Robes are the unsung heros of our closets. From hard working terry cloth (post shower, bath or swim) to velour, flannel, cotton, fleece and even cashmere to keep us cozy, covered and warm. Today, the fabric and style options are endless.
To "un" robe the mystery of finding the perfect robe following surgery or during treatment, here’s our insider tips:
Choose a robe that is lightweight and easy to put on particularly if you have limited arm mobility.
Opt for fabrics like cotton, bamboo, flannel or micro terry that are breathable. Softness is key, particularly if you are wearing it over healing incisions.
When choosing a style–length and closure count. Opt for one that is mid or calf length for longer coverage or a short robe that falls mid-thigh. Short robes are the best to wear in bed. Wrap styles that tie are easiest to take on and off and to close.
Pockets are a plus for carrying glasses, tissues, and medication, (including those all important pain killers!)
TREATMENT: Radiation and Chemotherapy
Fabric choice is important because skin is often dry, ultra sensitive or sore during treatment. Choose breathable, ultra soft fabrics that "baby" sensitive skin and that are lightweight. These include cotton, silk or bamboo.
Robes made from wicking wear are a great option if you are suffering from chemo induced menopause, hot flashes or night sweats. Wicking wear draws moisture away from the skin and into the fabric to keep you cool and dry. Wicking wear pajamas are available as well.
To combat hairloss, robes with hoods are great for the quick fix when the doorbell rings unexpectedly or to ward off head chill after a shower.