2600 Years Old Style Tradition: How did Kaftan turn into a trend?

"Today we will explore kaftans, the most stylish version of traditional clothes. Let’s see how it became an essential fashion item."

Kaftan, which was the symbol of power, luxury and prestige in the Ottoman palace culture, first appeared BCE. Kaftans were tailored out of thick and valuable fabrics, decorated with gold and silver threads and embellished with gold and diamonds. Kaftan was first used presumably in 600 BCE in Persia. It travelled to Anatolia through the Great Seljuq Empire and preferred mostly by Ottoman Sultans.

Ethnic kaftans’ rise is caused by the bohemian style of “The Flower Children” of 60s in fashion history. In the same era, American Vogue used kaftan for the photoshoot of Marisa Brenson. The adoption of kaftan by fashion pioneers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elizabeth Taylor and Talitha Getty made it an extant fashion classic.


It is a fact that kaftans highly influenced our era in the last couple years! Besides being the go-to choice of brides for their henna nights, kaftans are also used as long coats and abayas for simple and practical style inclusion.

You can style kaftan in different ways. For those looking for bohemian chic, kaftans with embroidered details are a nice option to adapt the style to daily life. You can complete your look with bohemian rings and necklaces. Simple detailed caftans in contrasting colors are among the suitable options for those who want to achieve minimal elegance. Eye-catching brocade fabric abayas, on the other hand, are ideal for invitations that will attract attention with their authentic aura. You can also prefer detailed abayas with taffeta fabric and ruffles on your special days. You can create a very harmonious and elegant look by matching different tones of the same color. Do not forget to add the gold accessories to your look!

What is your favorite kaftan look? Don’t forget to share it with us in the comments.


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