This year, we have seen the appearance of one of my favorite fashion trends that has ever occurred—the kimono. This lightweight style of outerwear has risen in popularity this year. It takes its name and stylistic influences from the land of the rising sun. The kimono’s loose and bellowing sleeves are reminiscent of the sleeves on a Japanese kimono and sometimes feature floral prints fitting the same theme. I adore kimono style cardigans because they combine everything I love about fashion into one item. Bold patterns and dramatic shapes tied together with an exotic twist make kimonos the ultimate sartorial triple threat. They’re perfect for adding drama to an already wild outfit.
I found this Fashionista sporting this eye-catching garment while she was taking a study break in the library café. As you can see, she chose to wear her kimono cardigan in a more casual way. Underneath the cardigan, she is wearing a basic gray tank top and a pair of denim shorts. This is a combination suited for the humid summer air outside of the library. Her vibrant cardigan plays the leading role in this outfit for multiple reasons. The exotic zigzag print brings excitement to contrast the more simple elements of what she is wearing. The cardigan itself adds an extra layer of comfort for extended periods of studying inside the air conditioned library. All together, this look is effortlessly chic.
How To: Rocking a kimono cardigan requires minimal effort. As long as you’re working with a decent quality kimono with a good print, it can work with just about anything. From a T-shirt and jeans to distressed shorts or rompers, you can make a kimono cardigan work in many ways. Try a solid one for a more minimalist style, floral prints to embrace your bohemian side or an animal print if flowers aren’t your style.