The caftan has taken on many forms over the years, inspired by traditional garb from various cultures and regions. These breezy, popover dresses, also known as “kaftans,” have become a summertime staple and packing list must-have. The voluminous silhouette of the garment is ideal for sweltering days when you want to feel like you’re wearing the bare minimum, without revealing it all. It’s typically made from gauzy, cotton fabrics that are lightweight and breathable.
Caftan dresses are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes. A caftan is the most versatile go-to, that can be dressed up or down with the right accessories, whether you’re looking for a pulled-together office look that doesn’t feel too fussy during a city heatwave or a cover-up that can be paired over your favorite swimsuit between ocean dips on your next holiday.
Although this warm weather-friendly garment is most commonly associated with holiday wardrobes, many brands, including Missoni and Tory Burch, are leaning into the truly glamorous side of caftan dressing by experimenting with different fabrics. Caftans are now made of silk and satin and are often trimmed in luxurious fringe or beading, making them an unexpected modern evening wear choice that is anything but boring.
Shop the 10 breezy kaftans for every occasion below.