I distinctly remember the moment a few years ago, where I was sitting on the beach and walking on one side was a woman in her late 20's wearing high wasted denim cut-offs and crop top, and walking on the other was a woman in her late 40's wearing a beautiful patterned caftan. I was in my mid-30's and it was like I was looking at a proverbial fork in the road. Beach wear had always been hard for me, having gown up in Southern California where everyone dresses very causal (and dare I say young), and while I was sitting there in shorts and a t-shirt I had a vision of the woman I wanted to become, and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be the woman I saw in the gorgeous caftan.
Over the next few years I started a modest caftan collection (or my "rugs" as my husband calls them) and ever since we bought our land for the Costa house my assemblage has rapidly grown. Now, I truly only feel like myself when I am wearing a caftan. I used to joke that I would be an old lady living in my muumuus, Golden Girls style, and now I see that there really is no punchline. My actual DREAM is to be an old lady living in my muumuus, Golden Girls style (with an extra bedroom for my husband, of course) and nothing would make me happier that to have a vast collection of caftans, as there is no article of clothing that suits me better.
I am a creature of comfort, and a hater of undergarments. I love pattern and fabric and I also live for easy pieces. When it comes to summer wear I am machine washable, one size fits all, throw and go, more is more, comfort above all else. The caftan is all of these things and given the lightweight fabric, it's the most perfect piece for summer travel. I really could go on and on, but instead I'll show you a few of my favorite caftans that are currently available. The thing I get asked most about on Instagram is where my caftans are from and honestly, the vast majority are Mara Hoffman or Emerson Fry.
Each Spring I peruse their respective new collections and there is always one that I fall madly in love with. Both companies strive to make machine washable products, and when you are spending your time in the jungle, this is a very good thing. I know a lot of people worry about the sheerness of the caftan, especially when you aren't at the beach (I wear these pretty much everywhere) and this little guy is definitely your answer (I also love this caftan and this one from the same company).
For those of you who have yet to experience the freedom of a caftan, this is your lucky day. For those of you who are looking to add to your collection, these are my favorites of the season. A good caftan should last a lifetime and it is my greatest hope that I get to spend many more years wearing mine! Xx
Top photo by Slim Aarons