Shop My Look: Kaftan Dresses

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Whether it’s running errands or strolling city streets I always want to be as comfortable as possible in the summer heat. I’m not big on mini dresses and short shorts, so this summer for me is all about kaftan dresses.

Traditional kaftans are a long, usually ankle length, tunic style dresses. They originate from the Middle East worn by men. However throughout the years kaftan dresses have made their way to the forefront of style trends. Kaftans started to gain popularity in the 1950s and 1960s inspiring designers like Dior. By the mid 60’s kaftans became style staple that would last until present day. Today kaftans range in styles, colours and materials, and can be worn anywhere from city streets in the summer to beachfront on vacation.

I love how effortless they are while still being chic and keeping you cool. Kaftan dresses are so easy to just throw on and go for a casual look. But they can just as easily be dressed up for cocktails on the patio with friends or date night. To showcase the versatility of kaftan dresses, I style this one by H&M two different ways.


Shop My Look: Casual Kaftan

If you’re looking for a great casual outfit to wear while grocery shopping or on a coffee run, throw on a pair of sneakers with your kaftan. I finished the look off with a boho feel by adding a wide brim hat and bandana neck scarf.

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  • H&M Viscose Kaftan, $34.99
  • Vans Old Skool Pro, $90
  • Zara Felt Hat (similar), $45.90
  • Urban Renewal Vintage Wash Bandana, available at Urban Outfitters $12


Shop My Look: Kaftan Chic

Kaftans can easily be taken from day to night, or from brunch to the office with the right accessories. For this outfit I changed the entire look of the kaftan by adding a belt. This was a dressier day look so I completed it with a sheer scarf, sandals and a jelly bag.

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    • H&M Viscose Kaftan, $34.99
    • Print Modal & Silk Scarf (similar), available at Nordstrom, $39
    • Brave Leather Makani Palermo Leather Belt (similar), $121
    • Quay Last Night Flat Top Sunglasses (similar), $55
    • Michael Kors MK Jelly, available at Browns $68


There are so many ways to wear kaftans during the summer and because of their length can also be paired with booties and a jacket to transition into the fall. So if you’re looking to add a kaftan to your summer wardrobe, checkout these great style picks!


Shop My Look: Kaftan Dresses

  • H&M Viscose Kaftan, $34.99
  • ASOS Weekday Collarless Shirt Dress, $116
  • Shop Thursdays Kaftan Style Dress, $135
  • Free People Michelle Shirtdress, $248
  • Massimo Dutti Balloon Sleeve Linen + Silk Dress, $269

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