Amy Zerner’s Fashion Sense: Couture Caftans and Goddess Garments

Caftans by Amy Zerner
Caftans by Amy Zerner, Photo Courtesy Amy Zerner

I design many couture caftans for Bergdorf Goodman. I love working with the fabrics and shimmering, hand-beaded embellishments to create these timeless goddess garments.

A beautiful caftan creates a very glamorous look and can turn heads with a very minimal amount of effort. Flattering, flowing, free and very feminine, the caftan is one of those articles of clothing that will never go out of style. It is also very forgiving and looks good on every body type. A pretty caftan can work for entertaining at home, or it can be dressed up for a night out, ideal for a summer garden party or on vacation over cocktails at sunset.

So don’t be afraid to try the flowing goddess look!

When choosing a caftan, follow this advice:

1. Always choose a caftan with the right length. If the dress touches the ground it will drag and ruin the fabric.

2. If you have a wider waist and want to look slimmer, choose an empire style, which will flare out from under your bust and make your waist and hips look smaller.

3. If you are a more petite woman, don’t choose very large prints or patterns, as they will swamp a small frame. Instead, go for a smaller, more delicate pattern or a solid color.

4. When it comes to accessorizing your maxi dress with jewelry, bigger is better. Small and delicate necklaces just don’t get noticed against a caftan. Try bold pieces.

5. To make your caftan glamorous for a night out, wear a pair of metallic, high-heeled and strappy sandals with a bit of sparkle.

6. If you need a coverup to keep warm when going out, wear a silky wrap or shawl that adds a contrast to the color of the gown.

Amy Zerner is the Hamptons’ number one fashion blogger and designer.

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