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17 Caftan Dresses That'll Be Your No-Brainer Summer Uniform

Easy, breezy!

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A traditional garment of the Middle East, a caftan can be worked into an everyday wardrobe with ease. The caftan 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 future music festivals, dressy social obligations, or to strut down city streets. Ahead, we've got 17 for you to choose from.

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Tie-Dye Caftan
COS cosstores.com

Pockets reign in this bold tie-dye caftan that's hand-painted using Indian ink dyes.

Floral Print Kimono
Mango mango.com

Pair this caftan with the matching pants for a head-to-toe look.

Printed Caftan Dress
Zara zara.com

Throw on a belt and a heel and consider this your night out caftan.

Embroidered Kaftan Dress
H&M hm.com

This-light-as-a-feather dress is crafted from airy cotton fabric, ideal for heat waves or beach days.

Striped Caftan
LemLem net-a-porter.com

This handmade caftan was crafted by local artisans in Ethiopia from lightweight cotton-blend gauze.

Vall Caftan
Carolina K carolinak.com

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.

Angelina Caftan
Campo Collection campocollection.com

This sustainable sleepwear brand's caftan is designed to be worn as no-fuss loungewear for night or day.

Cinzia Dress
Mara Hoffman marahoffman.com

The minimalist A-line silhouette is slightly sheer, making it the ideal layering piece for bathing suits or styled open with a tank and biker shorts.

Striped Cotton Robe
Pippa Holt net-a-porter.com

Pippa Holt's limited quantity caftans take three weeks and one month to craft. This piece was woven on a traditional loom by artisans in Mexico. 

Stephanie Striped Beach Caftan
Tory Burch bergdorfgoodman.com

Subtle floral trim and an all-over striped print is effortlessly chic for garden parties and summer luncheons.

Floral Caftan
La Vie Style House Matches Fashion

Win best-dressed guest at wedding obligations with this red and pink floral caftan.

Kingston Striped Wool Caftan Dress
Wales Bonner bergdorfgoodman.com

This earth tone maxi length caftan will be your new go-to. Layer it with gold necklaces and pop on a trendy flatform.

Embroidered Linen Maxi Robe Caftan
Alexis modaoperandi.com

Embroidered florals make this feminine caftan a tried-and-true investment for all of your future vacay wardrobes.

Printed Silk Robe
Eres net-a-porter.com

This floral robe caftan will transport you to the tropics. Accessorize it with a wicker bag and a bucket hat.

Veracruz Caftan Dress
Frances Valentine francesvalentine.com

There's no need to wear jewelry with this peacock embroidered caftan dress.

Lola Hand-Batik Long Kimono
Studio 189 bergdorfgoodman.com

Make a grand entrance with this batik print, floor length caftan. Not sure how to rock it?  Style it over a slip dress.

Striped Raven Dress
Nili Lotan nililotan.com

If you can't go barefoot, pair this laid-back pinstripe caftan with a minimalist slide sandal. 

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