Shopping Saturday: The Wily Caftan

Shopping Saturday 07 23 2016


Here in a few weeks, you’ll see me wearing a caftan I made from a vintage sari. A big trend on the festival circuit, the caftan is a tricky beast. It is SO alarmingly comfortable that it is hard to feel fully “dressed”, yet…it will all come down to accessories and posture. So don’t slouch, you’ll just look like you rolled out of bed. Given the record heat we are having, I say ditch the undergarments and embrace the fancy/not fancy caftan experience.

First, if you want to feel entirely confident that you intended to look rich and fashionable and society-ready, this Naeem Khan ivory and gold number should ease all fears of looking too comfortable to be fashioning. Sold out at Moda Operandi, which is fine since it cost $8490.

This one is my absolute favorite, and probably the hardest one to pull off. Thank your lucky stars it’s all silk, make sure your hair is styled and your makeup just right, then head over to that beach wedding and show them how its done. By Johnny Was. Prolly not cheap, but even if you are, it’s fun to wear expensive clothes sometimes.

In the middle, from Free People. After the price tag on that Nareem Khan, $298 sounds much more okay, right? The shorter hemline gives you a chance dress it up with your shoe choice, and it is more of a dress-like caftan, or a caftan-like dress. A good way to ease into the look.

Next to last, this indigo, shibori dyed caftan that is like wearing a beautiful summer rainstorm. Priced at $160, we are getting more and more accessible here. Found on Accompany.

Finally, a gorgeous print is another detail that helps the caftan dress up a bit–why would you want to lose any of that fabric’s visual appeal in a more structured garment? From Etsy seller Nuichan, shipping from Thailand so you might be gambling, but $59 is way better than $8490, so there it is. You can’t have it all. But you can look damn good no matter what.

Remember, skip the underwear morning glory.


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