The caftan, with its flowing, robe-like bodice, has been worn by many cultures around the world, for thousands of years. The caftan first appeared in the States in the 1960s and is making a resurgence as of late.
Rachel Zoe, is a self-proclaimed addict, boasting a bananas collection of vintage caftans. She loves them because for her, “fashion has to meet function, so a caftan allows for plenty of movement and comfort”. Besides “What would a sandy beach escape be without a beautiful floor-length caftan to match”?
The caftan (or Kaftan) has become a symbol of fashionable beach life and therefore a must in the world of SPF Love. The caftan acts as a cover-up but it should be pointed out that it will not protect you from a burn. Cotton clothing provides the equivalent of an SPF 6, well below the recommended protection factor, which is at least 30.
From Two New York this very elegant full length Saira Caftan is also in gauze, which means it’s light and airy for hot summer days. It is also available in a petite length! $310
Cute and colorful, this three-quarter sleeve version from Joie is available at shopbop for $98.
Sophisticated and fun, this ruched sleeved version is the Santorini Poncho from Beach House by Camilla. $199