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Datalounge, help me: does this qualify as a caftan?

Or is he wearing a dashiki--or is it just some sort of weird big shirt?

It doesn't look so bad with the pants, whatever it is. But what do you call what he's wearing?

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by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 5:48 PM

Looks like a caftan to me.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Monday at 9:32 PM

It's a big weird shirt. It's not long enough to be a caftan,

by Anonymousreply 2Last Monday at 10:52 PM

I like it

by Anonymousreply 3Last Monday at 11:12 PM

Lane Bryant would call it a tunic blouse.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Monday at 11:20 PM

He needs large hoop earrings.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Monday at 11:23 PM

Mini caftan with a tuck that says, "all eyes on my low-hangers!"

by Anonymousreply 6Last Monday at 11:25 PM

He accessorizes well.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Monday at 11:41 PM

That’s a dashiki.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Monday at 11:55 PM

I would call it unfortunate.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 1:13 AM


by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 1:52 AM

It's a My First Caftan, starter model. Soon he'll be enjoying the billowing folds, comfort and freedom that only a caftan provides!

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 2:03 AM

He can’t graduate to full caftan, R11; he needs pants due to the sweaty thighs that chafe.

A true caftan requires thigh gap and only gaunt queens can really make them work.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 2:15 AM

He's, um, presentable.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 3:31 PM

Its billowing roominess could comfortably hide a multitude of dieting sins!

by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 3:38 PM

[quote] A true caftan requires thigh gap and only gaunt queens can really make them work.


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by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 3:46 PM

It may have started out as a hospital gown given to him during COVID, and he just kept it. Some are more fashionable than the white or baby blue ones you typically see.

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 4:59 PM

I suspect there’s a ponytail back there.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 6:45 PM

It's caftan-esque.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 7:04 PM

It's cultural appropriation, is what it is.


by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 7:08 PM

Turn in your gay card, OP. In no way is this a caftan.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 7:12 PM

At least the stripes are going in a flattering direction.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 8:02 PM

Is that a Datalounger? I've never seen one in the wild before.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Tuesday at 8:21 PM

It's a shent! I wish I could have my shents cut looser and lower in the back, but they tend to, uh, billow at the most inappropriate times.

* fnart *

by Anonymousreply 23Last Tuesday at 8:50 PM

Maybe it used to be caftan, but someone decided to put their expert alteration and sewing skills to good use after one of the house cats trashed the bottom.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Tuesday at 9:12 PM

[quote] Turn in your gay card, OP. In no way is this a caftan.

Well, then you['d better be able to explain what it is.

I'm waiting!

by Anonymousreply 25Last Tuesday at 9:35 PM

He bought that mail order from an International Male Summer Catalog some 25-30 years ago.

Of course, it looked much, much better on the hot male model who was wearing it as a beach cover-up and flashing his bikini-style swimsuit.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Tuesday at 11:04 PM

I'd wear it

by Anonymousreply 27Last Tuesday at 11:06 PM

How can anyone explain what it is, OP? It is whatever you project upon it. It exists within the intersection of the real, the imaginary, and the symbolic. It is everything. It is nothing.

To me, it’s the end product of a Sewing for Beginners class. Everyone else made their scrubs top without fuss but Frank insisted on adding dropped shoulders and lengthening the body and sleeves.

He changed his mind several times; put everyone on the spot by demanding the truth about how fat it made him look; and mumbled, cursed, and slammed his pincushion as he tried to get the point of the neckline perfectly centered on the middle stripe.

Fraught. That’s what it is to me.

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by Anonymousreply 28Last Tuesday at 11:31 PM

A caftan falls to midcalf or the ankles OP.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Wednesday at 7:23 AM

It could also be a nightshirt that he forget to take off when he got up that morning. They usually go to about the knees.

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by Anonymousreply 30Last Wednesday at 12:05 PM

It's just big ole shirt thing that looks comfortable.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Wednesday at 2:04 PM

... or a maternity blouse that will fit during the entire pregnancy.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Wednesday at 2:36 PM

It was a mini-caftan, popular in the mid-60s, though the photographer convinced him to put jeans on and tuck the back half in.

Maybe it's my privilege showing, but I felt bad for him that he was 57, didn't own a car and was living in a rental in New Jersey and looking for a roommate to share the space with.

Though the apartment was nicely furnished, at least the parts that were photographed.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Wednesday at 2:44 PM

It's a morning caftan which should never wear past 11:30 a.m.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Wednesday at 3:44 PM

Mr. Turk is not impressed.

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by Anonymousreply 35Last Wednesday at 3:53 PM

Caftan? More like a halftan! I fear all the world to have peerage of my virtuous undercarriage without proper consent!

by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 5:48 PM
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