How to Purchase and Wear a Bathrobe

There's nothing like a warm, soft bathrobe to take the chill out of cold mornings or evenings. Your bathrobe should be personal, suited to you.



Steps

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    Choose a price range. Bathrobes can cost anywhere from a few dollars at a thrift store or garage sale on up into the hundreds.
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    Also check online options, You can find deals for good quality bathrobes. zappos.com or CottonAge.com is a good places to start.
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    Try on any bathrobe you're considering. It should fit loosely, but the sleeves and hem should be an appropriate length for you. Bathrobes generally fall somewhere between the knees and the ankles, but some may be shorter. It's probably best not to have a bathrobe so long that it trails on the ground.
    • If choosing a bathrobe for a child who's still growing, choose it a little large so that it will last a couple of years. Don't choose it so large that the child will be stepping on the hem. You can plan to roll up the sleeves for a little while at first.
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    Look at how the bathrobe closes, and choose a style that you want.
    • Some bathrobes tie around the waist with a belt. This can leave the neck and chest exposed and cold.
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    • Some bathrobes button or zip.
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    • Notice whether you can wrap the bathrobe around to get in or whether you must step in. Either is ok, but make sure it's what you want.
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    Consider how the bathrobe will interact with whatever you wear to bed. If you'll be wearing the bathrobe over pajamas, do you want a smooth lining that slips well?
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    Check for anything that's not soft and comfortable. Are there buttons or zippers to catch long hair? Is there anything scratchy or sharp? Is the fabric something that will stay soft for a long time, or is it likely to pill?
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    Choose a color you like. Probably not many people will ever see you in your bathrobe, so it's okay to go for a color or style that's fun.
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    Notice whether it has a hood. You probably won't be going out much in your bathrobe, but if your home is very cold, you might want a hood.
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    Notice whether it has pockets. Do you like to do the crossword puzzle or have a place to put a tissue? Do you want to have a way to keep your hands warm?
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    Decide whether you'll be using your bathrobe after baths. If you like to use your bathrobe as a towel, choose an absorbent cotton terry robe. If you just use it for lounging around the house, you can have a bathrobe made of anything.
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    Check the washing instructions. Bathrobes don't need washing very often, but they should be easy to wash when you need to.
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    Choose a bathrobe of an appropriate weight and warmth. How cold does it get in your home in winter? Do you just want something to cover up your pajamas in summer months? Choose fabrics accordingly.
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    Wear your bathrobe like a coat, but for indoors. Wrap it around, tie, button, or zip it, and be comfortable.

Tips

  • While it's not customary to wear bathrobes while out and about, a bathrobe is a better choice than pajamas if you'll be appearing in front of an overnight guest before you get dressed. It's also good to cover up your pajamas and keep warm for short trips out to get the newspaper or the mail in the mornings.
  • Don't forget to get or make some slippers to go with your bathrobe. CottonAge.com has nice comfortable spa hotel slippers http://www.cottonage.com/Slippers/

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