Shopping Fix: How To Take The Humble Kaftan From Beach, To City and To Dinner

13 June 2014 by

GALLERY >> Top 20 Kaftans To Buy Now

Christophe Sauvat

Loreley Embroidered Tunic Dress, £100.00 [a target="_blank" href="">@ My-wardrobe [/a]

French Connection

£69.00 @ [a target="_blank" href=",default,pd.html">House of Fraser[/a]


£313 @ [a target="_blank" href="">MATCHESFASHION.COM[/a]


Animal-print silk-satin kaftan, £640 at [a target="_blank" href="">Net-a-Porter[/a]


£185 at [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/">Babajaan[/a]


£29.99 at [a target="_blank" href="">H&M[/a]


£149 at [a target="_blank" href="">[/a]

Kate Moss x Topshop

£85 at [a target="_blank" href="">Topshop[/a]


£27.99 at [a target="_blank" href="">Mango[/a]

Melissa Odabash

£185 at [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/">Melissa Odabash[/a]


£39 at [a target="_blank" href=",mon_1.3/5231260952">Monsoon[/a]


£155 at [a target="_blank" href="">MATCHESFASHION.COM[/a]

Ralph Lauren Blue Label

£540 at [a target="_blank" href="">[/a]

River Island

£30 at [a target="_blank" href="">River Island[/a]

Oscar De La Renta

£2,460 at [a target="_blank" href="">Net-a-Porter[/a]


£284 at [a target="_blank" href="">MATCHESFASHION.COM[/a]


£145 at [a target="_blank" href="">[/a]


£440 at [a target="_blank" href="">Avenue32[/a]

Whilst most of us are sat in Grazia HQ during the heatwave, we're all eschewing the notion of workwear and can't stop thinking about kaftans. If the modern take on boho that has infiltrated both the fashion, and A-list, world (think Poppy Delevingne's embroidered Pucci wedding dress that we can't get enough of) is anything to go by, we have proof that the humble kaftan - beloved for years on the beach - can work just as well in the city too. And at our desks, thank you very much. 

Rita Ora and Solange Knowles wearing kaftans on holiday [Getty, Rex]

See above for chic, shoreside takes on the classic kaftan, for example. Rita Ora and Solange Knowles show us how to do it: long, wafty and light with plenty of gold jewellery = postcard perfection! But creeping into the city on the backs of some of our favourite models and actresses, there's an explicit trend for the uptown cover-up too.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Kendall Jenner, Sandra Bullock and Chloé SS14, show us kaftan city-chic

These celebrity specimens have kindly shown us how to work it. Make like Rosie Huntington-Whitely and go for a head-to-toe tonal look - with embroidered details, a smart structured bag and elegant courts, her beachy top becomes a sexy daytime look. Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, shows us how to take the kaftan out on the town: an indulgently embellished tunic dress worn with strappy sandals and simple, elegant jewellery is the perfect answer. And check out Kendall Jenner who keeps her kaftan looking urban with piled-up jewellery, Wayfarers and a heavy black bag.

Add a chunky leather handbag and tailored shorts to one of the of the flowing beauties in our shopping gallery and you can summon a Chloé Spring Summer 14 catwalk look in an instant. This wardrobe wonder is not just for the #sorrynotsorry instagrammers in hotter climes.

Click through our 20 favourite kaftans in the gallery above >>> 


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