Cotton Kaftans for Easy Cover

When I want to make a dramatic entrance at the local beach, pool or even bar, kaftans are what I go for.  I just love kaftans, more than I should, really.  They are great cover ups that are especially perfect for vacations.

My Latest Caftan

This Farrah Fawcett embroidered-cotton kaftan from DAFT is one of my favorites at the moment. DAFT is a Milan-based company known for its Indian infused style.  This white embroidered cotton kaftan features has a bohemian feel with a deep V-neck, long sleeves and maxi length. Its stripped design and delicate turquoise embroidery at the neckline and sleeves just make it exude elegance. I just feel so comfortable in its loosely cut silhouette.


I accessorized with Thierry Lasry Butterscotchy Cat-Eye Sunglasses. These sunglasses are as chic as they come. They have white frames and gold accents at the horns and are made of acetate with metal inserts.  In addition to looking glamorous, they offer 100% protection from UV rays.

I also wore a turquoise headscarf and oversized earrings from the website of a designer known as Fernanda Sibilila. This Buenos Aires-based designer takes inspiration for her collection from her travels through Latin America. With a passion for blending traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge techniques, Sibilia’s pieces are timeless and unique. By the way, statement earrings are in the midst of a major comeback!


Walk in the soft warmth of the sun

There is a time of the day when the sun isn’t as active and I can go out to enjoy its golden glow. Forty-five minutes before the sun sinks and the evening begins, UV ratings are at their lowest, and the light is friendlier to the skin. During this time, I grab the opportunity for a walk outside and bask in the soft warmth of the sun.

This walk along the beach with my family is one such time. Here, I wore a casual tank top with a long, flowy maxi wrap for extra cover. Darker fabrics actually let in less UV, and so this one is just fitting. I accessorized minimally to keep it easy. One is this gold cuff, which adds a touch of edge, and another is a fedora hat with a black bow detail, which lends a bit of drama to the outfit. Hats are another stylish accessory that helps protect from the sun, and these days, they can be worn in places other than the beach. I could talk about that some time.

Spending time at the beach, however, also means having to run the risk of getting sunburns.  While the rest of my family isn’t as strict as I am about sun protection, they still like to take extra precautions and stick to general rules that make them avoid UV rays as much as possible. Some of those that we swear by are these:

Create an agenda to avoid the midday sun—which is when it’s most harmful—by doing activities indoors. In such cases where outdoor activities are inevitable, try to prevent sunburn by seeking shade under a tree, a pop-up tent, or simply by using an umbrella.

Covering up the arms and legs—perhaps with a long-sleeved t-shirt, or pants, or maxi skirts—also help. This way, your clothes absorb UV rays and less of them penetrate your skin. Accessories like hats are great for shading the area of the face, as I mentioned earlier. There are, in fact, a variety of styles available that can cover everything from the scalp to the neck.

Putting on sunscreen, of course, is a general sun-protection tip that I do believe everyone must go by, including children. Anything with at least SPF 15, plus UVA and UVB protection are most recommended.


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