Why Kaftans are your ultimate fashion choice

If you adore that richly embellished and relaxed elegance of 70s fashion, you’ll love that Kaftans are having a moment right now. The glitterati are holidaying in them, the young and fabulous are relaxing in them on weekends, and the rich and gorgeous are swanning around cocktail parties in them.  The over the top, embellished kaftan is as chic as ever!

What is a Kaftan?

For the uninitiated, a kaftan is a cross between a dress and a shirt, making a rectangle shaped design that usually has batwing sleeves and a deep v neck front.  Made of cotton or linen for day and the beach, or silk and satin with loads of embellishment for night, a kaftan flatters every shape and size of figure, and is a relaxed fit for every occasion.


While the shape of a kaftan is relaxed and easy to wear, the design of kaftans is where the fun comes in.  Bringing a riot of color and patterns to the design is what makes kaftans so fun.  Clashing colors, stunning hues, embellishments in sequins and jewels – kaftans bring that pop to your look that you want for either a boho-indie look or a stylish evening glamour.

Wearing a Kaftan

Kaftans are one of the easiest fashion pieces to wear.  Because they sit so beautifully and never cling, no matter if you are petite or plus size, a kaftan will suit your figure.  Choose a midi or short kaftan for day as you’ll want to wear to the beach over your favourite swimsuit or bikini.  The classic shape of a kaftan means it can replace your beach shirt, tunic or kimono as a beach cover up.  For some added style, wear with leather boho sandals and stacked bangles in wooden designs and some beads for a classic indie look.

For night time, our favourite look is to choose a richly embellished silk maxi kaftan, and add lots and lots of bling.  Clashing metals and big costume jewels look gorgeous with a kaftan to get the most out of the look.  Don’t be scared to add big cocktail rings on both hands, mixed metals in your stacked bangles and necklaces, and long earrings.  If you’re game, add more of a 70s vibe with a scarf wrapped elegantly.  So chic.


Kaftans for Everyday Wear

Even away from the beach and with no cocktail in hand, your kaftan can become your best wardrobe friend.  Versatile in cut and flattering for every day, you can get lots of wear from your kaftan by wearing it over your favourite pair of blue jeans or leggings for day.  The perfect weekend style for lunch with girlfriends or for shopping, you’ll feel beautiful and right on-trend with your kaftan on for every daywear too.

And, as the weather turns cooler, your kaftan can be worn like a tunic.  Over your jeans, opaque tights or with long leather boots, wear with a faux fur vest or classic denim jacket to get wear out of your kaftan every day of the year!

The classic kaftan is one of our favourite fashion looks.  And, if you think a little creatively, you’ll be able to wear your kaftan as an investment piece for day and night, summer and cooler days, weekends and vacations.


By Kathryn Porritt

Kathryn Porritt is the owner of Bondi Lifestyle, your beach fashion online shop filled with a curated collection of kaftans, beach dresses and tunics to buy online inspired by Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach in Sydney. A celebrated author and an experienced stylist, Kathryn’s unique feminine beach style is brought to her customers through her beautiful online beach fashion collections that are shipped worldwide from Australia.

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