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Editors’ Picks: Cool Caftans

Jun 2, 2014

by Alison Feldmann

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As another summer approaches, the phrase “bikini body” suddenly becomes unavoidable — usually uttered in the same context as juice cleanses, specials on pilates classes and frantic appeals to get in shape “before it’s too late!” Frankly, the whole concept sounds like a real pain; I’d much rather be lounging poolside in something billowy and comfortable than avoiding carbs (a cocktail would also help). Luckily, our friends at the Cut have outlined the necessary steps to get your body caftan-ready for summer — and that sounds much more fun! The steps, as follows:

1. Select a caftan of your chosen gauge and length. Stroke its gauzy fabric and whisper into its folds.

2. Let your flesh settle into the crevices of your comfortable, comfortable caftan.

3. Crumbs? Let them fall where they may, swaddled in your caftan.

4. Throw out your razor.

5. Throw out your bra.

6. Throw out the aloe vera lotion you bought last summer. You will not be getting sunburned this summer.

7. Release your inhibitions. Feel the rain on your skin.

Inspired by the Cut’s wisdom, here are a few vintage caftans to kickstart your summer lounging. And please, pass the dip.

This neon floral caftan has kimono sleeves. Enough said.

Cropped and cute, this flirty number begs for bare legs and platforms.

The giant flutter sleeves, unusual cutout neckline, and purple/turquoise color combo take this maxi to another level.

Fitted with an empire waist and bell sleeves, this is no muumuu. (Nothing against muumuus, of course.)

I can’t get over the drape and details on this elegant bell-shaped gown. Snatch it up before I do.

This stunning psychedelic print reminds me of Peter Max patterns.

Bright and cheery, this oversize caftan is my personal favorite. I mean, it even has pockets: come on!

Get loud in a contemporary take on ’70s style.

I can imagine this psychedelic maxi in a very special Hawaiian episode of The Brady Bunch.

Oversize and free, this patterned maxi will be your best friend at a summer festival.

Get mellow in a tranquil floral print.

This effervescent kelly green print is composed of chrysanthemums. What a statement!

A picture-perfect caftan in classic red.

Love the plum and gold tones in this delicate batik.

This glamorous tie die requires no accessories; simply throw it on and go.

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