Top 5: Kaftans

July 4, 2010

Daily Digest

Top 5: Kaftans

One of our readers asked which Kaftan styles are in vogue for Spring Summer 2010 and as it’s summer holiday season, I thought I’d get you in the mood for your holiday with my favourite five.

The great thing about beach cover ups, aka Kaftans, is that you can wear them during the day and at night so let your kaftan double up as an evening wear option, hence giving you more space in your suitcase for another pair of wedges or sandals.

So if you want to impress with your kaftan on your next holiday, read on to discover this year’s most stylish kaftans for every budget and taste.

Leopard print kaftans

Up there at the top lead Roberto Cavalli whose leopard print sheer kaftan is reduced from €975 to €245 on The Outnet. If your budget can’t stretch to Cavalli heights, Star by Julian Macdonald at Debenhams do a lovely chocolate brown leopard print version with embellished collar for £20. Leopard print is a perennial print that will always be on trend so it’s worth the purchase for the braver ladies amongst you.

Black kaftan with embellishment

This year Jenny Packham (£433), the acclaimed bridal wear designer produced a black chiffon kaftan with embellishment and fringing which could also be classed as evening wear.

And they are not the only designers to catch on to the popularity of this beach cover up: Tibi €379 has a beautiful black kaftan with an uber embellished collar.

Prints and patterned kaftans

Matthew Williamson’s snake print kaftan is big news this year – his designs spotted year in year out on the glitterati on holidays.
You’ll find some amazingly reduced Pucci print kaftans at Yoox and the while Diane von Furstenberg has a beautiful blue kaftan with floral detail for sale on Netaporter (€211).


If you really want to up the glamour stakes, Aftershock have kaftans, tunics and sundresses with embellishments, embroidery and unusual prints. The most popular styles are sold out (some are quite Matthew Williamson looking) but you’re sure to find an original style here.

Embellished, plain or budget

Monsoon/ Accessorize always have some lovely beach cover-ups which usually with some sort of embellishment.

If you like plain colours, then order online from Victoria’s Secret who do great beach cover-ups in cotton and jersey material. See our Top 5 Kaftans from 2009 for more information.

If you’re on a budget, Penney’s (Primark) is good for cheap and cheerful kaftans though bear in mind that they will probably fall apart after one wash.

Top 5 kaftans

Therefore, after some research, the following 5 kaftans came up trumps for me and are now firmly on my wish list for this summer’s holiday.

1. Green floral kaftan, Per Una at Marks and Spencers, £40

2.  Black linen kaftan with beading on the neck and cuffs, Jaeger, £99

3. Brown orchid print kaftan, Ted Baker, £69

4. Demi-sheer kaftan top made from 100% silk, All Saints, £110

5. White kaftan with red flower detail, Fat Face, £35

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5 Responses to “Top 5: Kaftans”

  1. mis jo-jo Says:

    thanks for the update for this season- as off to Asia, timing. jusr right.. if i see any more nice ones along the way in my shopping will send an update..

  2. Annemarie Says:

    ooooh, please do! let us know if you come across any nice ones in Asia, ive heard theres sometimes lovely stuff in Bankock. and soooooo much cheaper than here too!

  3. Joanne Says:

    I love wearing kaftans in summer, they are just so versatile. I quite like the M&S one featured, I think I might have to go and try that one on.

  4. Annemarie Says:

    yes do Joanne, let us know what it’s like in the flesh. I quite like the look of it for myself – colourful and embellished


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