Over the past few years, I have discovered the practicality and the joy of having a really nice bathrobe. It's a quick, warm cover for the early mornings when I make tea and sit for an hour, and it's indispensable after showering when one doesn't need/want/can't/care to get dressed right away. While a personal choice here is totally in order, I would recommend:
1. That it be soft and supple so you can get it on and off easily (waffle robes I find a little stiff)
2. That it be of a warm, soft fiber for coziness
3. That it be a natural fiber for health and absorbency
Here now are my top picks for the year, with the pole position going to Coyuchi up above. Coyuchi crushes it when it comes to great fabrics and this one is a combo of "weighty linen with organic cotton terry in a velvety mini loop." It will be warm and drape super comfortably without binding.
This has got your hipster cool and is straight from a collab between the ACE and W & H. I've talked about this one before, and if you're in the market for something heavier and comfortable, this is a slam dunk.
Specializing in Turkish fabrics, I recently found this new source - Simple Life Istanbul - and this really nice looking offering. Made of 100% Turkish cotton, they claim: "Our pure cotton Rice collection is crafted using an advanced weaving process which produces thousands of fine loops, resulting in sumptuously soft and ultra-absorbent towels." It also comes in white and beige.
Sferra is another excellent source for really soft,quality materials. 100% turkish cotton and a stylish collar, this robe is perfect for recreating relaxing spa vibes at home.
Okay, this is a picture of me that I took when I first fell in love with this robe at a hotel in New Haven (see the post here). 10% cotton, this is a great, great summer alternative and, while it's marketed to men, it looks great on women too.
I love all that Annie Selke does at Pine Cone Hill, and this robe is no exception. My most expensive pick, this tops the charts with a super soft linen chenille that is the softest approach you can possibly take in a natural fiber.
Okay, so this has an exterior of microfiber, BUT the inner is 100% terry and I've found that this combination really can sit and wear very well, as well as being really washable over time. This is the brand I experienced when visiting a spa in California a year ago and it worked really well. From Luxury Spa Robes, it comes in a four colors, and their other styles are worth checking out as well.