Let’s talk about caftans. Why did it take us so long to realize that these forgiving fashion staples weren’t just for our chic grandmothers and Palm Springs socialites? We’ve rounded up our favorite picks—at all price points—that will take you from the pool to happy hour and everywhere in between.

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Whether you wear it to a festival in flats or to happy hour in heels, the side slits will keep you cool as a cucumber.

Amuse Society ($125)



We aren’t sure what we love more about this breezy print, the paisley or the gorgeous blue hue. Either way, we do know that we plan to wear this on repeat.

Kate Landry ($68)


Sheer Cotton

Cut from crisp, airy cotton, this subtly striped option is quintessential summertime chic. Throw it on over your swimsuit or pair it with pants off the beach.

Universal Standard ($80)

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Free People

Textured Stripes

Beach bums, take note: This one-size-fits-most number is a must-pack for your next getaway. The dropped armholes are not only super flattering, they make pit stains a nonissue.

Free People ($98)



We’re getting major Greek goddess vibes from this dress, which comes in an uber-flattering shade of desert rose. The tassel trim is just the festive icing on the cake.

Michael Stars ($98)

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Annie Selke

Kaleidoscope Print

Fashion meets art in this bohemian beauty. We don’t know whether to wear it, frame it or hire a model to take it for a stroll down a catwalk in Palm Beach.

Pine Cone Hill ($142)

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Neiman Marcus

Zip Front

It’s as if this silky number came straight from the closet of Patricia on Southern Charm. It’s just calling you to complement it with a low bun and an ice-cold martini.

Natori ($160)

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Sheridan French

Ikat Maxi

Just down the highway in Fort Worth, this designer is pumping out colorful caftans to keep Texans cool and collected regardless of the occasion. We’re drawn to her fun prints in a range of hues.

Sheridan French ($225)



You already have mid-century modern accents all over your house, so why not in your closet too? This optical-illusion print and gathered shoulders are just retro enough.

Saloni ($450)

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La Vie Style House

Vintage Lace

If you’re looking to splurge, this handmade mini caftan feels chic and sophisticated while simultaneously keeping you cool. Bonus: It’s made by a Dallas-based designer.

La Vie Style House ($650)

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