The caftan or in French boubou is probably one of the most used garments by women in the summer, to remain elegant even on the beach or to make
aperitifs on the beach. In ancient times it was worn by men and then became, with the passage of time, a prerogative of women. In this article we will go
a bit to retrace its history, its evolutions in Western culture and, as always, to finish with small style tips.
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History of the caftan
Its history is very ancient and dates back to ancient Persia around the sixth century BC, and then spread to other regions with the Ottoman Empire.
To spread the caftan in the west were the Arab invasions in Andalusia in the ninth century, finally ruled by the Moroccan Almohad Berber supremacy,
only to be expelled with the advent of Christianity, bringing their traditional clothing with them. In fact, it is still widely used in Morocco
by women both in everyday life and for events and ceremonies.
Spread of the caftan since the 70s
As we said previously, the caftan remained a very used garment in North Africa, to have its appearance in the world western, we have to wait for
a well-known French journalist Diana Vreeland who will write several articles on this robe and will bring many copies to Europe and America.
But it is with the hippie subculture that caftan will spread, also taking it to the red carpet of high fashion and brands such as Yves Saint Laurent,
Valentino, Emilio Pucci and many others, who will bring variations without losing its multicolored elegance.
Caftan let’s clarify
The caftan is a garment used exclusively by women, with very complex colors, it can be worn with other petticoats, and has more or less valuable fabrics
and a belt called “mdama” often in very precious gold but also simpler to allow everyone to have their traditional dress, while the djellaba is a dress worn
by both sexes and consists of a hood. The last distinction is between the caftan and the takchita the latter is made up of two pieces (a sort of petticoat)
and in some cases a third piece, odalisque-style trousers, with a belt and is very elegant.
Often thinking of the caftan one thinks of the typical beach dress, but it is not an exclusively beach dress. Let’s start by saying that it depends first of all
on the fabric in which it is made and from the packaging, I think not many would use a silk caftan with silk or gold embroidery at the beach.
Above all, always remember that the caftan is a dress that must be enriched, being of oriental origins, it must be revived through precious accessories,
Berber bracelets, fine jewelry or ethnic chic.
Generally due to its length it lends itself well with odalisque or cigarette style trousers, but also skinny jeans, for the tallest ones, slave sandals or even jeweled
sandals are recommended, while for the shorter ones, a heel is recommended. or alternatively, a slipper, a moccasin or wedge espadrilles.
For the more plump women, having an elegant belt can help to mark the waist and hips. For a touch of class, you can wear the caftan with a nice scarf or turban
headband in order to lengthen the figure and give continuity to the style and, if you want, a nice sunglasses.
However you decide to combine it, always remember that the woman with her caftan never goes unnoticed, on the contrary she sports a mysterious charm,
with an oriental taste.