We are glad to have you back on Monederosmart! Clothes are a must-have for everyone, and sometimes you may not realise that there are important accessories that you don't have. Believe it or not, there are pieces that you may not have noticed you need, and today we'll introduce you to one of them.
Sometimes comfort comes in different forms, and you may not experience the highest level it can offer you because you don't have the right accessory. Wouldn't you love to sleep with great freedom? Or step out of the shower without fear of your towel falling off? That's what dressing gowns do!
For us it is a privilege that you allow us to help you, and that is why we will teach you everything you need to know about dressing gowns, their presentations and prices, so you can buy just the one you need.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 First of all the most important things
- 3 The Best Gowns: Our Picks
- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate gowns
First of all the most important things
- Dressing gowns are a wardrobe accessory that performs functions such as retaining moisture (bathrobes), providing comfort and freshness when sleeping (night gowns), keeping clothes clean and protective (work dressing gowns) or providing warmth in cold temperatures.
- The different materials from which the gowns are made generate different experiences. The comfort of a polyester gown is not the same as a silk or satin one, just as the waterproofness of work coats is a feature that the others do not have.
- Prices may be high, but it all comes down to quality and function. Gowns that give a high level of comfort to the client are often expensive, but when worn they have a relaxing and liberating effect due to the lightness, and this is what justifies their price.
The Best Gowns: Our Picks
After this analysis of the best gowns on the market, you already have a clearer idea of what you can find. Now, you must learn how to select the best one according to what you are looking for. To do this, we will show you some important information that you should take into account before buying.
What are dressing gowns and what are their advantages?
This product offers a high level of comfort, so that when you wear it you can relax and even fall asleep. This is all due to the material it is made of. It can also help you get out of the shower without fear of accidentally dropping the towel and exposing yourself.
Like everything in the market, this product has advantages and disadvantages, which you should evaluate at the time of purchase, this way you will have all the factors in mind and avoid surprises after you buy it.
Bathrobes and dressing gowns - what should you look out for?
There are two types of dressing gowns that are often confused with each other, so we are going to analyse them so that you can explicitly see what their differences are. Keep in mind that each gown is designed for a purpose, and not all of them can be used for functions other than that. We will teach you about bathrobes and dressing gowns:
Bathrobes. They are designed for the purpose of wearing after showering. With them, you avoid the hassle of having to wrap your towel around your body in fear of it falling off. These towels must absorb moisture well, which is why they are characteristically thick.
Bathrobes can be heavy, this is due to their thickness, which helps absorb moisture after showering. They are also mostly long, to help cover you and give you more security, as the terror of many is to be exposed.
Sleeping gowns. These are usually very light, thin and loose fitting, as they are meant to be used for sleeping. The fabrics used to make these gowns are very soft on the skin, the idea is that you feel light when wearing them.
These dressing gowns can be delicate, so it is suggested to wash them by hand and with great care. The material used can be fragile, so they usually come with washing instructions.
|Bathrobes/Bathing gowns||Sleep gowns|
|Warmth||Generate heat when worn||Cover you without producing heat|
|Washing||Machine washable||Hand wash recommended|
|Thickness||Very thick||Mostly thin and fine|
|Drying||Take a long time to dry||Dry fast|
What are work coats?
Medical gowns: When we go to the medical area, it is common to see gowns, which are mostly white or blue, depending on the position of the person. Their main purpose is to keep the worker clean, so they are light-coloured. They may even be waterproof.
Lab coats: These coats are made of cotton and polyester, are white in colour, are designed with tight-fitting buttons to prevent them from falling on the work area, and do not turn yellow when exposed to UV rays. They do not require a lot of ironing. They are used for protection.
Teaching Gowns: Most of these gowns are seen in pre-school, and their purpose is similar to that of medical gowns: to maintain cleanliness. It is very common for a teacher to get dirty while caring for and teaching children, and these gowns prevent the person from getting their clothes dirty.
These are the two most relevant cases of gowns at work, although they also exist in hairdressing, plumbing and mechanics, and when they are used they fulfil the same function as the previous cases.
These gowns are not usually soft to the touch, nor are they very thick, but are smooth, easy to shake off and have features such as waterproofness. Long sleeves are very common, and a V-neck most of the time. If you are looking for this type of gown, you know how to recognise them.
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate gowns
Finally, it is important that you analyse some factors in detail in order to be able to compare one gown with another, so that you can choose the right one for you. The idea is that you make a purchase that leaves you completely satisfied.
When buying a gown, there are criteria that, if you study them, will help you establish the differences between one and another, making the best investment. Here we show you the 4 most relevant ones:
- Cut and length
You should be clear about this factor, as it will help you to determine the rest more easily. There are many uses for a gown, and therefore each type of gown has a different design.
For sleeping: If you are going to use it for this purpose, it is best to look for a light, airy and cool robe, which gives you freedom of movement and does not exert pressure on any part.
After bathing: These gowns should be thick and absorbent, usually long-sleeved, and it is normal for them to be a little heavy. Their main purpose should be to dry your body and be kept closed, as in this case the wearer does not want to expose him/herself.
To keep warm: These gowns should be warm, thick and comfortable, the length should be below the knee to keep you warm. Softness should always be present.
For work: They should be lightweight, plain, long sleeved (this may vary depending on the position) and it is recommended that they are waterproof. The longer they are, the more protection they provide, but not too long as they may hinder movement.
These coats should be warm, thick and comfortable, and the length should be below the knee to keep you warm. Softness should always be present.
For work: They should be light, plain, long sleeved (this may vary depending on the position) and it is recommended that they are waterproof. The longer they are, the more protection they provide, but not too long as they may hinder movement.
The material the gown is made of will help you know how effective it will be for one function or another. There are a variety of materials, each designed to meet a need, and these are the most typical:
Satin: Very comfortable to sleep in, soft to the skin, light and cool. Does not absorb moisture well.
Cotton: Soft, warm, warm and comfortable, depending on the thickness it increases its absorption capacity. Not very cool.
Silk: One of the lightest and softest on the market, usually used in erotic lingerie gowns, its freshness is incomparable. They are not very warm.
Polyester: It is warm. Its freshness depends on its thickness, it can absorb humidity, although it is more recommended for sleeping or for cold seasons. It is very soft.
Cut and length
The cut determines the ease of movement and comfort. A very typical cut used in sleeping gowns is the "kimono", as the sleeves are wide and short (¾), and the length is above the knee, making it very easy for the arms and legs to move, giving greater comfort. This cut does not exert any pressure or adjustment on the body.
The long-sleeved cut is usually tighter to the body, taking away some of the freedom that the ¾ sleeves provide; this type of cut is more typical in bathing, warm or working gowns than in sleeping gowns.
The length of the dressing gown is another point to analyse, because the longer it is, the more it covers you, but it also limits you a little more. It can be above the knee, at the knee or below. The most advisable is at the knee, as there is not much limitation.
Normally those that are "above" are at waist level or 8 to 10 cm above the knee, while those that are "after" use the same measurement but below. These are the most common ones seen on the market.
Finally, this characteristic will help you determine two factors: coolness and warmth. The thicker the gowns are, the more heat they will generate, which is why most sleeping gowns are thin and warm gowns are thick. Air passes through thinner fabrics more easily than thicker ones, and that's something you need to take into account.
Thickness also determines absorbency. This is why it is normal for bathrobes to be thick and heavy, as they retain moisture from your body after a shower.
Therefore, in case you want a bathrobe or coat, look for a thick one, so that the function is fulfilled correctly, if you are looking for a bathrobe for your work, it should be thin and not too heavy, and if you are looking for one to sleep in, it is best if it is thin and light.
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