As the nights get longer and colder, nothing says cosy quite like a dressing gown. From the moment the clocks go back, it becomes more and more acceptable to choose nightwear over clothes, and suddenly the dressing gown becomes a vital piece in your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Whether you’re a traditionalist looking for an added layer on those cold nights, or you’re looking for the perfect housecoat to throw on the moment you get home, we’ve rounded up the cosiest, cutest and most festive dressing gowns available right now.

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B By Ted Baker Fawn Embossed Bow Dressing Gown: £44, Debenhams

Softer than your favourite blanket, this dressing gown has a luxurious feel sure to keep you warm this coming winter. Our tester loved its soft, embossed moleskin fabric which, unlike a lot of fluffy dressing gowns, doesn’t shed for its first few wears. It may be one of the pricier entries on this list, but the quality more than makes up for the extra pounds. Available in a wide range of colours and various lengths, our favourite was this short, fawn shade.

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Topshop Flamingo Novelty Robe: £34, Topshop

Remembering summer can be difficult at this time of year, but this Topshop dressing gown is determined to bring back memories of sunshine. The combination of hot pink and a flamingo pattern is a cheerful twist. When it comes to sleepwear, Topshop always delivers, and this robe is no exception – it’s quirky, original and high quality. However, it does shed considerably for the first few wears, so it’s worth putting it through the wash before wearing.

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Missguided Pink Kimono Piped Detail Satin Dressing Gown: £22, Missguided

It may not be the warmest of dressing gowns, but this Missguided kimono-style robe is a purse-friendly luxury purchase. Also available in orange, green and black, we love the pink for its Victoria’s Secret Angel vibes, while Love Island fans might recognise this robe from our screens this summer. However, taller women looking for coverage might want to avoid this robe – while it looked stunning, our tester found it slightly too short to be practical.

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Joules Idlewhile Woodland Ski Print Fleece Dressing Gown: £59.95, Joules

Thanks to its festive animals pattern, this dressing gown is perfect for anyone who refuses to limit themselves just to Christmas pyjamas. The inside is sherpa-lined, providing warmth to rival even the best winter coats without seeming too heavy. While the price tag may seem like a big investment for a robe only really suitable for two months of the year, our tester fell in love with the pattern of this product and found it a worthy addition to her Christmas wardrobe.

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Women's Mocha Soft Dressing Gown: £22, Peacocks

Sometimes all you need from the perfect dressing gown is comfort. In an Autumnal mocha shade, this ankle-length robe is best to throw on after a shower or bath. As an added bonus, it also features deep pockets and an extra-large hood, which makes it an ideal extra layer on colder nights.

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DKNY Logo Fleece Hooded Dressing Gown: £73, ASOS

Thicker than any other dressing gown on this list, DKNY’s dressing gown is also available in matching monogrammed-pattern pyjamas. It has a relaxed fit and its quality is noticeable as soon as you wear it – this robe is a long-term sleepwear investment. Although those on the short side may find it an awkward length, we recommend this dressing gown to anyone looking to gift someone with something both snuggly and special this Christmas.

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Boux Avenue Floppy Bunny Dressing Gown: £40, ASOS

Proving that cute dressing gowns aren’t just for children, lingerie brand Boux Avenue has delivered a fleecey, pink robe in this bunny design. It’s complete with bunny ears, adding a touch of fun to an already cosy product. This was the most blanket-esque robe entry on this list, making it perfect for a Netflix marathon or early night.

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Next Red Tartan Robe: £45, Next

Those looking for something festive but not overtly Christmassy should look no further than Next’s latest addition to their sleepwear range. Suitable for the whole winter season, this tartan print robe is lined with sherpa and available in sizes XS to XXL. It comes up slightly oversized, but we loved how this made it even comfier at the end of a long day.

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Badgers and Friends Cotton Dressing Gown: £30, Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston are known for their quirky, charming patterns, and this dressing gown is no exception. Embroidered with animals, it’s lighter than the other robes in our roundup, making it both fun and cool for anyone who doesn’t like to be too warm in their sleepwear. It’s also available in matching pyjamas.

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Gigi Galloon Lace Robe: £50, Figleaves

Simultaneously the least practical but most beautiful robe on this list, this lacey, black robe will add a touch of glamour to your nighttime wardrobe. We love the subtle additions of satin in the trimming and hidden, internal waist tie, which gives it a more fitted silhouette than most dressing gowns. It feels light against the skin and, thankfully, isn’t itchy as many lace products often are. Our tester found that the sizes come up slightly big, so we recommend sizing down.

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The Verdict: Best women’s dressing gowns

For all-round comfort and luxury, our top pick is Ted Baker’s Fawn Embossed Bow Dressing Gown. However, if you’re looking for something a little more festive, we love Next’s Red Tartan Robe and Joules’ Idlewhile Woodland Ski Print Fleece Dressing Gown.

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