Nothing wrong with that cozy, fluffy (and somewhat worse-for-wear) robe you’ve been rolling around the house in since your first post-college apartment — but there’s a case to be made for giving yourself some options. After all, you have a closet packed with outfits for pretty much every event you might ever have to attend — but for lounging around the house? Probably one choice and one choice only.
And here’s the thing: The moment I get home, all I want to do is toss that day’s outfit in the laundry and wrap myself up in a robe. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a silky kimono. Other times all I want shield myself from the outside world in the fluffiest, coziest robe in existence. That's why I now have exactly five styles to choose from, which literally have me covered whenever I’m happily hanging out at home.
Old Shanghai Women's Kimono Robe
This peony-imprinted robe is the antithesis of schlubby — yet it somehow still manages to feel incredibly relaxed. It’s silky, more than a little bit sexy, and lets you pretend like you’re traveling in some far-flung locale rather than watching Netflix in your bedroom. I have one that's almost identical to the kimono above that a friend brought back from a trip to Japan—and it's the robe I go to whenever I want to feel a little more glamorous. It works even if my bed-head hair is a disaster. If black isn’t your hue, note that it also comes in 41(!!!) other color and print iterations.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe
When a robe is compared to feeling like a warm hug over and over again in customer reviews, well, it’s worth checking out. And as the 600+ nearly 5-star ratings Nordstrom suggest, this microfiber softie is one of the most beloved bathrobes on the market. Ask around and you’ll probably discover that it’s already the favorite robe of at least one woman you know. And it has no shortage of loveable qualities: It’s fuzzy, it’s fluffy, and has just the right amount of stretchiness to let you feel like you’re swaddled in your own private cozy cocoon. Plus, it comes in 14 color options you can put in rotation.
TowelSelections Turkish Spa Bathrobe
This robe is identical to every single robe you’ve ever wrapped yourself in before a spa massage, which is maybe why it feel so incredibly luxurious despite its super-affordable, under-$30 price point. The Turkish cotton waffle weave makes it super-absorbent, perfect for post-bath. It’s comfortable, incredibly well-made, and the clean kimono silhouette also means it’s flattering on pretty much every figure. If the green color doesn’t grab you, try the pretty teal, deep plum, or any of the 11 other color options.
Gilligan & O'Malley Terry Robe
A white robe is one of those garments that proves that classics are classics for a reason. Terrycloth robes are the best kind of basic: functional, practical, totally no-nonsense. But they also have another slightly more glamorous plus-side: Wrapping myself in one always reminds me of being on vacation—whether that’s flashbacks to wearing it while hanging out poolside or lounging in my hotel room. This version is about as classic as they come. Cut from thick terry cloth, it includes the expected double pockets and the thick sash, plus it also manages to be roomy without swallowing you up. Oh, and you can find it in the aisles of your local Target for less than $40.
Nordstrom Lingerie Cashmere Robe
I know that spending nearly $250 on a bathrobe sounds indulgent to the point of being ridiculous, but here’s the thing: In the five years that I’ve had a cozy, elegant cashmere robe almost exactly like this one, it’s helped make stepping out of my warm bed and into the cold a lot less depressing for 1200 mornings and counting. I’m not exaggerating: From September through May it works better than my coffee habit at getting my day off to a good start. It has all the elegance of lingerie but is as warm as any plush robe you’ve ever worn. Plus, a little tricky math helps justify the purchase: $250 divided by 1200 wearings comes out to a not-so-terrible 20 cents per wear.
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