January 19, 2021

What I wore this week: the new kaftan

More practical, less eccentric: a hippy classic gets a makeover

Freshly minted for summer 2017, I give you the non-eccentric kaftan. After half a century of alternative living, the kaftan has gone conventional. Where a kaftan once demanded a rooftop and soft drugs, the new look is perfectly at home on a sunlounger with a Diet Coke.

I am not sure I completely approve. I kind of liked the kaftan in its original format. I loved the free-spiritedness, the definitive out-of-office symbolism of joyously anti-power dressing. On the other hand, the new kaftan is a whole lot easier to wear.

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