World's Best Men's Robe?
March 28, 2015 8:28 AM   Subscribe

I don't want a Robe, I want the best robe. I want a robe that looks both stylish and timeless - a robe Cary Grant could wake up in and stay in all day. I want a robe that is well-constructed and comfortable enough to last forever and I could lounge around in while still looking natty. I want something with a retro-feel and interesting colors. I do not want white terrycloth. Where can I find this robe?

In NYC if that helps, would like to be able to feel the material before I buy but online shopping is okay.
posted by The Whelk to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (11 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by billiebee at 8:36 AM on March 28, 2015 [2 favorites]

Search "DRESSING GOWN" not "ROBE". Derek Rose has some nice ones....
posted by goml at 8:45 AM on March 28, 2015 [2 favorites]

Why not have one made? You have amazing fabric options where you are - get something custom!
posted by leslies at 8:45 AM on March 28, 2015 [3 favorites]

Cashmere or silk.
posted by brujita at 10:07 AM on March 28, 2015

ebay has some interesting options if you don't mind waiting for something to come up in the right size.
posted by contraption at 10:12 AM on March 28, 2015

You want the Betabrand Smoking Robe.
posted by erst at 10:16 AM on March 28, 2015 [6 favorites]

My favorite robe is a Chadsworth and Haig "doeskin" one. Mine is white, but I think it comes in a lot of colors. I also have a Cypress robe I really like, but I think it's not really the direction you're going for (though they may have some other models that would interest you). Both have served me well for many years (including more days than I'd like to admit that I didn't ever get dressed).
posted by primethyme at 10:17 AM on March 28, 2015

Seconding the importance of searching for "dressing gown."

(Also, I just wanted to encourage everyone to examine the Betabrand Smoking Robe pictures. My personal favorite is "resigned man watching Puli dog.")
posted by Atrahasis at 2:26 PM on March 28, 2015 [2 favorites]

Along a different line, perhaps a vintage men's kimono? A cotton yukata for warm weather or heavier silk for cool days? The sleeves can get in the way a bit, so they're better for lounging than doing chores, but you could definitely do some desk work in a kimono.

Not sure where you might find vintage kimonos in NYC, but on your next trip to SF I'll take you to Japantown ;-)
posted by Quietgal at 8:36 PM on March 28, 2015

Response by poster: Many thanks to Ernst

I decided on something a peg Or so below what gomi linked, which I really loved, that's for another significant birthday birthday purchase, this will hold me.
posted by The Whelk at 6:14 PM on April 7, 2015 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: The robe was featured in this FPP
posted by The Whelk at 8:05 PM on August 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

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