Evans Black Embellished Kaftan

A few weeks ago I was approached by Evans to see if I’d like to review something from their swimwear range.  Unfortunately I was sized out of their bikinisswimdresses and swimsuits because I need a small back and large cup (Evans swimwear is available in dress sizes 14-32 and in cup sizes C-D, DD-E and F-G) so I would have found them too large in the back but too small in the cup.  

Not to be deterred, I had a look at their range of kaftans instead and chose to try the Black Embellished Kaftan.

Image courtesy of Evans

I had never even tried on a kaftan before but when I’ve been on holiday I’ve often seen women looking very glamorous in them so I wanted to see how it worked on me.

The fabric is a soft 100% polyester chiffon (machine washable) that offers coverage without completely hiding away one’s figure.  I adore the v-neckline and the large gold and bronze sequin-like beads around the neck help to add a bit of weight to hold it in place.

The kaftan didn’t feel heavy or as if it would be hot when worn in the sun.  It seems a great way of covering up whilst still keeping cool and it’s so light that it would fit into your beach bag without you knowing it was there.

Lengthwise it’s good: coming down to just above my ankle.  The kaftan could be worn with any kind of heel or even barefoot and still look great.

The Black Embellished Kaftan is one size so it should fit most.  It also has fully open sides (so is essentially a sheet of chiffon with a hole for your head), which gives a lot of flexibility for fit but I found that it didn’t offer the best coverage.  I tend to go to the beach rather than the pool when I am on holiday and sometimes there are gusty winds along the coastline, which would cause quite a problem if I was wearing this – I have visions of it blowing up over my face and head!  Not the glamorous look I was hoping for.  I also felt that the material seemed somewhat voluminous so I wondered if there was a way to make it work a bit better…

Yes!  With a belt, of course!  I tried adding my trusty IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel Plus Size Obi Belt In Black and I think it worked really well.  Because the belt is soft and flexible it’d be the ideal thing to have in your beach bag without it taking up too much room or being awkward to fit in.

As always, the belt pulls in the outfit and highlights my waist.  It also helps to keep those open sides closed on the top half at least and the improved shape definition makes the kaftan look more like something one could wear on a night out.  I personally wouldn’t though as the bottom half is still fully open and it’s pretty easy to reveal more than intended!

The floaty fabric falls into place beautifully and the belt serves as an anchor to ensure that any wardrobe malfunction due to gusty coastline winds would be kept to a minimum. 

I think the Evans Black Embellished Kaftan is a great piece to use as a cover-up on holiday.  However, do be aware that the sides are fully open as this factor could affect your decision to buy. 

You can read all about Evans swimwear here.



  1. Anonymous
    12 June 2013 / 22:32

    I think this looks great on you with or without the belt. Your figure rocks!

    • Curvy Wordy
      12 June 2013 / 23:23

      Thank you!

  2. Ana
    12 June 2013 / 22:52

    you could wear it on a night out with leggins 😛

    • Curvy Wordy
      12 June 2013 / 23:23

      Yes, what a great idea!

  3. Lily Elizabeth
    12 June 2013 / 23:42

    It blows my mind that you look amazingly curvy even when wearing something completely shapeless! Htf do you manage that?!! But this looks very good on you and I think the addition of the belt is inspired!

    • Curvy Wordy
      13 June 2013 / 21:11

      Aww thanks Lily! The belt adds a bit of je ne sais quoi 😉

  4. Linda
    13 June 2013 / 20:00

    You look lovely in this! Love your body shape. I too have the same problem with back size and cup size but actually never knew Evans offered varied sizes. I shall keep that in mind for the future xxhttp://thecurvygirlinthecorner.blogspot.comP.S. Liked this post on Bloglovin 🙂

    • Curvy Wordy
      13 June 2013 / 21:14

      Thank you, Linda 🙂 So glad this post was informative for you. Evans do some really lovely swimwear so it's definitely worth a look x

  5. Nancy Simpson
    13 June 2013 / 23:54

    I was thinking of getting this for my holiday in August and your post has made me decide it's a definite yes! Thank you x

    • Curvy Wordy
      16 June 2013 / 20:28

      Yay, I'm sure you'll be pleased with it. Have a fab holiday 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    27 July 2013 / 14:59

    This is so beautiful! I thought it was lingerie as first glance! I love this lingerie blog <3

  7. Anonymous
    22 April 2014 / 13:06

    Beautiful figure, but those shoes make me kind of hate you. They're dirty looking and clunky as hell. You're super cute, so up that shoe game, girl!

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