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Kaftans: A Must-Have Essential

Model poses at waterfront with arms spread across wooden railing, wearing the long-sleeve Talullah Kaftan in white with blue embroidery details
Kaftans have been gracing our screens as of late thanks to the popular Netflix show, Inventing Anna. The show is a reminder that while your wardrobe may already boast breezy dresses, there’s nothing more versatile than a flowy kaftan.

It's no secret that we absolutely love Kaftans at Nieves Lavi. As the perfect staple for anyone who's seeking both style and comfort, they can be worn for any occasion. Loosely-fit, freely-flowing, or belted, yet always flattering, they're a wardrobe must-have. All you need to do is style them correctly, and you've got the perfect outfit for any occasion.

The History of the Kaftan

In Arabic, the word khaftān, is used to describe a long robe, as far as the calves or just below the knee. A kaftan or caftan is a variant of a robe or long tunic.

Originating in Asia, it has been worn by a number of cultures around the world for thousands of years, including North Africa (Morocco and Algeria), throughout the Arabian Peninsula, as well as The Middle East.

In regions with a warm climate, it is worn as a lightweight, loose-fitting garment. In some cultures, the kaftan has served as a symbol of royalty, and over time, the kaftan slowly gained popularity in new regions as an exotic form of clothing.

In the early 20th century, French fashion designer, Paul Poiret, included the kaftan in his creations. Other fashion designers, including Dior and Balenciaga, adopted it as an elaboratly embroidered evening gown , or robe in their collections.

In the US, the hippie movement during the 1960s and 1970s drew inspiration from ethnic styles and helped popularize the kaftans. Nowadays, it has become a go-to style for many fashionistas around the world.

Kaftans the Nieves Lavi Way

Model poses at waterfront with boats and buildings in the background, wearing the Nieves Lavi Riva Kaftan in Capri Print, a vivd pattern of blues, whites, and black

The Nieves Lavi kaftans are synonymous with unique prints and luxurious fabrics. From breezy cotton voile to flowy silk georgette, our kaftans are the epitome of comfort and fashion. And, with our signature long drapes and handmade embroideries, they're a wardrobe staple you'll wear for years to come.

For your next staycation in the Hamptons once the warmer days come around, pack your kaftan in your suitcase for those sunny days spent on the beach. You'll become obsessed with how lightweight it is, all whilst being stylish and versatile. Pair it with leather sandals from K.Jacques, some oversized designer shades from Linda Farrow and pop all your beach essentials in a woven bag, and you're ready to hit your favorite brunch spot.

For nighttime, opt for one in a luxurious fabric such as silk cotton voile and dress it up with heels and the perfect pair of earrings. Grab a beautifully woven natural clutch with gold accents, and you're ready for a night to remember!

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