How To Wear a Caftan According to Fashion Icons – 6 Ways to Wear a Caftan –

Set aside the leggings, brush your hair, and put on a caftan—it will spark joy now, tomorrow, and possibly forever. With origins that stretch back to ancient time, this most elegant of lounge wear has long been a staple for anyone committed to both style and comfort. We looked to six fashion icons for inspiration on how to wear this most versatile of garments.

For Sunday Morning

overhead shot of a designer yves saint laurent reclining in his leafy moroccan garden, strewn with rugs and pillows, wearing a blue caftan photo by horst p horstconde nast via getty images

Horst P. Horst

Is there anything more aspirational than Yves Saint Laurent in the cotton caftan he wore around his Moroccan villa? Channel the designer’s elegant approach for reading the Sunday news (or scrolling through Instagram).

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For When You’re Daydreaming of Vacation

carolina herrera reclines wearing a caftan with palm fronds around her photo by horst p horstcondé nast via getty images

Horst P. Horst

Carolina Herrera‘s sophistication is unparalleled, including her vacation-worthy 1960s look. Shop for future travels now, even if the farthest you plan to venture is the park. Silk tied sandals and a dash of gold are always a good idea too.

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For a Work Video Call

vogue, february 01, 1976 socialite pat buckley nee patricia alden austin taylor seated with her cocker spaniel dog in the living room of her stamford, connecticut, home, which was designed by tom fleming of irvine and fleming the walls are a vivid orange, and she wears a bright green caftan while sitting on a dark, floral patterned sofa that dominates the room the room also includes a marble fireplace christian icons horse statuettes gold wall mounted candelabra antique plates ernst beadleconde nast via getty images

Ernst Beadle

Take a nod from Pat Buckley and don your brightest caftan and earrings for that weekly meeting—that Zoom screen favors an above-the-neck accessory.

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For Dinner at Home

talitha getty wears a turban and caftan in her marrakech home photo by patrick lichfieldconde nast via getty images local caption

Patrick Lichfield

Think of Talitha Getty’s luxe get-up as the fashion equivalent of serving Seamless on fine china; rich hues and a dose of grandeur can make any night a memorable occasion.

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For an Afternoon Walk

seated portrait of gloria guinness wearing a mexican striped djellaba with white button down front, seated on a striped couch cecil beatonconde nast via getty images

Cecil Beaton

Catch some sun in a boldly striped caftan à la Gloria Guinness. Don’t forget to layer on colors and prints for an instant mood lift as well.

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For Friday Night Zoomtails

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Forget matching your shoes to your handbag (remember those?), but revel in fashion of years past with Ashley Olsen and go all out for the next Zoom happy hour. Don’t forget your best jewels! After all, the benefit of socializing in your living room is that nothing can be left behind in a taxi.

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