Most of our favorite pictures from weddings have got to be pictures of the bride and her girls getting ready on the wedding morning. And of course kitted in beautiful bridal robes. The bridal and bridesmaid robes are as much a part of weddings these days as the cake and the band. And it’s not hard to see why when you look at the gorgeous range of robes out there to be snapped up. Below are classic types of robes to consider getting for you and the ladies as you prepare for the biggest day of your life.
Old Hollywood glamor: Silk robes
Silk is a natural fiber and is the best nature can offer. Silk has good insulation properties. Meaning it provides warmth in winter and keeps you cool in summer. It comes in different weights and may be transparent or opaque. It also feels wonderful to wear, has a lovely drape and reflects the light. I would suggest choosing silk, especially if you have the patience for washing silk (you will most likely have to dry clean your silk robe). If dry cleaning is not your thing, look for good quality polyester or rayon robes. Rayon is another great alternative fabric often found in vintage robes.
Femme fatale: Lace and sheer robes
With exquisite, contrasting elements of light and shade, nothing says femme fatale more than a lace or sheer fabric robe. The best robes are those which use lace combined with a sheer fabric. Considering these robes are light and transparent, their use is quite specific. They are usually worn in the boudoir. However, layered with a chemise or pajamas in the warmer months, this could be a suitable summer robe for lazy mornings.
Heart warmers: Winter Robes
During winter time, robes take on a different role by shielding you from the elements. Specifically inspiring you to get out of bed in the morning and face the cold. If you only wear robes during the winter months, then consider buying the warmest, most beautiful, and most luxurious robe you can find. Ideal fabrics for a winter robe include wool (cashmere wool being especially luxurious), cotton blends, and velvet. Microfiber is a synthetic fabric but is also ideal for an easy care robe. Heavier-weight silk can make a nice winter robe. But this depends on how cold your winter is and what you’re wearing underneath.
Art decor fancy: Printed, embroidered and textured robes
Whilst printed, embroidered and textured robes may not be as common or popular as plain robes, they can be a welcome change. Embroidered robes with fringing are especially suitable for lounging. In robes such as these, contrasting textures and trims are key to defining the look. You and your bridesmaids can be enveloped in a floral garden of fabulousness.
Cozy, comfy: Chenille Robes
Chenille has grown quickly in popularity as a robe fabric. Micro-chenille is particularly desirable as a robe fabric due to its ultra-insulating 100 percent polyester composition. Be aware that the quality of chenille varies widely. Since both superior and inferior types look exactly the same, be sure to feel a sample of the fabric. Ensure it has the softness and light weight of a better quality chenille.
Light and breezy: Microfiber Robes
Versatile microfiber is a combination of the light, breezy feel of silk and the breathable quality of cotton. Manufactured with fibers far smaller than human hairs, microfiber can be woven into a luxurious, sleek suede finish. Or better still whipped into millions of tiny loops to create superior water absorbency and softness. Available in several weights and textures, microfiber robes are perfect for after-shower use. It can also perfect for comfy lounging.
Luxury: Velour Robes
This robe has a luxurious look and feel. Velour is a medium-weight fabric which is closely woven and then pile-cut to create a thick plush surface. It can be made from cotton, synthetic materials or a blend. It is warm, comfortable, allows for movement, and is generally considered an easy care fabric.
The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. It has come to denote full-length robes. It is a T-shaped, straight-lined robe worn so that the hem falls to the ankle. It has with it attached collars and long, wide sleeves. They’re wrapped around the body and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Today the kimono is worn by brides and their bridesmaid on the morning of the wedding during preparation and for a photo session.
Wearing luxurious robes all day while you and your girls get ready makes photos of your big day pop! Coordinate your robes to match your wedding colors. Choose fabrics that complement each other or let each girl’s individuality shine with a fabric personal to them. Robes are always a great way to give your bridesmaids a gift they will use long after your big day. And it allows you all get ready with cohesive, feminine look.