Fashion: Kaftan style – it’s beach-ready (even if you’re not)

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If there’s one item you must include in your holiday luggage this summer, it’s the kaftan, says St Albans Fashion Week director Ellena Ophira. Beach-body ready or not, this garment will ensure you look ultra-glamorous by the pool or on the beach. Whether you wear it short, mid-length or long, team with wedges and the largest sunhat you can find.


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Knot front kaftan

Sleek, elegant and chic, you cannot go wrong with a black kaftan. This knotted front version (Jigsaw £55) is relaxed and easy to wear. Plus, it goes with every style of swimwear. If you’ve never worn a kaftan before, then opt for this classic poolside number.

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Bold and bright, this geometric print has a hint of Art Deco styling, which makes me love it even more. Off-set the gorgeous colours with a simple black bikini or swimsuit. The silky finish of this kaftan (Chloe James Lifestyle £145) gives it a lovely luxe feel.

Lily and Lionel

Lily and Lionel - Credit: Archant

Lily and Lionel silk

A blend of floral patterns and butterfly motifs, this Ibiza-inspired kaftan (The Dressing Room £260) will make a statement. This dreamy kaftan embraces summer with pinks, yellows and purples. A stylish choice for the poolside lounger.

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St Albans Fashion Week takes place from October 26-31.

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