Bathrobes are loose-fitting, casual items of clothing that are often made of absorbent towelling fabrics so that they can be put on immediately after a bath or shower. Unexpected callers can be greeted comfortably with a bathrobe, which offers far better and more secure coverage than a hastily grabbed towel. Womens bathrobes are also known as dressing gowns. They usually have long sleeves and a wrap over style that is fastened by a tie belt. Bathrobes can have shawl collars or be made in a collarless kimono style and they often include added details such as hoods or patch pockets. Hotels, spas and health clubs regularly provide complimentary bathrobes so that guests can relax in comfort and many women enjoy wearing them around the house as lounge wear. They are perfect as transition garments that can take you from the bed to the breakfast table, or from an evening shower to chilling out on the sofa before bedtime.
Traditional towelling robes made of pure cotton are a good choice for the bathroom, swimming pool or the beach. The latest luxury towelling bathrobes use ‘zero twist’ cotton, which gives more surface area and makes them extremely absorbent, soft and fast-drying. A classic terry cotton or flannel bathrobe can be worn by men and women. They are most commonly white in colour but come in many other shades and are available in lengths ranging from above the knee to floor length. Bathrobes for women are often chosen in a slightly over-sized cut to ensure full coverage of the body if they are to be worn alone and to fit on top of swimwear or underwear.
If a thick, terry towelling womens bathrobe is felt to be too heavy or bulky, many robes can be found in thinner materials such as cotton waffle or velour. Towelling can also be combined with other fabrics, so that an absorbent layer of soft towelling lies against the skin but the outside of the garment is made from a thinner, smoother fabric. Other lightweight textiles used in womens bathrobes include satin, lace jersey and floaty, sheer chiffon. These fabrics can either skim or cling to the body and look sensual and elegant, especially when used in a relaxed kimono shape.
Womens bathrobes in luxury fabrics like satin or chiffon can be extremely glamorous and are often designed to be worn over a matching nightgown or included in underwear sets as a negligee. Full-on Hollywood glamour can be found in vintage-style bathrobes that have embellishments such as ribbon trims, embroidery or lace cuffs and hems. These can be short, baby-doll style or longer lengths, and are ideal for bedroom wear or for lounging around the house. Patterns and prints can give added glamour and style to the simplest womens dressing gowns and there are many textured, embroidered and printed robes to choose from. From exotic patterns like animal prints to delicate sprigged flowers, a bathrobe can match any personal style and fit in with any décor. For the ultimate in co-ordination, it is possible to buy womens bathrobes as part of a set with matching towels.
Traditional bathrobes that are made from thick cotton towelling with a deep pile will keep wearers warm and cosy but many women choose to buy bathrobes made from modern synthetic fabrics such as polyester. These can be made into soft, fluffy bathrobes that offer cosy protection against the cold and are great to snuggle up in. Plush, microfibre robes are light in weight but keep wearers warm and feel incredibly soft to the touch, with many using double-layered fabric that add extra warmth by trapping heat between the layers. Microfibre bathrobes are also very easy to launder and require very little drying. For the ultimate in cosy luxury, choose a full-length cashmere or merino bathrobe and be wrapped in the natural warmth of wool.