Caftans (sometimes spelt Kaftan) are supposedly having a resurgence of sorts, however in my world they never went away. Caftans have always been familiar to me for a different reason though. Growing up in Nigeria, it was a regular occurence to see women going about their business in all styles of Bou Bous (a long flowing garment worn in some African countries), very similar to a caftan and a fashion staple in many parts of West Africa. Stateside, caftans long associated with the jet-set from palm beach to marrakech, bring to mind glamour and lounging.
I personally find a caftan to be fabulous and not necessarily meant to be worn only during resort vacations. Not only are Caftans fabulous, they are for everyday. A caftan is quite the versatile garment once you can get over the mumu factor, change up the look by wearing different shoes or by piling on jewelry. And yes, caftans are for everyone regardless of body type since they come in some many different styles, patterns, and lengths.
I found my caftan at my local thrift store. What caught my eye was the beautiful white traditional West African embroidery on the front that stands in contrast to the royal blue color. For a glam dress up feel I wore my caftan with my black Stuart Weitzman patent leather pumps though they would have looked equally great with flats or gladiator sandals. I am obsessed and currently on the lookout for another great one. With the re-rise in popularity of the caftan this is the best time to find one. Designer, Tory Burch is known for her caftans. although spendy, I love the indigenous vibe of a Pippa Holt caftan, which is actually produced by artisans in Mexico. Nordstrom carries a variety of affordable options of caftans and I was very surprised to find that Anthropologie had some nice ones to choose from, all very different by the way.
A caftan is definetly an item of clothing that belongs in every woman closet because it has stood the test of time while exuding a certain type of elegance. On trend or not, a caftan is forever.
Lensed by Hector Roberts