Kaftans or caftans are an important part of the history of fashion. The item is of oriental , Muslim origin, and over the years it has crossed the path of fashion in almost every summer wear collection. The shape of the garment is extremely versatile and the fashion houses made use of its versatility creating items that over the years became signature outfits forcelebrities.

A Bit of History

Originated from Persia , from around 600 B.C, this rectangular piece of clothing was suited for hot summer days and cold summer night in the desert like environment . Over the centuries it became both the clothing of the shepherds and the luxury wear of the sultans.

The fashion world met with the kaftan on a larger scale during the hippie current when this piece of clothing became the best way to show a sexy attitude with plunging necklines and daring side slits.

Style of Kaftans

Style of Kaftans

Over the years wearing the item became an extremely versatile option to be fashionable and this is why the boho chic look or posh elegant evening wear are both perfect fits for a kaftan.

Traditional vs. Vintage

Traditional vs. Vintage

The photo of Elizabeth Taylor wearing a rich silk caftan for the movie “X, Y and Zee” is still an example of poised beauty while Iman , in her off shoulder rippled kaftan and Jacqueline Bisset with her vintage Bedouin stripped caftan are part of what we call inspirational fashion statements .

High Thigh Slit

High Thigh Slit

This type of modified kaftan design is extremely popular among  celebrities. Joan Small wore a Givenchy creation while Jennifer Lopez looked awesome in an asymmetric open thigh and off shoulder design by Anthony Vaccarello.

Classic Cut and Plunging Neckline

Classic Cut and Plunging Neckline

Kate Moss is not afraid to show off her cleavage and the vintage kaftan she wore for the Sao Paolo Inspiration Gala in 2013 was a true vision. Similar plunging neckline bedazzled by intricate crystal combinations was worn by EleonoraCarisi at this year’s Milan fashion week.

Street and Beach Style

Street and Beach Style

If you plan to approach a boho chic look for your summer street style, follow the example of Nicole Warn at the New York fashion week with an embroidered see through caftan or choose the minimalist look of hippie inspiration worn by Kate Ciepluch at Coachela.

Kaftans are extremely versatile for beach wear. Used as cover-up or simply worn in any style you like they are the best fashion solution for any resort no matter how pretentious.

Photo Credit: (http://www.harpersbazaar.com)

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