From Kareena Kapoor Khan’s maternity style to Tara Sutaria’s lunch date outfit, Kaftans are the new loungewear staple. Looking to embrace spring in this free-flowing frock style, scroll through our round-up of dressy and casual kaftans. 

If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, it’s that comfort dressing is a fashion mood that’s become a permanent fixture. From nap dresses, jogger sets to luxe pyjamas, there’s a whole gamut of clothing items that are now mainstay. Adding to this repertoire are kaftan dresses, that has gained the favour of Bollywood actresses. 

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Rajdeep Ranawat
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The frontrunner amongst them is second time mom-to-be, Kareena Kapoor Khan who is embracing the kaftan dress to its fullest. From Imama silk kaftans by Rajdeep Ranawat to cotton printed ones from The Boozy Button, Kapoor-Khan has been regularly spotted sporting this  easy to slip in style. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the garment is a pregnant woman’s staple, because Bollywood beauties like Alia Bhatt, Tara Sutaria and even Shilpa Shetty are flaunting it in its various iterations. 

So if you’re looking at Bollywood for some style inspiration or simply looking for an easy breezy silhouette for spring, the kaftan options are plenty. 

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A bold botanical is the perfect companion for a flowing kaftan and this flamboyant outfit from Mandira Wirk is proof of that. Bright red yellow flowers contrasted on green base are crafted in crinkled chiffon with a lycra net slip inside. 

Rs 16,800 

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This camel coloured kaftan from Arpita Mehtra with suede fringe with cowrie shell detailing, an asymmetrical hemline and twig print can be dressed up or down. The style adopted by Bollywood actresses works easily for a girls lunch or a haldi ceremony. 

Rs 11,000

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This design is from Sunira’s collection ‘Boond’ inspired by the raindrops and draws from the Ajrakh hand-block printing craft from Kutch. Crafted in pure silk fabric, this kaftan in wrap style with overlap V-neck featuring intricate hand embroidery in zardozi with handcrafted flowers.

Rs 18,190

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Quite literally, The Kaftan Company is a treasure trove for all styles and types of kaftans. From resortwear, nightwear to embroidered Indian kaftan suit sets, there’s something for everybody. This embroidered kaftan and pant set with buti print is a great way to incorporate the trend in your everyday wardrobe.  

Rs 7,400

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Another clever iteration of the traditional kaftan style is this two-piece set from The Loom. Crafted in soft cotton satin material, the style comes with a boat neckline, mirror work and a scalloped hemline. The pleated cowl pants are a great way to Indianise the look.  

Rs 6,500 

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If you’d like to replicate Kareena’s look to a tee, head to her favourite kaftan label, The Boozy Button’s website for a wide range of beautifully printed cotton kaftans. We absolutely adore this screen printed kaftan in hues of pink, purple and blue. 

Rs 1,700 

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Brightening our summer days is this yellow and white kaftan and slip set from Dash and Dot. The overlay of vertical stripes from the kaftan with the horizontal ones of the slip dress creates a graphic check visual.

Rs 7,990

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8

Jodi’s cheerful prints are designed for summer and this bright poppy print style in cotton is just what’s in our carts. This holiday staple is crafted in breathable cotton with handmade beaded tassels and a drawstring adjustable waist for a relaxed fit.

Rs 6,933

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Inspired by ancient kalamkari prints, this short kaftan from Limerick by Abirr N Nanki captures your attention with its half-and-half print. A broad belt, rexine loop detailing and exaggerated sleeves ensure a head turning effect.  

Rs 12,900

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Bansal’s signature paisley patterns and bright hues come alive in this short kaftan dress. Tassel details and a drawstring waist make it a great option for the beach. 

Rs 8,400

Image: Courtesy Siddhartha Bansal 

 

 

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Diagonal Bandhani lines take form on chanderi tissue fabric in this contemporary mehendi green kaftan from Naina Jain. Inner linning of the Tamsi kaftan is flanked by handwoven Banarasi back facing to create a visual impact and the inner lining is made to order to ensure a fitted look.

Rs 14,500

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Akshita Nahar Jain
Sr Associate Editor
Akshita Nahar Jain has worked with various publications, including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Bride, and Time Out Delhi, and written extensively on fashion and lifestyle. A sucker for alliteration and shows with more style than script, she enjoys scrolling the web for less travelled destinations.
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