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One Caftan, Three Ways

A black woman with arms up, wearing a black cowboy style hat and a red, white and black floral caftan and white pants.
A black woman sitting in a car, wearing sunglasses and a black cowboy style hat and a red, white and black floral caftan.

Meet Janet:

mother, blogger
and Ashro customer

When we decided to do an article on styling caftans, we immediately thought of Janet. She loves clothes. But even more, she likes to be creative with the pieces she has—and look great on a budget. Let’s see how she did…

Each look starts with the Anya Short Caftan

(but any short caftan will do).

An African-American woman wearing a short red, white, and black floral print caftan and black leggings.
Anya Short Caftan

For all three looks, Janet wore the Anya over pants or leggings, like a tunic. (Tunics are all the rage right now.) Any short caftan can be styled this same way—they’re basically long tunics with a fantastic price tag. Why not take advantage?


A black woman with arms up, wearing a black cowboy style hat and a red, white and black floral caftan and white pants.

We all know that quality time with the ladies is a must—and so is looking fantastic. Having a caftan collection gives you so many fun options. Here, we’ve paired the Anya Short Caftan with pieces that pull out its dominant colors: white pants, red booties and a black fedora. What a fantastic look!

When we proposed that Janet add a hat to this outfit, she was all in. “Hats are my friends. They add a little more oomph.” Hats can instantly…

  • Turn around a bad hair day
  • Change up your look
  • Make you feel as spunky on the outside as you do on the inside

For “Lunch with the Ladies,” Janet also tried a wig for the first time. Why not? She went with the Dylan Wig.

She loved how easy it was to experiment with a whole new look. If you’re ready to try a wig, it’s not hard to get started…and you’ll open up a whole new world of possibilities. Get the basics from our How to Wear a Wig and Why article!

The bottom half of a woman wearing a slim white pant.
Delania Pant
Red faux-suede with patent accents heeled bootie.
Celestine Shoe
A smiling black woman in a long, brown wavy wig wearing a denim blue off-the-shoulder top.
Dylan Wig
A smiling African-American woman with long hair, wearing a wide brimmed burgundy hat with a black band.
Shanay Hat


Janet looks A-Mazing! For “Night Out,” we added our new Corset Stretch Belt to give instant shape, sass and sex appeal. Investing in an accessory like this means you can get more look out of all of your looser dresses, tunics and caftans.

Dressing and buying with intention is a great way to go. Janet loves this approach. “You don’t have to spend a lot to look cute. It just takes a little effort.” She focuses on what’s in her closet, where she’s going, and buys pieces that she can put to good use.

If you feel good in a beret, invest and make this one a signature look. Black faux leather matches just about anything you might have in your closet…and amps up your look in under a minute.

Add blingy leggings and high heels, and WHOA, you’ll be turning heads and feeling fantastic.

Janet definitely brings her own style to the table, too, with her signature red lipstick and sunglasses. “You need to know YOU and what’s going to work for you and your personality. That’s what’s key.”

A black woman outside in a city at dusk, wearing a black beret and a red, white, and black floral caftan.
A black faux-leather beret.
Faux Leather Beret
A white and black clutch bag with gold studs detail on the front.
Halona Bag
The bottom half of a woman wearing black sequin leggings and black heeled shoes.
Sally Sequin Legging


A black woman sitting on a brown chaise, wearing a red, white and black floral caftan with black leggings.

After a long day or a hard week, we love a caftan for quiet, recharging time at home. There’s nothing easier. Slip it over your head, and like magic, you’re dressed for relaxing—and you’re still looking like a queen.

During the warmer months, a light, silky caftan is perfect all by itself, but fall and winter call for smart layering. (Even queens get cold.) Let’s keep it sleek and definitely not frumpy. How about fleece-lined leggings and a fitted long-sleeve top? Now that’s cozy and flattering!

Add some zebra slides and you’re looking great at home. You won’t mind a bit if somebody comes to the door.

As much as we love clothes and making an entrance, there is no doubt that who we are matters more than anything we can wear or buy. We love the way that Janet believes in doing what makes you smile, working hard and continually having an attitude of gratitude:

“Maybe you’re not where you want to be yet, but if you’re better off than you were, you’re making progress. Focus on what you do have, give yourself and your dreams some time and keep going.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Thanks Janet!

Ashro is looking for women who are living their lives with all they’ve got, overcoming struggles and keeping it real. You just might be the next woman to inspire us all. Tell Us Your Story! 

A black woman sitting in a car, wearing a black cowboy style hat and a red, white and black floral caftan.

Janet lives in Georgia and writes a blog called, “From My Big Eyes.” She loves to travel and explore—and has even interviewed stars on the red carpet. You go girl!

14 thoughts on “One Caftan, Three Ways

  1. Awesome Cousin! You look great in the caftan. My fave is the “tucked in at home” look.

  2. Have been doing this for years These short caftans are so versatile!

  3. I recently ordered a caftan and wasn’t sure about wearing it outside the home, thanks for satisfying my curiosity. I can do this with ease.

    1. For sure Sharon! It’s our pleasure to give you some ideas about wearing a caftan ANYWHERE! 🙂 Enjoy!

  4. I wear mines outside some comes with a scarf . A great look to wear.

    1. Great to hear Betty! Thanks for the comment!

    2. I wear mine outside also.

  5. I do the pants under the long caftans as well. I split the caftan up each side just below the waist. As you walk you can see the pants. Have received a lot of compliments on this look.

    1. Great idea Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the short and long Caftan. I don’t go on vacation without them.

    1. Aren’t caftans great Cynthia?! Thanks for your comment!

  7. Can white women wear your beautiful Afrocentric clothes? The designs and mixed patterns are gorgeous. I am an artist and I love color!

  8. I ordered my first caftan from Ashro years ago when I was in a belly dance show, to cover my costume until it was my turn to perform. It’s so comfortable and pretty, I’ve worn it a lot but only at home. It’s starting to look raggedy cause I’ve worn it so much! So I’m going to replace my long caftan and also buy a short one to wear out and about with leggings and booties. Thank you, Janet, for fashion inspiration!

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