If you’re looking for cozy loungewear, make sure you put a cozy bathrobe at the top of your list.
With self-care being a popular subject this year, it comes as no surprise that bathrobes come up in conversation. There are countless styles to choose from, not to mention myriad colors, lengths, and materials.
To keep you in the loop, we've decided to take a closer look at this year's trends. We're also sharing this year's short list of much-loved bathrobes, which includes two long-standing favorites and a new arrival best known for its high-quality Turkish cotton.
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What you need to know before buying a bathrobe
To help narrow your choices for a bathrobe, it's helpful to think about the length first. Bathrobe sizing varies considerably among manufacturers. In order to find a bathrobe that aligns with your preference, find out its measurements from the shoulder all the way down to the hem. With this information, it's easy to determine whether it will fall as a knee-length, mid-calf, or full-length robe.
The next feature to compare in bathrobes is material. While all options are soft, they each have slightly different attributes.
Cotton bathrobes include terry cloth, cotton waffle, and cotton velour styles. Terry cloth robes are highly absorbent, though they may feel a bit rougher than others after wash and wear. Cotton waffle robes have an airy, lightweight feel. Cotton velour features a high-pile design that's ultra-plush, making it significantly thicker than other cotton styles.
Microfiber bathrobes are soft and breathable, though they aren't as absorbent as cotton bathrobes. Satin and silk are popular bathrobe options for warm weather wear, but keep in mind that these more delicate materials aren't absorbent like cotton and microfiber.
Since you may be spending quite a bit of time in a bathrobe, you should enjoy its color or pattern, too. Cotton and microfiber bathrobes are usually available in solid colors, but you can find a few designs or patterns. Satin and silk bathrobes are available in countless colors and vibrant designs that often feature florals, abstract art, or color blocking.
No matter your budget, there's a bathrobe to fit it. Entry-level cotton and microfiber bathrobes cost between $15 and $30, while better-made designs run closer to the $35 to $60 range. Designer bathrobes include satin and silk styles and can cost as much as $70 to $125.
Q. How long does it take a bathrobe to dry once it's wet?
A. If it's damp from being worn after a shower, the robe will dry within a couple hours of being hung up in a dry area. Hanging a bathrobe in a humid bathroom after a hot shower means it will take several hours to fully dry.
Q. My robe has a skinny satin belt inside it -- what's it for?
A. These belts can be tied loosely around your waist to hold the bathrobe in place. Some consumers find them bothersome, in which case they remove them.
What we like: Good option if you prefer a traditional, all-cotton bathrobe. Highly absorbent, so many consumers use it in lieu of a towel. Easy to care for since it's machine-washable.
What we dislike: May shed fibers the first few times it's washed.
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