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Do I want a kaftan for my dreaded holiday? If so, which one?

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ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 20:53:58

I have a poolside problem

We are going away with PILs and BILs and just oh ALL of dh's family - it's awful actually, and I am repressing it and not thinking about it - EXCEPT I woke up last night thinking about the swimming pool.

Then I thought, I need a kaftan.

I looked at some on Toast but they looked too short.

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 20:55:42

Perhaps I'll wear my dressing gown?

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 20:56:34

this gives coverage but is a bit dreary

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 20:56:56

None of you care.

Do people actually wear kaftans?

QuintessentialShadows Wed 30-Jul-08 20:59:10

I dont know what is on that link, but my image filter wont allow it....

Not sure Iknow what a caftan is.

lilolilmanchester Wed 30-Jul-08 21:00:09

do you want it to sunbathe in or just going to and from the pool? I do care, cos I like to cover up my flab, but am not great at style stuff

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:00:39

On that link is basically a long dressing-gown type thing with a hood posing as beach wear.

You do know what a Kaftan is. It's a sort of long 70s thing, with flowing sleeves?

TheFallenMadonna Wed 30-Jul-08 21:01:48

I have a sort of kaftan thing that I wear over a swimming costume. Got it ages ago from Monsoon. Not beaded.

Swedes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:01:50

I can lend you two nice cotton ones, but they are not terribly long. They cover digouts the bottom and very upper thigh thing.

What size are you?

Or did you mean a Kaftan with a matching turban, in turquoise?

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:01:51

I think I want to put it on when I get out the pool [I know I shouldn't be moaning about this, because of the last sentence] and then not have to walk about in my swimsuit.

lilolilmanchester Wed 30-Jul-08 21:02:15

Next have some nice poolside cover-ups - dresses rather than kaftans start here

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:02:44

Thank you Swedes you star. Thing is I worry about just covering my bottom. I think I want to cover my bottom? I think I want something knee-length.

Do I?

I feel like I do.

oranges Wed 30-Jul-08 21:03:28

I just got this for the beach and it's fab - glides on and looks cool and floaty

Stargazing Wed 30-Jul-08 21:04:28

I've got a knee-length one you can borrow - it's orange and red. too garish??

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:05:42

Thank you both for links. Am looking.

Basically you've gone for dresses, yes? Perhaps I need to drop the whole idea of a kaftan and just buy a dress which I pull on and treat like a kaftan?

Swedes, if you could throw the turban in?

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:08:09

Thank you Star, that's really kind, but I feel like I ought to buy because I envisage wearing a lot, when dripping wet and things and I'd worry I'd ruin it.

The Ghost one looks a bit posh to throw on after the pool no?

SSSandy2 Wed 30-Jul-08 21:08:39

last poolside/beach holiday we went on, place was crawling with Italians. All the Italian women wore floaty, gauzy caftans and they looked nice.

What you need are very dark glasses so you can't see dh's family though and books to hide behind.

Stargazing Wed 30-Jul-08 21:09:02

god I would just die if I had to spend more than about an hour with any of my inlaws. I'm serios though, you are welcome to borrow mine.

Swedes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:09:36

Boden had some lovely quite long very colourful ones.

Have you thought about a leopardprint kaftan with matching slash fronted cutaway-buttock swimsuit? And perhaps some matching high-heeled mules too?

<laughs up sleeve>

Swedes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:11:39

If it's for modesty rather than sun protection, how about a long vest/dress? Sort of effortless and not too much flesh hiding.

oranges Wed 30-Jul-08 21:11:52

see i just went kaftan hunting today and found that the casual ones are see through, which is pointless - I may as well just walk around in the damn bikini. The ghost one in glue is very beach-y and is more floaty than it looks in the picture.

oranges Wed 30-Jul-08 21:12:31

in blue, not glue. obviously.

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:13:19

YY - we ARE going to Italy.

Actually I think that Ghost is one is pretty perfect isn't it? I might order. I hope it's not too detailed, but just about detailed.

lolol Swedes. I was thinking of bleaching my hair too, and taking along a small toy dog in my handbag. A good look, non?

It WILL be dreadful. I truly believe I will go mad. Am taking huge huge glasses to hide frowns and tears and dagger stares, and about 6000 books.

And now a kaftan. I'm going for the Ghost one.

ahundredtimes Wed 30-Jul-08 21:14:07

oranges - it is floaty is it? I was going to get in blue. Don't need a size up?

SSSandy2 Wed 30-Jul-08 21:24:15

what do you mean with the ghost one? I thought those Italian women looked great in those caftans. I will definitely get a couple myself

I usually have dropped waist pull over jersey dresses which I throw over but then I am not the sexy type (and I am afraid there is not just fashion concerns behind the dropped waist - you get yourself a nice caftan) and a couple of voodoo dolls

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