Aside from the scarf, one of the pieces we love throwing on is the kimono. It’s easy to wear, and it instantly glams up a simple outfit. Normally, we put it over a tank or tee with jeans or (denim) cutoffs and we’re all set. But did you know that you can actually rock the kimono in so many other ways?
Most people think of the kimono as a spring-and-summer piece, but you can actually wear it across seasons. Layering is the key. Of course, you do have to remember that what you wear it with, plays a huge role as well. Today — with the help of some stylish bloggers, we’re going to help you achieve a multitude of looks using the kimono. Check out these 5 fresh ways:
1. Layer under another topper
Sure, kimonos are meant to be layered over your outfit, but nobody said you can’t layer it under another topper. Give your kimono a different look by wearing it under a jacket. We recommend long jackets or coats that are about the same length as your kimono, but short jackets will work just as well.
Here’s a look from Amber of Lilies of the Field. She gave her floral kimono a tough chic spin by wearing it under a leather topper. A cropped top, some skinny jeans, and boots to go with will work best with this particular ensemble. Or, if you feel like it, a super short dress with some tights and boots will do too.
2. Wear with your office dress
Take your office look to the next level by topping it with a printed kimono instead of the usual blazer. This works best if your dress fits close to the body and if it is short (a few inches above the knees).
If your dress has a full or swingy skirt, try belting it on the waist to give your look a more defined shape. Fashion bloggers, Priscila of Look At Me Br and Leticia of Save The Best For Last, demonstrated this combination flawlessly with their printed kimonos.
3. Layer over double denim
Here’s a really fun and fresh take on the kimono — wear it over double denim — this can be over a denim shirt and shorts, or, over a denim shirt with denim skinnies. And if that’s not enough for you, top the combination with a fur vest as well. We got this fashion tip straight from stylish blogger, Luna of Luna Love Bad. Don’t you just love how she put it all together?
4. Layer over long-sleeved tee and shorts (or short skirt)
You can also give your printed kimono a different spin by layering it over a fitted long-sleeved tee and shorts (or short skirt). If you want to infuse a little bit of preppy flavor, choose a striped tee instead of a solid one. Make sure you let the sleeves peek out of the kimono. Don’t forget to use a belt for definition. Here’s a take from Amy of Salted Roses to give you a better idea:
5. Layer and mix with other prints (or patterns)
Most kimonos are printed and already offer enough look-at-me factor. But if you want to make your outfit a whole lot more eyecatching, try mixing the kimono with printed or patterned separates. A great example of this print-on-print combination would be the looks put together by Katia of Be Wolf Fashion. Don’t you find her outfits fascinating to look at?
Well, there you have it — five fresh ways to wear the oh-so versatile kimono besides pairing it with the usual (jeans and tee). So which of these look will you be trying out today? Some are quite easy while others are tricky. We think the double denim layering technique is a great way to start. What about you?
For the ladies looking for a fresh kimono to grab, allow us to leave you with these can-afford pieces from NastyGal. Which of these do you fancy?
Alice Kimono, $58
Adelicia Kimono, $48