If you’re in the habit of spending most of your time at home, as so many of us are, there’s a good chance you’re building a bigger and better wardrobe of loungewear. And no loungewear outfit is ever quite complete without a robe.
So in an attempt to feel pretty and put together, even when we’re lounging, a lot of us are turning to a classic luxury item: the silk robe.
Silk feels soooo good against the skin, but a real silk robe can be a bit pricey. However, if you’re on a budget, there are other fabrics, such as charmeuse and poly satin, that offer that same soft, smooth look and feel for a fraction of the cost.
No matter how much you have to spend, here are the 25 best silk robes for women this season (as well as some silky alternatives that won’t break the bank).
Editors’ Top Picks
Real Silk Robes
There’s nothing quite like a real silk robe. They’re soft and smooth. The fabric drapes effortlessly. And, most of all, they make us feel elegant, even when we’re hanging out around the house.
Here are just a few of our favorites, all of which are made from 100% silk (unless otherwise noted).
If you’ve ever owned a bra and panty set from La Perla, you already know that their 100% Silk Robe is going to look and feel like luxury every time you slip it on. It’s absolutely effortless with long sleeves, a crossover neckline and a wrap belt.
This short robe is timeless and versatile. Wear it over a sexy lingerie set when you’re setting a romantic mood, or layer it over leggings and a tank top when you need a glamorous touch of style that’s still comfortable as can be.
The Kim + Ono Silk Kiku Kimono Robe boasts elegance in a sophisticated watercolor floral print. This high-quality robe is ultra-soft in 100% silk with 3/4 length sleeves, a tie belt and an inside tie to keep it closed securely.
Available in a variety of chic colors, this silk kimono is finished with side slits and French seams. Layer it over lingerie or your favorite sleep set to add a bit of luxury to your day-to-day routine.
Prefer a long robe to a short one?
The Kim + Ono Silk Yuri Kimono Robe exudes timeless glamour in 100% silk with a watercolor floral print. 3/4 length kimono sleeves make it incredibly comfortable to wear, while the long length offers a chic look, even if you’re wearing your most comfy pajamas underneath.
This elegant design is detailed with French seams, side slits, a tie belt and an inside tie to keep it closed in front.
Puffed long sleeves add major style to this soft and smooth silk blend robe. The Puff Sleeve Silk Robe features blouson sleeves, an open front with a self-belt that ties at the waist and a generous cut that makes it incredibly comfortable.
It can also be ordered with a lining or made to order by providing custom measurements.
If it’s a full-length robe you love, you’re sure to adore the LelaSilk Long Silk Robe. This robe offers glamour, sophistication and ultra-feminine style in a kimono-inspired silhouette with long, loose sleeves and an open front.
This design is made from a soft silk blend and features a simple yet sophisticated look with an open front and a self-fabric belt tied at the waist. Each robe is handmade and can be customized in your specific size or ordered with a lining to give it a slightly heavier feel.
Vertical stripes add distinctive style to this 100% silk wrap Langley Robe in Petal Stripe. Long sleeves, a V-neckline and a tie belt make it a classic. An inside tie for a better fit and two pockets for extra function add the perfect finishing touches.
Available in a variety of pretty color combinations, this silk robe offers the perfect blend of style, sophistication, and comfort. If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind look, it can even be embroidered with your monogram or name.
Looking for a silk wrap robe that’s luxurious, comfortable and machine washable? Unlike most silk robes that need to be hand washed or dry cleaned, the Lunya Washable Silk Robe can be tossed right into your washing machine.
This loose-fitting robe features long blouson sleeves with elastic cuffs, small side slits, pockets, an interior tie and a string tie belt that offers a no-fuss look and fit. It comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, and Lunya also makes a washable silk cami and short set that’s perfect for wearing underneath.
Crafted from 100% silk, it’s designed to be thermos-regulating to help you maintain a cool and comfortable body temp.
With a floral print and embroidered accents, this long robe is perfect for wearing whether you’re sipping your morning coffee, enjoying a glass of wine after dinner or having a midday snack while you work from home. The Midnight Stroll Silk Robe is made from 100% silk and features long bell sleeves and a tie belt to close in the waist.
It’s detailed with a soft collar and on-seam pockets, and it comes in a range of pretty floral prints as well as a variety of solid colors. What we love most about this robe is it easily adds modern glamour to any look – even if you’re wearing your oldest leggings and most worn-out tee shirt underneath.
Not sure if you want to invest in a short robe or a long one? If your preferences are somewhere in the middle, the Classic Mid Silk Robe is a perfect choice. This mid-length robe is made from 100% silk and features an easy wrap design with long sleeves and a shawl collar.
This design is detailed with an internal tie closure and a belt that wraps around the waist. Plus, the midi length makes it perfect for wearing all year round!
This LilySilk bathrobe features a deep v-neck at the top, even if you do end up cinching it rather tight, but if you’re looking for something that’s going to be a little more minimalistic and modern, this robe offers contemporary style in spades.
Made from 100% Grade 6A mulberry silk and certified free of harmful chemicals, it’s an elegant option for when you want real silk, but not anything overly fussy.
So this robe isn’t 100% silk, but it is mostly silk (93%, plus 7% spandex). Lightweight and full length, with some extra stretchiness, thanks to that spandex, the robe comes from Kim Kardashian West’s SKIMS brand, which offers “figure-enhancing undergarments intended to lift, support and flatter.” The robe comes in a wide array of sizes and three different colors.
If you love the feel of silk but hate that wearing a silk robe alone can leave you a little chilly, this Julianna Rae robe is for you. The outer side of the robe is 100% silk, while the interior is 80% cotton terry for a warm, soft feel that you won’t find with just any silk robe.
If this option looks familiar, it may be because the brand’s robes have appeared in a variety of television shows and movies. The robes come in four sizes and three colors. The only downside? This robe is dry-clean-only.
But if you can’t stand the thought of taking your robe to the dry cleaners every time it needs to be cleaned, go with this washable charmeuse robe that’s 100% silk but still machine washable (though you’ll want to let it air dry).
Plus, if you’re looking for a sustainable silk robe, you’ll be glad to know that this particular option is Bluesign-certified for the lowest-possible negative impact on both workers and the environment.
This mid-length silk kimono robe comes in a range of colors and prints, but all are some variety of birds or flowers (mostly cranes and cherry blossoms), making for a nice choice if you want a print, but aren’t necessarily so keen on all the leopard-print robes out there.
Okay, so these robes aren’t made from silk, but they are silky. They offer the look and feel of a luxe silk layer without the hefty price tag. They’re perfect for the woman who’s on a budget or would rather by one for every day of the week than buying just one.
The BABEYOND Long Kimono Robe offers a luxe, elegant look without the luxury price tag. It’s not from silk (it’s made from poly satin), but if you’re going for a luxury look, this is the affordable way to do so.
A peacock and floral blossom print lend Asian-inspired sophistication to this long kimono silhouette, creating a totally glam look from head to toe. It’s finished with long sleeves, a wrap silhouette and a sash belt that closes at the waist.
Shopping on a tight budget? For less than $25, the Pure Color Satin Short Kimono Robe offers the look of silk without the outrageous price tag. This satin kimono is made from a soft and silky poly/spandex blend and comes in a wide variety of colors and prints to suit every woman’s mood and style.
It boasts a classic look in a short silhouette with elbow-length sleeves, an open front and a tie belt that lets you cinch the waist. It’s simple, yet totally chic.
This satin robe is just too pretty and too affordable not to include on this list! The Short Floral Satin Robe comes in a slew of neutral, pastel and bright colors, all printed with bold flowers that make it ultra-fun and ultra-feminine.
This print robe features a comfortable kimono silhouette with 3/4 length sleeves, an open front and a self-fabric tie belt to close the waist.
Another reason to love this design is that it also comes in kids’ sizes priced at $12, so it’s perfect for doing a matching mommy and daughter look!
This satin and silky kimono robe is a real steal. The lace detailing is a pretty feature, too. The robe comes in sizes small to extra-extra large, and there are a whopping 29 color and pattern options to choose from, whether you want just a basic black or a fun leopard print.
There are also options for brides if you’re looking for the perfect affordable silky robe to get dressed in on your wedding day (or undressed in on your wedding night!).
This adorable satin robe from favorite women’s loungewear and underwear brand Soma provides ample coverage without being floor length. If you want a robe that’s going to cover all your bits while you lounge about the house but that doesn’t make you feel like your grandma, you’ve found it.
Sure, this option might be a little pricey for not even being 100% silk, but it is extremely fashionable, luxe and definitely an option to consider if you’re looking for something high-end but you don’t quite like the silk industry.
Made from custom Italian floral jacquard fabric, with two ties, both outer and inner, and slits on the sides, it’s definitely a robe you’ll feel your best in. Plus, the brand also offers matching bras and thongs.
Yes, this cute, ruffled robe is branded as a bridesmaid robe, and while it could totally work as a bridal robe, that’s definitely not all it’s limited to. On the shorter side and available in seven colors and prints, from a lace-trimmed pink to a vibrant floral, this robe is a great option for lounging or getting ready on any day, not just the big day.
The best part? It’s machine washable.
For a silky, satiny robe that’s ultra-budget friendly, look no further. This option fits the bill and comes in more than 30 colors and prints. It’s definitely ideal if you’re wanting some robes for your bridal party, and you need to buy quite a few of them, but you don’t exactly have a huge bridesmaid robe budget.
Beyond that, though, it’s just a nice option if you’re wanting to add a silky robe to your wardrobe but you’re not wanting to spend all that much.
If you want a long satin robe, you might like this swoon-worthy option that won’t break your shopping budget for the month. With the wide sleeves, lace detailing around the bottom and arms, and secure tie closure, it’s just the thing for a little elegant swooping around the house.
Unfortunately, this robe does only come in two sizes, a “regular” size and a “plus” size. The “regular” fits a 48-inch hip size and is 53 inches long.
If you’re specifically looking for a maternity robe, you don’t need to feel like you have to just shop in the plus-size section to get a proper fit. This specially-designed maternity robe will hug your baby bump without drowning you in extra fabric. Plus, it comes in an adorable purple print covered in safari wildlife.
For something just a tad extra, look to this Avidlove kimono robe available on Amazon.
It features flowing, lace bell sleeves in a beautiful pattern. The robe is mid-length, too, for something flirty without being overly short. The robe comes in more than 15 colors and six sizes and is made from 96% polyester and 4% spandex.
How to Pick the Best Robe (Silk or Otherwise) for You
Whatever type of robe you’re shopping for, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration before clicking “add to cart.”
Why do you need a robe? Is this really going to become one of your staple pieces of lounge attire? Do you need something a little more function and less fashion? Do you want a robe to take you from shower to bedroom? Or a dressing gown to wear at night before heading to bed? Or something to wear as you get dressed and do your makeup? Or over your sleepwear?
However you imagine yourself wearing your robe, you’ll need to keep that in mind as you shop. You don’t want to get distracted by a frilly, frivolous piece that’s not going to serve any real purpose if you do actually need a robe that will keep you covered as you herd the kids from bed to bus stop.
And on that note, it’s important to think about coverage as well. Do you live alone and only imagine yourself wearing your robe indoors? Then, by all means, go as short and flowy as you’d like. If, though, you live with family members or roommates, and you want to wear your robe to the breakfast table, you might want something with a little more coverage.
Even if you have your heart set on a silk or satin robe, is that really the best choice? If you want a robe that will keep you warm or one that will soak up some excess moisture as you get ready after a shower in the mornings, a silk or satin robe might not necessarily be a good fit. However, you can find lightweight and stylish robes made from a variety of other fabrics, including microfiber, cotton terry, cotton velour, chenille and even cashmere.
As you think of how you’ll wear your robe, consider what extra features you may or may not want. Some robes will come with a zipper. Some will come with a hood. Others might include pockets. Whatever extra features and details you think will be handy, keep an eye out for them.
How to Care for Your New Robe
Picked your favorite robe option from the recommendations above? Once that robe arrives on your doorstep, you’ll want to take care of it properly. Don’t make the mistake of just assuming that, if you bought a silk robe, it needs to go to the dry cleaners’, or if you bought a satin robe, it can be tossed in the washer and then the dryer. Here’s how to take the best care of your new purchase.
Check the label
Always check your clothing labels before a first wash. There, you’ll find more detailed information as to what the clothing item is made from, as well as recommended washing and drying steps. Even if you think you purchased a silk robe or a satin robe, you may actually have a 97% silk and 3% spandex robe or a robe that’s mostly rayon. Whatever the fabric’s unique makeup, you’ll want to care for it accordingly.
Wash your robe with like items
Does your robe’s label assure you that it’s machine-washable? That doesn’t mean you should just throw your robe in the washer alongside your jeans or bath towels. It’s best to wash like items with like items, especially when dealing with more delicate fabrics. That means you might want to only wash your robe with other, similar loungewear or lingerie or your silk or satin sheets.
In doubt? Always hand wash
If you’re not 100% sure that your robe can be machine washed, just go ahead, and hand wash it. While it may seem like a chore, it’s really not all that difficult or time-consuming.
All you need to do is fill your sink with cool or cold water, add your robe and a silk-specific detergent, and then let the robe sit for a few minutes. Then, run the robe between your hands, gently pressing and wiping at any soiled areas. Lastly, drain the water and rinse the robe in fresh, cool water until the water runs clear before pressing excess moisture out of the fabric with a towel.
Even if your robe is machine washable, it’s doubtful that your robe will be safe in the dryer. High heat can really damage these delicate fabrics. So, instead, lay your robe flat to dry, either between two towels or on a drying rack. Don’t allow your robe to dry in direct sunlight.
Pick the proper storage
Especially if you invested in a pricier silk robe, you won’t want to just leave it lying on the floor or thrown over a chair. Keeping your robe folded or hung and tucked away, protected from high humidity and extreme temperatures, will help the fabric retain its shape and feel for years to come.
Silk Robes Make Great Gifts
If you’re buying a silk robe as a gift, you’re about to become the best gift-giver of all time.
And if you’re buying one for yourself, congratulations! We think it’s time to reward yourself with a little bit of well-deserved luxury that you can wear forever.
Sure, that cotton robe you love to throw on over your sleepwear or favorite t-shirt may be comfy and cozy, but does it make you feel pretty or glamorous? Probably not.
The best robe for at-home glamour is a silk one, and if you don’t already have one, now is the perfect time to get in on the trend.
If you do invest in a pricey piece, just be sure to follow the care instructions closely. Wash and dry your robe as recommended, and you can enjoy it for years to come!
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The 25 Best Silk Robes for Women:
- La Perla Silk Robe
- Kim + Ono Silk Kiku Kimono Robe
- Kim + Ono Full-Length Silk Yuri Kimono Robe
- Puff Sleeve Silk Robe
- LelaSilk Long Silk Robe
- Langley Robe in Petal Stripe
- Lunya Washable Silk Robe
- Midnight Stroll Silk Robe
- Classic Mid Silk Robe
- LilySilk Momme Loose Collarless Silk Robe
- Skims Long Stretch Silk Robe
- Julianna Rae 100% Silk Spa Robe
- Cuyana Washable Charmeuse Robe
- Ledamon Women’s 100% Silk Kimono Short Robe
- BABEYOND Long Kimono Robe
- Pure Color Satin Short Kimono
- Short Floral Satin Robe
- Ekouaer Lace-Trim Kimono Short Satin Robe
- Soma Sensuous Satin Robe
- Fleur du Mal Fleur Jacquard Robe
- Floerns Women’s Ruffle Hem Belted Satin Kimono Bridesmaids Robe
- The Bund Women’s Short Satin Robe
- BABEYOND Satin Kimono Robe
- Chelsea Peers Maternity Satin Robe
- Avidlove Women’s Satin Kimono Robe
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Holly Riddle is a travel, food and lifestyle writer, and a full-time freelance content creator after several years on editorial staffs for a multitude of publications ranging in topic and audience demographic. She currently acts as the editor at large for Global Traveler magazine and is a regular contributor at Trazee Travel, WhereverFamily, TravelMag, CruiseHive and more. Ghostwritten work for travel clients has appeared on Forbes, Bloomberg, Inc. and other top publications. She also manages blogs for tour providers, hotels and tourism boards.view post