The kaftan or robe is not only traditional but also elegant, exotic, and comfortable. A kaftan 2012 can look chic and can be worn instead of an evening dress kaftan—but it’s not for everyone because worn in Western society, long formal kaftans make a strong, exotic statement that not every personality can carry. However, for a world traveler, a glamorous kaftan is a must-have item.
Early jet-setters brought them back from distant, hot corners of the world. Haute couture designers like the late Yves St. Laurent and Christian Dior introduced these loose garments into Western fashion.
As early as the 1950s, kaftans, kimonos, abayas, muumuus, djellabas (Moroccan robes with pointed hoods), or jalabiyas, and other styles from the Middle East, India, and Africa were translated into the “it” item suitable for glamour dressing, backyard party dresses, or casual house robes.