caf·​tan | \ ˈkaf-(ˌ)tan \
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Definition of caftan

: a usually cotton or silk ankle-length garment with long sleeves that is common throughout the Middle East

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The silhouettes evolved over the years, from formfitting dresses in the sixties to eccentric caftans in the nineties, but her joyful, luxurious approach to dressing remained, emphasizing Franklin's star power. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Remembering Aretha Franklin: A Look Back at Her Most Iconic Fashion Moments," 16 Aug. 2018 Talley is known for wearing large billowing layers of fabric in the form of caftans and capes. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "André Leon Talley Gets Honest About Racism, Loneliness in the Fashion Industry," 24 May 2018 In one of the photos, Gigi is seen wearing an orange-and-black caftan over a pair of white pants, snuggling up to her boyfriend of two years. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Celebrate Eid With Zayn's Family," 23 Aug. 2018 To some women, the caftan is an elegant staple of modest fashion, while others simply appreciate the loose, no-fuss silhouette and boho ’70s vibe. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 White t-shirts, gauzy fabrics, and flowy caftans feel breezy, but can’t be trusted to offer much sun protection. Laurel Naversen Geraghty, SELF, "7 Things You Shouldn’t Rely on for Sun Protection," 12 Aug. 2018 Tadashi Shoji’s was perhaps the most modern: a caftan/jumpsuit hybrid. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 Itang Yunasz’s jazzy caftan and folkloric embroidered jacket, both from 2018. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ Review: Eye-Catching Modesty," 19 Sep. 2018 Caldwell notes that most people think loose means more comfort (think: caftans or sweatpants), but that doesn’t work for bras. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Expert Tips for Finding the Right Bra Size and Fit," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of caftan

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caftan

Russian & Turkish; Russian kaftan, from Turkish, from Persian qaftān

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English Language Learners Definition of caftan

: a long piece of clothing with long sleeves that is worn by men in countries that are just east of the Mediterranean Sea

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