Robes are both are a necessity and a luxurious personal product. They are very useful and also give you the extra benefit of enjoying comfort. In the past, this luxurious experience was only available in hotels and spas. Today, these robes are widely available online and in local stores and come in all sizes including petite robes which were normally hard to find.
It is important to note that not all bathrobes are designed equally. Therefore it is vital that you first do your homework. There are robes for both men and women but most are unisex. There are also kid’s bathrobes, large bathrobes, petite robes, and one size fits all. You can also select from thick robes as well as lightweight robes. The robes are made from various materials such as waffle weave or terry cloth.
Types of Fabrics Used in Petite Robes
The fabric has a lot to do with the kind of robe you will choose. It determines how you will feel when you wear the robe. Terry cloth and waffle are so far the best fabrics. Terry cloth is a thick and plush material that feels soft on the skin. Waffle weave is light and has a thinner material compared to terry. If you are looking for a robe for bathing purposes, you need to select cotton material as the fabric absorbs water very fast.
There are different forms of cotton such as low, medium and high-grade cotton. Waffle is also another popular option n most spas. It is a good material for covering up during warm weather because it is light. The quality of a robe is determined by the kind of fabric used. Good quality fabrics last for a long time and you can wash them without worrying that they will fade off.
You should also keep in mind that there are various variations in the market so to be on the safe side ensure you purchase 100% cotton of you are looking for extraordinary comfort.
Cotton fabrics are the best choice for robes because they are highly absorbent to liquids. They thus make you feel warm and the fabric feels wonderful on your skin. You would surely want to have such a feeling right after a shower. Cotton is very comfortable and feels soft to wear.
Low medium grade cotton is mass produced and is often mixed with other types of fabrics. High-grade cotton is known for its softness and elegance. Examples include Sea Island, Pima, Turkish, Egyptian and Supima. However, you will experience some minor issues with high-grade cotton bathrobes. They shrink easily, especially after it has been washed. To avoid such issues, the manufactures often combine the cotton fabrics with polyester or they treat the fabric with shrinkage free finishes.
Polyester differs from cotton in that it is a man-made fabric. It is often mixed with cotton to avoid the issue of the cotton shrinking too quickly after washing. Examples of polyester blends are microfleece. The result is a plush and silky fabric. Many companies and hotels prefer to have this combination because it offers clients the luxury they expect in a high-end facility.
Styles of Bathrobes
Kimono and shawl-collared are some of the common types of robe styles. A shawl collar is designed to close at the neck the same way you would wrap a shawl around you. This gives you the maximum warmth and coziness you so desire after a shower or in the morning as you go about your activities.
Kimono robes have a more classic fit with wrist length sleeves which provide full body coverage and a streamlined flat collar. Their sleek fitted look and lightweight comfort make them a popular choice for spa robes.
Hooded robes are good if you are especially looking for warmth in a robe. You can pull them over your head to cover your wet hair after swimming. The hood also provides you with extra heat around the neck and head. Cuffed robes are the ones that have a fold in the bottom of the sleeve.
Picking a Fabric
If you are in search of a robe that will replace your towel after a bath, make sure the fabric is made of absorbent terry cloth. Egyptian cotton is known for providing users with extra comfort. Lighter robes can be worn during summer months and the best options for these are cotton or airy silk robe. If you just want to wrap up n a cold day, you can select long robes made from chenille or fleece. However, these may not be a good option for wicking away moisture.
Choosing a Color
Men’s robes come in classic white, navy blue born, pinstriped or black color. These colors are ideal for you if you want a sophisticated look as you are wearing your robe. Sage or burgundy are also good color options for a chenille bathrobe. Stylish women can pick light blue, lavender, pink, light green or cream colors. Red can also be nice if you enjoy a chic look.
The Right Length
The chilly autumn and winter months call for an ankle length bathrobe. This is a great fit for both men and women. A mid-calf bathrobe will make sense in warmer seasons. If you are going for a spa or the swimming pool select a microfiber bathrobe that is between the knee and calf. This guarantees you get the coverage you want while at the same time enjoying its absorbent qualities. If you are looking for the perfect bridal shower gift, why not choose a short silky robe that is mid-thigh.
Also, remember to make it personal. If you want to buy a man a gift you can pick a bathrobe that is imprinted with his favorite sports team logo. Women will especially appreciate a bathrobe that has their name is written or the initials. This will make a truly special gift. You can also include small details toad a personal touch.