The versatile and flowy kaftan, which is a hybrid between formal and boho chic, is the latest piece of clothing that Bollywood divas have been chilling in. From Kareena Kapoor Khan—who may even be credited for starting the trend in tinseltown—to Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Soha Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor, everyone and their mother has been sporting the multifaceted kaftan, and we’re here for it!
We can understand why Bollywood stars are going for the cosy and comfy garment, given its flexible silhouette, flattering, cinched-at-the-waist structure and the wide range of fashion looks it delivers. Once strictly categorised as luxe resort wear, it’s great to see the free-flowing kaftan having its crossover moment and being sported at weddings, award functions, fashion shoots and festive gatherings. Kaftan dresses look amazing on practically all age groups and body types, and one can play with a variety of looks while styling it. From beachy dinners and cosy date nights to glamorous parties, vacations and photoshoots, there’s nothing this cultural garment can’t do.
With kaftans, one can experiment with hemlines, embroideries, prints, fabrics and dress it up or down according to the occasion. Depending on the print, colour and style of the kaftan, you can dress it up with chunky or dainty necklaces or some gorgeous hoop earrings and finger rings, along with high heels or tie-up gladiator flats. To make the look more formal, you can even add a metallic belt to highlight the waistline.
There’s so much one can do with the garment and play up the look with make-up and accessories. Opt for some shimmery gloss, a blush that matches the outfit, highlighted cheeks, eyeliner and mascara for a post-vacay glow paired with the effortlessly graceful dress. If you have a knee-length version, just slip on a pair of flip-flops or snazzy flats for a casual beach day. If you’re looking to style the kaftan for work, keep it simple in a monochrome colour.
If you’re wondering how you could make a fashion statement by wearing the handy kaftan, check out how Bollywood stars have been rocking the look, and snag some inspiration, now!