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How to Style a Kaftan Dress


The Kaftan is the perfect bridge between the comfortable styles we’ve been wearing at home during the pandemic, and sophisticated summer attire that is certain to turn heads. Everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen has been in love with Kaftan dresses over the years, proving they’re an entirely timeless choice. If you’re looking for a versatile and elegant look which you can adapt to suit any occasion, here are some top styling tips for your Karim London Kaftan dresses

Go bright and beautiful

This summer’s Kaftans embrace colour, just as they did in the 70s when the trend really took off in the western world. From bright bold prints to blocks of colour, this season’s Kaftans are meant to be the main focus of your look. If you prefer a pattern, then the top looks for this summer are Paisley, patchwork and punchy florals, whilst colour blocks such as the cadmium orange shade of our Nadia Kaftan are simply sublime.

Styling your Kaftan for work

It’s been a long time since Kaftans were simply beach wear. Fashionistas have now successfully adapted their Kaftan attire so that it’s suitable for the office. If you’re wearing your Kaftan in a remote working role, then make sure you style it with a high necklace or choker which will be visible on camera. Heading back into a formal office environment? Not a problem. Simply choose a traditional Kaftan such as our Nafisa, pair it with white leggings and a pair of kitten heels for a smart and professional ensemble.

Embrace the changing seasons

In a few weeks’ time, we’ll bid farewell to the summer and prepare for more autumnal weather, but the good news is your Kaftan can easily be styled for slightly cooler temperatures. Kaftans are entirely versatile and a great way to add colour as the seasons change. Simply layer with a cashmere polo neck to wear beneath and add a pair of your favourite boots, with a trench coat on top to complete the look.

Summer hats and headscarves

Whether you’re heading to the park, the beach or for a BBQ with friends, a summer hat is an essential accessory for your Kaftan as it’ll keep you looking and feeling cool. A straw hat is both classic and cute, and will complement any style of Kaftan, whilst a two-tone hat will make quite a statement. Head scarves are also a strong way to rock this season’s trends and will enhance your summertime mood. Simply sweep up your hair and embrace this exquisite look.

Adding a touch of glam

Karim London’s sophisticated range of Kaftan dresses can easily be glammed up by adding a few sparkles. The garments themselves are already embellished with hand beaded jewels down the front of the dress. The Eman Dubai Kaftan, for example, is available in a deep purple shade with silver beading across the shoulders and chest. All you’ll need for accessories are glitzy bangles, a pair of jewelled sandals and some statement earrings. If you have any queries about our range, simply get in touch with Karim London today on 0203 719 4627.

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