To Caftan? Or not to Caftan?

Updated bohemian from twonewyork.com
Not to rub it in, but I have been spending a fair amount of time lately on the beach.  For modesty and comfort sake I have been making use of my favourite caftan/beach cover-up - a Virginia Johnson tunic I got at a sample sale with a cute elephant print (I am slightly obsessed with elephants, in case you haven't noticed).  It is nice, light and comfortable, and I have managed to convince myself that it doesn't scream Golden Girls.  I found some more that I love, and many of them have me daydreaming of cocktails on the beach, or in the backyard!  However, even on a tropical island I am not sure I could rock them in public.  What do you think - is there ever a place for caftans that doesn't involve sand... or Florida retirement homes?
Stunning Emersonmade.com
Grecian goodness from twonewyork.com (cute babe gratis)
Lovely caftan from etsy seller Georgia Williams
Long caftans from India-based etsy seller JustCottons
Mara Hoffman Number
SOOO lovely at LemLem.com
Have I mentioned I love lemlem.com?
Queen of Caftan Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung Chee
PS - Google Golden Girls.  The photos are hilarious.  It seems they mainly wore dressing downs, but Dorothy (Bea Arthur) seemed to like caftans over blouses...yikes.

11 comments:

  1. 2 words.
    Mrs. Roper.

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  2. I have a number of maki dresses and caftanesque getups. My sister likes to sing "...and then there's Maude" every damn time I wear one. I like to think I rock the Bea Arthur :) I love them, so there.

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  3. barbara@hodge:podgeAugust 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Yes, they bring me back to my childhood, but there is something so intriguing about wearing one, very forgiving don't you think?

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  4. Yes Caftan!
    I don't have any associations with them? Except awesomeness!

    We made Elephant cookies yesterday! So cuuuute!

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  5. I don't know why, caftans always make me think of either the 60's hippie love thing, or, well, the Golden Girls.  But I still love them. :)  DO you have any?

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  6. Absolutely.  They are so, so comfortable - perfect for lounging with a big more style than yoga pants. :)

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  7. Rock the Bea Arthur - HAHA, Dharma that is going to be my new catch-phrase.  They are kind of costume-y but I think that is maybe why I like them.  Bring on the drama. :)

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  8. HAHAHAHAHA - Oh man, say no more.  Visual image complete. :)

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  9. YES caftan! I love #2 and #8 are my faves :) they look so comfy !

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  10. Oooh another Yes!  They are adding up.  I wonder where I can find that first one?  Soooo pretty.  Thanks for the comment! :)

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  11. Nope! I wish! I can't bring myself to shell out for something that has such a specific purpose...you know? you either where it around the house where no one would notice and it will be full of baby food...or you wear it at the beach as a cover up (and I have other large tanks that do this job!)

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