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10 Best Bathrobes For Men

These are the best men's bathrobes you need!

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Bathrobes (or dressing gowns) can often be an overlooked item of clothing in a man’s wardrobe. Worn either post-bath or shower to absorb water and delay the need to put clothes on, or as a simple layer to cover the Crown Jewels while waiting for certain ‘guests’ to arrive, they are an essential item for any modern-day gent.

You’d be foolish to think that men’s bathrobes come in a limited range of styles. When it comes to making a decision there is plenty to take into consideration: when will you wear yours, what material do you want, what sort of collar would you like? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a new bathrobe.

To help you out, here’s what you need to look out for when shopping for a new bathrobe.

Men’s Bathrobes Fabrics & Styles

Which fabric you choose will depend on when you plan to wear your robe. The two main fabric types are cotton and silk, but you can also find robes made from microfiber, wool, or nylon.

  • Cotton: Cotton robes are best suited for wearing after a bath or shower due to their inherent nature of being able to absorb water. These men’s bathrobes can also be worn in hotter places to absorb sweat.
  • Silk: More expensive than their cotton cousins, silk men’s bathrobes are bought for their soft feel against the skin. They’re not going to absorb water post-shower, but they will make you feel like a king.

Most men’s bathrobes can also be classified by their weave, with flannel, terry, velour, and waffle being the four main variants. The difference in weave will affect the bathrobe’s water absorbency and softness, with velour being the softest to touch.

Collar style can come into play too. A shawl style collar is most common, which mimics the collars found on dinner and smoking jackets. Then, of course, you have every flasher’s favourite, the Kimono, which doesn’t necessarily have a collar as such, but rather two straight sides that meet when the sides are strapped together. You can also find hooded robes to keep your head warm and dry – and so you can live out your Rocky fantasies.

Men’s Bathrobes FAQs

What is the best material for a bathrobe?

If you are going to use it after a shower or bath, you need a terry cloth or Egyptian cotton. Flannels are good when you want something to keep warm, while silk and jersey knit fabric are great for lounging.

How do you size a dressing gown?

To know your bathrobe size, measure your waist and hip. This will determine the width of your bathrobe. You must also consider the width of your back and shoulder, measuring from armpit to armpit.

How often should you wash your bathrobe?

Ideally, you must put your bathrobe in the laundry after three or four uses. This will prevent bacteria and mold growth. However, there are some people who are more comfortable washing their robes immediately after the first bath.

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Of course, like any other item of clothing, some brands are just simply better and cooler than others, which is why we’ve brought you this list of the very best men’s bathrobes available.