This summer’s coolest new kaftans

From crisp Talitha cotton styles for day to silky Temperley pieces for evening

Languid summer days aboard a boat call for elegantly easy clothes – kaftans in other words, something loose and lovely to slip on over a swimsuit. This year’s strong folkloric theme works well by day. Juliet Dunn, long a purveyor of exceptionally pretty kaftans, has several knee-length crisp white cotton styles (from £119) embroidered with red. Talitha’s long kaftan (£588) in white cotton also picks up on the folkloric theme and its long sleeves and high round neck give plenty of protection from the sun. Laura Manara’s (£250) in white cotton terrycloth with blue embroidery are great for after a swim, while Brazilian label Vix’s version (£170) in pure white with inset floral embroidery is inspired by the sea goddess Lemanja, and could double as a day dress or a tunic to wear over jeans.

Alice Temperley has taken the white with red embroidery idea and created some enchanting pieces, most particularly a long, fluid silk and cotton button-through dress (£895, first picture), which is loose and easy enough to do double duty as a kaftan; a long, red and white V-neck kaftan (£595) with handpainted patterns is just as chic. More glamorous for evenings on deck are the silky versions: Temperley has an empire round-necked one (£495) in a black and grey print, but check out too Melissa Odabash’s grey and white snakeskin-effect kaftan (£425) and Roberto Cavalli’s long version (£1,125, second picture) in silk georgette with a sophisticated print in creams, blacks, browns and greys.

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From cover-ups to swimming costumes, see our pick of this season’s swimwear or step out in style in the new ultra-glam evening flats.

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