Woke up at 5:30 this morning – guess I am still on Paris time – tossed on my caftan, made coffee, and watched the sun rise over Park Slope. This is my absolute favorite time of year – the birth of summer…which means it is time to talk caftans!
As I mentioned last summer, when I wear my caftan, the Husband calls me Blanche from Golden Girls, which always makes me smile!
In the summer, I live in caftans – drinking coffee, sitting outside reading a book, at the bodega, at the beach…you get the idea. For the past three years, I have worn the Emerson Caftan.
My girlfriends always compliment the dress (one friend has nicknamed it the flying squirrel – which cracks me up), but I so get many questions on how to wear it when you aren’t at the beach.
And I always answer: however you want. Remember the five rules of style? Rule #5 is confidence. If you love the look, then own the look. And great sunglasses, lots of jewelry and a smile are always a good default.
For those of you ready to dip your toes into the caftan waters, here is a round-up of the best coverups and caftans for the summer of 2014 – or as we are calling it around here: The Summer of Jenny.
The 9seed tulum coverup is a good entry-level caftan if you aren’t ready to jump into full Blanche mode. A simple gauze slip dress, made in the USA, is offered in a variety of colors and is the perfect dress to throw on for morning coffee in the summer sunshine or a quick boat ride to the springs.
This year Emerson released a new colorway of the Emerson Caftan and while the Husband is not necessarily supportive of my caftan addiction, he did surprise me with the new version! This morning for coffee I wore my older caftan. I am saving this one for a special occasion – maybe a Memorial Day cookout!
Madewell teamed up with JM Drygoods (based in Marfa, TX) to produce this amazing white cotton caftan. Made in Mexico, I love the smart diamond cotton overlay – it adds texture and a little more coverage. Seriously considering adding this to my closet.
Parisian designer Laurence Dolige, whose downtown essentials are simultaneously modern and timeless, issued a stunning sheer cotton day dress. The dress also comes with a sheer cotton slip, a necessity for those quick errands when you want to wear your caftan and you aren’t at the beach.
I have never been worried about where or when it is ok to wear a caftan or look like Blanche – I say always! But I do have one question: How many caftans should one girl own?
As always, if you are looking for something in particular, I am glad to help! I spend way too much time browsing in the stores and online…so we should put that time to good use!