29 Jun 2021

The Caftan: Not Just For Holidays

Not Just For Holidays on vickiarcher.com

Caftans are on my mind; if not now I will miss my moment.

I’ve been a fan of the caftan for as long as I can remember. Brilliantly, they don’t date and they wear well. Nothing much changes with the caftan other than a change of colour, pattern and design to add to our collection. Perhaps the length? Are you tempted to try a full-length or even a knee-length version?

They are the perfect cover-up but more than that they are another alternative for “what to wear”. I’ve been wearing mine with mules rather than the standard bare feet or stacked tie-up espadrille. The slicked-back wet hair has been superseded by a blow-dry but a decent slash of lipstick is still winning. The trick with caftans is to accessorize – to be brave and stay adventurous.

Wear the drop earrings, stack up the jingle-jangle bangles, or layer on different necklace lengths.

When is a caftan a dress or is a dress sometimes a caftan?

Who knows but my answer is if it works and you love it, then wear it well.

Wear it at home, wear it out and wear it often. I will. xv


The Caftan: Not Just For The Holiday

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There is something wonderfully flowing, free, and feminine about a kaftan. At five foot, I have had to keep it “simple”. I purchased a pale denim blue with three quarter sleeves and an optional wide sash. I agree that a pair of statement earrings are almost a necessity for the look. I have some 9ct gold, pearl, and amethyst drops for evening but actually have just opted for a pair of Butler and Wilson green dragon eye drops together with the matching brooch for the sash. But I am not going to deny that the darling little turquoise and diamond you suggested definitely “winked” at me! I also believe that a great cocktail ring keeps the look pure 70’s Elizabeth Taylor glamour.


Hi Vicki,
I much prefer the original format. Change isn’t always for the better.
Best wishes,


I don’t mean to discount your other reader’s opinion, but this format is so much easier for me! I often wouldn’t bother with all of the links, couldn’t take the time. This way, one can click on the pics most appealing!
Thank you!


I too like this format Vicki. As for Caftans..love them. I wear mine mostly at the beach with sandals or tennis shoes and calf length leggings.


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