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Review: Fringe Robe by Norwegian Wood

Disclosure: I received this item free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan



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.

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

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.

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

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.

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Pop Antique corset| Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

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.

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Styled with Dollymop for Dark Garden corset gown | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

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!

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Norwegian Wood Fringe Robe - Silk Chiffon | Hattie Watson Collaboration | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

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?


Marianne Faulkner

Marianne Faulkner is the designer of Pop Antique, a clothing and corsetry line specializing in sustainable materials and comfortable curves. She is based in San Francisco where she earned her MFA in fashion design at the Academy of Art University, and has been a columnist at The Lingerie Addict since 2011.

4 Comments on this post

  1. Evija says:

    So luxurious. And actually, the price tag doesn’t even seem THAT much for something so beautiful and obviously unique. I think it’s more valuable than a silk blend charmeuse robe that seems to be the most common option among robes.

    • Marianne says:

      Oh, I absolutely agree that the price is VERY fair! It’s a gorgeous, unique, well-made piece. Though I received this robe for free to review, I know I could have paid full price and considered it well worth it. But it would have been a “save up for it, this is my Christmas gift to myself” sort of thing. I always try to keep in mind the wide range of consumer budgets when evaluating prices for reviews – I remember too well when a $40 pair of Isaac Mizrahi for Target heels was a splurge!

  2. Kiri says:

    That is gorgeous. I’ll be saving up for one as a cover up and jacket for the summer I think.

  3. denocte says:

    I’m honestly at loss of words. This is amazing.

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