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Kaftans Are The Answer To Updating Your Wardrobe. And We Have Found The Best Ones.

Kaftan: The unsung style hero of 2020

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Are you looking to add a dose of effortless elegance to your wardrobe to make 2020 far more chic? Well, in that case, your quest ends here with kaftans. This billowy, loose silhouette happens to be as alluring as it is versatile – from being a decorative garb made of luxurious silks and ornate detailing for Ottoman sultans and Moroccan dignitaries to being adapted for the West by Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga in the 1960s and then, evolving into the hero piece of the resort wear. But that’s not where its appeal ends.

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(L-R) EKA Yellow Embroidered Kaftan Rs.20,500, Medium Mustard Shibori Kaftan Rs.16,500, Ituvana Kaftan (With Waist Shorts) Rs.14,800, Péro Coral Kaftan Dress Rs.42,000
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(L-R) Masaba Mustard Tribal Streak Kaftan Rs.12,000, Verandah Blue Marine Coral Kaftan Dress Rs.22,725, Nicobar Front Gathered Kaftan Rs.5250

With endless design options available, courtesy length (long to short), fabric (silk to cotton), and pattern (abstract to muted), kaftan today has become an unbeatable wardrobe essential, after all, its blend of ease and elegance makes it wearable for stay-at-home days, errand runs, zoom calls, and intimate weddings. A true chic alternative to lazy sweats!

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(L-R) Shivan & Narresh Iconorsh Radiant White Skein Kaftan Rs.68,950, Good Earth Savannah Afrah Cheent Silk Kaftan Rs.14,500, KoAi Dabu Print Chiffon Kaftan Rs.14,000
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(L-R) Itrh Black Kaftan With Handmade Lampi Embroidery Rs.40,000, Saaksha & Kinni Abstract Print Kaftan Dress Rs.15,000, TORANI Hema Chanderi Kaftan Rs.12,500, Ritu Kumar Jamavar Print Kaftan Dress Rs.13,900

So, whether you are looking to embrace this style staple for slow days, glam gatherings, or just in hope of a beach vacay, you can find a fluid, easy fit for you to put on again and again. Just like Nicobar’s front gathered blue kaftan, Medium shibori kaftan, Good Earth Savannah Afrah Cheent silk kaftan, EKA embroidered kaftan and Saaksha & Kinni abstract-printed kaftan style dress. And ahead, you’ll find a curated edit of some of the best kaftan styles to invest in to give a sophisticated, but laidback persona to your quarantine wardrobe.

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