Kaftans: are they making a comeback?

Kaftans

Although it may not be the case in other parts of the world, here in the UK, kaftans (of "caftans", if you prefer) tend to be associated with that hippy vibe of the 1970s, and worn only as loungewear, or swimswuit coverups, if at all.

This week, though, in the course of policing the web as usual, we stumbled upon not one, but two items described as "kaftans", and while we’d hardly describe that as a "trend" yet, we are wondering if it’s the start of one.

We’ll be honest here: when we first laid eyes on Anna Sui’s $944 caftan at Shopbop, we checked our calendars in horror, to make sure Halloween hadn’t crept up on us, unawares. There’s something just a little bit witchy about it, no? Kookai’s kaftan dress, meanwhile, is a little more fitted, although still not something we can see ourselves buying, especially not for £115.

What do you think of these, readers? Are they something you would wear?

6 Comments

  • September 19, 2008

    peachfish

    Y’know, since I’m planning on being pregnant soon, all this bollowy stuff and maternity chic I’ve been seeing around could really work in my favor. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t wear either of those outfits even if I were pregnant!

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  • September 19, 2008

    Amanda

    They remind me of Anne Bancroft in Great Expectations, which she rocked, but if you’re not a mysteriously wealthy, cigarette holder-wielding, aging eccentric, the caftan just plain wears YOU.

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  • September 19, 2008

    Danielle

    It’s great if you’re pregnant, not so great if you’re not and looking to not look pregnant.

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  • September 19, 2008

    Helen

    I would wear the more fitted style. Possibly the other one hanging around the house in the summer.

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  • September 20, 2008

    Theresa

    I only see old women wearing these… not my cup of tea.

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  • September 22, 2008

    Alina

    here in USA people wear “hippie” clothes all the time, the hair band worn horizontal trend is all over. Though i Do like in cali, you know lots of hippies..

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