The mini kaftan: a summer essential
Take one short, stylish kaftan from Suboo and make five killer outfits...

Dec 17, 2012 10:21
by Natasha Saroca

They say size doesn’t matter, but in the case of the mini kaftan, oh yes, it does. Find a chic cropped cover-up with a hemline that hits your pins at just the right length and your wardrobe is pretty much sorted for summer. And you know what that means, right? You’ll have more time to soak up the sunshine, rather than wasting precious minutes rifling through your closet each morning. You can thank us later.

Think we’re being OTT in our praise of this summertime essential? Not so, we say. While a full-length kaftan is perfect for a day at the beach or a poolside party, let’s face it – it’s pretty much just a dress. A dress that’s long, loose and perfect for hiding those lumps and bumps when you’re sunning on the sand or have indulged a little too much at that casual afternoon soirée.

A mini kaftan, however, offers the best of both worlds – it’s a short summery dress that also masquerades as light, floaty top. Genius, right?

When searching for the perfect mini kaftan for your summer wardrobe, look for a design that will help you stand out from the crowd, whether you’re at the beach, at a bar or kicking back at a BBQ. And, of course, take the time to find one that’s not too long or too short – you should feel comfortable wearing it as a mini dress AND tucked into a killer pair of pants or tailored skirt. You can even add a belt to give some shape when pairing it with pants or leggings. If you’re questioning whether your chosen kaftan is a little too high on the thigh, just keep this in mind: cheek is not chic. Got it? Good.

Need to see this sassy summer all-rounder in action before you make the commitment? Here’s our take on how the mini kaftan can be dressed up or down to suit any look and occasion.

Shop the looks:
The mini kaftan
Suboo Sun Kissed Nirvana Printed Mini Kaftan, $289, suboo.com.au

Picnic and play
Secret South Tillie Shorts in Orange, $179, secretsouth.com.au; Suboo Armandos Flat in Orange, $149, suboo.com.au; Sportsgirl Casual Sling, $29.95, sportsgirl.com.au; Bondi Beach Bag Co Summer Beach Fedora, $39.95, bondibeachbagco.com.au; Dinosaur Designs Art Range Dream Lily Ring in Multi Orange and Grey, $102, dinosaurdesigns.com.au.

Neon nights
Cameo Sleepy Town Skirt, $139, shopmarkethq.com; Lipstik Shoes Mary Kate Yellow Patent Heels, $69.95, lipstikshoes.com.au; PeepToe Shoes Lady Allure Clutch, $199, peeptoeshoes.com.au; Peter Lang Susan Bead and Crystal Clip-On Earrings, $65, peterlang.com.au; Equip Armour Ring, $16.99, equipyourself.com.au.

Smart casual
Cameo Lady Luck Pants, $130, princesspolly.com.au; Shoes of Prey Pink and Leopard-Print Ballet Flats, $209, shoesofprey.com; Sussan Jackie Tote, $69.95, sussan.com.au; Peter Lang Amelia Neon Yellow Leather Belt, $84, peterlang.com.au; Polli Wooden Stripe Ring in Citrine, $29.95, polli.com.au.

Culture clash
We Are Handsome The Guardian Leggings, $220, wearehandsome.com; ZU Flash Peep-Toe Ankle Bootie with Gold Accent, $150, zushoe.com.au; Sportsgirl Side Studded Bag, $49.95, sportsgirl.com.au; Urban Outfitters Prismatic Post Earrings, USD$16, urbanoutfitters.com; Diament Jewelry for Urban Renewal Vintage Unicorn Ring, USD$12, urbanoutfitters.com.

Sun-kissed style
JETS Swimwear Embrace Bandeau One-Piece in White, $199, jets.com.au; Havaianas Slim Tropical in Light Green, $24.95, havaianasaustralia.com.au; Country Road Colour Block Stripe Tote, $59.95, countryroad.com.au; Morgan and Taylor Wide-Brimmed Resort Hat (RE250), kasmodesign.com.au; Linda Friedrich Jewelry Rockstar Shell Cone-Shaped Necklace, USD$129, boticca.com/lindafriedrichjewelry.


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