A black woman and a black man wearing white bathrobes
Two people wearing bathrobes

A bathrobe, also known as a housecoat or a dressing gown, is a loose-fitting outer garment (a robe) worn by people, often after washing the body or around a pool. A bathrobe is considered to be very informal clothing, and is not worn with everyday clothes.

A bathrobe is a dressing gown made from towelling or other absorbent fabric and may be donned while the wearer's body is wet, serving both as a towel and a body covering when there is no immediate need to fully dress.

Fabrics and fibre types


Bathrobes can be categorized by the weave of their fabric:

Bathrobes and bathrobe fabrics can also be categorised for their fibre types, and are generally made of four different fibres:[1]

Design and construction

Woman's kimono-style dressing gown with a sash, made in Japan for the Western market, late 19th-early 20th century.

Most bathrobes are designed as a wrapped-front garment with belt loops and a matching belt, intended to be tied around the waist to hold the garment closed.

However, bathrobe designs vary, typically in collar and closure design, with some garments featuring an open front or fastened closures in place of a belt. Varieties of collar design include:

See also


  1. ^ "Why Terry Cotton Bathrobes?". bathrobes.net. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23.
  2. ^ Articler.com, Bath Robes, archived from the original on 2007-12-17, retrieved 2007-11-12

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