The best Kaftans to flow away your worries

Legend has it that kaftan (or caftan) is a weapon of style for those in the know. A stream of style influencers (from Diana Vreeland to Poppy Delevingne) have done much to popularise the kaftan “as an indispensable item that has the power to take you through summer to autumn and beyond”.

More than just a mere “flimsy bit of fabric designed to be thrown over a bikini” kaftans which have been worn for centuries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia are a hit. “Kaftans have always felt a bit girly for me, whereas Pippa’s feel effortless. I’ve just returned from a six-week trip to Australia where I wore her pieces nearly every day,” enthuses Yasmin Sewell, fashion director of Style.com. The fashion designer Emilia Wickstead admits to never having previously worn a kaftan, but “there’s something very cool and unfussy about Pippa Holt’s.”

Pack your favourite garment to wear on a yacht, in the Aegean sea and let your instincts go loose under a Grecian sun whilst evoking the exotic glamour of the Sixties and Seventies with a kaftan which is immune to looking dated.

Blue silk crinkle printed kaftan dress by Etro. – Available at Luisa World Kolonaki, Luisa World Kifissia.

Fringed printed silk-georgette kaftanby Etro. – Available at Luisa Beach Mykonos.

Floral print silk chiffon kaftan by Dolce & Gabbana. – Available at Luisa Beach Mykonos.

Crocheted lace-trimmed woven maxi kaftan dress by Anjuna, multicolour paper, silk and feather fringed woven hat by Etro. – Available at Luisa Beach Mykonos.