The ultimate in easy-going glamour, a fabulous kaftan will take you out of the pool and on for cocktails. Just add heels and pile on the jewels says Georgina Heffernan.
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