How to wear the kaftan

Q. I’ve noticed that the kaftan is back in style. How can I wear one without looking like a Woodstock reject?

A. It goes somewhat against the grain to label kaftans as ‘trendy’. After all, they are exactly the kind of garment one associates with that dreadful dippy-hippy era the fashion world experienced about 40 years ago. Once the epitome of cool - they were consigned to the bottom of wardrobes or dispatched to charity shops as the Seventies slipped into the high-powered Eighties.

But now, believe it or not, the kaftan is back at the top of every self-respecting fashionista's must-have list. Decked out with fine jewelled accessories and cut in the most luxurious silk fabrics, kaftans have been given a new lease of life thanks to designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Matthew Williamson and Dolce & Gabbana. Thankfully, the high street has come to the rescue with an incredible array of styles – for those of us who can’t quite afford the designer versions.

Forget those tent-like numbers once sported by The Mamas and the Papas - modern kaftans are all about over-the-top, old-school Hollywood glamour - think billowing chiffon, wedge heels and statement jewellery. Not only are they a great cover-up for women, who wish to disguise a few extra pounds, you can also wear a kaftan with jeans for a laid back casual look.

Need a little inspiration? Here are a few of our favourite looks.

Navy stripe V neck kaftan €9 Penneys

F&F floral print kaftan €18 Tesco