How to Choose a Bathrobe
It seems like not enough people wear bathrobes these days. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t own and wear a robe, you’re seriously missing out. Bathrobes, also called dressing gowns, can be worn for many reasons. One is to provide an extra layer of warmth over pajamas when you’re not tucked in under the blankets in bed. You can also throw on a bathrobe on your way to or from the pool or spa at a hotel to keep you warm and preserve your modesty when underneath you are just wearing a swimsuit. Some women wear silky bathrobes as a form of lingerie. There are also people who wear lightweight bathrobes upon rising in the morning simply to appear more “dressed” than if they were just wearing their pajamas.
This guide will take you through the step-by-step process of choosing a bathrobe. Personally, we think you should have more than one to fit different occasions and different seasons. Ideally, a person should own at least two bathrobes, but depending on where in the country you live, you may be able to get away with one. For example, South Florida does not get cold very often, so you could probably have just one lightweight robe that you use for the entire year. A bathrobe is not only comfortable and stylish, but it will also give you a sense of luxury. These are the factors you should consider when choosing your next bathrobe.
One thing to consider before deciding on a bathrobe is how you see yourself using it. Do you want to use a bathrobe as a way to dry off after a shower or a dip in the pool? Do you want a bathrobe that will keep you warm? Do you want a bathrobe that will make you feel sexy and stylish and can be worn with lingerie? The purpose will help you decide on a fabric and cut when choosing your bathrobe.
There are different fabric options available when it comes to bathrobes. Each offers its own weight and is suitable for different purposes. Cotton is water-absorbent, so it’s a good choice for after a bath or shower. Silk is lightweight and feels smooth against the skin. It can feel luxurious to the wearer and look elegant and expensive. Wool bathrobes are ideal for keeping the wearer warm in cold weather. Microfiber robes are very soft against the skin and are water-absorbent.
The next consideration is how your bathrobe fabric is woven. Terrycloth robes can feel heavy and are quite water-absorbent thanks to all of their loops. Waffle fabric is lightweight and has a waffle-like appearance, with gridded squares. Flannel may be made from cotton or wool and can keep you cozy and warm.
Bathrobes are available in different lengths. Both men’s and women’s bathrobes are available in styles that fall to the knee or ankle. Women’s styles also come in shorter cuts, with some of them barely grazing the upper thigh. Your decision as to length will likely be affected by how warm you wish to be in your bathrobe and how much you want to cover yourself.
There are a few collar choices to choose from. For someone who wants to be extra warm and cozy, or simply to dry wet hair, consider a bathrobe with a hood. Others may prefer a kimono-style bathrobe collar or a shawl-like collar.
Most bathrobes come with a tie closure system. Check to make sure that the length of the tie is to your liking. Some bathrobes also include an internal tie system or even an internal button for extra security in case the external tie comes undone.
Depending on how you plan to use your bathrobe, pockets may be particularly important to you. For example, if you want to use your bathrobe going to and from the pool, pockets that can hold your keys and phone can be useful.