Caftan Craze for S/S ’13

Stealing the spotlight for the Spring/Summer ’13 season is the trusty caftan.

According to wisegeek.org, “A caftan, also spelled kaftan, is a long garment with wide sleeves that dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, located between the countries of Iraq and Iran. These Persian, robe-like garments also became popular in countries such as Russia and Morocco. Their patterns and colors are usually vivid and detailed. They are a vacation fashion staple that began being considered fashionable in western countries since the 1960s and ’70s.”

 

Caftan is a wonderful wardrobe staple for ladies who like to work a boho gypsy look, or the flower-child 70′s vibe –styling it with flower crowns, braids and waves, flats, and fringed bags.

To some, the caftan, with its iconic bright and colorful patterns, forms part of the glamorous getaway gear. The equal parts comfort and style it gives make it the perfect go-to piece for the resort season. Its lightweight floaty soft fabric allows it to be an absolute fit for travel or cruise, taking you from beach to brunch, from poolside to late night cocktails, as a swimsuit cover-up, or as a dress by itself.

Celebrities love it. Check-out just some of them below:

And, here are some of our favourite caftan pieces from S/S ’13 designer lookbooks and runways:

As if it’s not awesome enough, caftan has also charged into bridal fashion, and still makes sense, especially for a destination wedding. See below our very own Janique evening gown, which could very well be a wedding gown for a bride who likes the goddess look; and, a piece from Temperley London S/S ’13 bridal collection:

So, any chance we’ll see you in a caftan this beach season? ^^

Sources: style.com, etsy.com

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