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A Robe Review: In Pursuit of the Perfect Winter Robe (and a Great Gift)

Despite being someone with a strong robe philosophy, I’ve been without a good one for too long. Shopping for robes feels daunting (there isn’t exactly a robe store), so in the name of “good robes for all,” I took this opportunity to shop and try on around 30 different robes. I narrowed it down to 10 that I love and think would be great gifts for yourself or anyone else still on your list. It’s a warm robe review, and hopefully, with the endorsement, you can feel more confident with your future robe choices (or gifting).

We’ll break in down into three categories: the “doubles as a towel” style (usually terrycloth or cotton fabric so it’s easy to dry off in), cozy blanket style (you still need to dry off) and “all day” style (more of a mid-weight). One doesn’t need three robes, but as I was test-robe-ing them around my house, I realized not all robes are good for all tasks, although there are some below that do double duty. Here goes.

The Cuddly Cozy/Blanket Style Robe

Sure you are dry now, but what if you want to wear a literal blanket and cozy up at night or weekend mornings and watch tv with two cuddly kids? You need that blanket robe. These are CRAZY soft and comfortable, but you must be fully dry before putting them on or it gets kinda sticky. Also the cozier they are the more cumbersome they are and thus aren’t great at doing some activities like cooking breakfast, picking up the house or putting on makeup.

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Frosted Plush Robe, $79: Oh dear this robe is so warm, it’s truly like wearing a blanket. I like the color; that gray reflects light in a great way. The only thing is I worry about the material of the cuff and collar. I wonder if that texture is going to attract lint. Verdict: On the scale of warmth, this is a 10—definitely cold cozy winter nights on top of pajamas instead of a blanket.

Margot Faux Fur Slippers, $38: These feel like a luxurious gift that I would like in a spa package. You feel very special and taken care of, like somebody really loves you if you received them as a gift. Yes, they are comfortable and they have a hard sole, but I worry about white slippers with my kids. Verdict: A GREAT gift (and affordable at $38).

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Stars Above Cozy Robe, $30: Now this is the one that I kept. It’s EXTREMELY cozy, but not as warm as the first one which is good because I don’t need it that warm. The color makes me happy and it falls/drapes well. It doesn’t feel as bulky and cumbersome as others. Like I might be able to make pancakes in it.

UGG Scuffette II Slipper, $85: This is my first pair of Uggs if you can believe it (my second is below). I’m a convert. They are good, stylish and I can pop out for the paper in them (true story).

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Mariposa Robe, $128: This robe is so pretty and of course cozy. I think it’s a hit especially if you want to feel a bit sexy, while still wearing a fluffy robe. The color, texture and length lend themselves to more of that vibe. It is more on the expensive side but would be a great gift to someone who loves comfort and luxury.

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Faux Shearling Trim Velous Caftan, $130: Okay. Hear me out. My best friend, Suzanne whose fashion advice I trust, is a robe connoisseur. She got the caftan robe idea from her grandma (not shocking) and finds her self wearing this style all weekend. There are no ties so once you zip it up, you feel like you can just float around the house unencumbered, but still so warm and cozy. The question is: does the embarrassment of its granniness trump its ease and comfort?

I felt very good wearing it as we were shooting and it showed. As Mallory put it: “If the ghost of Emily Henderson was haunting your house, this is what she would appear in.”

The “Doubles As a Towel” Robe

The benefit of this type of robe is that it’s made out of towel fabric (usually terrycloth or 100% cotton). I like it straight out of the shower. I usually towel off quickly, then use that towel for my hair while the robe does the rest of the job. I wear one while I pick out my outfit, and hang it up right after.

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Classic Bathrobe, $99: Some of these types of robes can be super oversized and bulky (I think it’s a thing that some people do like) but this one still drapes really well and is rather slimming. I also like the color—it is a cute pink not your average white towel robe.

Women’s Dezo Slippers, $23: These ladies look really expensive and chic, they are kind of perfect for popping over to the grocery store and not look like you are wearing slippers. And the felt is a nice non-traditional slipper material that I really like.

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Super Plush Robe, $98: This robe is more of your oversized hotel style and is really nice for someone who loves a spa day. It’s great quality and is still very cozy, because it is made from 100% Turkish cotton so it feels very luxurious while still being practical.

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Terry Velour Robe, $89: This is a top pick because check this out—it’s a very soft terrycloth on the inside so it can still dry you off, and yet soft on the outside…you could skip the towel after the shower if you wanted. I love how it drapes and doesn’t feel that bulky.

The Sherpa Bootie Slipper, $60: I wore these all weekend, they have a sole on the bottom so you could wear inside and out. They are way less bulky than Uggs (and more affordable) and like a bit stylish and intentional, yet classic.

The Everyday Robe

I didn’t realize that I needed a mid-weight for the over-the-jammies, easy to wear all day robe. It seems weird to cook pancakes in a big fluffy robe, like surely the batter will get all over that fur. So I need one that has slimmer arms, sleeves that don’t feel like an obstacle,  and with a heavier drape so it stays out of the way (and keeps you warm).

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Sierra Brushed Terry Robe, $78: This robe seems boring, but so far it’s my go-to every weekend look. It fits the bill of ‘easy to throw on’, you can definitely make pancakes in it, but its still warm (but not bulky). We live in La, it’s not that cold here so this is the perfect amount of comfort that I need.

UGG Classic Short Boot, $170: I finally got some Ugg boots, which I had to quickly take off, put in box and wrap for under the tree as per Brian’s demands. I’m very excited to debut them on Christmas for two weeks up at the cabin.

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Honeycomb Bathrobe, $98: This one is a little more lightweight, and does double duty as being waffle material (not terrycloth, but absorbent and can dry you) and is easy/lightweight. I like the texture a lot. We decided that people who like linen sheets would love this robe. It’s chic and a bit fashionable and looks like it’s been washed a million times, in a good way. You would look pretty cool with a little jammie set underneath. It’s California sexy.

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Duffield II Robe, $130: This is the single most recommended robe from you guys in my DMs. I do really like it. It’s a mid-weight, everyday robe with cozy fabric inside and this flannel material outside. My only beef with it is that where the pockets are adds volume to my hips, so it doesn’t feel as flattering as some of the others. I just wish they rotated those pockets to the front.

Here they all are, guys. And if you have any others to suggest, please do so in the comments. May the world be a warmer, cozier place now … 😉

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1. Frosted Plush Robe | 2. Stars Above Cozy Robe | 3. Mariposa Robe | 4. Faux Shearling Trim Velous Caftan | 5. Classic Bathrobe | 6. Super Plush Robe | 7. Terry Velour Robe | 8. Sierra Brushed Terry Robe | 9. Honeycomb Bathrobe | 10. Duffield II Robe | 11. Margot Faux Fur Slippers | 12. Ugg Slippers | 13. Women’s Dezo Slippers | 14. The Sherpa Bootie Slipper | 15. Ugg Boots

**photography by Veronica Crawford 

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Daisy Yardley
4 years ago

WOW! All Christmas & festival Vibes. In love with your writing skills, images, and content. I can’t wait for Christmas so that I can give gifts to my loved ones after reading your post. Keep spreading love 🙂

Antiochia Home Linens
4 years ago
Reply to  Daisy Yardley

Such a great roundup, Emily! Another recommendation: our 100% Turkish cotton bathrobe in our Antiochia Classic collection definitely fits into the “Doubles As a Towel” category because it’s made from the same super soft and absorbent weave as our Turkish towels. Lightweight, washable and perfect right out of the shower/bath!

4 years ago

those look so nice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

4 years ago

I really need a new robe, too! Thanks for doing my searching for me.

4 years ago

Perfect timing!! I’ve had the same Barefoot Dreams robe for 10+ years now. Loved it back in the day (pre-kids) when I used it as a blanket on the couch. But now, I’d love something a little lighter that doesn’t engulf me and was just thinking of getting something new. Thank you!

4 years ago

I love a front zip long robe because you don’t have to fuss with the ties. I’m closest to Ghost Emily robe but without that foofy stuff on the sleeves (so you can make pancakes). I did a lot of looking to find my robe this year … and I figure I can use it as a Halloween costume. Just add wizard’s hat and wand and I’m done.

Love a two-fer.

Barbara G
4 years ago

Nice selection! Also check out Coyuchi. They have a nice array (6 or 7 robes) that are stylish, high quality (organic cotton, linen, etc) and comfortable.

4 years ago

This would have been a perfect roundup had you added a category for travel robes. I spent 3 years looking for a lightweight one that packed easily, covered plenty, was opaque and non-slippery, that was plain enough to go with everything, and that I could wear to exit a hotel room in an emergency (nothing negligee-ish). They are very hard to find!

4 years ago
Reply to  Ann

Have you checked Soma? I have a great robe from there that checks a lot of these boxes. The one I have is to the knee, so not full length but I bet they have those, too.

4 years ago
Reply to  Ann

Eileen Fisher designs sleep wear, including robes, for Garnet Hill. Pima cotton or linen, clean elegant lines, beautiful solid colors, and comfortable. I love them. Easy to pack and compact.

Mariya Zafirova
4 years ago

All of these robes look so comfy!

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4 years ago

I just have to mention re UGGs that the brand is horribly lacking in integrity and stole the ability of all other ugg-boot makers (ugg is very much a generic term in Australia, where ugg-boots come from) to sell the boots in the US. They trademarking the term and then suing tiny ma-and-pa companies who were selling online into the US (even recently bankrupting one). The worst thing is, having stolen this piece of Australian culture, they are not even an Australian company (they got sued for being misleading about this so dropped the “Australia” from their name). It sucks to see how popular they are here when the word “ugg” should be available for all companies to use.

4 years ago

When I first saw the title of this post I immediately started thinking “oh, no, granny alert.” But, no, there are actually some cute robes here! Like you I’m in L.A., and the last robe I bought is just too heavy and waaaaay too warm. It’s like a sauna after I’ve worn it for a little while, so, I’m more drawn to the the lighter ones here. I love the color of the one you chose. I think I probably have chosen it, too.

And I’m an UGG virgin, too. I only yesterday ordered a pair of the knee high three button UGGs. Hopefully, they’re as good as yours.

4 years ago

The perfect robe is actually the hotel robe at the Wynn in Las Vegas. It’s smooth on the outside so you don’t stick to anything you sit on, cozy on the inside, lightweight, and has 3/4 sleeves so no bulky robe sleeves in your breakfast (or lunch, or dinner some days). The downside is that they charge $170 (!!!) for it, but I found one on eBay for a third of that. My runner up is the super lightweight fleece robes from Target. I wish they made them with 3/4 sleeves. Target, are you listening?? Am very intrigued by the caftan version, but again wish it had 3/4 sleeves. Maybe I need to take all my robes to get tailored like a lunatic.

4 years ago

I have given up on finding the perfect robe. I am basically housebound with chronic health problems and live in pjs and a robe and slippers. I am replacing slippers with birkenstocks, specifically the shearling lined ones. Expensive but I won’t have to replace them every 6 months and I can wear them to the store.

My favorite robe does not exist. I have resigned myself to sewing one. I know there are many many people out there who are in the same boat as me who need a comfortable robe…preferably something we won’t feel frumpy in. Ditto with pjs. I’m thinking a bit of old Hollywood glam in some awesome satin outside, lined with a nice linen. And dark colored. Or a nice print like you might see on a vintage kimono.

4 years ago

Suzanne can do no fashion wrong. Granny robe ordered. ✔️

4 years ago
Reply to  S

i have a question from you guys. how can i contact with you ?

Paige Cassandra Flamm
4 years ago

This robe looks so cozy! I totally need to try this out!


4 years ago

The robes look lovely and so comfortable. It’s really all incredibly stylish. This blog and photos made me want to go home, put on my robe and enjoy tea and books.
I usually use a Turkish towel bathrobe as a robe.
I’m attracted to the thinness, the lightness, the colors, and the ability to be used as a bathrobe.
I think it’s worth trying.

4 years ago

Costco has a version of the ugg slippers. I’ve had both and shockingly I like the costco ones better. And they’re only $25 win win.