Inspired by traditional Japanese robes, contemporary kimonos have been given a modern update with prints, fringes, varying lengths, and will give any outfit a cool, boho vibe. Kimonos can be worn with anything in your closet, from skinny jeans and heels or layered over a mini dress for some chic vibes. Here are some tips.
Summer look: A trendy kimono jacket with trendy pants, a simple top and sneakers make for the perfect summer look. When putting your look together, make sure you are balancing out the top and bottom; go with something tighter on the bottom to complement the flowy top half. This setup will flatter your body and prevent you from looking like you are swimming in your clothes.
Be mindful of your color scheme, so if your outfit is an ode to pastels, keep more muted, pastel colors together with a pastel colored kimono.
Show off your dresses: The best styling tip for kimono jackets is to pair one with a figure-hugging dress. A vibrant kimono jacket can introduce a captivating edge to your favorite little white or black dress. It is the best way to add a pop of color to your look.
For a dress with a full or swingy skirt, try belting it on the waist to give your look a more defined shape. Another hot tip is to pick out a color from your kimono’s print for a chic accessory to flatter your dress. There is also the monochromatic option by draping a flowing kimono over a fitted dress in the same color family.
Layer over double denim: Here is a very 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. On days when you just can’t think of what to wear, but still want to look stylish, just add a kimono to your comfy denim attire. Think about embracing the fringe trend by slipping on a fringe kimono over your attire.
Layer and mix with other prints or patterns: Many print kimonos already offer enough look-at-me factor. To make your outfit a whole lot more wonderful, try mixing the kimono with printed or patterned separates. Stripes, especially black and white stripes, go with everything so keep that in mind when you want to show off your kimono. Graphic prints usually complement each other and with more complex or organic prints like florals or animal prints. These more complicated prints can also look nice together, but it is not as easy to pull off — color and scale become more important. Take time to mix and match prints till you get the look you want. Don’t be afraid to also mix and max fabrics, textures and designs. If the kimono isn’t the focus of your outfit, use it as a way to create layers and drama.