Kimono’s have been around for centuries and just in the last couple of years, they have come into light at a fashion item. They are traditionally known as a long loose and silky robe that has wide sleeves and is tied with a sash. Kimono’s are a formal garment in Japan. Here in America, we have adopted a form of that by making them a lighter fabric with more prints and they come in a variety of lengths. The beauty of this piece is that you only need to buy one or two of them and you can wear them for the rest of your life! I only own 2 kimonos (one is pictured above) and I have owned this item since high school. The one I am wearing is a black and red floral kimono and the other one I own is a blue and white tribal print one. I wore them more in college because they were so easy to just throw over a t-shirt and jeans and hit the bars. Now that I am in the professional world I need to buy a more work appropriate style of kimono. I think a long white and pastel color floral one. What do you all think would be a work appropriate style?
OVER A SUNDRESS OR MAXI DRESS
For the ultimate summer outfit try for a light color pastel kimono paired with a sundress. You’ll look so put together with all the light summer colors. If you want to wear a maxi dress, try for a longer style kimono and ankle boots for a boho-chick outfit. Also, don’t be afraid to mix patterns and prints. A lot of kimonos are patterned, and you don’t always want to wear a solid color outfit. SO DON’T! A floral kimono with a striped dress will look amazing and people will commend you for your boldness with mixing prints.
AS A SWIM COVER-UP
The best thing about kimonos in summer is that they are so versatile and can be worn to work, to a family picnic, to the movies, or even to the beach! The trend of wearing a kimono as a swimsuit coverup has grown in recent years. It’s because they are so easy to wear and lightweight to carry in your purse when you don’t want to have it on. It is so easy to throw on when you want to go onto the boardwalk and grab some pizza without feeling exposed in just a bikini.
OVER A ROMPER/JUMPSUIT
A very casual but chic way to wear your kimono is to wear it over top of a summertime romper or a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are really having a moment this season and you should have a few in your closet! (If you don’t read here about finding the right jumpsuit for your body type) If you are looking for a kimono to pair with a short romper, I would suggest finding one in a complimentary color to the romper and have the length of if hit right in line with the bottom of the romper. If you want to pair a kimono with a longer jumpsuit go for the longer style of kimono! One that will hit right at the back of your knees or longer! Just be sure to wear wedges or heels if the jacket is really long, we don’t want anyone falling/tripping on their clothing.
OVER A WHITE TEE AND JEANS
Kimono’s can add some color and print into any outfit, especially to a white t-shirt and jeans outfit. You can pick the boldest color with the craziest print kimono because it will look great next to your very neutral white top and denim bottoms. This summer I have been seeing a lot of floral kimonos in stores, like the target ones below! They are inexpensive and don’t take up a lot of room, so you can have 5 or 6 different kimono jackets in your closet! So anytime you feel like spicing up your plain outfit, grab one and throw if over top of your outfit as you are running out the door to a summer festival.
WITH A SOLID COLOR OUTFIT
Are you the type of person who dresses in all black all the time? Or tend to repeat the same color in one outfit? Well a very simple way to add some print and color into your life is to wear a colorful kimono over top of that all black outfit. Since you are already wearing a neutral color, it won’t matter what style, print, or color kimono you wear! It is an easy way to break up an all-black or all white outfit. It allows you to try a monochromatic look in the easiest way.
Whatever way you choose to wear a kimono, it will look great. They are such easy pieces of clothing that you can just throw on. Also, don’t be afraid to mix colors and prints either. A striped dress would look amazing with a contrasting color floral kimono, or vise versa. There are way more than just five ways to style a kimono but, I hope the reasons above will help inspire your next summer picnic or outdoor concert outfit.
Let me know your favorite way to wear a kimono! I would love to hear from you 🙂