Originally popularized by the Ottomans of Turkey, kaftans have hopped on the latest fashion trends bus. Kaftans were a big hit in Hollywood in the ’70s and now they’ve made a comeback and how! Bollywood seems to have fallen in love with kaftans. Everywhere you turn, you see a fashionista flexing in a kaftan dress. Just so we are clear, we love kaftan dresses! What’s not to love about free-flowing silk or cotton dresses that allow you to ditch pants, be comfortable all day long and look like a million bucks at the same time? Be it a cocktail brunch or a lazy Saturday with your partner, you can flaunt these kaftan dresses anywhere!
The velvet kaftan dress is the ultimate luxe outfit you need in your wardrobe. We suggest rich colours like cobalt blue, maroon, royal purple or black. Make sure the sleeves and neckline are embroidered to add to the oomph effect. It is the perfect outfit for a wedding reception, launch parties or baby showers. When you want to awaken your inner regal queen, pick this velvet number. We assure you, you will turn heads!
Pair It With: Statement silver or diamond earrings with a sensuous brick red lip shade.
Now that restaurants and pubs are finally opening, you can hit the dance floor with your friends. May we suggest wearing a silk kaftan dress for the same occasion? A short silk kaftan with flowy sleeves will be ultra-comfortable and will let you break a leg without any tension. Silk kaftans come in metallic colours, abstract prints and some with embroidered yokes. Don’t hesitate to wear this trendy short dress to a party, girl. You’ll look like a million bucks!
Pair It With: Pearl danglers, hair tied up in a bun and a statement clutch.
Kaftan wraps are going to soon replace sarongs, take it from us! Short kaftan wrap dresses made of cotton or chiffon make for excellent beachwear. You can just wear one over your bikini/swimsuit and hop on to the cool waters and warm sandy beaches. It will save your body from sand burns when you lie down and you’ll look chic at the same time. Not to forget, a kaftan dress made of breathable fabric will also keep you comfortable in the summers.
Pair It With: Oversized sunglasses, an oversized cane hat and beach slippers or sliders.
The one-shoulder kaftan dress has quickly become the talk of the town. A one-shoulder georgette kaftan can be flaunted at cocktail parties, the club downtown and even at a dusky picnic with the family.
Pair It With: Strappy stilettos all the way, baby! Don’t forget a bold lip shade like red or purple and some light eye makeup.
An embellished full-length kaftan gown is written in the charts for you, my lady. A flowy gown usually adorned with silver embellishments and beadworks sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Pick a kaftan gown that has embroidered or embellished sleeves. Add a belt to cinch it at the waist and it will look ultra glamorous. We suggest an embellished kaftan maxi gown over an ordinary maxi gown!
Pair It With: As it is an embellished kaftan dress, keep the accessories to a minimum. You can wear transparent block heels and bright-hued lipstick with this dress.
When you get bored of wearing pantsuits and formal skirts to the office, opt for chic yet formal caftan dresses. If we had our way, we would only wear these dresses! Who wants to wear sticky pants all day long? An edgy and sophisticated dress with a V-neck is the kind of outfit we want to wear when suffering through long meetings. And if you are working from home, you can still dress in a kaftan dress for a change! Give a break to your pyjamas.
Pair It With: A vintage leather belt to cinch at the waist, golden hoops and mules.
T-length outfits have quickly garnered a massive fan base. T-length kaftan dresses have become a favorite among celebrities too. Hemmed just below the knees, these dresses are acing the fashion game. When you don’t know if a short or a long dress needs to be graced for the occasion, take the middle road and wear a T-length dress. You can choose an A-lined dress or an umbrella cut dress. You’ll look good in either!
Pair It With: Embellished heels, nude lipstick and smokey eye makeup.
Sleeveless kaftan dresses are going to act as respites in this dreadful Indian climate. Choose cotton over georgette or synthetic fabric, hon. When going for a Sunday brunch with the fam or for a nice stroll in the park with your partner, a sleeveless kaftan dress is your best bet. You can even sport a short sleeveless kaftan dress at the beach or by the poolside. A long dress will be more suitable for cocktails by the pool (hopefully served by a 6-pack abed hottie)
Pair It With: Wear your hair in a high ponytail (like Ariana Grande!), tan wedges, a chunky necklace and a bright coloured handbag.
Wear it like the Turks did! Vintage or traditional kaftan dresses will leave you in awe. The alluring prints, the luxurious fabric and the patterns will win you over. These dresses are usually floor-length and come with flowy, full sleeves. Lace is a big part of the neckline with little or heavy embroidery all over.
Halloween is just a few months away. Why not dress like a Turkish royalty? You’ll definitely be the talk of the party, you stunner!
Pair It With: Oversized stud earrings, wing eyeliner and red lipstick to complete the vintage loo.
A kaftan dress design that doubles up as a robe or an overcoat? Where do we sign up?! Kaftans were originally designed to be used as overcoats by the royal family in the Middle East. They’ve adapted to dresses over the years. If a tiny part of you wants to do it the old school way, wear a kaftan robe. You can fasten it with a drawstring and cinch it by the waist. For our ladies who live in the North and face terrible winters, lounging in a comfy kaftan robe sounds good, na? Live in the South or surrounded by water where winter doesn’t exist? You good fam, you can wear a polyester kaftan robe instead!
Pair It With: A V-neck slip dress, golden hoops and platform heels.
Japan has banned you from entering their country (until Corona cools down) but they didn’t say anything about wearing kaftan dresses with kimono sleeves. The free-hanging sleeves stem of this dress makes it Insta influencer-worthy. You can wear an oversized kaftan dress with such sleeves to complete the look. One step closer to Japan (sits in a corner and sheds tears.)
Pair It With: Wear your hair in a bun. Red or bright pink lipstick is recommended. Go heavy on the cheek tint!
How can we leave our beloved prints behind while talking about trends? From Rihanna to Kareena Kapoor everyone seems to be loving printed kaftan dresses. Big wig designers like Ritu Kumar, Anita Dongre and Masaba Gupta are making lovely printed asymmetric kaftan dresses as well. This trend is here to stay considering how comfortable and stylish it is! We love abstract prints, floral prints and even geometric prints on these dresses.
Pair It With: Nude mule heels, a layered necklace and a small sling or tote bag.
Phew, that's quite a list of kaftan dresses. If you have major FOMO issues like us, you need to hop on to this trend! Explore all your options - vintage, kimono, robe, velvet. In fact, go crazy and buy one or two of each! Don’t worry, we don’t judge. We support endless shopping especially when you can sit at home and shop from the best fashion app of India. Feel free to tell us about your favourite kaftan dresses in the comments below!