The tapered bottoms, flat collar and a patented magnet fly fastening also give them a cool modernity. £240; derek-rose.com. TOM STUBBS

Emma Willis cotton/cashmere Cashmerello pyjamas, £450 for a set
Emma Willis cotton/cashmere Cashmerello pyjamas, £450 for a set
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EMMA WILLIS

“Pyjamas and dressing gowns were once a much-neglected part of my wardrobe,” writes Nick Foulkes. “On such matters Emma Willis is always full of good ideas and sound advice: she favours cotton/cashmere pyjamas (bottoms, £250; set, £450) for the winter, and will tell you that elasticated waists are far more flattering than drawstrings. 66 Jermyn Street, London SW1 (020-7930 9980; emmawillis.com). NICK FOULKES

Turnball & Asser cotton pyjamas, from £295
Turnball & Asser cotton pyjamas, from £295
Anderson & Sheppard linen pyjamas, £345
Anderson & Sheppard linen pyjamas, £345

TURNBULL & ASSER

Turnbull & Asser takes nightwear very seriously indeed – in the 1920s, its Jermyn Street premises had a gown lounge where customers could relax with a scotch and a cigar, and try on the latest silk and cotton designs – and its head of design Dean Gomilsek-Cole is determined to continue that tradition. “For me, a crucial part of the routine of preparing for a good night’s sleep is a change of wardrobe,” he says. “Today people find it less necessary to wear pyjamas for practical reasons – warmth – but they’ve become more of a signifier that we’re in relaxation mode.” Pyjama sets (from £295) – notably those in white with navy piping, and in light blue with red or navy piping – are perfect for being laidback without letting standards slip. 71-72 Jermyn Street, London SW1 (020-7808 3000; turnbullandasser.co.uk). NICK SCOTT

Sunspel jersey-cotton sweatshirt, £95, and matching track bottoms, £110
Sunspel jersey-cotton sweatshirt, £95, and matching track bottoms, £110
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ANDERSON & SHEPPARD

Anderson & Sheppard champions one-piece nightwear with nightshirts in cream cashmere/cotton (£345), and blue or light-pink gingham cotton (£275). Its Clifford Street haberdashery also offers sets that double as ultra-casual out-and-about wear. Linen pairs of pyjamas (£345) in emerald, fuchsia, china blue, navy and white are – especially if partnered with a Panama – as suited to treading the jetties of St Tropez as the stairs to bed. Audie Charles, the haberdashery’s creative director, likens them to the stylistic smarts of Cecil Beaton and James Goldsmith, and recalls the late AA Gill who, given a set to road-test over a balmy few days in Rome, was accosted by admirers several times a day. 17 Clifford Street, London W1 (020-7287 7300; anderson-sheppard.co.uk). NICK SCOTT

SUNSPEL

Sunspel’s quest to find the ultimate Sea Island cotton took the company to a tiny farm in Jamaica. The material is so soft it almost feels like fur and the Sea Island cotton range in purest white includes T-shirts (£105) in crew‑ and V-neck styles – ideal when low-key loungewear is called for. Loop‑back jersey-cotton jumpers in specially developed mélange (£95) are supremely soft and stylish, too, and have simple tracksuit bottoms (£110) to match. 13-15 Chiltern Street, London W1 (020-7009 0650; sunspel.com). TOM STUBBS

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