Welcome to the second post in the series Jennifer of a Well Styled Life and I are doing monthly. Jennifer came up with the concept of trying something each month that is outside of our wheelhouse so to speak. Each month we will include another guest blogger and this month we invited our friend Susan of Une Femme d Un Certain Age. Jennifer suggested the caftan this month. Three short people in caftans? This should be interesting! Let’s take a look at Over 50 Fashion-The Caftan Can We Wear It?
A kaftan or caftan (yes either is correct) is a variant of the robe or tunic, and has been worn in a number of cultures around the world for thousands of years and is of Asiatic origin. A traditional caftan should come to the ankles. Supposedly “a caftan is relatively shapeless, and tailoring does have its purposes. It provides support for larger busts, definition for any and all waistlines and elongation for short legs” Hmmm… I am not so sure about that.
I ordered this darling block print patchwork number on Etsy. I love everything about it. I just don’t think pattern and a lot of fabric works on me. I am 5’4 and curvy. It seems to make the large parts of my body look larger. If you know what I mean? Note the back view.
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As with all their clothes this knit is lightweight and fits beautifully. Here I am wearing it with my Don Lucas earrings and older korkease sandals
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According to stylist Rachel Zoe “caftans are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing, meaning you can wear it from the beach to a barbeque to a cocktail party to a black-tie event. Caftans are timeless and I never leave home without a few when I’m traveling because you never know where you’re going to end up and need a caftan!” I have to admit I am still not sold. I could wear a modified version of the caftan over leggings. Not quite so much fabric and a little more flattering. Here I am wearing it with the Peruvian Collection Cowry Shell hat and leggings.
This was the only shot I got all day without a hat. It was windy!
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How do you feel about Caftans? Yay or nay? Or are they only something the Caftan Queen (aka the Contessa) can wear?
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Did you catch our last collaboration Over 50 Fashion-The J Crew Eyelet Shirt
You might enjoy this article Town and Country Magazine How to Wear a Caftan. I can’t wait to see what Jennifer and Susan have come up with. Pop over to
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