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Robes are fantastic. I keep saying it, but they really are. They’re one of the few lingerie items that are super practical and super glam – when you’re feeling cold and lazy at home (that’s me, all the time) you can wrap up in a pretty robe to stay cosy and comfy, whilst still looking like you’re dressed to the nines.
As I mentioned in my piece on red robes for Valentine’s, I also love that they’re super flexible on sizing. Unlike with bras, of which I have to replace my entire collection every few years when I change size, you don’t have to worry that losing or gaining a bit of weight is going to totally throw off the fit of your robe. These things can often last you years, maybe even decades, so think of them as investment pieces. Plus, a big, swishy robe never really goes out of style does it?
Of course, not all robes are made equal and I like to dream, so today’s list features my 7 favourite brands for incredible, over-the-top-glamorous robes to swan about the house in like a true princess. Enjoy!
1. Boudoir by D’Lish
What list of the world’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful robes would be complete, or even correct, without Boudoir by D’Lish? I featured the brand back in 2014 when Catherine D’Lish was just auctioning off her robes on eBay, but it wasn’t long before they became mega-ultra popular and she launched an official online boutique.
I see these robes popping up everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest, and you can recognise them as D’Lish designs a mile away – the endless yardage of tulle, the swooping sleeves, the sumptuous marabou trims… The prices these robes start at are, frankly, incredible too when you compare them to some of the other brands on this list.
The only name on this list from whom I’ve personally owned a robe, Amoralle is a luxury Latvian label whose robes have proven so popular, they’ve lately dramatically increased the number of robe designs they come up with. Many such pieces could just as feasibly be worn on a red carpet somewhere as worn about the house, toeing the line between lingerie and outerwear.
Think sheer tulles, sumptuous satins, draped sleeves, extra long skirts that pool on the floor, and plenty of ginormous bows. This is a brand that really gets my aesthetic!
This brand describes itself as “haute couture lingerie” and it is, it really is. Often featuring lashings of hand-cut-and-appliquéd lace, every piece is handmade by their team of artisans in Italy and is slightly one-of-a-kind. I can’t decide which I like more, the delicate lacy robes or the wispy tulle and organza ones – and of course, there are plenty of slippery silk ones too if that’s what you love.
Designed to be bridal attire, Alingerie is the lingerie offshoot of Ukrainian wedding dress brand APILAT and is primarily white and lacy. However I’m a firm believer that you can wear fancy white lingerie whenever, wherever, so don’t let that put you off!
They have some truly gorgeous robes, mostly shorter-length but also some long ones that form a gorgeous puddle of decadent lace at your feet. As is often the case for handmade lingerie from Ukraine, the prices are simply phenomenal for the UK or US market and they are the most budget-friendly option on this list.
5. Harlow & Fox
Harlow & Fox is primarily focussed on bringing truly luxurious lingerie to the DD-G cup market, but their robes are just beautiful too and work whatever bust size you have. There are the classic silk-and-lace options, printed silks, sheer fabrics (including the elegant, feathery concoction above), a beautiful devoré velvet, and my favourite of all, double-layered silk trimmed with swinging tassels. Glorious!
6. Harlette de Falaise
This brand is really not as well-known as it should be, though I suspect that may be down to a combination of product photography that really doesn’t do the lingerie justice or show any details, and a PR strategy that seems to ignore all of the online lingerie media. If you’ve watched the 2007-11 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl then you’ll have seen some of their luxury underthings, including the ruffled and beaded Northern Lights housecoat which can be custom-ordered with a gold or platinum clasp for when price really is no issue.
I’ve picked out two other robes at a similar price range to that one, because this is after all an article about the most luxurious robes out there, but you’ll also find a fair few robes at Harlette for £200-350.
7. Carine Gilson
This Fine Arts graduate is coming up on three decades since she launched her eponymous luxury lingerie label, and it’s not hard to see why the brand has stuck around for so long. Featuring couture construction techniques, and made from only the finest silks and laces, Gilson’s robes are beautiful in their seeming simplicity, and all have a classic appeal that will endure for decades more to come.
Have I missed a brand off this list making truly show-stopping robes? Let me know! And I’d love to know which of the above seven is your favourite robe designer too.