How to Look Chic When You’re Basically Wearing a Nightgown.

I wrote last summer extolling the virtues of the caftan, explaining:

“…By around six-thirty or seven p.m., I crave comfort. I want to be out of my constricting jeans and into loose cotton. I long for the breeziness of a robe, the fluff of my ridiculous slippers underfoot. And yet I respect Mr. Magpie’s perspective so dearly and dread his inevitable query — “PJs already?” with such ferocity that I will try to wait until after mini has gone to bed and we are approaching the hour of sleep to change.

And that is why I have become a caftan queen.

The caftan is the perfect loophole to this quandary. It projects a point of view, but is effortless and comfortable. Mr. Magpie understands it as a dress even though it is closer to a nightgown. And when you wear one, you feel you’ve attained some level of urban boho chicness you didn’t quite think you were capable of…”

I’m now back to let you know that social distancing also presents a unique opportunity to pull out your easy-wearing caftans — regardless of how cold it is outside. Throw hair in a topknot and add a happy pink lip (I LOVE Nars’ Roman Holiday for such occasions). Below, a new round of nap dresses, caftans, muumuus, and the like (and should note these are wonderful when pregnant!):

THIS FREE PEOPLE IN THE IVORY FLORAL

THIS SMOCKED MEADOWS BEAUTY

THIS $90 ZARA SCORE

THE ICONIC HHH NAP DRESS (OBSESSED WITH MINE — OBSESSED!)

THIS SZ BLOCKPRINT CLASSIC (<<NOW CARRIED BY SHOPBOP, SO EASY SHIPPING AND RETURNS!! WOOHOO)

THIS LOOSE-FIT BRODERIE PIECE ($56?!?!)

THIS MI GOLONDRINA

THIS SCALLOPED, TIERED GINGHAM STATEMENT

THIS VOLUMINOUS RED AND WHITE STUNNER, WHICH REMINDS ME OF JOHANNA ORTIZ!

THIS EMBROIDERED MIDI

THIS $68 ECRU ELEGANCE

THIS BREEZY ROSEBUD MIDI

LORETTA CAPONI

DOEN FROTH

A $56 BEAUTY

P.S. More of my latest fashion finds, plus 10 spring must-haves for under $100.

P.P.S. New beauty products to test out if you’re at home.

P.P.P.S. RLY good Amazon finds.

10 Comments

  1. Love a caftan and love this post! I think I may need to order that Zara number… could be a little too nightgown-y, but I am hoping it works! Hope you are well in these very crazy times! Xo

  2. I firmly believe…caftans are not a strict category…caftans are a state of mind….One which I will need to get into soon as my indefinite WFH drags on and the weather warms up!

  3. Oooh, thanks for the SZ Blockprints/Shopbop tip! Love that.

    This look is so up my alley, and these are some great picks … especially love the Dôen! Swoon.

    xx

  4. I was pretty excited when I read the word caftan as these are my fave for home evening wear (or pool parties!) but none of these seem to be true caftans. More like dresses. Check with your mom – she’ll know a caftan look! But thanks for these dresses anyway!

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