Sunday, June 12, 2011

Trend on the Verge: Kaftans

Quickly becoming the hottest trend of the season, the kaftan is seen everywhere today. What is a kaftan? When I first saw these on the runway, I was a little thrown myself. Traditionally a kaftan is long (thighs to ankles) with a v-neck neckline, wide waistline seams, and always has oversized dolman sleeves. It is the usual attire for Persian and Indian cultures, and even worn by men as much as women. However this season, the kaftan has been upcycled to become the latest hot trend

 This Beverly Hills Housewife, Kyle Richards, is known for her kaftan style. She wears them on the red carpet and most often, with slim fit pants/leggings/jeans, and chunky jewelry.
Don't think you can only wear a kaftan as a swim cover up. Although it is the perfect vacation item to save on packing space. You can wear over a suit to the beach, then throw on some flare with jewelry and sandals and you are ready to go out on the town.

 The super chic style is easy to wear, literally. No tugging or pulling to make sure you are comfy with this fashion statement. The more flowy the better. Let the fabric swirl and drape with your figure, and accent your best curves with a belt.
The most work will be figuring out what sandals or jewelry to wear with it. If you are nervous about flowy and your figure, consider staying with a sheer or chiffon fabric. This will make sure you are not adding any "bulk" to your figure.

As most of you know, I love anything handmade, as well as burgeoning designers. And I love anything bohemian.  Check out "Pretty Plum Sugar", this awesome Etsy shop, that comes highly recommended, for some super boho chic kaftans.

Personally I can't wait to wear mine for some night dancing at Bluegrass next week! I have a feeling the soft fabric wont even bother the sunburn I am sure to get. ;)
Kaftans and summer are hand in hand this season, so find your kaftan style and rock it gals. XOXO Mag