STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Kimono Craze

Style Advice of the Week

Lately, I’ve been noticing a relatively new trend: the rise of the kimono. The only place I’ve normally seen kimonos is on the beach as cover up. Growing up, the nearest beach was a couple hours away, which is why the trend is so new to me. I am personally a fan of the trend because it instantly adds a bohemian vibe to any outfit.

This Fashionista is wearing a floral kimono with black ankle-length leggings and woven flats. She is seen accessorizing with a black leather band watch and cognac bag. What I found interesting about this Fashionista’s kimono is the material that it’s made of. Most of the kimonos I’ve seen around campus have been made of chiffon or sheer material. This Fashionista’s kimono can double as a windbreaker, giving it that vintage, ’90s feel.

If you’re looking for a kimono with a vibe similar to this Fashionista’s, opt for one made of the same material, such as this one from Forever 21. For those going for the bohemian look, find a kimono that is made of a light or sheer material. This kimono from NASTY GAL is perfect for the spring, and the fringe adds a bit more dimension to the boho look. If you’re not a fan of the fringe, this kimono from Brandy Melville can serve as an alternate. Pair your kimono with denim bottoms. Light-wash denim looks best with bright floral patterns, while dark denim goes nicely with darker kimonos. As for shoes, I’d say anything is fair game. Combat boots, woven flats and sandals are all equally viable options.

With a kimono, wide-brim hat and round-frame sunnies, you’ll look like the ultimate gypsy princess this festival season.

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