Rihanna Wears a Robe as a Dress, Expect Everyone to Follow Suit

Today’s Valentine’s Day, the day when flowers, candy, lingerie sets and silky robes are given en masse. But if you were planning to sport that new robe only in the boudoir, you may want to reconsider. Rihanna recently turned heads (as she often does) out in London wearing a robe coat by Alexander McQueen as a dress.

Rihanna wearing an Alexander McQueen robe coat to dinner.

Rihanna borrowing from the boys by rocking Alexander McQueen’s robe coat; Image: GORC/GC Images/Getty Images

The men’s robe coat (sold out everywhere, natch) features a shawl lapel, a diamond quilted finish and a flocked pattern. Thanks to the pervasive pajama trend, robes have been on the radar for a while now, just usually layered over something else.

Bella Hadid in a robe dress during NYFW.

Bella Hadid slipped on a slinky robe minidress for New York Fashion Week; Image: Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images

And it looks like RiRi’s bold move may already be rubbing off on her fellow trendsetters. Bella Hadid was seen out and about during New York Fashion Week over the weekend in a robe-like minidress that boasted a cut-out shoulder.

Before you get all wrapped up in this burgeoning trend, there are a few rules to get acquainted with. First, avoid terry cloth at all costs. Even though teddy jackets are still popular, those plush robes can look ratty over time. Next, make sure your pick isn’t see-through or too short and skip strategic lace paneling — remember, most robes are designed for sexy time in the privacy of your bedroom. Lastly, make sure that belt is cinched super tight to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.

Ready to give it a go? Here are 12 stylish robes that can pass as dresses so you can channel your inner bad gal.

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