His birthday is coming up. I love him, but he’s impossible to buy for. Everything he wants, he’s already got or he buys for himself.
This is the dilemma many of us find ourselves in. Whether this man is our husband, our brother, our father or father-in-law, or simply a dear friend, one trait he doesn’t have is being easy to buy for. The secret of finding the perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for man is to discover luxuries that he doesn’t have the time or energy to investigate for himself, then surprise him with what he never knew he was missing. A men’s hooded robe can be just that present, and also be your saving grace – for this year, at least!
A bathrobe is one of those things that he needs, but never thinks to buy for himself. In this article we’ll explore the different styles of men’s hooded robes, types of fabric, ideas for what to pair with his new robe (not just pajamas!), and how to choose just the right size for him.
Fitting the Bathrobe to the Man: Men’s Hooded Robe Styles
Turkish textiles have a long history of both luxury quality and visual aesthetics. That’s why the shop at Chambre D’Amis focuses quite a bit on robes, towels, and other textiles made in Turkey. Just right for both men and women, Turkish robes are 100% cotton, or if they are a blend, are primarily made from cotton. This makes them soft and comfortable, a good choice for men who want to unwind after a long day of work – or who would like to relax with some coffee in the morning before heading into another busy day.
A Turkish bathrobe pairs easily with pajamas regardless of whether they include pants or shorts, and they are lightweight so he won’t get too hot. You can find both hooded options and those without hoods. Like regular cotton pajamas, these men’s robes are easy to care for and are a simple way to invite a little luxury into a man’s life.
For a man who deserves a day at the spa, a waffle robe is a comfortable and sophisticated addition to his wardrobe. Waffle robes are a time-honored standard in luxury textiles. Their classic crisscross pattern and soft touch have made them a staple of high-end hotels and spas around the world. However, they may or may not include hoods, so you’ll want to be certain to double check for a hood if that’s a requirement for you.
Luxury hotel quality waffle robes like those offered by Chambre D’Amis are comfortable, warm, and tend to require very little in the way of specialty care. (He might be high maintenance, but his robe doesn’t have to be!) They also pair well with any style of pajamas.
Men who love casual Fridays will appreciate the simple yet sophisticated hooded fleece sweatshirt robe. A sweatshirt robe allows him to be comfortable, stylish, and true to himself. If he’s not a silk kimono robe or a spa kind of guy, a sweatshirt robe may be absolutely perfect. With its warm hood and tapered sleeves, this style of robe fits perfectly with a man who just wants to chill without having to change how he does things just because he’s wearing his bathrobe.
A men’s sweatshirt robe – women’s, too – from Chambre D’Amis is a plush blend of 65% cotton and 35% polyester so he can be supremely comfortable and have a robe that’s easy to care for. If he likes high maintenance, a silk robe may be in order. If not, choose some quiet luxury with a fleece sweatshirt robe.
If he has an eye and appreciation for the unique, a kimono robe may be the perfect choice for him. Kimono robe is no longer a term used exclusively for apparel of Japanese origin. Instead, these robes borrow certain elements from traditional Japanese garments. Namely, you’ll find wide sleeves, straight seams, and a clearly defined collar.
Unfortunately, most men’s kimono robes don’t include a hood. So if you’re looking for the relaxed yet chic look that comes with a hooded robe, the kimono robe may not be the best bet. If he appreciates refinement, consider a Turkish bathrobe instead. If he’s more casual, a sweatshirt robe with a hood will be an instant hit.
If he’s all about functionality, a terry cloth robe may fit his sense of sensibility to a tee. Terry cloth is traditionally made from cotton but can also come in a variety of synthetic fibers as well. The one thing all terry cloth has in common is absorbency. Its looped pile construction makes it a thirsty fabric, perfect for the man who demands practicality from his wardrobe.
Men’s terry cloth robes offer a simple way for him to be comfortable and pragmatic and still be effortlessly leveled up. They are an extremely classic style of robe, so he won’t have to worry about being on or off-trend (if he even bothers with that at all). A down-to-earth guy will love the efficiency and functional nature of a men’s terry cloth robe.
Flannel robes are the quintessential accessory for the cooler months of the year. Soft, warm, and the epitome of snuggle-worthy relaxation, flannel is how even the burliest of men give themselves permission to unwind. With classic plaid prints to his favorite NBA team logos, flannel pajamas, pants, shorts, and of course a bathrobe, can easily fit into any man’s wardrobe.
While hooded flannel robes are definitely out there, they may be a little too warm for men who already tend to run warm, especially if they are wearing pajamas with pants underneath. If he’s always turning down the thermostat, that’s a good sign you should consider a Turkish or waffle robe instead of flannel, or choose one that skips the hood if it’s not essential. Cotton-based flannel may also be inclined to shrink, so consider a cotton/poly blend or order a size up.
Some men have a sense of refinement that simply requires a high-end fabric like silk. While it may require a little extra effort to care for, he knows its value and believes in its worth. A man who is used to caring for fine garments will appreciate a silk robe. If he knows the difference between silk and satin (silk is a material and satin is a type of weave), you’ve got a man of knowledgeable and discriminating taste.
Men’s silk and satin robes may or may not be hooded, so be sure to double check if that’s an important factor in your decision. Be careful of the overall design, as some may give off vibes of heading into the boxing ring vs. reading the morning paper in the garden. Of course, depending on the man, he might be down with the boxing ring, too! Pair this bathrobe with silk or satin pajamas with either pants or shorts and he’ll be relaxing in true refinement.
Does he have very specific comfort requirements? Velour robes have that something extra that may be just right for him! Velour is a plush fabric that simply calls for relaxation, and maybe even taking the day off! Constructed from cotton, synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, or rayon, or a blend of natural and synthetic materials, velour will never fail to be soft and welcoming against his skin.
While a velour bathrobe is exquisite in its design and cozy appeal, especially when curated by Chambre D’Amis, it may not always come with a hood. If that’s important to him, keep that in mind before hitting add to cart. Either way, a velour men’s bathrobe can be a versatile addition, pairing with any kind of pajamas he prefers. Pants, shorts, or even just boxers? No one will judge him on his choice!
What Size Robe? How to Size Men’s Robes Right the First Time
What is a Large?
Women understand more than anyone else that a 10 in one brand might be the same as an 8 or a 12 in other brands. The lack of sizing consistency is no small frustration to a customer shopping for themselves, and even more so when we’re trying to add items to our cart for someone else. While significant sizing discrepancies are less of an issue when it comes to men’s clothing, including robes and pajamas, we should still keep this in mind. It’s important to look deeper than “Large” when it comes to size requirements, even with the more forgiving clothes items like robes.
When shopping in person, we all hold up an item, whether that’s pants, shorts, or a robe, and imagine that clothing wrapping around the person we’re trying to buy for. As we’ve all probably learned, this imprecise method only works some of the time. The success rate goes down even more when playing guessing games while shopping online. A much better way is to have an actual measurement. But short of spoiling the surprise by asking him to stand still while you pull out the tape measure, how do you get a reliable measurement?
How to Size Estimate Correctly
If you’re buying for your husband, you’ve probably already got the right idea for his proper size. But when it comes to your boss, your nephew, your father-in-law, or anyone else that you don’t live with, you’ll have to make an estimate. Here are a few ways to help ensure that you order the right size the first time.
When is the Right Time to Give a Bathrobe?
Birthdays come around every year, and with each year he grows in wisdom and refinement. Help him relax in luxury with a hooded bathrobe, whether that’s a sweatshirt robe for a more casual vibe or a Turkish bathrobe for a slightly more elevated feed. Either way, he’ll be grateful for your contribution to his much-appreciated downtime on his special day.
Weddings & Anniversaries
Pairing Pajamas with Men’s Robes
Pants or Shorts?
A Hooded Bathrobe Makes Men’s Gift Giving Simple
You know him best, so whether the Turkish bathrobe fits his personality or the hooded fleece robe is more his speed, you simply can’t go wrong with a universally appreciated gift like this. So take your time and choose carefully, considering his personality, sizing preferences, and lifestyle. When he slides his new robe over his pajamas for the first time, he’ll feel first-hand how thoughtful you really are.
Feel free to browse our selection here at Chambre D’Amis, a name synonymous with luxury and quality. Even if he lives far away, our shipping and flat rate shipping policy make it easy and affordable to surprise him on that special day. You can also sign up for our email list to be notified of new arrivals. We’d love to have you as part of the Chambre D’Amis family!