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
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).
For When You’re Daydreaming of Vacation
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.
For a Work Video Call
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.
For Dinner at Home
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.
For an Afternoon Walk
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.
For Friday Night Zoomtails
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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