Robes are without a doubt one of the most popular bridesmaid gifts, and that’s true for a variety of reasons! They are the perfect way to express gratitude and give a gift that’s useful as well as memorable. Many brides find that a robe is an affordable way to treat their bridesmaids, but choosing the right style can be a daunting task.
If you’re looking to gift robes to your bridesmaids, there are three popular styles that you can choose from. Below, we’ll give examples and provide the necessary information to help you make an informed decision.
Style 1: The Spa Robe
Perhaps the most popular gift for bridesmaids happens to be the spa robe. These robes are what you would normally find in a high-end spa or resort. Oftentimes, these are robes that are more expensive as they feature a high pile plush fabric.
You may find a robe in this style made from pure cotton, polyester or a blend of fabrics. The most expensive option will always be cotton as it is comprised of a plush toweling fabric that feels good and requires little maintenance. Though polyester blends are more affordable, they aren’t as comfortable and they often have problems with lint.
What makes the spa robe instantly recognizable? Many of them are oversized and use a one-size-fits-all approach to sizing. Unlike other options, this robe is perfect for all body types.
Style 2: The Wrap Robe
Perhaps considered the most lightweight option of them all, the wrap robe is more tailored than a spa robe and features a thinner material like polyester. You may see a robe of this style advertised as being made from silk, but when you look at the contents, you may be a bit disappointed. Most ‘silk’ robes refer to the silky look and feel of polyester versus being actual silk.
One thing to watch out for are wrap robes that are made from synthetic materials such as rayon or acetate. Both of these fabrics aren’t just uncomfortable, but they wrinkle very easily. For that reason, they may also require special dry cleaning versus simple washing at home.
Style 3: The Kimono Robes
There’s been a recent rise in the popularity of kimono robes as they embody the perfect blend of the spa and the wrap style robes. The kimono style borrows sleeves from the spa robe for a loose appearance while being more fitted on the torso like a wrap robe.
These robes will often lend themselves to an oriental feel and look great when chosen in floral fabrics. More often than not, the material of choice is polyester as it’s easy to care for and flattering on the body.
Choosing bridal robes styles that will look great on all of your bridesmaids will take some time and thought. By knowing the different styles commonly found in stores, you can make an informed decision about which option suits the needs of your bridesmaids. Don’t forget to consider your budget and the number of robes you will need to buy!