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You may not think a robe is a must-have part of your wardrobe, but many people find robes the perfect transition clothing for the time between work clothes and pajamas. Not quite ready for bed, but ready for comfort, warmth, and a touch of style.
Over the centuries, men’s and women’s robes have changed in style, fabric, and texture, but their basic shape and function have not seen much change.
Robes are the perfect way to get in the right mindset and comfort level for getting better sleep by helping you wind down and regulate your body temperature, which releases melatonin to allow you to fall asleep faster.
The Coyuchi Unisex Mediterranean Organic Robe is a robe for anyone and everyone. The robes’ style and feel were inspired by the peshtemals, the traditional Turkish towels used for hundreds of years, used in Turkish baths and has a luxurious Mediterranean vibe. This robe comes in a very crisp, clean, Alpine White color.
To be comfortable and stylish on either men or women, this robe features a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders, two large patch pockets, a shawl collar, and a matching belt. It can also come in a set with matching towels. The Coyuchi Unisex Mediterranean Organic Robe is available via Amazon Prime 2-day shipping and is available in four sizes.
The Marais Robe is a high-quality soft robe made from Turkish cotton. It’s thinner and more lightweight than traditional terry cloth robes. Users report it is extremely comfortable and stylish, though it tends to run a little big, so consider sizing down.
The Marais Robe comes in three sizes, Extra Small, Small, and Medium, but runs large and is made to be unisex. Three of the four colors available come with ecru as the base color and either Bordeaux, light gray, or black as the accent color, and the last option is light gray as the base and ecru as the accent for an interesting negative space design.
The Classic Bathrobe by Parachute is loomed from long-staple Turkish cotton at 450 grams per square meter, which is said to make this robe the perfect weight for year-round use. Parachute sources their Turkish cotton from the Aegean region, which is world-renowned for its Turkish cotton. Interestingly, Turkish cotton towels were invented in the 17th century in Bursa, Turkey.
Parachute’s Classic Bathrobe is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large, and comes in your choice of three colors: White, mineral, and stone. It is machine washable and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, meaning it exceeds the highest criterion of testing for harmful chemicals and synthetics.
The Whitman Superior Weave Cotton Waffle Bathrobe is very absorbent and quick-drying, so customers love using it after showers and baths to relax and dry off. The waffle weave pattern using 100% cotton is a stylish and soft design choice, giving the robe a beautiful texture.
This unisex robe has two large patch pockets, cuffable sleeves, and a belted waist. It is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. It also comes in six colors, which are aqua, charcoal, coral, cream, navy blue, and white.
The Patric Cotton Terry Cloth Bathrobe features a terry cloth weave using 100% cotton and is perfect for a spa day. This robe is unisex and sized generously. Users have given this robe high ratings and say it is high quality, a nice heavy weight, and very comfortable. The small size is 50 inches long and the extra large is 55 inches long, making it approximately mid-calf length on most people.
This plush robe is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. It also comes in ten colors, black, burgundy, ivory, lilac, medium blue, navy blue, pink, sage, taupe, and white.
To help you choose the perfect robe for you or a loved one, below we’ve outlined different shopping considerations, material choices, and things to watch out for. Robes have long been used for their comfort and utility, and these days are becoming more and more fashionable, stylish, and accessible. Read on to learn more about robes!
Why Purchase a Robe?
If you’ve never owned a robe, you are missing out! Whether you use it for drying off after a nice, hot shower, lounging around on a Saturday morning, or to keep you warm and comfortable around the house, robes have become a must-have wardrobe staple.
Robes may not seem like an essential garment, but the level of comfort is almost unmatched, and a good robe feels luxurious. A great quality robe may be a bit of a splurge, but having something this comfortable to lounge around at night before bed is sure to make your sleep even better by helping you regulate your body temperature.
Check out Tuck’s article on thermoregulation to see exactly why staying cool in the evenings and raising your body temperature by even a single degree during the night makes you have better-quality sleep with less waking up throughout the night.
A plush, comfortable robe and high-quality sheets will help you relax in style and comfort.
What should You Consider in a Robe?
There are four main considerations when shopping for the perfect robe. You want to make sure you’re getting the right fabric for your needs, the correct weave, the style that works best for you, and a color you’ll love for years to come.
Fabric – When shopping for a robe, you want to pay special attention to the fabric it’s made from. Different fabrics will give you different experiences and some may not be suitable for the weather in your location or your needs.
When choosing your fabric, remember to think about what you plan to use the robe for, as this will help you determine what will work best. For example, you may want a warm and cozy blanket-style robe, or an ultra-absorbent after shower robe, or maybe something lightweight to provide coverage but not as much warmth.
Below we have listed the seven most common fabrics robes are made from and the main benefits of each.
Cotton: Cotton is very easy to find and very well known, making it relatively inexpensive. Cotton is soft, comfortable, durable, and washes well. Cotton tends not to be very insulating and collects moisture versus wicking it away, making the absorbent material perfect for robes.
Fleece: Fleece repels water easily, making it very moisture-wicking to keep you comfortable and dry. Fleece is also an excellent insulator and is breathable and washable. Fleece is a heavier weight material and works best in colder environments. In warmer or more humid areas, fleece may not be as practical.
Linen: Linen is made from cellulose fibers which grow in the stalks of flax plants. Linen is extremely soft and durable, as well as being especially breathable. Linen is a top choice for warmer climates and is considered a luxurious material for sleepwear and robes.
Silk: Silk has several well-known benefits, such as keeping your skin hydrated and your hair frizz-free. Silk has tightly-woven smooth fibers to help keep moisture close to the skin and is known to help soothe irritated skin, as it is a hypoallergenic material. Silk is usually more expensive and can be harder to care for. Make sure to read the care instructions carefully.
Bamboo Rayon: Bamboo is a soft and breathable material which is becoming more and more popular for sleepwear and robes. It can be anti-microbial and natural in many cases. Bamboo rayon is not very insulated, making it better for warmer homes or climates.
Microfiber: Microfiber is thin and made of very fine fibers of polyester. It is a very affordable synthetic material, maintains its softness over time, and resists pilling and general wear and tear. It is less breathable than cotton but will keep you warm with less material.
Nylon: Nylon is an extremely versatile fabric, known for being thin and flexible, but very durable. Nylon is water-resistant and does not absorb or retain moisture, like many natural fibers. This makes it a fantastic choice for moisture-wicking needs. Nylon is a man-made synthetic material and tends to be less expensive than many other fabrics.
Weave – The weave of your robe further dictates its warmth and breathability. Here are five different weaves and their benefits.
Terry: Terry is also known as terry cloth, terrycloth, Turkish toweling, or terry toweling. It is almost always made of cotton, and is an absorbent fabric based on a plain weave, but has an additional set of loops woven through the surface, which are left uncut to give terrycloth the distinctive looped surface texture we are all familiar with. The added surface area increases its absorbency, making terry the ideal fabric for bathrobes and towels of all kinds.
Flannel: Flannel is very durable and tends to get softer the more you wash it, adding to its comfort. Flannel is a relatively thin material on its own and is not particularly absorbent. It is a soft woven fabric, made from loosely spun yarn, usually cotton or wool. Flannel is made to insulate, and so is extremely cozy and comfortable in cooler temperatures.
Satin: Satin is a soft, smooth fabric which drapes beautifully on many forms. The large distance between interlacings is what creates the smooth and glossy surface of the satin fabric. This distance can also cause satin to snag more easily, making it a bit less durable than some other fabrics. Because satin is not absorbent, it is more typically used in dressing gown-style robes and not for right after showering.
Velour: Velour is a plush knitted fabric made from either cotton or polyester. It often has the same weaving process as velvet and is a less expensive alternative. Most velour robes have terry lining on the inside to make them more absorbent and practical. Velous is stretchy, comfortable, and breathable, making it great for stylish robes in any climate.
Waffle: Waffle weave fabric, sometimes known as honeycomb fabric, is woven on a loom in a way which makes it very absorbent. The waffle weave also allows air to flow through the fabric so it is fast-drying. The surface of waffle fabric is textured, which gives it more surface area for absorption and cleaning. If you want high absorbency but are not interested in toweling, waffle weave fabric will be perfect for you.
Style – Robes come in many styles! From the more traditional bathrobe style with patch pockets and a belt closure to the decorative kimono style.
Kimono: Kimonos are T-shaped, straight-lined robes made so the hem falls to the ankle, and features long, wide sleeves and typically no collar. They are loose fitting, with an open-front style and a matching fabric belt for closure.Kimono-style robes can often be found worn over bathing suits, pajamas, and even out in public as a casual summer jacket or tunic. Bathrobes in this style are unlined and made from cotton or silk.
Shawl-collared: A shawl-collared robe is an open front robe that usually comes with a matching belt and a rolled open collar coming down to a v-neckline. Shawl style collars are usually soft and comfortable and can provide additional neck warmth.
Hooded: Hooded robes are any traditionally-styled or designed robes with either a permanent or detachable hood. Hoods provide extra warmth and comfort.
Other Features to Consider:
Length: Robes for both men and women come in varying lengths, from mid-thigh to knee length, mid-calf, ankle, and even floor length. If you live in a warm climate and want to use a robe to cover your pajamas and lounge in your home, a short length may be a better fit for you. If you are using the absorbent qualities for after showering, a mid-calf or ankle length may be better. If you live in a cold climate and want to use your robe for warmth, longer is better.
Closure: Most robes come with a simple self-tie belt at the waist, often hanging from small belt loops at the sides of the robe. However, there are some styles with zippers, snaps, and even buttons. While belting is most common, it is not your only option. Think about what you want from your robe and see if an open-front tie is the best for your needs or if you prefer more coverage, such as a zippered front.
Pockets: Most robes on the market these days seem to come with two large front pockets, and some come with more than two. Look at the features of your robe before purchasing.
Reviews: Look at consumer reviews and ratings to make sure the robe is as represented and to validate your feelings and considerations of your purchase.
Color & Pattern – Both women’s and men’s robes come in almost any color or pattern you can imagine. Children’s robes also often come in fun designs and patterns or have animal prints or cartoons.
If you are splurging and buying a higher-quality robe, you may want to consider going with a solid, more neutral color. This way, no matter how fashion changes, your robe will always be in style. Sometimes going with a trendy or fashionable pattern can get old over time.
Other Purchase Considerations when Shopping for a Robe
Shipping & Delivery – Before completing your robe purchase, always check the shipping maps to verify the company you’re buying from ships to your location. If you are purchasing from an international company, check to see if there are additional shipping or customs fees. Also, check delivery times to your area – especially if you are purchasing the robe as a gift.
Some websites offer free shipping. If you are purchasing through Amazon, your purchase could qualify for Amazon Prime if you have an active Prime membership.
Warranty & Returns – As with any online purchase, it is extremely important to check the company’s return policy and whether or not they have a warranty or guarantee on your purchase. Every company has their own policies, so be sure to read over the fine print carefully in case you are not happy with your purchase and want to return it.
If the company offers any sort of warranty or guarantee for their products, you should know what it covers, in case of any manufacturer defects on your product.
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