ALL IN THE DETAILS: Kimono Cool

All In The Details

Life is all about the details. Little things make big things happen and fashion is no different. Could you imagine outfits with no styling? No jewelry? No touches of individuality? Self-expression would cease to exist. Details allow people to show their souls and make a look all their own.

This Fashionista was all about the details. Her black fringe kimono immediately caught my eye. It was the perfect element to her outfit, taking her fun MINKPINK T-shirt and patterned shorts to an all new level. The see-through knit of the kimono keeps it cool for the summer and the fringed hem and wide sleeves add a fun hippie, earthy element. This is the type of piece that leaves you daydreaming of Coachella, flowers in your hair and world peace.

The universal love of this look was cemented when the kimono became a staple at this year’s spring 2014 fashion week. Designers such as L’Wren Scott, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Roberto Cavalli were among those who lined up to present their personal executions of this piece. The designers smartly played on the kimono’s newfound versatility as they revealed sheer, patterned, floor length and textured creations.

Though kimono’s are great on their own, they look awesome fully styled and accessorized, too! I love how this Fashionista styled her kimono. The colors of this look are intense but still complementary. Those who pair orange and black together are always walking the fine line of turning into a Halloween decoration, but this Fashionista’s pairing goes off without a hitch. The black wedges and BCBGMAXAZRIA clutch really help tie the black kimono into the orange and white color scheme. The brushed metal coloring of the antique rings and bracelets are also pertinent in bridging the gap between these extreme colors. Every detail of this Fashionista’s look has a purpose.

How To: Want to rock this look for yourself? Step one is finding your perfect kimono. Depending on your price range, there are a ton of stores that offer this piece. PacSun and NASTY GAL offer an arrangement of floral choices while Brandy Melville and ASOS offer solid color options. Step two is finding what to put under your kimono. My favorite look is a plain white T-shirt, high-waisted distressed denim shorts and cute booties. Add some soft waves to your hair and you’ll be the epitome of summer style. For an evening look, I would rock black high-waisted trousers, a pretty blush colored bralette crop top and a solid black kimono. Add some jewelry to finish it off!

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