Much like blue denim jeans and a crisp white button down, kaftans have become a fashion staple and the easiest way to look effortlessly stylish. In the 50s, Elizabeth Taylor made an art form of lounging around in silk kaftans and the trend has continued with more designers putting their own spin on the garment.
This was also the time when designers like Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Givenchy showed collections featuring kaftans in them. Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley’s trademark style featured glamorous kaftans, often in bold and colourful prints.
Closer to home, kaftans have found a permanent spot in the wardrobes of celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Malaika Arora, with the former making it a staple of her off-duty wardrobe.
Bebo regularly shares glimpses of her life on the ’gram and it is rare to spot her in anything other than a kaftan. It even became a mainstay of her maternity wardrobes as well as Alia Bhatt.
The easy, breezy kaftaan, however, is not just limited to lounging around. It has made an appearance on runways and elusive red carpets too. Back in March this year, Priyanka Chopra attended Valentino’s Paris Fashion Week showcase wearing a monogrammed kaftan in the label’s signature pink.
The actress is clearly a fan of rocking glamorous kaftans on the red carpet. She wore a Ralph and Russo kaftan with a deep plunging neckline to the Grammys back in 2020.
How to style a kaftan like a celebrity?
The beauty of a kaftan is its versatility. The lightweight garment is perfect for jetsetting off to a tropical location for a vacation or, as evidenced by the aforementioned celebrities, wear for a formal occasion too.
While you can leave them as they are for a laidback look, you can give the kaftan a more flattering shape by cinching in the waist with a stylish belt. Belted kaftans can also be layered over maxi skirts or flared pants for a different look. The styling options are endless and there are no rules.
If you’re motivated to give this evergreen style a try yourself, here are some stunning kaftans you can opt for…