OK, first off, I’m fully embracing the Mrs. Roper vibe over here with my new-found love of caftans (you may have seen me reference that theme song on my Instagram and the joke’s on me because I cannot get it out of my head!) It totally doesn’t fit my style the rest of the year, but when it gets hot and I’m at home, I want to be floating and breezy. I mentioned this a bit in this post about the cute dresses from Amazon.
Summer Loungewear Upgrade: Emerson Fry Caftans
In the summertime, this otherwise sporty, jeans-loving mom is a wannabe boho-hippie sun goddess — a girl can dream, right? That said, I believe a girl can wear what she wants when she wants. That’s what makes a girl a woman. Do I throw on my high tops with my floaty breezy caftans? You better believe it. It’s about balance, my friends.
I’ve forever wanted a caftan from Emerson Fry. I’m a longtime fan of the entire brand and the caftans have called my name with their gorgeous fabrics from India and their have-no-care, generous cuts. Yes. It’s all I want when the temperatures rise.
So I ordered two different styles to try out, curious as to whether this 5’4″ tall mama could pull them off. (p.s. All caftans linked in this post are sustainable.) Let’s see…
This beauty is Emerson Fry’s longtime standard caftan. They do small-run batches at EF, making this company a wonderfully-sustainable choice. In other words, they’re not cranking out loads and loads of pieces that could otherwise get wasted. And unfortunately, this means you can’t always get what you want, however, they always seem to offer this piece in some gorgeous fabric. Right now, this Blue Ink is back in stock, though, so I tried to hop on this post so you could take advantage of it!
The fit of this caftan is really generous. It’s a one-size style piece and it’s just beautiful. You can see it’s pretty long on me though, and while I could have ordered the short version of this or hemmed it, I just wasn’t sold on doing either. It does have an optional inner tie at the empire waistline, but I found it doesn’t add as much definition as I’d hoped, for me. As beautiful as this is, this petite mama thought I’d try another.
Emerson caftan ** (OS)
When I ordered the Emerson caftan above, I didn’t realize the Francina was an overall smaller cut. So, when I looked back at the site, I was so happy to find this version. I adore that it’s very similar, but just a bit slimmer cut and shorter in length.
Right now Emerson Fry is sold out of the Rose Lurex version I have here, but they have a beautiful Saffron Lurex option that is in stock. They restock these fairly frequently in the summer, but the fabrics offered are unpredictable. I think that’s what makes these pieces such a special buy, though. And — it’s what keeps these a sustainable choice. The lurex part of the style indicates the beautiful gold metallic stripe running through this fabric. It’s hard to see here…but gorgeous in person. This also has an inner tie to add a tiny bit of shaping to the piece, but for floating around the house I opt out of those.
Shop All Emerson Fry Caftans
Emerson Fry offers such a variety right now, and they’re all something I’d love in my collection. The shorter versions weren’t what I wanted for curling up in the house, but for actually wearing as a dress or coverup, I think they’d be an even better choice. I may have to save up my pennies and add one to my closet soon. Especially after I kept staring at all of them while writing this post. My favorite fabric besides the two I tried above is the cerulean option in the light and dark blues. Gah. So beautiful and beachy.
What are you floating around the house in this summer? I’m planning to round up even more caftans soon. If you have any favorites, please leave a comment below! And if you know of any Black-owned lines that have caftans, I’d love to include those, too. Happy official summer, my friends!
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