Men’s lightweight summer bathrobes can be a difficult item to find. They aren’t usually stocked in stores until just before Father Day (they make a great gift) unless you live in a warmer climate, which is too bad since some men find the more common thicker styles are too hot even in the winter. Whether you need a more refreshing option year round or you are looking for a good cover-up, we have found the best lightweight robes for summer use to keep you comfortable when you get out of the shower or while having a leisurely breakfast.
Nautica Long Sleeve Lightweight Cotton Woven Robe
The Nautica Cotton Woven Robe is one of the most popular lightweight designs going. Men like this style because it is a light cotton that is comfortable to wear, neither the robe length or the arm length are overly long, and the quality is quite good. A couple of other features to note are that it comes in attractive colored patterns and the fabric is super soft. It also washes well, although it does tend to shrink a little bit when you first wash it, and most people find that the sizing runs a little small so if you are interested in this style, you may want to consider sizing up. Overall it makes a perfect summer weight robe.
Available from Amazon
Hanes Lightweight Woven Broadcloth Robe
An excellent budget option is the Hanes Men’s Lightweight Woven Broadcloth Robe that is the perfect weight for the warmer months. The material is a very light 55% Cotton and 45% Polyester blend, so it isn’t as breathable as the 100% cotton options since polyester will help to retain heat a little bit, but it helps make this design wearable in any kind of weather. The sleeves are the shorter kimono style that helps to keep the overall breezy feel to the robe. This style fits a little big so be careful on sizing if you are interested in it. Most reviews indicate this robe is excellent value for the soft material, fit and attractiveness of the style.
Available from Amazon
Brooks Brothers Wrinkle-Resistant Chambray Robe
A high-quality, lightweight design that will last for years is Brooks Brothers Wrinkle-Resistant Chambray Robe. This style has a few things going for it; first, the material is super soft with a silky feel to it, and you can wear it in cold or warm weather since it works well for both. The length is on the longer side falling just below the knee on most men. It is also straightforward to care for garment because it is wrinkle-resistant, so you don’t have to iron it after washing. The robe has an excellent fit, is very soft, and the quality is top notch.
Available from BrooksBrothers.com
Daniel Buchler Peruvian Pima Cotton Robe
If you are looking to treat yourself, you may want to consider the Daniel Buchler Peruvian Pima Cotton Robe. It is ultrasoft Peruvian Pima cotton that is lightweight, breathable, and ridiculously soft giving you the ultimate luxurious comfort. Like other Daniel Buchler loungewear, this design is very high quality, well made and fits well. The fabric is the perfect summer weight, not too heavy, not too light. It is also a very flattering fit that is not too long, and chic looking. Daniel Buchler products are not cheap, but they are well made and should last for years.
Available from Nordstrom
U2SKIIN Mens Cotton Robe
Another inexpensive 100% cotton option that gets favorable reviews is the U2SKIIN Mens Cotton Robe. It is a kimono, so the arm length is a little shorter. The fabric and color options give this design a relatively modern look. It is inexpensive, easy to care for, and is perfect for the warmer months since the material is very soft and lightweight which makes wearing it very comfortable. Most reviews mention that this option makes a good coverup without being too hot.
Available from Amazon
Polo Ralph Lauren Soho Modern Plaid Robe
If you aren’t a fan of the bold plaid lightweight styles, Polo Ralph Lauren Soho Modern offers a little bit more of a sophisticated modern print. This is an excellently made design that works well as a darker colored option for the summer. The fabric is cotton that will give you excellent lightweight coverage from the shower that is perfect for the warmer months.
Available from Macy’s
Coyuchi Unisex Organic Waffle Robe
Coyuchi sells several very cozy plush designs that are great for the winter. Most of their robes are relatively substantial, but they have one style that is more of a mid-weight waffle fabric that you can wear year round. If you want a lightweight style, this isn’t the product for you, but if you want something that you can wear to get out of the shower and for lounging without getting overly hot, you may want to give this design a look. It has a spa-like feel to it, and it is made from 100 % organic cotton in a waffle weave that is sourced and woven in Turkey. It comes in white, grey or charcoal color. People love the soft feel and the weight of the fabric that makes it comfortable and warm but not heavy. It’s also very absorbent, high quality and has a nice length to it.
Available from Coyuchi.com
Majestic International Summer Shell
Majestic International has a few lightweight summer options with the Summer Shell kimono style being one of the best. The kimono style tends to be a little bit harder to find, but Majestic International offers several different summer options with the 3/4 length in prints or slightly different light fabrics. Majestic International’s robes are a bit of a splurge and quite luxurious, so they make a great gift if you want to treat someone you love. These robes are known for being high quality and exceptionally well made. They also wash and wear well without a lot of wrinkling.
Available from Nordstrom
Stafford® Waffle Robe
The Stafford® Waffle Robe is made out of a very thin waffle weave, so it is a great style that is recommended for getting out of the shower but not for warmth. Most waffle weaves can be a bit heavy or thick, but this Stafford option is an excellent alternative to thick heavy robes that are popular for getting out of the shower. People who own this robe mention that it feels high quality and well made for the reasonable price that you are paying. The only downside to this design is that it only comes in one size which is pretty big and slightly long so, it is probably best for average sizes who like a larger fit or for larger men.
From JC Penny
What to Look For:
Weight of the fabric– The critical element to getting a right summer style is to find a robe made from a lightweight yet breathable material. 100% cotton is the most popular fabric for summer styles.
Washing– Cotton is a beautiful, breathable fabric for the summer, but sometimes it can wrinkle quite a bit once you have put it in the dryer. If you would prefer not to have to iron your clothes, there are a couple of options that don’t get wrinkled after washing, including the Majestic International Summer Shell or the Brooks Brothers Wrinkle-Resistant Chambray.
Length– Robes usually come in short, mid-length or longer length. Before purchasing any design, you should think about other robes you have owned and what length you like. You can get products that are slightly above the knee, fall at the knee, or below the knee; everyone has their preference. Your height also makes a difference in where the hem will fall. If you are concerned about length, pay attention to the length listed on the garments product information
Sleeve length– A nice-to-have feature on a summer style is the 3/4 length or kimono style sleeves; they help to make the entire garment feel cool and comfortable while still maintaining the coverage that most men love.
Belt loops– One feature you may want to pay attention to if you are reading reviews is where the position of the belt loops fall. If you have a belly, you may find the loops either too high or too low, and it may make it uncomfortable to fasten.
Shower/Lounging– If you are looking for a design just for getting in and out of the shower you are probably going to want a slightly different material than if you are wearing for lounging. A shower style should be somewhat absorbent and possibly a little bit warm, while a lounging option can thin or silky and usually very soft. The best choices, if you are looking for something absorbent, are the Stafford® Waffle or the Coyuchi Unisex Organic Waffle options.