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The Bathrobe:  12 movies that chose this iconic clothing to set the scene…

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The look of someone in a bathrobe says it all, doesn’t it? Worn at the right moment, robes shout super sexy, cozy comfort, or down and out. The robe is so iconic that it’s often used in movies to convey a mood or set a scene. Can anyone dispute the mood of Bill Murray sitting on the side of a bed in his robe and slippers in the movie Lost in Translation?

And what about your own go-to bathrobe? Wrapping up at the end of the day (or beginning even) in a robe made of silk, lace, satin, or something fantastically fluffy is so comforting. No matter the fabric or style a robe that you love will almost always make you feel like a movie star in your own story!

Our very own robes have been selected as costumes in TV shows like the Ariadne Silk Robe which was worn in Blood and Oil, and Anni Murphy’s character, Alexis, in the popular show Schitt’s Creek is shown draped in our fan-favorite Heavenly Spa Robe.  Since we love robes so much we thought it would be fun to take a look at 12 movies with iconic bathrobe scenes.

Marilyn Monroe – Niagara

Monroe’s robe is super feminine and perfect for this vixen in delicate pink and trimmed in soft feathers.

Brad Pitt – Fight Club

Brad Pitt looks good in anything!  Yes, even a purple fuzzy bathrobe with coffee cup motifs.

Randy Quaid National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Cousin Eddy’s too-short bathrobe with white leather belt is more shocking than his emptying the RV’s sewage into the neighborhood sewer.

Donna Reed – It’s a wonderful life

Buffalo Gal Donna Reed certainly looks like she could lasso the moon with her bathrobe sash, doesn’t she? The large, comfy terry bathrobe adds a sweet seduction to the conversation between her character, Mary, and George as we wait for the kiss.

Matthew Broderick – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

If Ferris Bueller had his way he would spend his life in a bathrobe!

Reese Witherspoon – Legally Blond

This happy cloud robe worn by Elle Wood’s in her Harvard Law dorm room is so cozy we can’t imagine ever taking it off!

Jean Harlow – Dinner at Eight

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This robe just shouts “Super Sexy”!

Robert De Niro – Casino

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De Niro’s dressing gown makes a bold fashion statement in pink silk.

Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman

The hotel bathrobe is so luxurious – especially when it’s monogrammed and worn by a Pretty Woman!

Jeff Bridges – The Big Lebowski

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Nothing says “The Dude” like going to the grocery store in a drab brown bathrobe!

Bill Murray – Lost in Translation

Nothing is lost in translation with kimono robe and slipper wearing Bill Murray in this famous scene.

Jack Nickolson – The Departed

Jack Nicholson shows off his animal magnetism fitting for a Boston crime boss.

We hope you enjoyed our look at the bathrobe in film.  Don’t forget to check out our robe sale and pick up a new bathrobe for yourself or someone you love just in time for the holiday gift-giving season – see you in the next blog!

Deb Fries works with the Julianna Rae team to offer the best shopping experience for quality silk and cotton sleepwear while also writing for the blog at