Trends Translated: The Caftan

Clementine Daily Style Editor Stephanie Duncan teaches us the best way to wear a caftan in the hot summer months and when temps cool in the fall.
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Clementine Daily Style Editor Stephanie Duncan teaches us the best way to wear a caftan in the hot summer months and when temps cool in the fall.
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Photography: Claudia Bost

After years of squeezing ourselves into body-hugging, mega short, mini, tight and cropped clothes, we can celebrate the success and popularity of something vastly different (just in time for a laid-back Labor Day): the caftan -our very favorite piece of the summer season.

Loose-fitting, flowing fabric that’s full of draped and billowy goodness, caftans feel like freedom. There is effortlessness and boldness about wearing yards of beautiful fabric in rich colors and statement making prints. Something about it seems rebellious, like an announcement that says, “I care more about how I feel than what people think!” So what if it doesn’t cling to the body we work hard to maintain? Who cares if doesn’t display our very best assets? Sometimes, a little mystery goes a long way, and the confidence to put comfort first is enviable. We promise.

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A beautiful caftan offers drama without sacrifice. It’s a piece of clothing that you can really live in, move in, dance in, travel in. It welcomes adventure and encourages creativity.

Styling a caftan is easy. They can be worn around the house, to the pool, as PJs or to dinner. For a beautifully Bohemian look, wear with a bare foot and a head scarf, or for a more modern vibe, go with a classic sneaker and minimal accessories. Skip the heels and wear with woven flats or your favorite sandal, then pile on the chunky jewelry. In the winter, add an oversized cardigan and a beat-up boot or moccasin...we refuse to give up this dream dress just because the temps turn cold.

This indigo shibori dyed, flowy caftan was made by Proud Mary, with organic cotton voile, handwoven, dyed and sewn in Mali. Shop ACCOMPANY here.

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To Buy: KNIT CAFTAN ($209) or SHEER CAFTAN ($50)

p.s. Searching for more trendy ideas? Be sure to take a look at our take on the 70s style revival.