Taking requests: robes

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I can’t recall the name of the commenter who suggested this post—there have been so many comments lately—so thanks for the suggestion, Anonymous Reader, and away we go: this orange print specimen is just so damn happy, and I think it would help my mood in the morning—the toughest time of day for me lately—immeasurably.

Here’s an elegant little number from Hanro with just a touch of lace detail in the back.

The star print here is pretty fun.

This looks like an old-fashioned dressing gown.

The embroidered sleeves here are a nice touch.

 

And here is a luxe cashmere robe that’s pretty reasonably priced, as cashmere robes go.

The oversized floral print on this one is nice and graphic.

Such a good pink, and I like the lace detail on the sleeves.

This gorgeous robe from Fleur du Mal is currently marked down—still pricey, but less so.

This just looks as cozy as all get-out.

A pretty robe with a kind of Japanese-y floral print.

How great is this leopard print robe? I’m highly tempted by it.

I think this might be the prettiest one of the bunch, and I like the graceful hemline.

 

And finally, here is what I shlep around the house in: a men’s scotch plaid robe from L.L. Bean, sized up for maximum comfiness.

 

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    rachel in berkeley
    31 Mar 2020
    11:57pm

    Another not-a-robe person here and yet I have one. Pima cotton via Peruvian Connection’s website. They change their prints annually but the cotton is always just right for a light-weight option.

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    Samantha Zutler
    31 Mar 2020
    11:43pm

    Hi Kim, I just want to thank you for being one of my touchstones in this time of coronacrazy. @glennondoyle, Dori and Kate, iwantobeher.com, and your blog -my every day haunts. It is so comforting to know that others are out there, all of us real people, just getting through this. Thank you, Sam

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    Katy
    31 Mar 2020
    12:54pm

    I love that black and white Natori robe. It reminds me of one that I had for years that disappeared at some point. It was a vintage Halston in a lightweight wool/silk knit with huge red flowers on a black backgound and 3/4 length drape-y sleeves. The fabric made it perfect almost year round and I felt like a glamour girl when wearing it. The Natori one seems far too expensive for 100% polyester.

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    Stephanie
    31 Mar 2020
    1:28pm

    I have been crushing on the double gauze cotton robe from State the Label for months. It’s hot in Georgia in the summer and this robe would be perfect to wear while getting ready to go out in the hot humid weather.

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    ab
    31 Mar 2020
    1:58pm

    My fleece robe fell apart, so I’ve been wearing my husband’s flannel LLBean robe, same pattern as Kim’s. The fleece robe was warmer because it was lined, but it was so staticky and such a hair magnet that I don’t see myself buying another fleece robe.

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      ab
      31 Mar 2020
      2:03pm

      (And just remembered another reason not to get fleece–I’m talking about polyester fleece–is that they constantly shed into the waste water supply and are an environmental nightmare: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine )

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    c.w.
    31 Mar 2020
    11:16am

    I’ve never been a robe person (probably because my mother was and we must rebel in all kinds of ridiculous ways), but it seems to me that several of these could be either worn as dresses or worn open over a pair of slim white jeans and white tee––like a long loose coat/slippery trench…and a pair of mules…sipping wine/mocktails at an outdoor cafe with friends…can you tell I’m missing social contact!

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    patricia blaettler
    31 Mar 2020
    11:16am

    My daughter has conned me into buying too many robes over the years. Recently she’s been jonesing for a white waffle weave ‘spa’ type robe. I’ve said no because she certainly doesn’t need it. Yet, now she is quarantined in her college apartment as her senior year abruptly ends. I ordered one from Parachute as a surprise pick-me-up for her and it’s absolutely perfect. It’s the little things in life, right?

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      MARGARET
      31 Mar 2020
      5:54pm

      I have coveted that same Parachute waffle robe in gray! Now’s the time, right? All I needed was an excuse.

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    COMeredith
    31 Mar 2020
    11:26am

    About a year ago, i was at a hotel that had the most awesome fleece robe — it was very light weight and super comfortable. I wrote down the company name but could not find it anywhere. When I looked for fleece robes, none were as light and fluffy as that one. In fact, most i’ve see are too heavy and droopy, like terry cloth. If you could find a fleece lightweight one, i’d be thrilled!

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    Joannawnyc
    31 Mar 2020
    11:51am

    I have a hideous zip up one that is so so comfy. You can even sleep in it. It never comes undone and you don’t have to worry about the bump where you knotted the belt. Mine is from LL Bean. Did I mention hideous? Barefoot Dreams has a slightly nicer fleece one, and I see that Bean now offers a summer zip version, with Breton stripes.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    31 Mar 2020
    12:06pm

    I’m immune to robes. Nothing else, apparently, but robes – yes.

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      Kathi
      31 Mar 2020
      12:34pm

      Same here. I only wear a robe when visiting my folks. I can see my stepmother wearing the first robe if they stilled lived in San Diego.

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    Wendela
    31 Mar 2020
    12:18pm

    This makes me so nostalgic! I had one of the LL Bean men’s robes (in black watch) that I wore for YEARS. I must have gotten rid of it when I moved to a place with a decent heating system at some point, but I miss it! Also, I want to wear the Natori one as a dress. So many good choices here!

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    Maria Ricapito
    31 Mar 2020
    11:08am

    I too am partial to the LL Bean men’s plaid upsized robe, but have been looking at this one for the breton-ness of it all for summer: https://www.llbean.com/llb/search/?freeText=stripe+robe&init=1

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    lindalindanyc
    31 Mar 2020
    10:54am

    Ooh – thanks! What size do you wear in the LLBean? The rest are lovely, but I am craving a bit of cozy flannel. Thanks very much – I wish I lived on the LES just for the chance to bump into at a socially-distanced length during these chaotic days. xo

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      Kim France
      31 Mar 2020
      12:59pm

      I have a size medium, and it’s plenty roomy.

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      Eloise
      31 Mar 2020
      11:10am

      I think LL Bean runs BIG. I’m debating a women’s petite (I’m too short for most robes) – pretty sure it’s the perfect exception to my really trying hard not to buy stuff now stance.

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    lc
    31 Mar 2020
    10:10am

    I want to wear the star print one as a dress.

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    LeighTX
    31 Mar 2020
    9:50am

    That pink one is so dramatic! And I like that it buttons up; I get irritated when my robe belt comes undone, it just makes my morning feel more cranky. The best robe I ever owned is a pink fleece zip-up with a hood that I got from Bed Bath & Beyond nearly 20 years ago. It looks terrible and my husband HATES it but I will never, ever let go of it. 🙂

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      Katy
      31 Mar 2020
      1:00pm

      I had a red fleece zip-up housecoat that was the coziest hug of a thing in the winter but when I got married I let it go because it was just terrible looking and I was too embarrassed to wear it in front of someone else. I wish I had kept it.

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