STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Turning Japanese

Style Advice of the Week

Inspiration for fashion trends can come from some of the most unusual places. Remember when camouflage print was strictly reserved for military members only, or when sneakers were heel-less? Some trends last, some trends fade and some trends become an insta-classic. With the passing of the recent festivals (hello, Coachella!), street style has become a major source of inspiration. Crop tops remain the preferred top option and newcomers, such as the kimono, serve as the perfect layering piece. This spring, kimonos have become the hot wardrobe staple for women’s fashion.

Showing the versatile benefits of the kimono, this Fashionista’s red cardigan-style kimono was definitely eye-catching. Her casual denim cut-offs and white tank top kept the look casual, while her embellished accessories dressed up the entire outfit. With the muted tones from the other pieces of her outfit, the red from the kimono became the statement piece of her look. Her sandals and headband, though covered with bling, did not detract attention from her kimono. Embellished accessories are another essential trend for spring. Just like a kimono, they can be worked into almost any ensemble and make a statement all at once. Dolce&Gabbana’s spring 2014 runway show is a perfect example of hair embellishment. From delicate flower crowns to ornate gold head pieces, hair adornment has never looked so glam.

Before kimonos became an Americanized layering piece, they were traditional Japanese robes usually reserved for special occasions. With the variety of colors, prints and fabric weights it’s no wonder why kimonos have become the layering option of choice. Try switching out your go-to cardigan for a playful kimono. Whether you’re heading to the beach or shopping around town, you’ll be turning Japanese in no time.

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