MR Crystal Ball: Kookoo for Kaftans

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Leandra Medine | July 3, 2014

Not a trend, not not a trend

Where cargo shorts fail, barrettes never do and where barrettes meet defeat, kaftans, the magna-shatra holy grail hit more home-runs than Babe Ruth ever did during his tenure as a soccer player. (I’m kidding! I know Babe Ruth played hockey! Duh.)

Now, by the transitive property of geometry, you should be able to deduce the universal truth that barrettes > cargo shorts and kaftans > than barrettes so, kaftans are also > than cargo shorts, making them the best Man Repeller Crystal Ball subject since the inception of this installment. But why, right?

Technically speaking, The Row did show one with mules for Spring last season. The spring before that, Dries van Noten shared some too. Chanel echoed the concept (or is it created?) with its resort show last month in Dubai as did Naeem Khan, outside of the United Arab Emirates.

NY Mag’s The Cut ran a comical story earlier this summer on getting your body kaftan ready and included a diet plan that consisted primarily of oily pastries and dairy products — two forms of nourishment I can 11 out of 10 times get behind — which amounts for reason #2, the most important of the loot: eat what you want, be who you are and still look good. This snowballs into reason #3, which circumvents effortlessness. I’m weary to use this term but until we discover one that can replace it, I will ride the cliché bandwagon as often as Valencia-filtered images of fresh berry-bowls do.

Nothing says wet hot American summer like a) Christopher Meloni in denim cut-offs and b) the only structure of silhouette that is actually, by definition, easy. Say what you will about jean shorts or cotton tees but when push comes to sweat, neither of those garment actually keep you cool. Or comfortable. No. One hugs your FUPA harder than a donut does and the other will often create water rings under your arms which, yes, I suppose are artful subjectively. Still, I propose giving July a hearty dose of whoop-ass utilizing the only thing, save for an ice pop, that might mitigate your feeling like this:

I really like the ones coming out of Two New York but here are some other options should you, too, lack the Power Ranger setting on your air conditioner.

And as for the short of it:

By the way, kaftans > Cocoa Puffs, too.

  • GapToothedGirl

    As always great post!!

    XOX, Gap.

  • ee_by_cc

    I can get on board with this. Anything that make me feel like the 5th member of the Golden Girls is A-OK.

  • Ajnira Muminovic

    its a great Ramadan inspiration!

  • Andres Poiche
  • lavieenliz

    I love kaftans! cavalli has some amazing ones

  • Dominique
  • Emma Hager

    Kaftans look especially good with Nike Air Force 1’s.

    • Leandra Medine

      You talking my language girl

      • Emma Hager

        Thanks, Le. Can’t wait to see you in the aforementioned combo

  • Lindsay Truax

    I love a solid color kaftan.

  • mywhiteT

    WOW Gorgeous! Almost looks like a painting!

  • LaShawnda G

    i need more kaftans. The remind me of Maude… the show and my aunt.

  • Kelly Marquez

    The colors are amazing on that dress

  • john
  • heather gilmour

    Very beautiful clothes, great shots!

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  • julie

    Darling MR, you must come to Morocco, where caftans are everywhere and each one more magnificently elegant and beautiful than the one before. They billow in the desert breeze making women look like floating mirages and just hint at the curves beneath.

  • The Provoker

    I need kaftans but cheaper and chic ones are so hard to find. I mean The Row made the best ones I’ve seen so far, but come on, it’s The Row, it’s gonna burn a hole in my pocket, haha. Trying to find a proper one, the motto goes: bigger is better when it comes to kaftans.

  • g

    the perfect solution for looking decent in scorching hot weather. you should check out this:

  • Monica Patel-Cohn

    Thanks so much for the mention! Monica from Two

  • Shannon Kearns

    So…are we naked underneath? Yes?

    -Shannon from

  • Carole Hawkins Fuchs

    I love Kaftans, but I personally love the maxi dress better!! I love the article!

  • Crystal Joy

    I’ve been obsessed with kaftans recently! I bought some fabric and I’m going to try to make my own. Exciting stuff!

  • Anna

    I love kaftans. They are so comfortable for every ocassion.

  • Hannah Cole

    Camilla is the kaftan glam goddess

  • Turquoise&Gold

    Loving the post. We are India based women’s resort wear brand. Do checkout our kaftans.


  • Casey Mclerran

    Soooo, just yesterday driving to the office I pass a “free Garage sale” put on by a local church. As I was passing I noticed a very Afrikan looking garment and had to turn around. Work can wait if cool free stuff is calling me. I scored TWO Kaftans to add to my collection of odd loose fabrics. I would have had four but there was another lady interested in them for her mother 🙁