Go with the flow in style with these 9 beach kaftans

Lightweight and loose, there's no better way to relax.

When we dream of a summer holiday, our fantasies usually involve three things – a body of water, a cocktail, and a kaftan. Just picture it – lying poolside with sunglasses swallowing our face, immersed in a chic-lit novel, our loose kaftan flowing in the wind as we seek out another frozen watermelon margarita to cool us down. This is living.

While the street cred of kaftans has been contentious, with some reducing them to a kitschy 70s trend that should have been buried along with curved sideburns, they have persisted, evolved, and reinvented themselves over the years.

Are kaftans still in fashion?

Temporarily losing their place in the fashion zeitgeist, kaftans have experienced a renaissance thanks to the resurgence of looser silhouettes.

Flattering for every body type, kaftans now monopolise the beach as our go-to bikini cover ups. And it looks as though they’re here to stay.

So, to fulfil our summer holiday fantasies, below, we have found the best kaftans currently on the market in Australia.

The best kaftans to shop in Australia


Raglan Sleeve Flared Kaftan, $699, Camilla

In an oceanic, mosaic, and floral design that looks right out of Mamma Mia!, this luxury silk kaftan with flared sleeves and a floaty hemline adds elegance to your sunny days.


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South Beach Balloon Sleeve Kimono, $63, ASOS

With a plunge neck, flowy sleeves, and tie to fasten it, this cream kaftan will be one of your bikini’s best companions.



Beatrix Kaftan, $79, Hardtofind

A signature summer print has never looked so good with this loose fitting kaftan. Relax by the water draped in the flowy material, or glam it up with accessories for a tropical dinner.



Maaji Women’s Standard Kaftan, from $127.29, Amazon

Bright and beachy, this ruffled yellow kaftan with a flattering v-neck cut would pair perfectly with an Aperol Spritz in one hand and book in the other.


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Arms of Eve Como Dress, $129, The Iconic

In a gorgeous pistachio colour, this cotton netted kaftan is ideal for balmy nights. Cute and breezy, wear it over your bikini and turn heads at the beach.



Regatta Bianca Kaftan, $41.97 (usually $69.95), Myer

After a more neutral black cover up? This viscose and cotton kaftan is equal parts comfortable and stylish. Lightweight and a relaxed fit, throw it on with ease.



Stretch Lace Kaftan, $260, JETS Australia

If lace is more your speed, this cream stretch kaftan is your next summer purchase. With a low neckline, wide sleeves, and a neck tie for versatility, this neutral cover up works with any swim set.



Melissa Odabash Fringed Kaftan, $255.70 (usually $426.16), Net-A-Porter

Fun and fringed, this lavender voile kaftan with white embroidery is the elegant cover up your summer days have been waiting for.



Amnesia Kaftan, $79.95, Seafolly

Available in your seasonal colour of choice, this lightweight and minimalist kaftan comes with a cute tassel trim and is loose-fitting – so you can relax to the max.


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