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How to Buy Robes

by Lindsay Law

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Make your morning routine less mundane with robes that are comfortable for lounging and sufficiently warm. Whether you want to surprise someone with a classic men's robe or give a luxurious women's robe as a gift, there are many different styles and fabrics that will allow you to find the perfect present. Read on for tips on buying robes for every member of your family.

Buying a Bathrobe:

  1. Pick a fabric. If you use a bathrobe as a replacement for a towel after bathing, make sure it is made from absorbent terry cloth. For an extra-plush robe, look for styles made with Egyptian cotton. If you prefer to wear a lighter robe during summer months, an airy cotton or silk robe is your best option. Long robes made from chenille or fleece may not work well for wicking away moisture, but they are perfect for wrapping up on a cold day.

  2. Choose a color. Find men's robes in classic white, navy blue, black, brown or pinstriped styles for a guy who wants a sophisticated robe to hang out in. A chenille bathrobe looks great in sage or burgundy as well. For a stylish women's robe, look for lavender, light blue, pink, cream or light green colors. Buy a terrycloth bathrobe in red or teal for a sophisticated look.

  3. Look for the right length. An ankle-length microfiber bathrobe makes a great gift for both men and women who want warmth, especially during the chilly autumn and winter months. For warmer seasons, a knee-length or mid-calf bathrobe may be more appropriate. A microfiber bathrobe that hits between the knee and the calf is perfect for the spa or swimming pool because it is long enough to be absorbent and give you the coverage you want. Short silk robes that hit mid-thigh make a sexy lingerie cover-up and make a perfect bridal shower gift.

  4. Make it personal. Buy a men's bathrobe embossed with a favorite sports team logo or purchase a women's bathrobe embroidered with her name or initials for a unique gift. To make a bathrobe even more special, look for styles that include pockets, hoods or other details.

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