By Request: Lightweight Robes

Boll & Branch organic cotton spa robe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m glad someone requested this, as lightweight robes in breathable fabrics (e.g. NOT polyester) seem to be in that category of elusive items that I can never find when I actually need them. So now I have a few things bookmarked for when my current robe needs to be replaced!

Above, an organic cotton spa robe in a pretty watercolor botanical print. (Lined with French terry.) Sizes Small to X-Large.

Rosie cotton robe in floral print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer something unlined, here’s another pretty floral print cotton robe. Sizes 6-12.

And this style is available in plus sizes.

Soma Cool Nights dot print robe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

These dots are fun too, sizes 4-22.

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic white terrycloth robe.

The Lazy Poet Lola linen robe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

There’s nothing better than linen in the heat.

Politano linen robe in French blue. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Also in 100% linen, this Positano robe is available in several colors, sizes Small to X-Large.

This short sleeved robe is satin and comes in a few different patterns.

Here’s another longer style in an organic cotton knit.

Plush floral kimono robe. Details and more lightweight robes at une femme d'un certain age.

I could picture myself swanning around the house in this one, martini in hand…

Blackbirds silk kimono robe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And sometimes, you just need to break out the silk. Isn’t this fabulous??

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  1. Oooh these are all beautiful especially the navy with ivory piping and the silk and the florals. And look up Rough Linen, their robes, and everything, are gorgeous.

  2. is another site that has good sales and super lightweight robes. Everything else is a bit too twee for me, but I like their soft prints for nightwear.

  3. I have a very simple navy robe. It’s by Eileen Fisher and is available only from Garnet Hill. Love it! Washable, loose, comfortable, lightweight and with pockets! Perfect!

  4. Kimono sleeves are a problem for me. They snag on doorknobs — with some disastrous results. I don’t even own a bathrobe now — I just go ahead and get dressed. (But that polka dot one is tempting!)

  5. Another Garnet Hill fan here: but not Eileen Fisher. Their own brand of robes and gowns, and pajamas, are the very best. It is the only brand I have bought for almost ten years!

  6. I have about 8 different robes, currently! 4 spring/summer, 4 fall/winter and one very vintage men’s “smoking jacket” I love to wear in the winter for a well deserved Friday afternoon cocktail! I have gotten rid of those that were not in my autumnal color palette, as I can use all the help I can get at 7:30 am! Thanks for this terrific round-up, Susan!

  7. Just gorgeous! I have 3 big heavy robes — the kind you can cocoon youself in after a shower on chilly evenings — but comfortable summery ones have always eluded me. I found an ebay site a couple of years ago that sold lovely cotton caftans & I bought 2 of them (thank goodness, as they’ve since disappeared). i live in these things morning & evening when the weather’s hot & sometimes if it’s a lazy day when I don’t have to do anything or go anywhere I just stay in one all day: I’m cool but elegantly clad should someone come to the door or I pad out to get the mail. But I admit the robes you’ve shown make me wonder if I don’t have room in my closet for one of them, too 🙂

  8. I love a nice caftan in the heat of summer. And yes, I do swan around the pool deck in them, wine glass ( unbreakable) in hand. I have found some really great ones from a web site called Pax Philomena. Lovely fabrics and print and they wash up very well.

    1. Meg, thanks so much for this recommendation! Their caftans are gorgeous, & I especially love their business model, which includes this: “As part of Jean Marie’s mission, a portion of all PAX PHILOMENA proceeds go to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity who continue to serve others and spread peace in America, India, and throughout the world.” I love the idea that I can look great AND contribute something positive to the world beyond myself at the same time.

  9. This is so timely. I have been hunting for a robe for about a week now. Thanks for the suggestions.

  10. Being in Florida, where it’s hot, I love an all cotton seersucker robe. It used to be a staple but now the only place I can find them is the Vermont Country Store.

  11. I love a robe with a zip front…have had too many ‘costume malfunctions’ with tie robes, the zip adds security for those who don’t wear pyjamas or nighties. When I found the LLBean zip front I was ecstatic! My first purchase was the fleece for winter then I found the lighter cotton summer weight model. Both have zippers that zip from top or bottom ( I have no idea why) they are expensive but I have washed the fleece at least one hundred times and it has held up very well. The cotton is not sheer at all and is cool and comfortable. Neither one falls into the ‘seductress’ category ( unless you find that two way zipper useful 😉 Several of my much younger friends have one, we call them our Port/Sherry drinking gowns.
    ( although I usually go for a martini or bourbon)

  12. If you’re looking for a gorgeous caftan for “swanning around the house” check out ocean+main. They’re a Los Angeles based company with beautiful, well made caftans, long and short. Great service too. I don’t have any connection to them, other than being a satisfied customer. 🙂
    I like the idea of swanning in a caftan with a martini in hand…

  13. Sorry to be late to this, but this post hit me at just the right time! I pulled on my robe as I got out of the shower last week and suddenly saw how worn out it was in the full length mirror. My robe was ages old, but somehow this escaped my attention until then. Based on this helpful post I have ordered a new robe – the very pretty print robe at the beginning. I can’t wait for it to arrive. Thanks so much for your helpful advice

  14. I guess I’m weird…I like ankle-length gowns and robes; I find they keep me warmer in the cooler/colder weather and more covered when I’m lounging about so I do not have to worry about “being on display.” Problem is that finding something longer is impossible so I’m actually thinking of adding additional inches to the length of the nightgowns I have! So in the winter, I wear the heavier fabrics and change to light-weight fabrics during the warmer weather…strange, eh?