Caftans, also spelled kaftans, were originally worn by men. Cut from airy material to sit off the body, it is one of the most comfortable things you can don in tropical climates. Long associated with Palm Beach and Florida, the caftan is as comfortable as sweat pants, but with elegance and sophistication.
Caftans are thought to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia and were worn in India, Africa, and Iran by sultans and high ranking officials (men) from the 14th to 18th century. Caftans became the rage in the sixties worn by women like Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland.
And, how does this relate to Chinoiserie? Many of our favorite interior designers have espoused this attire in their tropical abodes.
|Meg Braff - matching her Kips Bay room|
|Tory Burch - a fashion designer, but she uses Chinoiserie throughout her gorgeous homes|
Such a great look - comfortable, effortless, sophisticated, timeless, and looks great in the Chinoiserie home.