Worn by the Persians, the kaftan traveled to Andalusia in the Middle Ages before anchoring itself in Morocco starting in the sixteenth century. This garment, designed in luxurious textiles, quickly became women’s domain. A must-have beach accessory today, the kaftan is synonymous with femininity.
Do you prefer a long or short kaftan for the beach?
Like the tunic, the beach kaftan comes in two cuts. The long style, which falls to mid-thigh, can be worn as a short, fluid and light summer dress. The short kaftan is easily worn like a poncho over a bikini by the sea. In town, it looks very chic over fitted canvas pants or shorts.
Choose the refinement of a lace beach kaftan
This seaside fashion accessory rhymes with sensuality. To suggest your feminine curves without revealing too much, it’s best to bet on plays of transparency which hint at the silhouette underneath. Fine lace kaftans of bohemian-chic inspiration can be worn freely over a swimsuit. The colors generally range from black for a femme fatale look to white for an elegant ensemble with macramé style.
Dare the plus-size beach kaftan
Chic clothing to complete a beach outfit, the kaftan is suitable for all body types. More than an ornamental garment, it offers with its bouffant and airy effect a real comfort. This reassuring garment with long or short sleeves enhances generous curves. Swimwear designers have imagined styles in all sizes. The Lise Charmel, Marie Jo and PrimaDonna brands offer women plus-size beach kaftans in a wide choice of design, cuts and colors.
Our advice to pair the color of your beach kaftan with your skin tone
Like the sarong or the summer beach dress, the kaftan enhances the female body. It’s up to each woman to choose the one that will best enhance her summer glow. For women with fair skin, pastel colors like almond green or powder pink are very chic. One option is to play the contrast card with bright fashion shades such as bubble gum pink. Solid colors work well, as do a delicate floral print or polka dots. It’s best to avoid variations of white too close to the natural skin tone or the nude color, which could make your complexion look washed-out.
Skin with pink undertones will be highlighted by vintage brass or dusty rose shades. For a sexy casual look, we like to dare retro patterns like asymmetrical stripes or geometric Art Deco designs. To enhance tawny skin, earthy tones like khaki or ocher are a natural choice. Bright colors like papaya orange, fuchsia or turquoise blue will bring real dynamism. Kaftans with modern prints of tropical inspirations or abstract patterns are very trendy. Finally, the classic nautical stripe remains a timeless staple of beachwear fashion.