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Robe: the newest and coolest lightweight coat

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Anya Ziourova wears a Celine light blue and white striped belted dress/coat and Pierre Hardy heels at the Chanel couture show at Grand Palais on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

Anya Ziourova wears a Celine light blue and white striped belted dress/coat and Pierre Hardy heels at the Chanel couture show at Grand Palais on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

Céline Resort 2016

Céline Resort 2016

First there were pajamas, then slip dresses (spring’s 2016 most sensual proposition is to take the lingerie out of the boudoir an onto the street) and now finally and accordingly: robes. Phoebe Philo just made the case for robe coats on Céline’s Resort 2016. A inner piece we saw walking down the runway last month in New York and Paris at Thakoon and Balenciaga. Here’s what Leandra Medine has to say about our new favourite piece of not-that-unexpected outerwear.

1) They’re not the obvious choice. Blazers are great, yes. Utility jackets and trench coat are solid, choice body protectors, too, but when’s the last time you saw a striped poplin bathrobe in the wild paired under a blazer and over some pants? (Length at your disclosure.) When a new season hits and the silhouettes on offer feel stale already, it’s time for reinvention. Only you don’t have to remake the wheel, you just have to reconsider how you use it.

2) They’re cheaper than traditional jackets. Granted, they can get quite expensive — and when they’re being made as outerwear (like in the case of the imminent Thakoon robe), you’re less likely to strike a deal but if you take the trend to its source, that is, the purveyors of pj’s, you can find one as cheap as $30 (or less!).

3) They function as a solid third piece for the new-age three-piece suit. That’s it.

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The Roe Stervis belted striped jacquard coat available at NET-A-PORTER

The Row Stervis belted striped jacquard coat available at NET-A-PORTER

The Row Dame beige crepe wrap coat available at NET-A-PORTER

The Row Dame beige crepe wrap coat available at NET-A-PORTER (also availble in black crepe)

Hillier Bartley military belted velvet jacket available at MATCHESFASHION.com

Hillier Bartley military belted velvet jacket available at MATCHESFASHION.com

Thakoon Spring Summer 2016

Thakoon Spring Summer 2016

Balenciaga SS16

Balenciaga SS16

Here's how to style it for the day this fall: Topshop

Here’s how to style it for the day this fall: Topshop ribbed rolled neck sweater available at TOPSHOP.com
Ellery wide-leg pants available at NET-A-PORTER
SLEEPY JONES gingham cotton-poplin robe available at NET-A-PORTER
Ellery silk-blend satin blazer available at NET-A-PORTER
Gianvito Rossi lace-up black leather pumps available at NET-A-PORTER

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