Picking the perfect winter pajamas is not easy when you are a woman. You want your jammies to be warm, but not too warm. They need to be cozy, without appearing sloppy. You love the feel of cozy fleece pajamas, but long for a pair of cotton flannel pajamas that you would probably move into if they were a housing option. I get it. Knowing what to look for when picking new pajamas can be tricky. So let's start weighing the pros and cons.
Flannel is made from cotton, a soft, natural material. Cotton is also naturally absorbent. It can also shrink a bit in the wash, so if they fit snug from the start, you might want to size up. Cotton flannel pajamas may also stretch out a bit from one night to the next, so if you're a multi-night jammies fan, keep that in mind.
Flannel pajamas are brushed soft on both sides. This allows flannel to feel very soft on your skin. You probably knew that flannel pajamas could keep you warm during the colder months. Did you also know that flannel keeps you cool while you are asleep during the warm months?
Fleece pajamas are made from synthetic material, which makes them ultra durable. They wash and wear like a champ. They are also extremely soft. Fleece does an incredible job of keeping you warm because the fleece fibers hold heat inside. So if you're one who is constantly cold, or have a drafty bedroom, fleece is your friend. They are also a great choice for "pajama Saturdays" every December through March. Just throw on a pair of waterproof winter boots and a down vest and you can trudge to the mailbox without a whimper.
By the time you have reached this point, you should have learned enough about your sleep style to decide if flannel pajamas or fleece pajamas are best for you. May I make a suggestion? Buy both. You need both for different (and for the same) reasons. Mixing and matching them also might be your best option for finding cold weather sleeping comfort. Go ahead. Wear fleece pajama pants to keep the goosebumps off your legs with a lighter flannel sleep top. I won't tell if you don't.