A classic comfort robe is essential to enjoy a luxurious feel. A luxurious, soft robe is the perfect way to bring that pampering feeling home. Spa robes make great gifts. They are stylish and practical, yet luxurious and comfortable. A gift set of robes and slippers can be a beautiful presentation. It is ideal for special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. There are now more options and a wider range of robes available thanks to advances in material science. It can be hard to decide on the right robe when there are so many options. These 3 steps will help you to distinguish between the different styles and types of robes. This guide will assist you in making the best choice for yourself and your friends.
Step 1: Selecting the Robe Fabric
The most important aspect of a robe is its fabric. The fabric determines the feel and absorbency, weight, and overall weight of the robe. There are many fabric types available, from classic cotton and satin to warm cashmere and soft microfibers. The fabric you choose will depend on your intended use of the robe. The majority of robes are intended for use in the shower (bathrobe), or as a lounge robe. These are the pros and cons of each type of robe.
Microfiber is made using a new technology manufacturing process that produces fibers 1/16 the size of human hair. Microfibers are lighter than silk and more breathable than synthetic and natural fibers. For a soft, luxurious feel that is similar to silk and satin, microfiber can be weaved and brushed into a suede-like fabric. Or it can be used in a “splitting” process to make millions of micro-loops. This increases its water absorption and softness. Microfiber robes are great for lounging and can be used throughout the year. These robes, which are relatively new on the market, are becoming more popular in retail shops as well as at resorts and upscale spas.
- Pros: Excellent water absorption, ultra lightweight, and soft feel.
- Cons: Luxury microfiber robes are more expensive than traditional terry robes.
Cotton Waffle Robes
Waffle weaved cotton can be identified by its distinctive squared or diamond checker design. These robes can be used for corporate gifts and promotional purposes, as well as in the spa and hotel industry. Waffle cotton robes can be purchased in large quantities and are affordable for hotels and spas. Because it is 100% cotton, the material is naturally absorbent. However, shrinkage can occur with 100% cotton. These robes need to be pre-shrunk.
- Pros: Inexpensive. This is a great option for hotel bathrobes and spas.
- Cons: Not as soft as other robes. Shrinkage potential.
Cotton Terry Robes
Turkish and Egyptian cotton are both well-known and have been used for decades in traditional bathrobes and towels. They are water-absorbent, especially when the fabric weight/density is high. High-end cotton terry bathrobes can be used outside of the shower, but they tend to be heavy and thick when absorbed with water. Cotton terry robes can shrink due to their 100% cotton fabric. It is highly recommended to use pre-shrunk treatment.
- Pros: Excellent water absorption. Often found in traditional spas and hotel rooms.
- Cons: Cotton terry can be bulky and heavy. If not pre-shrunk, the robes can shrink.
Cotton Velour Robes
This soft pile fabric is the same one that your favorite jumpsuit from 3rd grade was made out of. Yours was made out of 100% polyester. Velour is similar to velvet in that it’s a pile fabric. Velour is a thick and soft fabric that can be used for robes. Make sure that the velour robes you select have a minimum of 80% cotton.
- Pros: Very soft to the touch. It is warm and insulated.
- Cons: Heavy and bulky. It is more expensive than other cotton robes.
Satin and Silk Robes
Smoothness is a hallmark of silk and satin robes. These robes are perfect for summer loungewear. They are less water-retentive than cotton or looped microfiber, but silk or satin robes can still be used as loungewear. They are lighter than cotton robes and can be moved easily.
- Pros: Soft feel. It is light in weight.
- Cons: Spa use is not recommended due to the delicate care required and low water absorption.
Due to the high price of the cashmere fabric, these robes can be very costly. Cashmere comes in many different varieties so shoppers need to be careful about what quality they are buying. Cashmere is made from special animal hair fibers. These are the times when animals shed their hair naturally. Cashmere robes can be used for loungewear, especially in winter. They are extremely insulating and lightweight. Cashmere robes are not water-resistant.
- Pros: Soft and warm. It is lightweight.
- Cons: High-quality cashmere is expensive. Low water absorption. Dry cleaned
In the past few years, chenille robes have been very popular, especially those made with micro-chenille. These micro-chenille stoles are made with 100% polyester, making them excellent insulation. Oprah’s Favorite Things endorsements in the last two years have made chenille robes very popular. Be careful about the quality of the Chenille. There are a few high-quality micro-chenille robes on the market. However, you will also find robes of low quality. The chenille robes of high quality are extremely soft and lightweight. The low-end robes look the same. Before you purchase, feel and touch them.
- Pros: Soft and warm. It is lightweight.
- Cons: May lose its shape after washing. The quality of the chenille can vary greatly. Low water absorption
Step 2: Selecting the right size
It doesn’t matter where you purchase a robe. Please be aware that not all robes are the same size. You may be able to spend hours in your cozy, comfortable robe if you’re lucky. Why would you spend so much money on a robe that isn’t right-sized for you? If you’re buying a robe to gift a friend or loved one, make sure they have the option to exchange it for another size if it doesn’t fit.
Why are there so many robes that fit all?
To reduce the inventory they need, manufacturers introduced one-size fits all clothing. To accommodate millions of guests, the hospitality industry purchases large quantities of robes. Hospitality providers were able to furnish their rooms with one size fits all, which was a cost-effective way to avoid having to deal in a variety of sizes. It also simplified their housekeeping. If you’re a single customer, you can get the best bang for your buck by choosing something that suits you.
No matter where your robe is purchased, ensure that the retailer has at least five sizes. It’s not a good idea to spend a lot of money on robes that don’t fit well. …. One size doesn’t fit all.
Step 3: Features and Other Considerations
The construction of the robe is another important aspect to consider when buying personalized bath robes. Even though the fabric may be the same, not all robes will be constructed the same. The robe’s appearance and functionality are enhanced by features such as inside ties, shawl collars, cuffs, and generously sized pockets. The robe’s shawl collar gives it a timeless, elegant look. It can be used to dry the neck or face in a bathrobe. The inside ties are another useful feature. When you move in a robe, it tends to unravel. Lounge robes that have inside ties are recommended for extra support.
Monarch Cypress is an industry leading amenity manufacturer and supplier. We service Hotels, Spas, Inns, B&Bs, and Hospitals.