Kaftan Crazy: The Hero Product Your Summer Wardrobe Needs

Modest, modish, we wouldn’t be without this WONDER GARMENT which EVERYONE CAN WEAR 

Rae Feather

The pivotal scene in Steven Spielberg’s film The Post, when redoubtable Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, decides to print the Pentagon Papers of 1971, is also a key sartorial moment of the film. Graham was hosting a dinner party at her Washington townhouse when she pressed Print. In the scene, Ann Roth, the Hollywood costume designer, decided to dress Streep-as-Graham in a golden kaftan, ornately embroidered, accessorised with helmet hair. It was far from the modern beach staple, yet of that moment too. While Middle Eastern women have long embraced the beauty of the kaftan or djellaba, it is slowly being adopted as a passe partout – choose wisely and a kaftan can take the wearer from beach to bedtime. Diana Vreeland was an advocate, so too was Elizabeth Taylor who wore a tie-dyed Gina Fratini kaftan for her sixth – second to Richard Burton – wedding in 1976. A smart kaftan, which can be worn at nine, with brown little-girl legs, or sweeping the floor at 90, always looks good. Use a kaftan to conceal a few pounds, counteract the occasional hot flush or bring out your inner diva …


The coral Cressida silk kaftan by Louise Kennedy is a perfect transitional item, working from daybreak to dusk effortlessly. www.louisekennedy.com.

Below find ten of the best kaftans to buy now:


Orange Stephanie octagon cotton voile kaftan, €295; www.toryburch.com

White embroidered cotton kaftan, €69.99, at Mango.

Multi-print Zandra silk kimono, €520; www.monaswims.com.

Red blanket stitch cheesecloth kaftan, £200stg; www.raefeather.com.

Neon kaftan, €89; www.diffusion.ie.

Pink Kaya Matisse silk kaftan, Lazul, €495, at Brown Thomas.

Floral Lena cotton kaftan, Rhode Resort, €346; www.net-a-porter.com.


Pink kaftan, €99, at H&M.

Pink Lulu fringed cotton-blend kaftan, €298; www.fwrd.com.

Palm-print kaftan, Issa, €159, at House of Fraser.

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