Ibiza style: Celestial summer
Kaftans have been around as long as holidays if you look at their history and heritage, however these days the sublimely simplistic pieces are no longer just for the beach. A new raft of designers – including luxury resort and swim label Evarae – have rebooted the floating 70s staple for the beach, in raw linens and delicate silks. Amp up the accessories – think feather earrings or tasselled bangles – add lightweight layers and a kaftan can take you anywhere, any time. A celestial summer essential.
The picture says it all really – the perfect cover up for a day out at sea. The 100% natural silk fibres mean this kaftan doesn’t create any excess heat when you throw it over your swimsuit, so you can keep your cool at any time of day. Dress it up to get off the boat for lunch or dress it down as you relax and set sail back towards Ibiza from Formentera – it’s all about giving it your individual touch.
Yellow is a hue that suits every skin tone and hair colour, yet it’s the one colour people feel fearful of wearing. This gentle, sunshine yellow kimono and bikini come to life in the gorgeous Ibiza light. Break the head-to-toe look with accessories: buttery soft leather belts, wrapped around and tied at one side or Grecian sandals in beautiful natural tones. Après-beach, throw on a pair of pale, distressed boyfriend jeans and a white vest top and wear the kaftan as an open kimono.
This charming maxi is simply magical, with a flatter-every-figure approach to summer styling. Boasting plenty of floaty volume, it’s ideal for hiding imperfections while the delicate natural fibres move with such grace; alternatively, if you prefer to focus on your waistline and show off your body and its curves, it’s the perfect style to cinch at the waist. Keep it in your beach bag – it’s so light and easy to pack – for easy day-to-night dressing in Ibiza.
The classic all in one is without question a firm summer favourite. Comfortable, flattering and ideal to wear underneath your cut-off jeans for a cool, Gigi Hadid hanging off-duty in St Tropez vibe. Except right here, right now, in Ibiza.
Effortlessly chic and so on bohemian point – two things that should never really be placed in the same category yet here they are – the kaftan is a wonderful contradiction and so easy to wear. With a clever geometric print, creating a clean silhouette evoking the mood of faraway places, this kaftan is perfectly in tune with this summer’s resort mood and Ibiza beach life, and can be worn straight through from beach to bar.
Consider the humble kaftan a ‘cheat garment’. Not only does it look good thrown over your swimsuit – be it a one-piece or bikini – it also keeps you cool and gives you a layer of sheer sun protection under the harsh rays.
Photography courtesy of Evarae
Fashion editor: Gemma Sheppard