Elegant Fashion Over 50: How to wear a summer kaftan

Custom Made Kaftans by Carla Christoph on over 50 Feeling 40


In our discussions of looking elegant over 50, I must include how to wear summer kaftans, and introduce you to Carla Christoph Designs. (I think both caftan and kaftans are acceptable for spelling…but since Carla uses kaftan, I will do the same!) Many of us love a lightweight kaftan during the summer for wear either around the house, after a day at the pool or beach, or for resort wear (when we are able to travel again!). They can be very elegant and comfortable during the summer heat.  However, the biggest issue with most kaftans is fit.  The majority are oversized and not flattering at all.


Carla Christoph on Over 50 Feeling 40

Enter my fellow -Texan, designer Carla ChristophCarla offers one of a kind, custom fit kaftans….and they are stunning….whether long or short. She also custom designs tunic tops.


Short Kaftans by Carla Christoph on over 50 Feeling 40

Christopher Custom Designed Tunics on over 50 Feeling 40


The best ways to wear a kaftan with confidence are:





  1. Wear a kaftan that fits well and is made to fit you and not swallow you!
  2. Wear colors you love…when you go with a custom fit that is easier to accomplish.
  3. Be bold to add pieces of jewelry…necklaces and bracelets to enhance the look. Make it you and special to you.
  4. For casual, around-the-pool style, wear your kaftan with flats. If wearing out for a meal outdoors at your favorite restaurant, then wear a nice wedge sandal and a slip underneath. Carla recommends this Coreal Slip
  5. A custom fit kaftan by Carla can be worn with confidence again and again, plus she will make any necessary adjustments to get it just the way you want it.
  6. Use summer as the reason to wear bold, vibrant color in your custom-made kaftan.


Sequined Neckline on Custom Designed Kaftan on Over 50 Feeling 40


Her kaftans can be washed in cool water then dried either by hanging up or on the gentle cycle.  You can see her sequined detail around my neckline…love a touch of sparkle!


“When we feel good about ourselves, we feel powerful which in turn gives us confidence and honestly, what is more alluring than a gorgeous façade bolstered by self-assurance.”

-Tish Jett, Forever Chic



In my goal to make every moment special, here is another way to embellish your hydration during the day!  Today, I have added fresh strawberries to my water. I love the hint of strawberry when I am drinking my every day glass of water.  I can really feel special sitting on my patio in a stunning kaftan with my delish water and listening to the backyard birds and breezes.  It just makes a stressful summer more special and enjoyable.

Check out Carla Christoph Designs, and don’t shy away from confident dressing.  Make each day special.



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  1. You look very pretty in this kaftan Pam. The colors and print are pretty, and I like how the sides fold around which is slimming. Clearly, it’s all about the fit and choosing flattering colors. It would be easy to hide inside garments like kaftans, but using them in the right setting and choosing a flattering design makes all the difference! You chose a beautiful look!

  2. Thank you, Karen. I told Carla my favorite colors and she nailed them all in one print!

  3. A different subject, if you don’t mind. You mentioned reading “That Woman” a few posts ago. I got the book and am enjoying it very much. It’s quite an eye opener, and fortunately well researched.

    So, given your interest in elegance, may I say that Wallis Simpson was elegant in appearance, but definitely NOT in personality……..!!

    Thank you for the book recommendation.

  4. Thank you, Jennifer. That is why I am convinced the best way to wear a kaftan is hiring someone like Carla to do a custom fit.

  5. Oh Pam, your favorite color of purple, and a design reminiscent of the SW area where you live. Such a beautiful combination that you are bound to enjoy. You look quite festive and ready for fun or comfortable relaxing. I have been exploring buying a maxi dress the last few days, and one of these lovely kaftans would be fun, and perhaps flattering if fitted.

  6. Thank you, Celia. I have had the same problem with maxi dresses…it is often so difficult to find a flattering fit.

  7. My goodness, you really rock that caftan! I love them on others but you’ve convinced me to try one for myself. I can see some adorable gold strappy sandals to go with one too…

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