It's been a long time (dressing) gown
July 29, 2022 8:22 AM   Subscribe

Is the shawl collar 'dressing gown' from Cleaver Greene's wardrobe in the recent AU version of Rake as much of an oddity as searches suggest?

I've been looking for something like the shawl-collared 'dressing gown' or other robe pictured here and here and here (as seen on Rake) for some time. The thing is, everything I can find in any kind of paisley or other damask satin or silk like that -- whether full length or more like a smoking jacket -- is inevitably much more constructed, with full lapels and often quilting. (Regular old bathrobes, yes, but that's what I'm hoping to replace.)

Is the style I'm looking for really that unusual, or am I searching for the wrong thing? ('Kimono' results aren't quite right either.)
posted by snuffleupagus to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Smoking jacket?
posted by zadcat at 8:37 AM on July 29, 2022

Is this the kind of thing you're looking for?
posted by Adifferentbear at 8:59 AM on July 29, 2022 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Is this the kind of thing you're looking for?

YES. Nice! Preferably in some kind of damask (paisley, subtle striping or dots, etc) and with a little more detailing (like the lapels continuing to the hem and matching the cuffs, with piping) so it doesn't look quite as much like sleepwear -- but that and this one (from the same store) are the closest I've seen. (I probably should have tried restricting Google to AU.)
posted by snuffleupagus at 9:07 AM on July 29, 2022

I was gonna say, it looks very much like a typical (U.S.) 80s ish men's robe to me. No idea what men's robes look like these days - as an adult, I've (just realized I've) never known men that wore them - so perhaps you might have some success looking for "vintage" items, too?
posted by stormyteal at 9:26 AM on July 29, 2022 [1 favorite]

Bown of London's Australian shop has a pretty similar lighter weight paisley cotton dressing gown.
posted by jedicus at 10:19 AM on July 29, 2022

Best answer: Etsy might be a good place to look. Here's some options. Also Paisley. And Brocade.
posted by hydra77 at 10:21 AM on July 29, 2022

Best answer: Expensive but very luxurious and ships worldwide - Baturina Homewear
posted by See you tomorrow, saguaro at 10:42 AM on July 29, 2022

Best answer: Example of an eBay store with patterned, shawl-collared "silk satin" robes.
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:58 PM on July 29, 2022

Best answer: How about these ones from Budd, from £395 in cotton up to £1550 in silk.

Emma Willis also has some nice ones from £458 to £1500.

A man can dream…
posted by fabius at 6:11 AM on July 30, 2022

If second hand works, use vintage+rayon in your searches. Very typical light men's robe style from the 1940s-60s.
posted by Scram at 5:25 PM on July 30, 2022

Best answer: This Melbourne-based business makes robes from reclaimed and vintage fabrics. Many of the examples they showcase are heavier woollens, but they say they will do a custom job for just a bit more.
posted by amusebuche at 5:19 PM on July 31, 2022

Response by poster: Thank you all very much! I am appreciative, and will probably start with the more affordable and aspire to rest.
posted by snuffleupagus at 7:01 PM on August 17, 2022

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