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Trade In Your Grubby Tees for This Perfect Pajama Top

Eberjey’s “Gisele Sleep Shirt” looks good and feels even better.

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A woman wearing a long-sleeve button-down pajama top with a collar and contrasting piping
Eberjey’s Gisele Sleep Shirt ($89)

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I’ve long dreamt of being a woman who sleeps in only the finest silky pajama sets, those pairings so lovely they practically beg to be worn outside the bedroom. My reality, regular bouts of insomnia mixed with a limited budget, has not quite lived up to this desire, leaving me to opt for grubby, timeworn sweatpants and T-shirts instead. There’s no shame in taking this route, of course — nothing new will ever beat the comfort of an old standby — but with my 26th year approaching (and my closet overflowing with said-grubby tees), I decided to finally try sleeping in something less collegiate.

The first attempt, a checkered wool L.L.Bean pajama set that someone had gifted me a few years back, was a no-go. It felt too reminiscent of the suburban mothers I’d grown up around. That, and it was just too warm — everyone knows you need a little chill at night to achieve that crucial drop in body temp.

The second attempt came to me via pseudo-happenstance online… or what was more likely targeted advertising based on my wistful pajama searches. Enter the Eberjey Gisele Sleep Shirt, hovering on one of those too-familiar Shopbop models and beckoning me with its cool-but-casual appeal to find out more.

Discovering that it was only $89, which isn’t bad for fancy PJs, drew me in further and left me with a purchase receipt in minutes — one of the few impromptu “Add to Cart” moments of my life that would actually pay off.

This jersey sleep shirt is so cozy that I nearly live in it, throwing it on not just for bed but immediately after I enter my apartment and need to be released from the tyranny of belted jeans and suffocating sweaters. In fact, I now have it in various colors — navy, white, and black — so that I’m not forced to rewash it as frequently. And while it’s uber-comfy, the contrast piping and breast pocket details lend it an air of sophistication not found in the rest of my sleepwear (half of which I’ve now gotten rid of).

Consider it the diploma of pajama graduation: a livable rendition of Audrey Hepburns’s sleep shirt in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one that will add a comfortable dose of glamour to your life even on nights when (like me) you can’t get a wink of sleep.

Shop It Here Eberjey Gisele Sleep Shirt, $89