Oh, the caftan…
Nothing says summer like staying cool, while simultaneously trying not to channel “Mrs. Roper”.
Who? See TV sitcom Three’s Company (1977 – 1984 ).
Caftans are wonderful because they are throw-on pieces, but beware.
The wrong shape can be unflattering whether it is from too much material or not enough. The wrong textile can trap heat on the body and rough fabric can make the piece very uncomfortable. If a garment is not comfortable, I won’t wear it and therefore the purchase becomes a waste.
Let’s face it; caftans go way back before Mrs. Roper. The Japanese developed kimono. In West Africa a Senegalese caftan is sported. The Indian sherwani is also a version, albeit more fitted than a caftan, worn by men.
In the 1960s, Emilio Pucci was credited along with Halston and Oscar de Lorenta for bringing Caftans to the luxury fashion scene.
Fifty years later, Pucci offers the appeal of summer prints, breathtaking textures and flattering forms that stands in a class of its own. What I love most about a Pucci caftan is that it’s not just for the pool or beach.
Paired with the right underpinnings and accessories the Pucci caftan can be a dress or blouse appropriate for a casual lunch or dinner whether poolside or in a restaurant. There is versatility to the garment in the way that the caftans are cut; that cannot be compared.
What does one do if she has some free time on an unseasonably cool June day? Well, if you are me and my favorite shopping companion, you search for the best caftan ever. And you spearhead that search at Pucci, 855 Madison Avenue, NYC.
The Maschere Short Sleeve Caftan Cover Up in blue ($850) is a staple in my Summer wardrobe. The above the knee length is perfect for those on the petite side of the height spectrum. The fabric quantity is not overwhelming and while the print is more traditional Pucci then some of the modern, softer prints, it is still sophisticated in the execution using primary colors and soft violet.
My very good friend and shopping companion, with a good five inches over me (sigh), opted for the Fiore Maya Border Print ($990); a similar color palette to mine, but with hints of orange and less white.
We also drooled quite a bit over the Bermuda Feather Print Silk Caftan ($790). I loved the length and side ties as well as the Parioli Print off the shoulder belted Caftan ($930)
Run to Pucci and wrap yourself in Summer Chic Greatness!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.