A traditional garment in several cultures, including Asia and Northern Africa, a caftan can be worked into an everyday wardrobe with ease. The caftan, sometimes spelled "kaftan," has a free-spirited ethos that feels equal parts luxurious and liberating—and and the benefits are twofold when you wear one in the peak of the summer heat. A favorite among fashion icons like André Leon Talley, the Olsens, and Rihanna, we've seen editors, designers, and even politicians opting for the ethereal caftan in place of the ubiquitous sundress. Elizabeth Taylor—often regarded as the caftan queen—loved the glamorous robe silhouette so much, she decided to marry Richard Burton in a tie-dye and embroidered feather version. Invest in a caftan for music festivals, dressy social obligations, or to strut down city streets. Ahead, we've got 17 for you to choose from.
This knit cold-weather caftan is perfectly suited for a flared jean and ankle boots.
Throw on a strappy heel and a pair of hoops and this is your night out caftan.
This light-as-a-feather dress is crafted from an airy organic cotton fabric, ideal for heat waves or beach days.
Pockets reign in this special tie-dye caftan that's hand-woven on a backstrap loom.
This handmade caftan was crafted by local artisans in Ethiopia from lightweight embroidered cotton.
This floral flowing caftan looks good and does good. As part of Carolina K's Zero Waste collection, it's crafted from what would be otherwise discarded, dead stock fabric.
A statement Ikat print will be right at home on the beach, paired with your favorite swimsuit, or styled alongside a Grecian sandal on city streets.
This simplistic stripe caftan will keep you cool in the thickest of heat waves. Plus, it's machine washable, making it easy to wear on repeat.
This knee-length caftan is crafted from a water-absorbing terry fabric, making it the ideal uniform when you're pool- or beach-bound.
The minimalist silhouette is the perfect canvas for layered necklaces and bangles.
We love this red and white printed caftan for warm weather outings or date night.
This earth tone maxi-length caftan will be your new go-to. Layer it with gold necklaces and pop on a trendy flatform.
Embroidered doves and an elevated silk fabrication makes this elegant caftan a tried-and-true investment for all of your future destination weddings.
This chic striped caftan will transport you to the beach. Accessorize it with a wicker bag and a bucket hat.
There's no need to wear jewelry with this white and blue embroidered caftan dress.
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.