YES YOU CAN: Dress up your kaftan

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

Whether it’s your last-minute airport buy or a summer holiday staple, the kaftan has become a go-to for summer-long comfort and understated glamour. Dress up a maxi length with heels and jewellery for a 70s eveningwear look, or keep it simple with bright prints and bold colours for beach-to-bar cool.

How to dress up your kaftan

For a go-anywhere staple

Tie dye is flattering, whatever your age. A shift is a great easy-ware shape. Kaftan, £448, freepeople.com

Home or away? This works beautifully.

Kaftan, £155, Aspiga

Scarf, £64, Sep Jordan

Bag, £24.99, Brock Collection x H&M

Sunglasses, £39, Quay Australia

Flipflops, £19.99, Havaianas x ZARA

For relaxed glamour

Your summer wedding-guest look sorted. Kaftan, £200, tallulahandhope.com

Smart trousers will elevate the look.

Kaftan, £245, Tory Burch

Trousers, £79, Jigsaw

Bag, £120, Jigsaw

Earrings, £35, Jigsaw

Necklace, £600, Matilde Jewellery

Sandals, £215, Tory Burch

For a chic beach cover-up

This look as fabulous worn out as it does poolside. A contrasting belt will add zing. Kaftan, £148, freepeople.com

Look out for a flattering drawstring waist.

Kaftan, £260, Heidi Klein

Bikini, £150, Tabitha Webb

Sandals, £55, Dune

Bag, £19.99, Lindex

Necklace, £130, Celeste Starre