The bathrobe is a versatile and comfortable accessory – and it is all the rage right now in terms of fashion and style. Long gone are the days when the bathrobe was just a simple piece of house wear. Today, given the wide range of lush fabrics, models, lengths and styles, the bathrobe is a must-have for both women and men who love luxury as much as they love comfort.
These days, the bathrobe is the ultimate style statement so let’s see together the ultimate bathrobe style guide so you can pick the best types of bathrobes matching your needs and personal approach on contemporary fashion.
Pick the Right Size
Picking the correct bathrobe size can be a little challenging, especially if you want to purchase it online. Bathrobes are designed to have a looser fit than other garments and many bathrobe types can be worn over other clothes or even swimwear – the last thing you want from your bathrobe is to be too slim or too large. When it comes to size, a stylish, modern and comfy bathrobe should come in the right size. So here are some tips to follow:
1. When You Buy the Bathrobe for Yourself
Whenever you want to buy a bathrobe for yourself, use the available sizing charts (and look for the specific measurements of your country or region) and make sure you take your own measurements properly. Remember the bathrobe should have a loose fit and the belt loop height matches your waist.
2. When You Buy the Bathrobe for Someone Close
If you want to buy a bathrobe for a member of your family, make sure to take that person’s measurements and compare them with the available size charts.
- If you buy the bathrobe for someone else, measure that person three times then take the average measurements to find the average size you need for the bathrobe and then pick the bathrobe according to the size chart that is the closest to the average size you got.
- Before buying a one-size-fits-all type of bathrobe, make sure you check for the belt loop height – top quality products should have more than one, so the wearers of all heights can properly accomplish the belt cinching at their waistline, rather than too high or low.
Pick the Right Length
As we said before, bathrobes are versatile and can be worn not only after you took a long, relaxing bath, but on other occasions as well. There is a close relationship between the length of the bathrobe and its purposes and styling, so let’s see what length you should pick depending on your needs:
- Full Length Robes: These robes usually reach the ankle and are the most comfortable and warm types of bathrobes. Full length robes are preferred because the extra length allows more absorbency, help the wearer dry better and faster after a shower, and keep the wearer warmer. These bathrobes are preferred also as winter indoor garments (and are usually made of wool or towelling) because the extra length allows more warmth and comfort.
- Knee Length Robes: Knee length robes are usually made of lighter fabrics and are preferred in summer because the longer ones would keep you too warm. Depending on the fabric they are made of, knee length robes are used to cover swimwear in the summer or as a favored accessory to the spa.
- Thigh Length Robes: light, seductive and stylish, these robes are dedicated to women. Coming in lush, precious fabrics and used to cover night wear or lingerie, these bathrobes can become quite the fashion statement.
Pick the Right Fabric
The first thing to look for in a bathrobe is its quality. Beyond looks – and everybody wants a good looking bathrobe that looks good on them – the major purpose of a bathrobe is to help you dry, keep you warm, protect your undergarments and offer you an unmatched snuggly, comfy feeling. Bathrobes come in many fabrics, models and styles, but they do have (or should have) one essential quality in common: absorbency.
Why Is Absorbency Important?
When you get out of the shower, the bathtub or the pool, there is something regal about slipping into a bathrobe rather than drying up with a towel. Bathrobes offer elegance, intimacy and comfort while you dry sipping a cocktail by the pool side or waiting for your face mask to work its wonders on your skin. In warmer weather, a bathrobe should absorb both the water and the perspiration and this is where the absorbency level of the fabric comes in. A low-quality material (with plenty of plastic in it) won’t absorb the excess water and will compel you to reach for the towel.
When you pick a bathrobe for you or someone else, check with the manufacturer the absorbency level of the fabric. The absorbency scale is set from 1 to 5; with 5 being the most absorbent fabric (terry cloth and velour have an absorbency level of 5).
Types of Fabrics
Each material making a bathrobe is suited to a different purpose. Some materials are better insulators, others better absorb water and perspiration, some are meant to be worn in colder seasons while others make perfect companions when you travel or spend the summer by the pool side. While the choice of material clearly depends on your tastes and wishes, you should also consider the fabrics and their specific qualities.
1. Cotton Bathrobes
Cotton is the most frequently used fabric when it comes to bathrobes and towels due to its high absorbency levels. Cotton fibers naturally absorb water and are able to hold almost 25 times their weight in liquid. Cotton bathrobes are usually used for the beach, pool or following a bath / shower. Hey should be worn in warmer seasons as they naturally attract perspiration. Cotton bathrobes are lightweight, helping you stay cool in summer as the material is breathable.
2. Organic Cotton Bathrobes
Those who are environmentally aware and have sensitive skin should pick organic cotton bathrobes. Organic cotton is getting more and more popular all over the world. It features all the advantages of regular cotton, but it is cultivated in sustainable, eco-friendly crops and lacks chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and other substances used in the cultivation of standard cotton. While a little more expensive, organic cotton is favored by people with sensitive skin or allergies, being used to make newborns’ and toddlers’ garments or lingerie pieces for adults.
3. Silk and Satin Bathrobes
Stylish, elegant, seductive and luxurious, silk and satin bathrobes are made of strong, elastic, fibrous, and lustrous threads. They are thin, delicate, lightweight and breathable – a perfect option for the warm seasons and climates, as they are not good insulators.
Silk robes are less used after baths or showers and more as a leisure garment. They make outstanding pool side accessories (on dry skin) and amazing seduction tools for women and men alike. Silk is prone to shrinking if washed incorrectly and such indoor robes are rather expensive, but the soft, sensual feel of silk robes against the skin is worth every cent.
4. Wool Bathrobes
Wool is a natural fabric with high levels of absorbency and flame-resistance. A perfect insulator, wool is used in bathrobes meant to be worn after a shower / bath and in colder seasons or climates. They are usually ankle-long as you must benefit from their warmth and comfort.
An excellent choice for winter and an ideal indoor garment to be worn over your PJ’s in a lazy cold weekend while you snuggle with a book and a hot cup of cocoa, wool bathrobes have also antibacterial properties making them a good choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Wool bathrobes are expensive and they take a lot of time to dry, but they are a top choice due to their absorbency and warmth.
5. Bamboo Bathrobes
Bamboo is a natural material having natural antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. Such bathrobes are getting increasingly popular among people suffering from allergies or skin sensitivity. Bamboo robes are highly absorbent but, being thin and lightweight they are poor insulators – this makes them perfect as indoor or pool side accessories to be worn in summer or warmer climates.
Bamboo robes are also ideal choices if you are an environmentally-aware person: bamboo is sustainable and its cultivation doesn’t impact the environment. While expensive, bamboo robes represent a perfect gift you can offer to yourself or a loved one.
6. Microfiber Bathrobes
Microfiber is a synthetic material which is finer than silk and very absorbent. Microfiber robes are favored by people with sensitive skin and are lightweight, strong, and durable. Being stain resistant, they are also favored by women as indoor garments used to protect clothes / lingerie especially when they use makeup, face masks or skin care products.
Microfiber bathrobes absorb water just like wool does, but in comparison, they are not similarly good insulators. In fact, being thin and light, they are more suitable for the warm season or climates. Microfiber bathrobes keep their shape well and they rarely shrink or get out of shape after being washed and hung to dry.
7. Fleece Bathrobes
Fleece is a very popular material used for clothing and accessories and modern bathrobes also come in fleece due to the fabric’s softness, warmth and insulating properties. This synthetic material is very comfortable and lightweight, making fleece bathrobes to be season-independent. You can wear them no matter the temperature as you will get that feeling of coziness you are looking for in a bathrobe.
Perfect to wear at the spa (or to determine you to create your own spa at home); fleece bathrobes are breathable, allowing you to dry quickly. However, they won’t absorb too much water. Fleece is also kind with sensitive skin, making it a good choice for kids’ bathrobes as well.
8. Nylon Bathrobes
Nylon is a synthetic fiber used in inexpensive bathrobes and it is favored by its ability to be cleaned easily.
Types of Weaving
As you probably know already, the weaving of the fabrics is also an essential element that makes the difference between different bathrobes, just as it does in towels. There are several types of bathrobe weaving styles that speak of a bathrobe’s quality.
1. Terry Bathrobes
The most luxurious, comfortable and high-quality bathrobes feature terry weaving: a pile fabric, usually made with cotton and featuring uncut loops on both sides. The longer and denser the loops are, the more absorbent the bathrobes are.
- Egyptian and Turkish Cotton Terry Bathrobes: the epitome of comfort these cozy, comfy and warm bathrobes make the ideal choice for women and men alike. With a wide variety of weights and thread counts, these bathrobes are popular garments for indoor wearing, post-bath drying purposes, relaxation, comfort and style.
2. Velour Bathrobes
Velour is a fabric with cut loops and velour bathrobes are typically made with terry. Since the terrycloth absorbs water better than velour, the latter offer the bathrobes a more luxurious feel and higher absorbency levels. They are a perfect choice if you are looking for the ultimate comfy feeling when wearing them around the house.
- Cotton Velour Bathrobes: in comparison to the synthetic velour, cotton velour bathrobes made with terrycloth inside are soft and thick and they make your new best friend in winter, as you can warmly and comfortably snuggle in them while relaxing.
3. Waffle Bathrobes
The waffle weaving is loose and has a distinctive “grid like” look. Waffle bathrobes are favored for their light weight, and are more commonly used for comfort. They are most popular in hotel salons and spas.
- Cotton Waffle Bathrobes: Sporting their signature square or diamond textured pattern, cotton waffle bathrobes have the same absorbency level of cotton, but are thinner, making them a good choice for warmer seasons. They are inexpensive but have a rather commercial than personal purpose, so to speak, as they are usually bought in bulk and used as promotional souvenir robes, being more frequently found in hotels or spas.
4. Towelling Bathrobes
Towelling is a material made of cotton or, more frequently, a mix of cotton and polyester fibers. It is a deep, soft pile weaving creating a material that is thick, soft and very absorbent. Ideal for post-shower bathrobes, towelling allows you to dry quickly. It is also an excellent insulator, thus being favored in winter as it keeps you really warm. Towelling weaves should be washed carefully as they may shrink if washed at a high temperature.
5. Flannel Bathrobes
Flannel is a soft woven fabric, made from loosely spun yarn (cotton or wool). It sports the qualities of cotton and wool, making it a great absorbent material and an ideal insulator to be worn in winter, but it also comes with vulnerabilities (shrinkage is likely if you don’t respect the washing recommendations).
Bathrobes Styles and Models
Now that you know how to pick a high-quality bathrobe depending on the absorbency level, insulation features, material and weaving, it is time to take a closer look at several types of models of bathrobes to get you really inspired!
1. Terry Kimono Bathrobes for Women and Men
The kimono bathrobe style features a rather flat, non-collar neckline, and shorter sleeves. It is a style of bathrobe that is top-quality (when it comes to fabric and weaving) and top-functionality (when it comes to intended purpose).
The terry kimono bathrobe for women is amazing not just for your after-shower drying purposes, but also for those moments when you need to put your make-up on. Elegant and chic, it can accompany you around the house or at the swimming pool.
A terry kimono bathrobe for men is usually knee-high and comes with shorter sleeves to help gentlemen shave better without bothering them with the sleeves needing to be rolled up. If you travel a lot for business or pleasure or if you like your comfy days at home, this type of bathrobe is what you need.
You can find kimono-style of bathrobes also in velour, silk, fleece, or waffle fabrics and weaving.
2. Satin Kimono Robes
These are some special kimono robes and are mostly dedicated to women. While not actual bathrobes per-se, these garments are luxurious, sexy and comfortable, in short lengths and amazing fitting. Either used as sleepwear, newlyweds’ nuptials or sensual moments together with the loved one, the satin kimonos for women have a rightful place on this ultimate bathrobe style guide.
3. Terry Shawl Collar Bathrobes for Women and Men
The shawl collar is another style that differentiates bathrobes when it comes to models. The shawl features a fold-over collar, much like a shawl wrapping around your neckline. The shawl collar style is borrowed from men’s evening wear (the dinner jacket and smoking jacket being the two major sources of inspiration). The shawl collar gives the wearer a feeling of warmth and coziness. No matter its length, the shawl collar style of bathrobe gives you an elegant, regal look.
The terry shawl collar bathrobes for women are very soft, cozy and warm, perfect for some time alone to use face masks or make-up, snuggle with a book in bed in winter, and feel at ease with family and friends around the house and pampering yourself after a relaxing bath.
The terry shawl collar bathrobes for men are usually made with 100% premium cotton for high absorbance and an ultra soft plush feel for coziness. They are usually knee-long for mobility and comfort and they can be worn directly against the skin or over undergarment and pajamas.
You can find shawl collar-style of bathrobes also in velour, silk, fleece or waffle fabrics and weaving.
4. Terry Hooded Bathrobes for Women and Men
One of the most popular styles of bathrobes is the hooded ones. These types of robes usually feature a small, thin collar and an attached hood. Hooded bathrobes are favored because they help you dry the hair faster and better. Hoods also provide additional warmth in winter and are valued by people who are sensitive to catching a cold for leaving their hair wet. They are also essential post-shower accessories for ladies who don’t use a heat blower to dry their hair.
Terry hooded bathrobes for women are usually made of high-quality Turkish cotton for comfort, warmth and good absorbency levels. They make excellent choices for traveling due to their versatility and multiple purposes. Used as indoor garments or as covers for make-up and skin care activities, hooded bathrobes for women will make you feel and look amazing no matter the season or the occasion.
If style, comfort, and design are what you are looking for, then you can’t go wrong with a terry velour hooded bathrobe for men in a luxurious color such as black or navy blue. These bathrobes are excellent choices for travels, the gym, relaxation around the house, poolside time off and, of course, gifts for your loved ones.
You can find hooded bathrobes also in velour, silk, fleece or waffle fabrics and weaving as well.
How to Care for Your Bathrobes
Bathrobes need a bit of care as no matter how durable and high-quality they are, they are vulnerable to the negative effects of incorrect washing, drying or storing. They can also be negatively impacted by the environment, so it is better to learn a few tips and tricks on how to take good care of them.
- Always respect the washing instructions on the manufacturers’ labels as too high temperatures may lead to shrinking and shape modifications.
- As a general rule, wash the bathrobe between 30°C and 60°C using a mild detergent.
- Use dedicated detergent for colored bathrobes and specific detergent for white bathrobes respectively.
- If your bathrobes get a harsh texture or an off-white color, this means they suffer from bleach damage.
- Avoid bleaching when cleaning your bathrobes.
- Use fabric softeners and conditioners only according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some conditioners may reduce the absorbency of the bathrobe by coating the fibers and making them less efficient in their drying purposes.
- Don’t wash the bathrobes together with other clothes as you risk piling and linting.
- After you washed the bathrobe use the recommended spin cycle to remove the excess water and allow for faster drying.
- Never dry clean your bathrobes.
- Never iron your bathrobes, as it can affect the pile and can discolor / scorch the fabric.
- Launder the robes before you use them.
- Always hang out to dry the robes after you used them and never store them in cabinets or drawers while still moist.
- Don’t store the fluffy robes too tight as they will loose their softness.
What are your favorite lengths, fabrics, weaves and models of bathrobes? Which type of bathrobe do you plan to get next for your personal comfort or as a gift for someone you love?