The kaftan is a great garment that’s incredibly versatile. You can wear a kaftan to the beach, a restaurant, a dinner party, the supermarket, or anywhere else – the options are endless. The kaftan as we know it today, however, is very different to the kaftans that originated in ancient Mesopotamia.
What is a Kaftan?
The traditional kaftan was a long overdress (similar to a robe or tunic) that could be worn with a sash. Although typically associated with Islamic cultures, several countries and regions have their own variation. These include Southeast Asia, West Africa, Persia and Russia.
Modern kaftans, that we’re familiar with, made their first appearance in western fashion during 1960s-70s hippie America. These kaftans were short or long with wide sleeves and often made of flowing fabrics. Over the years, kaftans have been consistently presented in the collections of fashion designers and high street retail stores. They’re constantly being developed with every designer or store having their own version.
What’s so great about Kaftans?
Kaftans are fantastic because you can wear them pretty much anywhere. They can be easily dressed up for a night on the town or slipped over your bathing suit for a day at the beach. They’re great in hot weather as the loose fabric is breathable and gives you room to move. They’re a classic style that will never go out of fashion. When you purchase a high quality kaftan you can wear it from season to season, looking elegant and gorgeous year after year.
Who’s wearing Kaftans?
Kaftans are incredibly popular throughout the world and are particularly common amongst celebrities. We’ve chosen a few of our favourites below!
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