Cool kaftans for high summer

Cool kaftans for high summer

Cool kaftans are my favourite way to dress for high summer. From lunch on the beach to dinner on the patio; when it is really hot kaftans are cool, elegant and easy. The brighter the colours the more they shine in the sunshine. Wafting in the breeze they epitomise high summer elegance.

For lunch at Club 55 last Saturday to celebrate my 70th birthday with my husband and two friends I wore my brightly coloured parrot print kaftan. I teamed it with a pair of white cotton trousers and white plimsols. The traditional parasol added a touch of fun.

printed kaftan

I bought my kaftan last year in St.Tropez market. Unfortunately, I am not able to go to the markets this year as St.Tropez is just too crowded. Even though people are supposed to wear masks here in the South of France, not everybody does.

Cool kaftans for high summer

Kaftans in St.Tropez market

Our local weekly market in Grimaud is much quieter so I was able to wander around and take a photo of these bright colourful kaftans.

MatchesFashion have some gorgeous ones. A bit pricey but some are in their sale. Kaftans never go out of fashion. I have two silk ones I bought years ago and they still get worn every summer.

I don’t have to be on holiday to wear my kaftan. You can see how I wore it last year for a visit to Kew Gardens on a very hot day.

Selection of Kaftans


  1. M
    24th July 2020 / 13:16

    Happy belated birthday Josephine.

  2. Karen
    24th July 2020 / 16:52

    I have one caftan, which I love and am looking for another one. In southern Nevada, it’s hot here for six or seven months of the year, and a caftan is a cool choice. I haven’t had the nerve to wear one out of the house though. Yours looks great. I am looking for one that I like and doesn’t feel too much like a tent.

  3. Christine
    24th July 2020 / 17:00

    Happy Birthday. Pleased to hear that you were able to enjoy a celebration with friends.

  4. Vicki
    24th July 2020 / 17:43

    Happy birthday Josephine. You look wonderful and I love kaftans too.

  5. Kathryn
    24th July 2020 / 19:32

    Happy Birthday Josephine!. So much choice at your local market. We had brief sunshine yesterday before more rain and cold. I am looking forward to Summer.

  6. Brenda Chell
    24th July 2020 / 21:09

    Happy 70th birthday Josephine, hope you and your husband had a very enjoyable time in France. You look lovely in your kaftan and all your accessories.

  7. 25th July 2020 / 00:43

    Hope you’re still celebrating your birthday! I love your parrot caftan, so festive!

  8. 25th July 2020 / 09:57

    Thank you all so much for your Birthday wishes. I am so lucky to be spending this time in the South of France wafting around in my kaftan.

  9. 25th July 2020 / 11:51

    You are right, kaftans are lovely for looking cool and collected. For beach, for lunch, for pottering around the house. Yours is really beautiful . I was wondering whether the plimsols weren’t too hot, but I saw you with silver sandals last year. So I suppose not otherwise you would have worn those.

    • 25th July 2020 / 17:43

      Hello Greetje
      Thank you for your comment. I do not have my silver sandals with me. I find that when the weather is very hot my feet swell and strappy sandals can be uncomfortable. Plimsols seem to work well for me on most occasions.

  10. Kim
    25th July 2020 / 15:11

    Happy birthday to you! I’ve been struggling with the heat this summer and your article was perfect timing. I looked on the matches website….and found a beautiful silk kaftan with small butterflies on it. I wanted a shorter one to wear with trousers like you did. It was in the sake, and was perfect! Do I bought it! .

  11. 25th July 2020 / 17:28

    Hello Kim
    Thank you for your comment. Really glad you found something that you like.
    Best wishes

  12. Mary
    1st August 2023 / 16:12

    Belated birthday wishes, Josephine. For years I wore a kind of Kaftan I bought in Greece in the Seventies. Am thinking of getting another but as I have shrunk it’s not easy getting one that fits and doesn’t swamp me. Thank you for the suggestions.

  13. Elizabeth
    2nd August 2023 / 18:05

    Happy 70th birthday Josephine!
    I am happy for you that you had the chance to celebrate in the south of France!
    My 70th is not too far away. I hope to cope some of your lovely style suggestions.
    Best wishes!
    Elizabeth x

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