5 African-American women in different caftans

Caftans: Effortless Beauty, Timeless Style

It’s hard to think of any single garment that fuses contemporary women’s fashion with timeless African heritage as elegantly as the caftan. The perfect go-to outfit for almost any occasion, misses and plus-size caftans flatter any figure. Try a long caftan to show off your sophisticated side, or slip on a short caftan, throw on some heels and walk out of the house dressed to impress. Chilly outside? Throw on some leggings for a trendy look.

Black woman wearing pink and blue print caftan

What is a Caftan?

The Afrocentric kaftan – which we usually spell “caftan” in the West – is a fashionable, fabulous garment that’s carefree, flattering and fun to wear. No wonder they’re loved by women around the world! The more you know about them, the more inspired you’ll be to make them a part of your everyday wardrobe.

[quote]I love Ashro, (especially) the clothing styles. My favorite thing to wear are  caftans because they are so comfortable and colorful and get lots of compliments. I mostly {wear caftans} entertaining at home.[/quote]

– Ella J. from Baytown, TX

How to Accessorize a Caftan

Most women wear caftans with big statement jewelry and carry an evening handbag or clutch. Get creative with your own head-to-toe look, or steal a few of our ideas for pairing a caftan with a belt, scarf, headwrap and more.

[quote]I wear caftans all of the time. I like the style of caftans offered by Ashro. I’m extremely likely to recommend because whenever I entertain at home I’m wearing an Ashro caftan. I always receive lots of compliments. The caftans are elegant, stylish and comfortable. They are also easy to care for as they are usually washable. I proudly recommend that ladies visit[/quote]

– Lynda M. from New Orleans, LA

black woman wearing animal print long caftan and matching headwrap
African-American woman wearing red and leopard print caftan

5 Tips for Choosing Your Caftan

If you’re new to the world of caftans, you might find these beginner’s buying tips helpful:

  • If you’re thinking a long, airy caftan might overwhelm you, choose a short caftan with a drawstring waist. It will give you a more fitted look.
  • For a glam evening outfit, choose a caftan with a plunging V-neck, side slits and angled sleeves in silky or sparkling fabric.
  • Pay attention to the details. Many embellished caftans feature gorgeous beadwork or embroidery on the neckline and sleeves.
  • Not ready to go too dramatic? Instead of a bright allover printed caftan, look for a mostly solid-colored caftan with heritage prints at the sleeves, neckline and hem.
  • Many caftans are one-size-fits-all…and generally, they really do fit most. However, you can find women’s plus-size caftans, too.