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Chic dressing gowns to keep you cosy all year round

Lounging at home never looked so good

The cosy dressing gown is an absolute necessity in the colder months, whether to take the chill off in winter mornings or wind down and get comfy in the evenings. Chuck it on over your PJs for added comfort, and pair with your slippers for warmth.

Women’s dressing gowns have come a long way in recent times, with plenty of chic designs available. In fact, some are so stylish that you’d almost get away with wearing them outside of the house (almost).

People often overlook the versatility of a dressing gown or robe, as it’s a game-changer in summer too, especially for lounging by the pool.

Regardless of your preference, from fabulously fluffy fleece gowns to luxurious linen robes, here’s what to consider when buying a dressing gown in 2023.

From left: Bambury Microplush Soft Plush Bath Robe, $56.92, from The Warehouse, Kip & Co Waffle Bath Robe, $109 (usually $159), from Superette, Bambury Microplush Bathrobe, $35.90 (usually $89.90), from Bed, Bath & Beyond

What is the difference between a dressing gown and a bathrobe?

While a dressing gown is made from either a warm and woolly fabric or breathable linen, a bathrobe is made from a water-absorbent, towel-like material. Bathrobes are great for wearing around the bathroom (so you can apply a face mask or hair treatment), while a dressing gown adds warmth and comfort around the home (especially a long dressing gown style). It’s as easy as that!

From left: Terry Towelling Bathrobe, $130, from Spotlight Stores, Super Soft Fleece Mini Robe, $77, from ASOS

What dressing gown or robe material is best for me?

You can buy robes in all different kinds of materials. Knowing what to opt for to best fit your needs can be confusing. Here are the most popular robe fabrics:

Fleece is lightweight but still very warm and quick to dry, and is typically made from polyester.

Cotton is soft, breathable and hypoallergenic, so it’s great for sensitive skin.

Silk is arguably the most luxurious of them all, for a sleek, fashionable look.

Satin is very similar to silk but is a more affordable option.

Flannel is a soft, warm cotton and wool blend.

Terry Cloth is the name for cotton that is woven into loops. It’s highly absorbent and is excellent as a towelling robe in summer for lounging poolside.

Chenille is a durable polyester blend that’s plush and luxurious.

Velour is a thick, warm fabric that replicates a velvety material.

Cosy robes

From left: Linen Classic Robe in Lilac, $120, from BedThreads, Soft Lounge Robe in Heather Grey, $169, from Skims

Patterned robes

Check Double Cotton Gown, $170 (usually $345), from Toast, Bendon Treble Cone Hooded Robe, $40 (usually $119.95), from Bendon, Bird Print Flannel Gown, $210 (usually $345), from Toast

Lightweight robes

From left: Jacquard Satin Robe, $39.99, from Cotton On, Sleep Recovery Robe, $59.99, from Cotton On

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