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The Caftan Dress Will Be Your No-Brainer Summer Uniform

Easy, breezy!

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A traditional garment of the Middle East, a caftan can work itself 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 in. Ahead, we've got nine for you to choose from.

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1 Multi-Color Caftan
ZARA zara.com
$69.90

Earth tones and a natural woven texture will pair perfectly with Grecian-style sandals on the pavement or sans shoes on the beach.

2 Saturday Caftan
Carolina K carolinak.com
$379.00

Wear this dress to your next special event with a stiletto and pearl drop earrings. The roomy fit will allow you to eat and dance at your leisure.

3 Zoya Caftan Dress
lemlem farfetch.com
$295.00

This comfy cotton caftan will look perfectly polished belted at the office, and will double as resort wear when you're lounging by the pool.

4 Gold Caftan
H&M hm.com
$129.00

This is your night-out caftan. If the sparkly knee length number isn't enough, pair it with the matching pants.

5 Floral Print Caftan
Eywasouls Malibu net-a-porter.com
$182.50

This floral multi-tiered caftan will transport you to the tropics. Accessorize with a wicker bag and an espadrille wedge for a little added height.

6 Linen Gauze Caftan
Tory Burch net-a-porter.com
$398.00

This striped linen dress has a chic embroidered neckline that stands-in for a necklace. Pair it with layered bangles and a pointed toe flat for weekdays. Alternatively, wear it over a bathing suit with a wide-brimmed floppy hat for weekends on the beach.

7 Shell Print Caftan
Figue net-a-porter.com
$595.00

Tassel and shell embellishments make this whimsical caftan a tried-and-true investment for all of your future vacay wardrobes.

8 Floral Print Caftan
Dodo Bar Or matchesfashion.com
$320.00

Go for a head-to-toe look with this bold '60s print caftan and the matching bucket hat. Offset the vibrant pattern with a minimalist slide sandal.

9 Floral Silk Chiffon Caftan
Dolce & Gabbana net-a-porter.com
$1,407.00

This chiffon special-occasion caftan gives us all of the André Leon Talley vibes. Wear it to black tie events, award ceremonies, and as the best-dressed guest at wedding obligations.

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