For ease of packing and also simple summer styling, a kaftan is a holiday essential. This gorgeous blue-and-white-striped piece from Witchery has a simple rope tie, and is not only the perfect beach cover up, but can also be transformed into almost anything this summer…

1 The laidback loungewear

For long days spent reading and suntanning in the sand, a bikini and wide-brimmed hat are the perfect additions to your kaftan.


Kaftan R699 Witchery; hat R79 Mr Price; bikini top R249, bikini bottoms R129 H&M; sliders R299 Daily Friday @Superbalist

2 Beach to bar

One of the best things about a holiday is the seamless move from beach to bar. Throw on comfy block heels in bright summer-yellow, and tasseled earrings, and your kaftan is officially cocktail ready.

Kaftan, R699, Witchery Earrings, R39, Mr Price Clutch, R559, Zara Shoes, R169, Mr Price

3 Street-style approved

Whoever said kaftans were for the Boho-inclined only certainly never tried this…With a mesh inset bikini and liquid silver tote bag, your look is elevated to street-style status.

Kaftan R699 Witchery; visor R349 Mimco; bikini top R249 H&M; bag R329 H&M; shoes R999 Zara


4 Bronzed babe

Mix your kaftan with bold metal jewellery all in the same tone, and platform sneakers. Rose-gold and bronze work beautifully with a summer tan.

Kaftan R699 Witchery; sunglasses R99 Woolworths; earrings R169 Zara; necklaces R129 for set H&M; sandals R1 299 Steve Madden @Superbalist

5 Athleisure, always

Because you might have to dash to the pool and swim a couple laps, or end up playing some sport, you should be prepared with this outfit. Tinted sunnies keep the look co-ordinated.

Kaftan R699 Witchery; cap R179 H&M; sunglasses R59 Mr Price; swimsuit R399 Woolworths; sneakers R1 999 Puma @Superbalist