It goes without saying that robes are the most regal genus of loungewear, but serious lounging doesn’t have to be on the agenda to revel in their benefits. No matter how you wear yours, or what you find yourself doing in it, comport yourself like the elite clientele you are (and then take a cue from James Harden and invest in some outdoors-appropriate pajamas, too.)
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The Best All-Around Robe: Brooklinen Super Plush Robe
Imagine stepping out of the shower, wrapping yourself in a plush, thick towel… and then never having to take it off. Brooklinen’s best-selling towels are a mainstay of our home coverage, and the DTC brand’s robes employ the same tricks of of the trade: absorbent, piled Turkish cotton repackaged into a roomy bathrobe that feels as good as it looks. If ensconcing yourself in cloud-like, towel-caliber cotton isn’t doing it for you, those eye-grabbing begonia stripes alone are worth the price of admission.
The Best Sweatshirt-Like Robe: Reigning Champ Tiger Fleece Robe
Reigning Champ, the Vancouver-based brand behind some of our all-time favorite sweats, has been giving us the warm and fuzzies since we first pulled on its stellar heavyweight hoodie. So imagine our delight when Canada’s foremost fleece whizzes brought their particular set of skills to the humble bathroom robe, juicing up the silhouette in the same loopback cotton-jersey that makes their loungewear so great. Wear it while catching up on the Great British Bake Off from the comfort of your couch—and to make the inevitable trip to the grocery store for miscellaneous pie ingredients immediately afterwards.
The Best Spa-Level Robe: Onsen Hooded Waffle Robe
You can cancel that ritzy spa appointment: you don’t actually need to leave the house to score the type of restorative treatment that leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to dive back into your inbox—until, like, Wednesday. Turns out, all you need to cultivate peak spa vibes is a peak spa robe, like Onsen’s deceptively absorbent, silky Supima cotton number. Just looking at it from your steamy shower will set your mind at ease, and the extra-chunky waffle knit—cozy, but not clingy—more than justifies the price, especially when you consider the money you’ll save not booking that retreat in the Alps.
The Best Robe for Fashion Geeks: Tekla Organic Cotton Hooded Robe
If the de facto brand for cool-guy jammies doesn’t make you want to cancel your plans and post up at home, its royally fluffy bathrobes will. The Scandi loungewear whisperers at Tekla cut their cotton bathrobe from a soft-yet-sturdy midweight pile that’s intentionally slinky, so you can sashay from the bedroom to the kitchen fridge like you’re waltzing down a runway. There are, of course, generously-sized pockets for stashing your phone, remote, sundry snacks, etc. But the real selling point is the range of 19 (!) hyper-tasteful colors it’s available in. The only con: limiting yourself to just one.
The Best Robe to Gift: CDLP Home Robe
We’ll level with you here: $500 is an exorbitant amount of money to spend on a bathrobe. Kind of. Sort of. Usually. There are exceptions to every rule, and this one’s it. Mostly that’s because CDLP cuts it from the same silky-smooth lyocell it uses to make its All-Star skivvies, lending the silhouette a loose, elegant drape designed to sync up with those roomy sweats we keep going on about. (You know you’re in good hands when fixings like a shawl collar, corozo buttons, and satin piping are mere icing on the cake). Gift this robe to the guy who was really, really good this year, and if you’re feeling extra generous, throw in 3-pack of boxers, too—especially if you’re the lucky recipient.