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Styling an Egyptian Kaftan {affordable bohemian fashion}

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Styling an Egyptian Kaftan {affordable bohemian fashion}


My New Year's resolution for my blog is to give you more.... ME!
MUHAHAHAAAAA!!! 
Seriously, though. 
I submitted my blog to a site and requested that the users visit my blog and answer two questions: "At a glance, what you do you think my blog is about?" and "What would you change about my blog?"

I had an overwhelming amount of people say they would like to see more of me and how I live. Let people see frugal bohemian living through me and not just through product recommendations.

I often forget to mention my personal life on here because I have another blog that's just for that. It's called Modern Colors and I've been blogging there for about 5 or 6 years now. So I realized, I could always just share the Modern Colors posts on this blog as well so you guys don't have to follow two separate blogs to keep up with me.

So here I am!!
HOWDY!

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I figured my first post should be a fashion post so here's a post I wrote for my other blog a few weeks ago.
(Why do I feel so awkward doing this?!?! Just breeeaaaathe, Hollie. It's gonna be ok.)

This is what I wore to church a few weeks ago. I bought this Egyptian caftan on Amazon a couple years ago for like $15 because I thought it was a mini-dress. I was little disappointed to find that it was full length and stashed it away thinking maybe I'll just just shorten it myself later but I just couldn't bring myself to chop up a good dress and risk ruining it with my poor sewing skills. I hung it up and completely forgot about it. I rediscovered it and I was certain I had outgrown it since it was pretty snug just two years ago but lo and behold it still fits... eer... thanks to an extremely tight pancreas-compressing body shaper. 

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I decided to give the dress a try today since it's very cool and windy outside.
I'm in love. I dig it hard.
 I also have a dress like this in chocolate brown silk with bold metallic silver thread that was given to me a by a guy whose coffee shop I used to visit every day. His mother picked it up on her travels somewhere in the Middle East and never wore it so he gave to someone he knew would appreciate it. Me!!!
It's too tight and the last time I tried it on, I thought I was going to have to cut myself out of it. Plus it has weird 80s-cut puff sleeves so I keep it in my costuming stash to lend out to whoever needs it.

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I also have an genuine men's dashiki pants set that is similar to the dress I'm wearing. I intended to wear the top alone as a dress and I even put it on to wear this morning but it's just too dang big. I'd like to figure out a way to taper the waist to flare the bottom of it out into an A-line. 
And by figure it out I mean... take it to a seamstress.
And by take it to a seamstress I mean... sell it on eBay.

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You can easily find authentic caftans like this online. I got this one from Amazon seller  Egypt Gift Shops. This seller doesn't really have much in the fashion department apart from a couple kaftans and burqa thingies so you might want to look elsewhere. 

To find this particular style of caftan online do a search for ""Egyptian Caftan" or kaftan spelled with a K. To get to more modern style caftans search for "Muslim Dress".

 If you search for just "Egyptian dress", you'll most likely come up with goddess and Cleopatra costumes.

For my accessories I wore authentic kuchi tribe earrings I got from TribalBazaar.com for about $9. I didn't wear a necklace since the neckline is high and has very pretty details I didn't want to cover up and I paired it was my favorite studded ankle boots.

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I hope you liked my first personal fashion post!!

Do you wear caftans? How do you style them? 
Let me know in a comment below!



3 comments:

  1. love it. I may start wearing caftans, you look great and I love the color

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  2. This shade of red is an attractive look for you, Hollie! I "style" a very old, very heavy caftan with my house-wear thermals and rip-off Uggs to scamper out into the snow to fill the bird feeders. It's like wearing a Bedouin tent!

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