The Model and Me: Ever looked at a model wearing an item of clothing that appeals to you and dismissed the purchase out of hand? Yep, me too. Well, I’m here to tell you that you SHOULD get into that change room and give the object of your desire a try. You may not look like the model (I don’t, I’m a size 14), but you never know, it just may look right for you.
In my mind I float through summer on a waft of silk only stopping to refill my cocktail glass.
Yes, it’s a fertile imagination considering most of my days are spent in front of my computer or ferrying the kids to school and social dates.
But there’s something about slipping on a silk kaftan that does transport you to an alternate life.
It’s a timeless garment that can suit women of all shapes and sizes – the key styling tip being to create shape with the use of a slip underneath a semi-sheer fabric. You also have the option of wearing it as a dress or as a longer top.
The kaftan style can be more moo moo than marvellous if you don’t play your fashion cards right, so it’s essential to work with a fabric that is lightweight and allows you to give a glimpse of your shape underneath.
So, I was excited to find out about the label, Eco Diva, which specialises in one-size kaftans that fit sizes 10-22.
Eco Diva is a wholesale business made up of Australian designers working together with marginalised and in-need communities overseas to create practical and stylish collections of jewellery and clothing unique to the Australian market.
Oh, and warning: it’s a label for women who aren’t afraid of colour!
Which, of course, we aren’t anymore, are we? Not this summer.
Eco Diva silk chiffon kaftans are hand-painted by a Balinese women’s artisan’s cooperative, so no two are are completely alike. The label also includes a range of model slips, tops and pants that can be worn underneath the long or short kaftans.
Here is the model wearing the short green kaftan:
And here is me:
Here is the model wearing a short pink kaftan:
And here is me:
To find your nearest stockist of Eco Diva kaftans, click here.
So, have you got a silk kaftan in your summer fashion dreams this season? Do you have a favourite cocktail recipe to go with?
* These Eco Diva kaftans were sent to me for editorial review and consideration, in accordance with my product disclosure policy