Styling the kimono for summer

kenneth jay lane thread ball yellow earrings, rebecca de ravenel bonbon dupe, alternative

floral zara kimono with red accessories and yellow ball earrings

Kimono: Zara (more options here, here under $50 and here under $50), Top: Jcrew, Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane (also available here, here, less expensive here) Bag: Coccinelle ‘clessidra’

floral kimono and coccinelle clessidra cherry red

zara floral kimono with red d'orsay flats by vince camuto

Let me tell you something about me. I’m a creature of habit—I know what I like and I stick to it. As you might expect, this behaviour is totally reflected in my wardrobe too. After years of trail and error, I’ve come to recognize what works and what doesn’t work for me, clothing wise (and otherwise too actually). But while I’m a big advocate of developing a strong personal style, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in your comfort zone once you feel like you’ve found it. That’s definitely where I find myself these days when it comes to my fashion choices. So for this post, I decided to push my sartorial boundaries just a little bit and I’m very glad I did because I ended up loving the outcome.

To do so, I chose a garment I’ve long admired on some of my favourite fashion bloggers but never tried myself, lest it ended up looking too much like a dressing gown. I’m talking about the kimono jacket—definitely one garment that to me, epitomizes effortless dressing, both figuratively and literally. Initially, I assumed all that volume would drown me or make me look even shorter than I already am, and while the latter may be true, I actually found the length balanced out the volume nicely so the nearly floor length jacket was quite elongating. The long slits on both sides helped to further break up the volume and I love how they add so much movement to the jacket every time it catches the wind.

I think a printed kimono is the perfect topper to a simple summer outfit because it brings the drama without the heat. I really loved the primary colours in this floral kimono from Zara—I’m totally having a moment with red and yellow right now (see more looks here and here)—so I played the colours up even more with matching accessories like these earrings and these shoes. But honestly, I think the jacket makes enough of a statement on it’s own and hardly needs any other embellishment. I love having items like this in my wardrobe because you can quite literally throw them on and they transform a basic white tee and jeans look to something more special. Plus the styling options are limitless with a kimono. It would look great with most summery outfits—think slip dresses, shorts and a tank, even as a beach coverup….on a tropical island sipping pina coladas…I can totally picture it!

I’ll stop before I get too carried away—clearly you can see that I’m a fan of the kimono jacket. And maybe I’ve convinced you to give the easy breezy silhouette a go yourself. Because rest assured, it’ll add just the right dose of effortless glamour to all your city and holiday outfits this summer. Plus, if it makes you feel like superwoman for the day, how can that possibly be a bad thing?


zara floral kimono and kenneth jay lane yellow triple tier ball drop earrings and coccinelle clessidra red bag

coccinelle clessidra red shoulder bag and floral kimono with red d'orsay flats

kenneth jay lane yellow triple ball drop earrings, rebecca de ravenel bonbon dupe

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