Kaftans are dresses that are long and very flowy. Most people think of them as African wear, but they are worn by many cultures going back to the 14th century. They come in bright colors and usually have lots of embellishments. In the past they were worn for special occasions, but today kaftans are worn for any occasion by young and older women alike. You can wear them to the beach, to a wedding, to a special night out or during the day as a casual outfit. The sky is the limit. I’ve found lots of different styles of kaftans for you to consider. See below.
Ann Lowe, African American fashion designer who created the wedding gown of Jackie Kennedy.
Jackie O wasn’t Ann Lowe’s first or only high profile client. Ann Lowe also designed for New York society families like the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts
In the 1960’s, Lowe opened Ann Lowe Originals inside the Saks Fifth Ave department store on Madison Avenue in New York. Her amazing work still lives on in the permanent archives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Fashion Museum and The Smithsonian. Lowe passed away in 1981 at the age of 83.
Sadly, Lowe did not get the credit she deserved for designing and creating Jackie’s all-important dress. Jackie is said to have told people that her gown was made by a “colored woman dressmaker” and Lowe was only mentioned by name in the Washington Post where fashion editor Nine Hyde simply wrote “… the dress was designed by a Negro, Ann Lowe.”
Read about Ann Lowe in the below book by Deborah Blumenthal
Information for this post came from a Huffpost story online via “Black Voices”
Jumpsuits are one of this year’s fall trends. This trend is not for everyone, because they can be hard to fit. Depending on your body type you may have to try on many styles before you find the right one for you. The good thing is, there are lots of styles to choose from.
Look for styles that will compliment your lifestyle. They range from form fitting to loose fitting, dressy to casual. There are even formal jumpsuits that you can wear to a wedding or any other formal event.
The most popular ones, I’ve noticed, are the very loose fitting ones. They will fit almost any body type, because they’re very forgiving. So, if you think you can pull it off, go for it.