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We Love…Kaftans


¬†Australia’s most style conscious city, Melbourne has also adopted ‘glamour’ as a prerequisite for the beach. No longer is swimwear a towel the only essentials. We are teaming our delightful one pieces, bikini’s and tankini’s with the ever faithful Kaftan. Sourcing kaftan’s was quite a challenging process as they seem to have evolved into a wardrobe staple worthy of ‘dress’ status. All that is required is the addition of some metallic bangles, a pair of wooden heeled sandals and voila, beach to bar. I’ve sourced five stand-out kaftan’s from some of our favourite Melbourne designers for your wardrobe pleasure.

Amber & Thomas‘ black kaftan achieves the role of sophisticated kaftan and mini shift dress. With sheer short sleeves and a light breathable fabric, this kaftan is for those looking for a classic style of kaftan. Embroidered with a gorgeous coral design along the bottom of the dress in cream and bronze designs of swirling coral. This flattering kaftan has the right detailing to keep it relaxed by day and with enough embellishment that it can be easily transformed by an evening escapade!

This ‘kaftan’ features in Shakuhachi‘s collection as an embroidered lace shirt dress but for innovation I’m calling it the next trend in kaftans. It’s available in white, black or Melbourne’s ongoing affair with dusty pink. It is a long sleeve light weight dress with lace panels around voluminous sleeves and around the waistline. It has a scoop-neck and the dress sits in a flattering mid a-line. Buttons feature near the neckline for ‘shirt’ affect and this is one of those transeasonal pieces which will work in Summer with strappy sandals and with tights and boots in Winter 2010.

Watersun‘s Ruched Mesh Batwing Kaftan is the colourful explosion Summer is all about. One of the rare kaftans that is designed to be adjustable from the rouching around the scoop neckline and a drawstring waist instructing the kaftan to contour to your body shape. Lightweight and sheer material will keep you comfortable in the heat along with the flattering and voluminous ‘batwing’ sleeves. The fabric design features warm and soft colours with a geometric design of overlapping swirls and vibrant patterns. This kaftan would be the bright addition to your swimwear collection.

Ada‘s Open Front Kaftan with Under Bust Tie embraces Spring/Summer’s take on animal print with this striking kaftan. The kaftan is v-neck with short sleeves and an opened front, almost like a Summer trench. It has a tie under the bust to cinch the waist and flatteringly sits just above the knee. The fabric design is gorgeous with blocks of different animal print designs all coll-aged together in the two staple black and cream colours. An unusual design and perfect for those seeking a distinctive piece and can give it the attention it deserves.

It’s black, it’s classic with minimal design but it still makes a statement. That’s Flamingo Sand’s Butterfly Foil Cover Up. With a relaxed fit and light breathable cotton, it is perfectly flattering and casually glamorous. Featuring a series of butterflies in bright rainbow colours with a metallic finish, it gives the kaftan a youthful and fun finish. It’s the piece that will compliment every figure and will enjoy being teamed with your embellished Havaianas.

Pretty prose by Angela Fedele

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