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The Lifestyle & Fashion magazine is a community blog that allows passionate bloggers (and readers alike) to talk about their latest beauty tips, the newest fashion trends, and how everyone can live their best life.

This is how you sport the Queen of stylish summer outfits.

Comfortable and fabulous – and suited to your own style.

Cool shades, cocktails, a perfect day in summer – what would you choose to wear?

Let me present an alternative to the obvious answer – something that looks ravishing, elegantly exotic, and yet is so comfortable, that your body can freely breathe through it.

The Kaftan.

Get the perfect summer diva look with a stylish kaftan. — by Preeti Pillai
Get the perfect summer diva look with a stylish kaftan. — by Preeti Pillai

This loose designer top flows freely from your shoulders and sleeves, making it the perfect outfit to sport in summer. Suitable for all figures and sizes, kaftans can be worn as simple beachwear or can be glammed up to suit a special occasion.

You can pick kaftans in your favorite kind of fabric, with different types of print or embellishments and different lengths. If you can already imagine how amazing a kaftan would feel on your skin, I’m going to share 3 tips to help you look gorgeous in it.

Nothing blends light-weighted comfort and style like a kaftan. — by Preeti Pillai
Nothing blends light-weighted comfort and style like a kaftan. — by Preeti Pillai

1. The basics:

While choosing a kaftan, like any other outfit, you might want to consider the following points:

  • The length of the kaftan:
    If you are looking for a kaftan to wear on a casual day out, try a short shirt-length kaftan to wear in combination with a pair of denims.
    A knee-length kaftan makes for a unique and stylish office outfit, when worn with a pair of leggings or skinny-fit jeans.
    On the other hand, if you want to look boldly glamorous for a special occasion, slide on a floor-length flowing kaftan, and stand out from the crowd that tends to go with gowns and dresses.
There is a gorgeous kaftan for every occasion. — by Preeti Pillai
There is a gorgeous kaftan for every occasion. — by Preeti Pillai
  • The fabric of the kaftan:
    Kaftans are generally made of ultra-smooth and easy-flowing materials; that’s where they get their breathability from. For a day at the beach, for instance, pick a kaftan that is made of lighter materials like cotton or linen.
    These will keep you from sweating and will enhance your experience of the summer breeze.
    On a cooler day, you can choose from materials like silk, rayon, satin, etc. to deck yourself up in a brilliantly printed kaftan.

2. The right footwear:

Kaftans are available with embroidery, embellishments, prints and also in plain fabric. To complete the look of a diva, it is important to pick the right kind of footwear to complement the kaftan.

Pick single-colored footwear to go with a printed kaftan. — by Preeti Pillai
Pick single-colored footwear to go with a printed kaftan. — by Preeti Pillai

If you are opting for a kaftan with heavy embroidery, decorative accessories or big, bold prints, wear a pair of single-colored heels or pumps to balance the look out. On the other hand, if you prefer a classic plain kaftan, you can glam up the look with a pair of glossy or embellished sandals.

3. The right accessories:

  • Jewelry: This is, again, about maintaining an overall balance. Unless you are wearing a plain kaftan, go for delicate jewelry. A bare neck also adds to the elegance of the royal look of the kaftan.
  • Bags and purses: If you are wearing a kaftan, that is going to be the highlight of your outfit. You don’t want anything to clash with it or draw attention away from it. Hence, opt for medium to small size purses or clutches with minimal embellishments, if any.
Get creative with the accessories and the bling to complement your outfit. — by Preeti Pillai
Get creative with the accessories and the bling to complement your outfit. — by Preeti Pillai

Have you ever tried on a kaftan? How was the experience? Do leave me your comments and questions.

This article was originally published on @preeti_p