Living in the UK for most of my adult life meant the only time I ever thought of wearing a kaftan, was over my cossie on a summer getaway, to somewhere rather exotic.
And even then, the type of kaftan I’m referring too, was more like a pool/beachside cover-up.
Think fancy schmancy, but too short to cover anything other than my ass.
Once back home, I cannot ever remember thinking of pulling out said kaftan in the country side of Staffordshire.
Just if you have no idea where I’m talking about; think rural village life, very green (from all the moisture that drops from the sky most days) cosy pubs, farms, roaring fires and hunter wellies.
No, my poolside gear only ever saw the light of day two weeks of the year…and almost never in the UK.
Although village life was beautiful, I’m more than a bit partial to sunshine and bright blue skies.
So after 5 years of deliberation and holidaying here in Australia, we took the plunge.
One thing I didn’t quite take into account though, was just how much my wardrobe would change.
These days living in SE QLD, I’m getting used to opening up a world of wardrobe possibilities by dressing up those kaftan’s.
Making them earn their keep if you like.
Our glorious weather really does play into my hands.
I must admit though, it has taken some getting used to for me – but I’m finally (it’s only taken me 4 years) finding the beachy side to my style personality.
And this new season edit from local sunshine coast designer Bella Lido is exactly the type of kaftan that works a treat.
For me to make this look do-able, adding a slip dress underneath is a MUST.
It not only helps with the length but it’s also there to save my modesty should a gust of wind take me by surprise.
My favourite slips are the ones I mention above from Metalicus.
Seamfree and lightweight making them a perfect summer addition that doesn’t add any bulk to your outfit.
You can make the slip dresses almost invisible by choosing a colour close to the kaftan you are wearing or add a contrast like I have above.
Either way works a treat.
The shape of this kaftan is a total winner for me because I adore almost any dress that has a v-neck (but especially in a kaftan) as it makes the dress appear more streamline. I’m also passionate about fabric, this rayon voile is perfect for the summer months when the humidity kicks in.
What I love most about adding this dimension to your wardrobe though, is the choice and flexibility.
Start the day by wearing as a cover-up with your favourite bikini to the beach/poolside and thongs.
Think lunchtime drinks with a sparkly sandal or a wedge.
Or even early evening dinner: add a statement necklace, or bangles and earrings for a touch of ‘special’.
And last but not least…why not belt it over white skinny jeans?
See with a little imagination the possibilities are endless.
Bella Lido is the vision of local Sunshine Coast designer Claire Lonergan. Claire get’s her inspiration from the beauty that surrounds her on the coast. All of the pieces from her collection are hand finished and screen printed, making them unique and individual. Her beautiful collection is available online or through one of her stockists.
Are you a kaftan guru? How do you like to wear yours?
Items marked * were gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy.
I’m linking up with Kimbalikes today for Wardrobe Wednesday