Review: Fringe Robe by Norwegian Wood
Disclosure: I received this item free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Robes and loungewear seem to have picked up momentum over the past year. I've certainly caught the bug, and have taken to wearing silky lingerie robes as luxe cardigan alternatives for daywear. This Fringe Robe in silk chiffon by Norwegian Wood ($299 CAD / roughly $219 USD) is delightfully versatile for such a statement piece.
Like many Norwegian Wood pieces, this robe features custom printed fabric. The silk chiffon panels showcases images from the Rijksmuseum, selected in collaboration with photographer Hattie Watson. There's a touch of both the celestial and the macabre here - demon and angel wings adorn the top of an hourglass, a large skull rests on an open book, and a scythe wielding angel reaches towards two skeletons, framed by a constellation map.
The overall effect is timeless, gothic, bohemian, and modern hipster all at the same time. From the photos, I could not have predicted how much I would love this robe when it arrived. Whether my wife is throwing it on when she slips out of bed, or I'm wearing it to work paired with black jeans and a v-neck tee, it always seems like a good style choice. I never would have expected it to be so versatile that it became a virtual staple in my wardrobe, and yet that's exactly what happened.
The construction is fairly simple. The flowing lines are basically the result of well-proportioned rectangles. Though the body fabric is 100% silk, it's worth noting that silk chiffon like this has more of a crepe texture than the shine and slippery smoothness of, say, silk charmeuse. The shoulder and side seams are overlocked with a lockstitch for security, while the collar and cuffs are attached with a regular lockstitch. There's also a line of topstitching that holds the collar's seam allowance down. At the bottom, the hem is flipped to the front, then covered with the luxurious 8" fringe trim. Overall, its finished length is 50", which makes it a floor-sweeping length when my arms are down on my 5'3" frame. It's sized as "One Size Fits All," but the width of the cuffs could be limiting for larger sizes.
At $299 CAD (approximately $219 USD), this robe could be considered something of an investment piece for most consumers. Since it's silk (and printed silk at that), it's a dry clean only piece, which is a cost that also needs to be factored into your "cost per wear" analysis. As such a loose fitting garment, though, it's not the kind of piece that needs to be washed very frequently. I haven't yet noticed any snags on the chiffon (despite my pet-owner status), but it does seem to shed fringe at a rate of roughly one string per wear. This is not atypical in my experience with fringed garments. Given how much fringe adorns the hem, it's going to take a long time before that loss is even noticeable!
If you're tempted by one of Norwegian Wood's unique fringe robes, I would consider it well worth saving up for. There's a special feeling to being wrapped in a drapey garment with the weight of all that fringe swinging at its hem. While I love the dark tone of this robe's print, each of Norwegian Wood's designs has its own unique style. Do note that most robes are made-to-order, so you'll need to allow a couple extra weeks for production.
What do you think of Norwegian Wood and this fringe robe?