Kaftan Dresses and Turban Headbands: Western Fashion Going Middle East

Summer has started again and suddenly I have “no clothes” for summer (this probably sounds very familiar to many girls). As I make my way to work or home, I pass shopping streets and always check for new things. When you don’t like to wear a lot of skirts or tank tops during summer but don’t want to feel like you’re trapped inside a volcano, it’s sometimes hard to find what you want.

But lately something has caught my eye. So-called gauze dresses, kaftan dresses, even turban head bands. At a certain point I was walking past Forever 21, thinking: “Wow, this looks like something my mum wears at home”.

Fact is that the Muslim population is a considerable part of the West. Whether you are aware of it or not, retail stores seem to give this a place in their collections.

Forever 21
Forever 21
Forever 21
Forever 21

Not only this Middle Eastern style gets me excited for summer. Comfort is a must and the long and light trousers and dresses inspired by fashion from the seventies is what we see in stores today as must-haves.

Debra Messing
Debra Messing
Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman

Designers like Chloé, Cavalli and Ferretti, and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Debra Messing, Uma Thurman… made many feel like being teleported to the charms of the Middle East.

Written by Sara Elloukmani

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Sara Elloukmani is 20 years old and studies Sociology. She’s a film enthusiast who loves reading, politics, music and art. She also has a warm heart for nature.