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Next to T-shirts, caftans are the most versatile members of your wardrobe—so why do we unfairly relegate them to the beach and pool? Here’s a refresher course on how to style these billowy confections for the office, the great outdoors and even weddings. 

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Creative Profesh

With tailored accessories and walking shoes, even the brightest caftan looks ready for the office. 

Get the look: Eileen Fisher ($198); Ro’s Garden ($215); Diamond Tea Gown ($240)

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Casual Picnic

On your way somewhere pastoral? Make all that green the backdrop for your wild-hued print caftan and let the Insta snapping commence.

Get the look: Natori ($160); Raquel Allegra ($318); Tory Burch ($647)

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Entertaining at Home

No matter how late you are with your dinner-party prep, you’ll look très élégant donning a solid-color caftan and a brushed-back hairstyle. Extra points if you add a statement necklace or earrings.

Get the look: Barefoot Dreams ($158); Zara ($199); Baruni ($412)

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Festival Fashion

A baggy caftan looks sexy when it hits at or above the knee. And it’s so much cooler (in every sense of the word) than tight jeans or leggings. Add some flat sandals and a hat and you can endure crowds for hours.

Get the look: Boden ($90); Hatch ($198); Whit ($468)

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WEDDING GUEST

In a silk or linen blend, with maybe a sequin or two (or perhaps paired with glittering heels), the caftan displays its most elegant side. Bonus: lots of room for dancing.

Get the look: Camilla ($650); Rebecca de Ravenel ($1,576); Josie Natori ($4,00)

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