Crazy for cardigans but the summer heat is making you sick at the sound of the word “sweater?” The perfect solution is to throw on a kimono. This traditional Japanese garb has been remastered to become a modern fashion piece that is a wardrobe must-have! Kimonos are a nearly perfect detail to add on to an outfit because of their sheer versatility. There are floor-length kimonos adorned with fringe, patterns and graphics, and also mid-length styles solid and simple for a classy look and vice versa. They come in an array of light and delicate fabrics from lace to chiffon, and they are a style chameleon—they can be worn with almost any personality. What’s even better is that kimonos are comfortable, relaxed, effortless and one of the most popular street style looks around.
This week’s Fashionista wore her lace kimono in a boho-chic style. She paired her kimono with a cream tank top, high-wasted shorts and lace-up boots to finish off her vintage, free-spirited aesthetic. She completed her boho chic look with a distressed brown shoulder bag. I walked away from my time with her dreaming of flower crowns and Coachella. Topping her creamy top with an off-white lace kimono was a great way to keep the palette summer friendly, while those are great colors to show off a summer bronzing.
Kimonos were seen across New York and Paris 2014 Fashion Weeks. Gucci paired clothes with sleek, sparkly floor-length kimono robes to add a boudoir flare. Emilio Pucci covered his clothes with graphic and patterned mid-length kimonos for his runway shows this season. In these and other runway shows, kimonos were utilized for their true adaptability.
The most on-trend ways of styling a kimono are over a solid crop top and high-wasted shorts and, my personal favorite, over a romper. They can be used in lieu of blazers for a professional on-the-job look. They can also be worn over a graphic T-shirt and jeans for a casual and fun flare. Wrapped up with a belt or free flowing to the floor, kimonos will “back you up,” every time. Literally.
How To: To attest to kimonos being wearable for every occasion, try rocking one at these opposite events. For a lax day at the beach, throw on a kimono as a bathing suit cover-up like this one from Revolve Clothing. For a girls’ night out, wear a long kimono like this one from LuLu’s. Make sure to pair it with a killer pair of heels for height, so the length doesn’t overpower you.