Monday, March 30, 2009

On the Beach…..Caftan, South Beach Miami


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  1. Jules

    March 30, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I love the ethnic vibe,her hair is perfection. Its not the mass produced tribal wear they are trying to push now, it original, very SARTORIAL haha

    great post
    i follow ur blog care to follow mine?

    • Melissa

      November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Exactly. Ethnic wear should always be authentic.

    • Lady

      November 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I agree. This gives me the feel that she has an entire wardrobe like this. A style that comes naturally to her. Very beautiful, free spirit look.

  2. tiny

    March 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my god! This dress is incredible…it’s a call to the summer!

  3. pRiyA

    March 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm


  4. princess glee

    March 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Me gusta mucho! I love it! I want it! Where can I find it?!

  5. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    As a Floridian, I can totally relate to her outfit. I like how the green of the leaves match the green in the caftan. Practical and elegant.

  6. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    March 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    waww I love this. It’s so different from the usual!

  7. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I love everything.

  8. Maria

    March 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Love it!

  9. JouJou Loves You

    March 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Ahhh I live in Tunis and I rock these almost everyday during the summer. So easy to throw it on over a bikini, plus they are SUPER inexpensive considering it is part of the culture here to wear caftans.

  10. Rita

    March 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I love those glasses and that dress together.

  11. Uncle Vinny

    March 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where tie-dye never died, so I’m going to have to vote ‘No’ on this one.

  12. Jack Daniel

    March 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    this is so different from what you’ve posted before. It’s really interesting to see this lady posing very hard. :)

  13. ZombieLace

    March 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, she looks like a goddess, I love it all!!! The glasses are the most unexpected touch, slightly nerdy but in the most nerd-fabulous way.

  14. Grace

    March 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Alicia Keys?

  15. Hijabi Apprentice

    March 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    She looks beautiful!

  16. Christine--RHP

    March 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Now there’s a goddess in glasses!!!

  17. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    not really into the caftan, but i do like the way the tie dye pattern mimics the shape of her body some…

  18. Edna Mode

    March 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    …oh, for the love of Bea Arthur!

  19. lauren baluyo

    March 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Love this exotic shot! Much different than the others. That caftan is a definite head-turner!

  20. diane

    March 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, gorgeous!

  21. Stephanie

    March 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful shot! That caftan is so exotic. What rich colors!
    South Beach is one of my favorite people-watching places…soon to be again, once the spring-breakers are gone.

  22. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    This photo makes me want to leave New York and go to South Beach!

  23. Voice Acting Instruction

    March 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Her name is Sonia Hassan.A beautiful Egyptian Sister of min e…. And you can buy her look on 125th Street in Harlem, NY.
    The African shops have been selling beautiful handmade pieces like this there for 25 years…..IWouldn’t it be amazing if this look came into fashion….

    • Sonia

      November 15, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Thank You for the compliment :)

  24. laura

    March 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    ol√°… sou brasileira e este look me remeteu ao meu pa√≠s. lindo!

  25. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    very beautiful. i can feel the weather and the desire to quickly escape that caftan and bathe in the sun on the sands.


  26. Lainey

    March 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with that dress!! What an awesome beach dress!

  27. Dominica

    March 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I love the shoes even more than the dress and the dress is SOOOOO fabulous !

  28. reserve

    March 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Her hands are so expressive! And I absolutely adore her caftan and its colors. Truly stunning.

  29. holierthannow

    March 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    tie dye for

    (buh-dum chhhh!)

  30. Chelsea

    March 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    i LOVE that dress! I want it!

  31. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Mrs. Roper from Three’s Company called. She wants her caftan back!

  32. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Vive le Caftan marocain

  33. HEK

    March 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Cool picture! And it makes me long for summer so much..

  34. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    she can work it.

  35. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This West African print make me want to travel back home!!!!

  36. Maya

    March 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Caftan reminds me the brazilian brand Neon by Dudu Bertholini.

    Very tropical!!!

  37. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Case in point: start your day off cool, relaxed and in style. Dig the glasses. Great background choice.

  38. Bratique Helene

    March 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    OMG, that is a serious caftan. It almost looks like a skeletal system with that particular print.

  39. Little Clementine

    March 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I love everything in this outfit, it has a very free feel to it.

  40. sara ‚ô•

    March 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    a neo hippy grecian goddess. i live in greece so this is what im dying for this summer!!! and what is that on her wrist? feathers? to die for!!! great shot!

    • Sonia

      November 15, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Writs cuff was custom made for me by Aya (Haji Couture). She makes brilliant Feather earrings as well!

  41. me melodia

    March 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Were you in Miami for WMC?

  42. BOURNE

    March 30, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Not feeling it. The style is pushing my taste far enough, without the addition of the ultra bright turquoise. Maybe if it was more neutral colour.

    Aside from that? The shades don’t fit. Annnnd, the pose has “trying hard” all over it. Sort of sums the whole look for me. (Harsh? So.)

    It was pointed out on Twitter that the embroidery on the front is nice craftmanship. I agree there.

    Interesting shot though.

    Her effort made me look twice and got me to comment on it a few times here and elsewhere. There’s something to be said for that =)

  43. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    and then there is Maude…

  44. Holly

    March 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    sartorialist are you going crazy? this is not good.

  45. CW

    March 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Very nice. Now post a pic allowing us all to comment on the swimsuit beneath.

  46. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    She looks like a mood ring (must be over 40 to understand the allusion).
    Very comfortable and stylish!

  47. The Sartorialist

    March 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    she is not posing, i shot this while she was fixing her hair.

    Besides you wouldn’t really get a sense of the dress if she was just standing with her arms down.

  48. Kevin

    March 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    This isn’t a dress that would work on everyone, but she pulls it off flawlessly. It’s the gladiator sandals. The sandals make the outfit, in my opinion.

  49. Meagan

    March 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    There is quite a split between those that love this look and those that hate it. I don’t think this piece of clothing would have gotten such a great response on a woman less stunning than she is. The shape and bright color really seem appropriate for that area of the country, though. Not something to be worn here in the Northwest still trudging through snow at the end of March.

  50. Priya Malde

    March 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    My mom and aunt have one that is almost identical (colours and all). They got it from East Africa in Kenya :)

  51. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    i love the neck detail
    it adds the perfect amount of delicacy

  52. Hannah

    March 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Very sensual pattern! A new way of rocking the secretly sexy look! And the colors seem so joyful. Lovely.

  53. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    yay for African boubou’s.

  54. -h

    March 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    when did you get in miami? great style!

  55. Matias Bouhet

    March 30, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Is a real SEA DREAM, so incredible dress!!!!

  56. Magdalena

    March 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    So vivid and invigorating!

  57. Braden Hammond Glass

    March 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    This blog f#%&in rocks!! how cool is this!

  58. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    high girl ur soaring so high girl

  59. Cinthia

    March 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I love the details of the dress

  60. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t really like this, not too glamerous, a little to trendy…

  61. elisabeth

    March 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    This just doesn’t do it for me. Brings to mind my mum’s caftans. The fabric is lovely and so is the girl, I would just prefer to see her, perhaps in a bikini, posed in a chair with that fabric as the cover. But, then again, I’ve never been the South Beach type.
    But Sart, your photos are always the best.

  62. Anonymous

    March 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I swear, he could post a picture of the Golden Girls on here and you’d all be cooing about how great they look.

  63. seawallrunner

    March 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    she is too young, and too beautiful, to be wearing that muu-muu.

    this is a no.

  64. The Burlap Smack

    March 30, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Ok i know that the tye-dye is lame and maybe she’s trying too hard to ethnic blah blah blah this is sooooooooo gorgeous! And she looks stunning! enough said.

  65. Jankuya!

    March 31, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I actually don’t really like it at all. maybe I just don’t really like caftans, and also it makes her feet look like those of a penguin. Yes, there’s my final thought: she looks like a tie-dyed penguin.

  66. pearlsandcouture

    March 31, 2009 at 1:08 am


  67. evie

    March 31, 2009 at 1:10 am

    circa 1970s?

  68. petra

    March 31, 2009 at 2:56 am

    i love it!! the colorS are amazing and the feather bracelet nails it.

    i love you for taking shots like these! for me it’s the variety that keeps things interesting.

  69. Alexandra

    March 31, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Love the ink blot vibe and gold sandals!

  70. David

    March 31, 2009 at 4:44 am

    She bathes the eyes

  71. C.L.B

    March 31, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I love the varying blues and slightly tribal pattern. She looks beautiful.

  72. stylist

    March 31, 2009 at 5:14 am

    nice shoot

  73. nuha nuha

    March 31, 2009 at 5:18 am

    i couldn’t stop smiling seeing this. they sell a whole lot of them her ein malaysia, a broad range from batik prints to tie-dye like this one.

    only thing is people here wear it to bed. haha

    but oh god i would love to wear a cafftan to the beach! it’s so divine

  74. mar

    March 31, 2009 at 6:09 am

    stunning colors.

  75. Mujer imperfecta

    March 31, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Realmente precioso, maravillosos colores!

  76. Beatriz

    March 31, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I love this caftan!!! Nice colours

  77. Anonymous

    March 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Reminds me of Uli’s designs from Project Runway…

  78. A chicette in Paris

    March 31, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Ooooh! Trippy kaftan!!! :-)

    Kisses from Paris!


  79. Marina Hermanovna

    March 31, 2009 at 10:00 am

    wow this girl sure looks a lot like Alicia Keys…

    Amazing colors, love de metallic detail.

  80. Pictures on Page

    March 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

    What a fantastic shot! She looks like a young Alicia Keys.

  81. H*

    March 31, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I'd rather say it is a "bedriya" a kind of house-cleaning dress typical from Algeria/Morocco & Tunisia … a caftan is less … casual ^^

    Nice pic anyway … c'est assez d√©cal√© la bedriya √† Miami …


  82. southerngentinL.A.

    March 31, 2009 at 11:48 am


  83. Anonymous

    March 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    What is the piece on her wrist?

  84. Anabel Fournier

    March 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I live in Africa and that is an outfit you can easily find at beach shops in Dar es Salaam, Stone Town and Mombasa.
    I love the ethnic feel of it and that you can spot people wearing that in Miami.

  85. Anonymous

    March 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Sonia is a beautiful woman inside and out! She is also the face of HAJI Couture, a line of accessories which skillfully and artfully manipulates bird feathers into women’s adornments, such as the wrist cuff she is wearing.

  86. bernadette

    March 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    she looks like isadora duncan crossed with mita hari!

  87. Stephanie

    March 31, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I love it! Wish I could look that effortless in that.

  88. Jazibelle

    March 31, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I'm from Miami, and a lot of what you see on South Beach has to do with turning heads. This would certainly accomplish that.

    I'm not sure I could rock the shape and I would probably ditch those glasses in the ensemble – but I would definitely watch her walking down the sidewalk/poolside and think "That's different. That's cool." So she's good with me.

    By the way, were you in Miami for the WMC/Ultra? I was walking around Ultra and actually thought to myself what you would capture in those crowds…It's always such a sight (good & bad).

  89. K

    March 31, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Great picture!!!!

    i’ve always hated tie-dye but this girl rocks it!!!

  90. Golden Girl Olive

    March 31, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I’m a big fan of caftans-as-beachwear. Plus, her hair, cuff and glasses really complete the look. I’d maybe prefer barefeet, but alas she’s not actually ON the beach so the sandals are OK.

  91. Anonymous

    April 1, 2009 at 2:04 am

    She looks like a beautiful sea creature!


  92. makaimama

    April 1, 2009 at 3:28 am

    I’m so excited to see a caftan! It would be fun to live somewhere you could get away with wearing this. I have several caftans and the only place I wear them is at home and on Kauai.

  93. Dee

    April 1, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Love the whole look!!!

  94. thisislola

    April 1, 2009 at 6:16 am

    I like the colour palette, the sandals and the glasses, but I’m not sure about the tie-dye.

  95. Anonymous

    April 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

    We are in 1970

  96. travelbug

    April 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Is The Sartorialist condoning boardwalk concession beachwear? Gutsy.

    The gold detail with matching sandals is so… Atlantic City.

    But the hedge in the back is really nice.

  97. Becca the Promo Mami

    April 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Her hair is amazing!

  98. !i$@ Bee

    April 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I love it! Very “earth mother”

  99. Anonymous

    April 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Reminds me of a work of fractal art.

  100. Sonali

    April 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    This girl has confidence, and she wears it well!!

  101. Candace

    April 2, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Great detail around the neckline! And the unique pattern made from the tie-dye drapes perfectly on her…. compliments the small frame of her body well.

    Also, she looks more like the singer Mya than Alicia Keys to me.

  102. tizzylish

    April 2, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Wow, I love the vibrant color that she dares to wear…God, I miss my California sun….Paris seems so drab these days…Bravo to color on the street!!

  103. Anonymous

    April 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I don’t like Miami fashion. Too laid back. I love New York and European fashion. I’m getting so much inspiration from the paris, florence, and milano pictures. They look so put together. I want to move to one of these cities after college.

  104. Pernilla Algede

    April 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Amazing dress, cool with flip-flops and real funky glasses… me like!

  105. Anonymous

    April 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    nice shot. nice alternative to maxi dresses which are everywhere this summer.

    i wonder if she has transitions lenses (the kind sense brightness and go dark) in those glasses.

    i like how the biomorphic shape of the tie dye follows her body. but get’s brighter on the outside. it’s almost like she’s radiactive

  106. Maegan

    April 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    stunning. everything. perfection.

  107. Anonymous

    April 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    3 0 5 represent!!!!!!!!

  108. Anonymous

    April 4, 2009 at 3:40 am

    this is hot like cooked food. sensual & elegant!

  109. Anonymous

    April 5, 2009 at 1:44 am

    i love her sandals!! <3

  110. Afrika

    April 6, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I love the African-inspired fabrics…and the flowy nature too…plus the sandals…and the hair…and the…and the…and the…you get the gist!!

  111. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Horrible. Hippie died out in the late 70s.

  112. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

    The dress reminds me of my grandmas,mom,aunties back in Malaysia! but Im going to wear it to the mall for my holiday this summer,surely they’ll laugh at me!

  113. FABIANA

    April 12, 2009 at 10:34 am



  114. Ithappens

    April 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    It definitely has that African touch. I was surprised when I saw this. You can find it in Somali shops that’s for sure. My sister had an old one like this. Cool.

  115. Anonymous

    June 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I had a dress like that but I’ve overgrown it. looks very Nigerian or west african in general. Things we take for granted looks beautiful/exotic to others. lol

  116. imran

    August 10, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Wow!!! What a real asian dress beauty. LOve the color of the dress and style of the lady. The sandals are unique too. Look at the nail polish. How great it looks on white cute feet :-)

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  117. Mijiza Nine

    September 22, 2009 at 1:49 am

    sonia h. is indeed a Goddess.

    • Sonia

      November 15, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. Anonymous

    September 23, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Natural beauty,effortless style.Great that you can perceive it.Yea Sonia,big-up hajicouture!

  119. NutraBrite

    October 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    awesome !!!

  120. Birthday gift baskets

    October 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Extremely good looking.

    I have been reading your blog last couple of weeks and enjoy every bit. Thanks

  121. Resveratrol

    October 29, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    It would be fun to live somewhere you could get away with wearing this. I have several caftans and the only place I wear them is at home and on Kauai.

  122. deepak

    January 9, 2010 at 2:55 am

    This is very useful information, especially for fashion designer. Thanks!html to pdf and Love meter

  123. Anise

    March 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

    In Malaysia, it's normal for the Malay women to wear this at home, even when sleeping! I kid you not…
    The material is made from cotton or silk and the prints are either floral or ethnic motifs called "batik"..

  124. HTC Desire Case

    October 23, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I love this kaftan. Looks great

  125. John

    November 20, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I really like this picture due to many of the reasons. First, you really captured the "moment" that is just astonishing. Also, beautiful kaftan on exotic woman.

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  126. Anonymous

    January 22, 2011 at 2:35 am

    This reminds me of an amoeba :D It's still really pretty

  127. Namrata

    April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Love the tie & dye, batik effect on this kaftan! Very earthy and ethnic


  128. herrikwilliam

    November 24, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Beach Kaftan Dresses have taken on a whole new glamorous avatar with several Hollywood celebs donning them over recent years.

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