Asia Travel

When I Am 58 I Will Wear an Orange Kaftan

Fashion Over Fifty with Fab Comfort

Location: Sri Lanka

So it’s my birthday.  Fifty-Eight.  Fabulous Fifty- Eight.  Spending this one in fabulous Sri Lanka, where Fab style has a different meaning.

Fashion over fifty with fab comfort

My new Kaftan

And so I decided it was time.  I may look like a walking circus tent – or maybe not.  But I have found in my travels and in My Fab Fifties Life,

Batik going on the fabric

comfort trumps fashion every time.  Especially when it’s 200% humidity.

I now own a Kaftan.  And not just any Kaftan – I had one made to my specification.  The fabric created, hand painted and then dyed. I wanted orange.  Bright colors look best with my Fabulous Grey Goddess hair.

Coming out of the dye vat

I wanted long to the ground and to cover my shoulders.  You see in so many countries we travel to, women must cover; legs, shoulders, midriff.  This will be an easy thing to throw on for visiting mosques and temples, historic sites or walking around town or to a restaurant. Or just going to the beach to watch the sunset. It fits this life – this Fab Fifties Life.

Fashion over fifty with fab comfort

Hello 58!

I love that I met the women who were responsible for making the batik and dyeing the fabric.  I love that I met the man who sewed it.  He was so darn sweet I wanted to buy everything in his shop. In fact, I bought another dress too.  Not a kaftan, but also with sleeves and covering my knees.

And best of all, guess what?  These made to my specifications, hand batiked and dyed dresses cost me $20 each.  Fabulous.

Happy Birthday to me.  It’s gonna be another amazing year.

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  • Reply Nancy Rimel

    Happy Birthday Laureen.
    You have gone native.

    January 13, 2018 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Monica Gayle

    Happy, Fabulous 58, my dear friend!! Orange is the new black and 58 is where it’s at!!! I love you, I admire your sense of adventure and I’m grateful you’ve been in my life all these years! Here’s to another amazing, fun filled & beautiful 365 days!

    January 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Debra Sidor Tanner

    Love your celebration of yourself……that is as it should be. I hope others celebrate you as well……but~~~~~with birthdays~~~~the biggest celebration should be with yourself. One more year…..and still FABULOUS! Happy Birthday my friend!!!!

    January 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thanks for that! ❤️

      January 14, 2018 at 1:37 am
  • Reply Lindy

    Great way to celebrate, beautiful beach, beautiful fashion and beautiful lady. Happy birthday!

    January 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Kathy Kuhn

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Laureen!

    January 13, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you First Lady!

      January 14, 2018 at 1:37 am
  • Reply Muriel B Marquet

    Happy Birthday! Love your orange kaftan!

    January 13, 2018 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Shawn Taber

    Happy Birthday! You are beautiful in your kaftan❤️

    January 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you and for all your support

      January 14, 2018 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Kim Logan

    What a wonderful gift you give us with each blog you write and the photos you share! It’s only fitting that you have something fabulous for yourself!

    January 13, 2018 at 10:33 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      That is so sweet. Thanks.

      January 14, 2018 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Judy Lewis Richards

    Happy Birthday!

    January 14, 2018 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Carla Wesson

    Happy Birthday, Laureen! You DO look fabulous!!

    January 14, 2018 at 3:04 am
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