STYLE GURU STYLE: How Do You Kimono?

My personal style is always evolving. If you take a peek back at my first posts from freshman year (yikes), they’re quite different from what I wear this year, particularly this summer. Ever since I returned from my semester abroad in Italy, my style has become simpler and more modern. I focus on neutrals and pieces that will be classic for awhile. However, I tend to add a splash of color here and there to keep things fun. I feel Alexander McQueen is known for this, especially since Sarah Burton became the creative director of the brand. I fell in love with her designs ever since I woke up early to watch the royal wedding and spotted Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Burton’s take on the kimono for this spring season is inspiring and unique, and I have tried my hand at incorporating it within my own wardrobe.

If you haven’t noticed yet, kimonos are the “it” item for this season. While I’m not always one to jump on the bandwagon, it’s hard not to with such a unique and fun piece. I love how they come in a wide range of colors and prints. I also love the bright blues and soft orange hues of my kimono, although it’s not always the easiest to match with. Therefore, I tend to choose a neutral path and use my kimono has the focal piece. The fringe doesn’t hurt to keep things lively, and when it’s windy out it almost feels like I’m flying. Essentially, I love my kimono because it’s a summer version of my winter cape.

With such a colorful and strong piece, it’s important to remember to tone down all other aspects of your look. This is why I chose paired my look with neutral accessories like my simple statement necklace and white Converse sneakers. You don’t want to bombard your look with unnecessary additions. Lastly, if little old me can pull off a kimono, I have faith that anyone can. Be confident and rock it!

Get My Look: 1. Printed kimono. 2. Converse sneakers. 3. Simple statement necklace.