I recently discovered the joy of falling asleep under a weighted blanket — once primarily used as a therapy tool for autism and sensory processing disorders, and now a balm for anyone dealing with everyday stress and insomnia. So when I saw an ad for the Offhours Homecoat, promising that snuggled-up feeling beyond the bedroom, I knew I needed to try it.
Created by a husband-and-wife team — digital branding consultant Rebecca Zhou and David McGillivray, designer and founder, respectively, of Studio DMCG — Offhours is an “inactive-wear” brand (think the antithesis of Outdoor Voices’ “doing things” vibe). Their first offering, the Homecoat robe, resembles a quilted duvet with its polyester stuffing and T-shirt-soft cotton exterior.
Full disclosure: The brand sent over a sample for review, and it immediately became a staple of my loungewear wardrobe. The one-size unisex robe falls to my ankles (I’m only around four-foot-eleven though, so it will be a bit shorter on most people) and fully envelops me whether I’m wearing it opened or belted closed. At five pounds, it’s about the weight of a children’s weighted blanket instead of a 15- to 20-pound adult-sized one, which makes sense in this case since you want to, you know, walk around in it. But the hugging, soothing sensation is similar. At a full inch thick, it’s much warmer and heftier than a cotton or silk robe. Imagine somehow stuffing your coziest comforter into your favorite, lazy day sweatshirt and you’ll get a sense of what it feels like to lounge around in the Homecoat. In these cold days of winter, I look forward to coming home to the warm embrace of my new, ultraplush robe. And the Homecoat is definitely warm. I’ve worked up a bit of a sweat while cooking in it, but it does come in handy when I’m feeling chilly, and I’ll occasionally flip it around and use it as a blanket while relaxing on the couch. I’ll also drop my phone in one of the side pockets and saunter around my apartment hands-free.
Elegance isn’t the first word that comes to mind when describing the Homecoat — wearing it I look like a cross between the Michelin man and a very comfortable bed — but it has its own dignity. The available colors include the “Memphis,” inspired by the late-’80s design movement (blush with mustard trim) and the collegiate-looking “Varsity” (dark navy with forest-green pockets, maroon trim, and a yellow belt). At $295, the Homecoat is about as expensive a robe as you can find (unless you’re getting into Hanro territory), but it’s also unlike any other robe I’ve ever worn. The Hanro doesn’t feel like a wearable comforter, or at least not one I’d wear to eat pad kee mao, knowing I can just throw it in the washing machine right after.
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