STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Keeping Up with Kimonos

Style Advice of the Week

Good news for all of my fellow flower children and free spirits! The bohemian lifestyle is making a serious comeback with a little help from the East. A custom that goes back many dynasties has migrated its way across the world.

Kimonos originated as Japanese traditional garments, typically floor length and designed in a T-shape to cover the entire body.

As this fashion inspired the western culture, they have been taken to new lengths aside from the customary T-shaped cut. High-low, maxi and cropped designs have moved to the windows and racks of retail stores everywhere.

The traditional pattern found on Japanese kimonos consists of flowers and plants. The adaptation to the western culture has stayed within this realm of floral, leafy and nature inspired patterns. It added its own spin by incorporating geometric shapes.

The kimono trend has led to this garment becoming a staple item to have in your wardrobe. I personally love this item because it’s an extra something to add to any outfit. It’s better than carrying around a coat during cool nights and it helps avoid the risk of wearing something a little too heavy in the summer heat.

A popular way this trend is styled is to pair it with a crop top, high-waisted shorts and gladiator sandals. Our Fashionista took it a bit further past the traditional look. She starts it off with tan high-waisted jeggings. On top, a free-flowing olive satin tank helps neutralize the look. For a pop of color, she adds a long silk kimono. The earth tones of her pants and top draw in the subtle tones in her kimono completing the look. To keep the kimono as the focal piece, she wore a simple black flip flop on her feet.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK?  “As long as you’re confident, you’re fashionable. Feel good and you’ll look good!”

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