Getting changed into a fresh pair of pyjamas or tracksuit after a long day is top tier for me. Get me out of those restricting high-waisted jeans and into something comfy, pronto. When I opt for a night dress or baggy slogan T-shirt however, I sometimes want something with a little more…er, coverage than my underwear to wear with it. Enter: sleep shorts.
We all have our favourite pyjamas (I can’t be the only one with a selection of luxury pyjamas, Christmas pyjamas and time-of-the-month pyjamas), but sometimes we need that middle ground between loungewear and sleepwear, and that’s where sleep shorts come in. You can opt for a fitted silhouette, not too dissimilar to boxer-style briefs, or something looser for a bit more freedom.
What are sleep shorts?
Simply put, they’re like underwear to sleep in. That said, they’re a lot more breathable than your day-to-day lingerie probably is (i.e. less lace and more cotton). It’s really down to personal preference when it comes to choosing sleep shorts and, indeed, what you class as sleep shorts. Everyone has different opinions, some argue that pyjama shorts are the same as sleep shorts and others disagree. As a general rule of thumb, they’re similar to lounge shorts but probably a bit too short to wear outside your house – if you catch our drift.
Androgynous brand Hommegirls has created this pair of cotton boy shorts with menswear-inspired details on the crotch for that borrowed-from-the-boys finish. They’re fitted like underwear, but are longer in the leg like pyjamas. Similarly, these Flexifit High Rise Sleep Knickers from M&S are made from a lightweight and stretchy fabric which moves with you for all-night comfort. Finally, for something looser, look to SKIMS’ Sleep High-Rise Stretch-Jersey Pyjama Shorts or Calvin Klein’s CK One Sleep Shorts.
Check out our round-up of the best sleep bras to go with your sleep shorts, plus the best cotton underwear to wear during the day. If you’re after more sleep content then check out these sleep masks, slippers and dressing gowns.
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