What’s underneath your kaftan?

July 27, 2014

Wherever you wear it, the kaftan gets the vote for versatility.  They come in all shapes and sizes; can be worn long or short; from tunics to long flowing, and elegant gowns.  The fact that it suits all ages and body shapes, with updated styles and fashion accessories, keeps it right on-trend.

 But what do you wear underneath your kaftan?  Here are a few tips for what goes underneath, to get the best out of your kaftan to truly compliment your body and complete the perfect look.

Sheer Kaftans:
You need to wear a uniform colour underneath sheer kaftans.  Pairing a kaftan, for example, with white pants means you need to also wear a white cami (exception: when the kaftan print disguises the waist where skin meets the top of your pants).  Here are some examples where you can get three totally different looks from one kaftan all because of the slip underneath.  If you’re thinking of wearing a contrasting top and bottom, then a sheer garment over the top.  The line between of contrast would cut the body in half and the overall effect might not be what you’re looking for.

What’s underneath your kaftan?

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The "Neutral" Effect:
If you’re going for the ‘nude’ look or ‘neutral’ effect, you need to go for a ‘nude’ coloured slip.  The secret here is to choose a slip that is a slightly darker tone or shade than our skin colour (personally, I like a coffee au lait colour).  Next, make sure that it’s also not shiny.  Many nude slips are a pale colour and shiny, which reflects the light and washes out the colour of the kaftan which also draws attention to your slip.  A flat, non-shiny slip that is not too light in colour brings out the colours of the kaftan and will disguise any bumps, not-so-desirable parts you don’t want the world to see.

What's underneath your kaftan?Leo Kaftan – left: Cathy is wearing a nude slip; right: I’ve teamed the same kaftan and used a belt paired with white capri jeans and white slip (this could also look great with black pants too)

Whether you're opting for a long or a short style kaftan, the key to creating shape is to use a slip dress or a camisole.  Kaftans are, by their beautiful nature, voluminous.  Streamline that volume with slimline pants, shorts or a slip top or dress.

what's underneath your kaftan?

 Tsonga long kaftan – left: Cathy wears this kaftan over a nude coffee colour slip. Wearing this around the pool, her elegant boho look is completed with a long strand of wooden beads, some groovy earrings, and barefoot.  Right: Karen is on her way out for a casual lunch and wears white pants and a white slip under her kaftan, paired with simple jewellery and metallic sandals.

In our next blog, we’ll show you how you can bring the best out of your kaftan with accessories, and also how kaftans can be tied and worn in different ways.