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Best Bathrobes for Men: Materials, Sizes, & Colors to Consider

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Offering the perfect balance of laid-back leisure and everyday practicality, a good bathrobe has a place in everyone's wardrobe. To be sure, you can always mosey around your space while wearing joggers, sip your morning coffee in pajamas and dry yourself off post-shower with a towel. Still, this wearable textile can make ordinary at-home activities substantially more enjoyable.

But when it comes to bathrobes for men, finding the right one for your tastes and lifestyle isn't always straightforward. Are you more into flat weaves and ankle-length cuts? Are you drawn to fluffy hotel-like options, or do you prefer something in between? Perhaps you're looking to channel your inner Tony Soprano, "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski or you have a Brad Pitt in Fight Club vibe in mind. Or maybe you're shopping for a bathrobe as a gift for someone else and aren't sure where to start.

In any case, you'll find the best robes for men here. Keep reading for buying tips and insights into standout materials, colors and cuts.

Best Robes for Any Style or Season

Whether you’re looking for the perfect robe to treat yourself or you’re searching for a luxurious bathrobe as a gift, these are the best bathrobes for every style and season.

1. Best Lightweight Robe: Linen Robe

From traveling to the beach for a long weekend to lounging during summer afternoons at home, a linen robe will keep you cool and comfy.

Thanks to its increasingly soft feel and unbeatable strength, linen is a fan-favorite bedding textile. But sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers aren't the only way to enjoy this casually luxurious, endlessly versatile material. 

You can bet some of the best robes for men are made of linen. Made from the exceptionally long and sturdy fibers of European flax plants (also known as linseed or Linum usitatissimum), the fabric is lightweight yet durable with a breathable, billowy quality.

Why Is European Flax Linen the Best in the World? Read our blog to find out.

Why Men Love This Linen Bathrobe

This Linen Robe is woven from 100% European flax fibers, then garment washed to ensure an ultra-soft, lived-in feel the very first time you wear it. The tear-resistant fabric is a little heavier than your typical linen bedding to offer a nice drapey feeling without sacrificing its inherent airiness.

Going down to the ankles or shins, depending on the wearer's height, this is one of the best robes for men who like a longer cut. Not only that, but the relaxed fit slips effortlessly over loungewear, boxers or pajamas.

Read our blog to find out Everything You Need to Know About Linen.

2. Best Luxury Bathrobe: Classic Turkish Cotton Robe

Plush and roomy in all the right places, the Classic Turkish Cotton Robe is warm enough for winter mornings and will instantly remind you of a day at a luxurious spa. Turkish cotton is wonderfully absorbent, so you can put it on right out of the shower. 

For guys who prefer fluffy terry cloth, a Turkish cotton towel robe is the way to go. The textile is loomed from extra-long plant fibers, making it not only durable and strong but also softer than everyday cotton. And while it's notably thick and plush, the material isn't as heavy as it appears.

Do you see yourself reaching for your bathrobe when you step out of the shower or hot tub? Or maybe you want something to wear while sweating it out in the sauna or steam room. If you plan to use your robe as an alternative to a bath towel, absorbent Turkish cotton might be your best bet.

What is Turkish Cotton?

Turkish cotton is a fabric made from long-staple cotton fibers grown in Turkey. Longer fibers improve the fabric’s softness and strength compared to other types of cotton. Turkish cotton is a popular material for bathrobes and towels, because of its superior plushness and absorbent properties.

Garments and textiles made of Turkish cotton have been admired and celebrated since the days of the Ottoman Empire. With such a long-lasting history of luxury, it’s no wonder Turkish cotton is one of the best and most comfortable fabrics to wear near your skin.

Learn more about the history and benefits of long-staple Turkish cotton in our article, What Is Turkish Cotton?

Why Men Love This Turkish Cotton Spa Robe

This Turkish Cotton Robe features two slouchy pockets, a tie waist and a classic shawl-style collar. Inspired by five-star hotel spa amenities, it's undoubtedly one of the best robes for men. The long-staple cotton is woven at 450 grams per square meter to create an exceptionally cozy feel and unbeatable plushness you'll love wearing during all four seasons.

Want to learn how a fuzzy robe like this one can help you ​​Make the Most of Your Morning Routine? Read our blog to find out.

3. Best Everyday Robe: Cloud Cotton Robe

Four-ply long-staple Turkish cotton provides soft simplicity that you can spend all day lounging in. Make the most of days off at home with this medium-weight, knee-length Cloud Cotton Robe.

Similar to seersucker, this ultra-light puckered fabric is just the thing for hanging out poolside or lounging on the couch in summer. The easy-breezy gauze material here is exceptionally fluffy and soft but also super durable, making it one of the best robes for men who lean toward comfort.

Learn how a soft robe like this one can help you Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa.

Why Men Love This Cloud Cotton Bathrobe

The Cloud Cotton Robe for men is lightweight and supremely soft, yet cozy enough for year-round wear. Its knee-length cut offers a relaxed fit and a laid-back appeal, while a sash waist and two hidden pockets add to the casually comfy vibe.

This men's robe is just the thing to wear while serving or eating Breakfast in Bed. Check out our article for tips and tempting recipes.

4. Best Organic Robe: Organic Cotton Robe

Organic cotton expertly balances softness and comfort with eco-friendly materials you can feel good about selecting. This Organic Cotton Robe is perfectly lightweight for layering with loungewear while providing mid-calf coverage for holiday mornings and family breakfasts.

Organic cotton is made from organically grown cotton fibers. The plants come from non-GMO seeds and are cultivated without any chemical-laden fertilizers or pesticides. What's more, this environmentally friendly fabric is farmed using less energy and water than regular cotton.

When browsing bathrobes for men and other organic wearables, keep an eye out for the GOTSⓇ (Global Organic Textile Standard) seal. The label ensures every stage of the supply chain meets the third-party organization's ecological and social criteria for organic textiles.

Read these blogs for additional insight:

What Is Organic Cotton? Sustainable Cotton Fabric Guide

What Is GOTS, and Why Should You Care About This Textile Certification?

Why Men Love This Organic Cotton Robe

Sourced from sustainably harvested cotton plants grown in certified-organic soil and produced with a supply chain meeting strict GOTS standards, the Organic Cotton Bathrobe is among the most eco-friendly designs for men.

The uniquely stretchy jersey-knit material doesn't contain any spandex, elastic or other synthetic textiles. As buttery-soft as a lived-in tee, this 100% cotton, lightweight robe is perfect for those who like soft loungewear but don't necessarily need the absorbency or weight of a terry cloth weave. It features a relaxed fit and an extra-long, ankle-length cut perfect for wearing over pajama pants or boxers.

See our guide for tips on What to Look for in an Organic Bathrobe.

5. Best Absorbent Bathrobe: Waffle Robe

The unique, appealing texture of a Waffle Robe looks effortlessly stylish while feeling fresh and crisp against your skin. The fabric's increased surface area makes it extra absorbent for post-shower lounging.

Men's cotton robes featuring a waffle weave are perfect for guys who prefer a medium-plush feel. The fabric featured in Parachute’s Waffle Weave Robes is sourced from long-staple Turkish cotton and loomed at 230 grams per square meter using a complex three-dimensional weaving technique. The result? A honeycomb-like texture and a lightweight yet cozy feel.

What Is Waffle Weave Fabric?

Waffle weave fabric is an absorbent and textured cotton fabric commonly used for bathrobes, towels, blankets and other home textiles. Also called honeycomb fabric, the weaving technique used creates a three-dimensional appearance made up of recessed squares, offering balanced softness and structure.

Garments made with waffle weave cotton are flexible thanks to the relaxed weave, so they won’t cause you to feel constricted or weighted down. Waffle weave also offers natural insulation by helping retain a layer of warm air around your skin.

Read our Waffle Weave Fabric Guide for more details about this unique fabric.

Why Men Love This Waffle Robe

This soft and airy men's Waffle Robe was inspired by the luxury bath linens found at the finest spas around the globe. It has a casual knee-length cut, two hip pockets and a folded collar. The easygoing aesthetic is perfect for warm-weather vacations and year-round lounging in balmy climates.

A cozy robe like this one might be just what you need to Upgrade Your Bedtime Routine.

The Best Bathrobes for Men Are Oeko-Tex Certified

No matter what fabric you prefer, the best robes for men will carry an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label. The third-party seal certifies that a textile is free from upwards of 100 substances that could potentially harm you or the environment.

From the raw plant fibers to the threads, buttons and colorants, every single component of a product is carefully evaluated to confirm it's safe for both the wearer and the planet. In addition to robes and loungewear, you can find Oeko-Tex certified bedding, towels and table linens.

For more insight into the best Standard 100 home essentials, see our blog, Best Oeko Tex Robes, Sheets, Clothes, & More.

Choosing Bathrobe Sizes For Men

Selecting the right size is essential, whether you're shopping for yourself or have someone else in mind. 

One of the most important factors when selecting the right size and style of bathrobe is first asking, why do men wear bathrobes? 

Some guys like to wear robes over PJs, joggers, t-shirts and other garments. At those times, a bathrobe or robe is just a comfy outer layer to provide extra coverage and warmth, so, a slightly looser cut is best. On the other hand, when you rock your robe with just boxers, swim trunks or potentially nothing underneath, you might prefer a more fitted design made with an absorbent material that wicks water away from the skin. 

How Should a Men's Bathrobe Fit?

If you’ve always worn your bathrobe with a little room to spare, you may be wondering, should a bathrobe be oversized? 

Ideally, a men's bathrobe should drape somewhat loosely over his body. That way, it'll be comfortable enough to move around in and have plenty of slack so as not to feel tight or stuffy when worn over a full loungewear outfit.

With this in mind, the best robes for men have relatively relaxed silhouettes and adjustable ties around the waist. This allows the wearer to go up or down in size and wear different things underneath without fretting over whether it'll continue to fit. On the other hand, you'll want to avoid an overly baggy fit. The robe should drape over your body without looking like you're drowning in excess fabric.

What Is the Difference Between Bathrobes and Regular Robes?

The difference between bathrobes and regular robes usually comes down to function. Bathrobes are worn straight out of the shower or bath, so they’re made of more absorbent materials. Traditional robes, also called house coats or dressing gowns, are worn as an outer layer with pajamas or loungewear.

Since you’ll typically wear a bathrobe directly against your skin, you don’t have to worry about selecting an oversized robe to accommodate layers unless you prefer a little extra room. Many people prefer to purchase a slightly oversized regular robe to make it more comfortable for layering with sweats, pj’s or lounge attire.

How to Choose the Right Unisex Size

Modern unisex robes are often available in sizes ranging from extra-small (XS) to extra-large (XL). There are some exceptions, but since they're designed to fit both men and women, the larger sizes typically fit most adult men, and the smaller ones will fit most adult women.

Ordering the size you'd normally wear in a men's t-shirt, unisex tee or pajama pants is usually a safe bet. But when in doubt, look at the brand's size guide for precise measurements.

What Robe Length Is Best for Men?

Length is another critical consideration when buying men's bathrobes. Some styles reach the knees or slightly below, while others go all the way down to the ankles. Length is mostly a matter of personal preference. However, long robes for men that fall to the shins or ankles will offer a bit more warmth and coverage.

Still not sure what style, cut or material best suits your needs and preferences? Take our Bathrobe Quiz to find out.

How to Wear a Bathrobe

To wear a wrap-around robes with waist ties:

  1. With the opening of the bathrobe in the front, start by slipping your arms into the sleeves.

  2. Adjust the shoulders so the robe is draped evenly on either side.

  3. Pull one side of the robe in toward your body, wrapping it around your waist.

  4. Then pull the other side in toward your body, wrapping it securely around your waist.

  5. Holding the ends of the outer sash in either hand, tie them together into a bow or knot.

If your bathrobe has interior ribbon ties, tie them into a bow to help it stay in place, even when the outer sash is untied. If yours doesn't have inner ties, you might have to use one elbow to hold it down while tying the outer sash.

To keep your robe from coming undone and accidentally exposing yourself, try weaving the sash only through the front two loops (as opposed to all the way around the back). That way, you'll have more slack in the front and can create a tighter bow or double-knot.

For more tips, see our article, How to Properly Use a Bathrobe.

Bathrobes for Men: Selecting Color

The best robes for men are not only comfortable but also cool and dapper. Though the material and cut are definitely part of the equation, color shouldn't be overlooked.

The most versatile, masculine hues include off-black, charcoal, grey, taupe, off-white, dark blue and surplus green. Some guys might want to make a statement with colors like ochre, burgundy, olive, clay, terra cotta or a design-forward print. Then there's white, which has an undeniably hotel-like aesthetic.

Planning to hang your robe in your bathroom? You might consider getting a robe in the same color or texture as your other bath linens to create a streamlined look. If your robe will live in your bedroom or closet, look for a design that aligns with the decor in there.

Alternatively, you could pick a complementing hue. This means the colors don't match exactly and don't necessarily contrast but rather enhance one another.

Read these blogs for more color inspiration:

The Right Bedroom Color for You

Bed Sheet Color Trends

35 Stylish Bathroom Color Scheme Ideas

Shopping for someone else? Check out these articles for more gift-giving tips and ideas:

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Where to Buy Loungewear and Luxury Robes for Men

Whether you're looking for a new bathrobe to replace one you've had for years or need a gift for a loved one, you'll find it here. Parachute is your resource for men's and ladies' robes. The selection you’ll browse includes unisex sizes, versatile cuts and the highest-quality materials. We're talking European flax linen, ultra-plush Turkish cotton, organic cotton, cloud cotton and textured waffle weave fabrics, all of which meet Oeko-Tex 100 standards.

Parachute's loungewear offerings don't end there. When you shop the collections, you'll also find button-down tops, linen pants, draw-string shorts, classic joggers, organic cotton tees, crewneck sweatshirts and super-soft slippers — to name just a few.

Shop robes and loungewear from Parachute today!

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