How to Accessorize a Kaftan

Marimekko kaftan

I’m back!

Did you miss me? At least a little bit? I sure missed you my dear readers. But I also needed a break, not just from work but also from the blog and social media. It’s good to take some time off from social media every once in a while.

Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that it wasn’t a complete break as I kept posting some occasional photos on all of my 3 Instagram accounts… But for the most part I’ve used Instagram mainly to watch kitten videos.  

Anyway… in the past two weeks I’ve spent some time in the U.K., travelling in Germany, a day in Riga (Latvia), and relaxing at home in Helsinki. And of course the weather has been way too hot for my liking…

The kaftan season…

So, this is what I’ve been wearing on most days. I know, it’s basically just a shapeless sack, and it makes me look 3 sizes bigger. But I couldn’t care less. It’s the perfect thing to wear on a hot day as it barely touches my skin.

And because it’s made from viscose, it’s just as comfortable as cotton. And I can just spray myself with cold water when it gets too hot (you know, with one of those spray bottles you use for ironing). This takes care of the wrinkles, too, by the way. Or I could just take a shower wearing it; the dress dries quite fast…

Marimekko kaftan

How to accessorize a kaftan

When it comes to accessorising this dress, less is more. The iconic Unikko print, especially in this colour combination, is quite striking on its own. And the simple shape has a carefree vibe that works best with something easy-going and streamlined.

Of course, I need a pair of minimalist sunglasses with just a hint of diva. The bigger the better. I can’t think of a single reason why anyone would wear small sunglasses. I mean, what’s the point? You wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, right?

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OK, let’s move on to jewellery next… 

You know those photos (in fashion magazines) of boho-chic women in kaftans wearing tons of long necklaces and bracelets? So glam, and so not going to work for me. I simply can’t stand the weight of metal (or beads, or anything) around my neck when it’s hot. No, I want absolutely nothing touching my skin, period.

That leaves me with one option as far as jewellery is concerned: statement earrings. The bigger the better. Because, well, with my hair, I need earrings the size of Christmas tree ornaments if I want them to be visible at all. But then the problem is that huge earrings tend to be too heavy (for my liking) and uncomfortable. The solution: something big but lightweight, like the white wooden baubles or rose gold leather I’m wearing in these pictures. They weigh absolutely nothing but make a huge impact. 

By the way, I have nickel allergy, so I never wear the hooks that come with earrings. Instead, I discard the hook and just hang the earrings from a pair white gold hoops. 

kaftan 1300 x 1000

kaftan 1300 x 1000

Outfit details:
kaftan: Marimekko / bag: Marc Jacobs / sunglasses: Nina Ricci /
sandals: Camper / white earrings: Aarikka / rose gold leather earrings:  Viktoria Boldt (old)


How would you accessorize this kaftan dress?


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  1. Flora
    5 August 2019 / 11:08 am

    The wall is a perfect back drop for your beautiful print.

    • Tiina
      8 August 2019 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Flora! I thought so, too.

  2. Arlene
    5 August 2019 / 3:26 pm

    So glad you’re back but happy you had a nice break from it all. Everyone needs that once in awhile. Love the print on your kaftan and those earrings!! It’s been hot here also and it got very uncomfortable outside. Been hibernating a bit and getting cabin fever in August! I usually get that in the winter. Today has started out with a little bit of a breeze so it’s refreshing. Sounds like you had a nice vacation travelling around Europe. Hope you have a great day! Looking forward to your next post. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      8 August 2019 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Arlene. Yes, I had a nice break, and really needed it, too. Now it’s back to normal, with work etc…

  3. 5 August 2019 / 7:06 pm

    You look gorgeous despite the hot!. I love your kaftan, the magnificent print and floaty fabric, and the colors!!. And totally agree that viscose is the best fabric ever to wear in a heatwave as it’s breathable and flows when you walk!.
    Obviously I have to agree on big earrings, but as a maximalist myself, I’d wear a bunch of bracelets and necklaces, but the lighter ones I could find!.
    I love your sandals and bag too!

    • Tiina
      8 August 2019 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you dear! Hot weather is always a real challenge for me, and I’m not talking about just outfits. I get heatstrokes very easily, so I really try to stay in a cool place, as much as possible.
      I love the idea of big bracelets and necklaces, and I envy people who wear that on a hot day. As for me, earrings is all I can bear. Maybe a big ring.

  4. Jodie
    6 August 2019 / 5:25 pm

    Talk about a fabulous print!! That’s the advantage of a piece like this…it needs basically nothing else.

    • Tiina
      8 August 2019 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Jodie! I agree: this is a statement print and it deserves to be the focal point of the outfit.

  5. Tami Von Zalez
    6 August 2019 / 11:15 pm

    Really pretty large scale print works well with your complexion. Since I don’t wear earrings (but they look fab on you), I would probably accessorize with a long chunky necklace.

    • Tiina
      8 August 2019 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Tami. I have another kaftan dress (in ink blue) with this print, too.
      A chunky necklace would probably look fab with a kaftan dress. For me, hot weather is the problem: I can’t stand anything touching my skin.

    • Tiina
      9 August 2019 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Elise!

  6. Jess
    8 August 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Love the mix of orange and pink! This is such a pretty and bold print, love it! I would do the same, like you said, less is more! I love the drop earrings and those sandals look stylish and perfect for walking all day.
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • Tiina
      9 August 2019 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Jess. Yes, less is more, in most cases. At least for me.

  7. 9 August 2019 / 1:50 am

    I just love how you styled this! The print is so fun and definitely a throwback. Your earrings are perfect with it!

    • Tiina
      9 August 2019 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks, Ruth. Would you believe that this print was first introduced in 1964? It’s older than I am!

  8. 9 August 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Kudos to you for embracing this style. I love the print!

    • Tiina
      9 August 2019 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you! I love this print, too. So much that I have two kaftan dresses with this print…

  9. 12 August 2019 / 1:59 pm

    That is a beautiful dress and it looks so good for a hot day! The print is so cheerful and the earrings are the perfect accessory with it! 🙂

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp 🙂
    Hope that you had a great weekend 🙂

    • Tiina
      13 August 2019 / 9:50 am

      Thanks, Mica!

  10. mummabstylish
    12 August 2019 / 10:31 pm

    Well it look super on, very cool and stylish. Thanks for adding to the #chicandstylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Tiina
      13 August 2019 / 9:50 am

      Thanks, Jacqui!

  11. thestylesplash
    13 August 2019 / 3:59 pm

    That’s such a beautiful kaftan! I adore the bright and cheery print! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina
      15 August 2019 / 9:46 am

      Thanks, Emma!

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