How to style kimono

1 Piece – 3 Ways || The Kimono

Literally meaning “a thing to wear”, the kimono has a long history dating back to as early as the 5th Century in Japan. Nowadays however, this t-shaped, straight lined robe inspires fashionistas with a boho flair and I am loving it. Luckily you don’t have to be a Stevie Nicks wannabe to pull of this hippie-chic look, in fact I’m here to show you why the Kimono jacket should be your go-to coverup this spring – it’s lightweight, colourful, figure flattering and can be dressed up or down. I’ve outlined three looks using the one jacket below, to hopefully inspire you to unleash your inner bohemian.

1. Daytime fashion “fest”
Shorts, a loose tee, lashings of bangles and burnished gold. Mix and match your printed kimono with other prints as I have done with a vintage Aztec-inspired clutch and bright DIY fabric flower headband. Ideal for casual weekend lunches, music festivals or an afternoon picnic.

Kimono CasualForever 21 Kimono jacket, Zara shorts, New Look gray vest, vintage Aztec-print clutch, bangles from Forever 21, Bejewelled Bespoke, Polkadot Boutique, DIY flower headband

2. Day to Night
The kimono is an elegant alternative to a jacket or cardigan; nicely lightweight and easy to carry around especially if you’re going to be out and about all day but still want to look chic when cocktail hour rolls around. Paired with a sleek pair of high waisted trousers, cropped lace top and comfortable wedge sandals, this outfit will keep you chic all day long. Wearing your hair in a sleek ponytail or high bun will ensure your look remains polished as the day goes on.
Kimono Day to Night

Forever 21 Kimono Jacket, Forever 21 trousers, ASOS crop top, Club Monaco bag, Giuseppe Zanotti wedges, Topshop sunglasses, DIY Proenza Schouler cord necklace, Kate Spade rings

3. Elegant and Fancy
The kimono proves an ideal coverup over a figure hugging bodycon dress, the fabric falls in a way as to skim over any unsightly “wobbly bits” and layering over a long-sleeve dress contrasts both in a contemporary yet elegant way. Perfect for spring when the evenings are still a little crisp, this number is what I envisage a mashup of Woodstock and Savile Row would look like.

Kimono elegant and dressed up

Forever 21 kimono, H&M dress, Karen Millen shoes, DIY Alexander McQueen clutch, What The Frock?! necklace, bangles from Kate Spade, Swarovski, ASOS

xoxo   V.


2 thoughts on “1 Piece – 3 Ways || The Kimono

  1. Simone Heng says:

    Love this babesCheck out the kimono I got here…VINTAGE You’ve given me so many ideas on how to wear it. THANKYOU

    Simone HengAward-winning TV and Radio Presenter and DIY ExpertAUSTRALIA ASIA ARABIA2014 ShowreelFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramwww.simoneheng.comwww.DIYnamicstyle.comFor bookings in Asia please contact

    Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:02:54 +0000 To:

    • vslawson says:

      Hi Simone,

      Thanks for the comment, glad this post was inspiring/of interest to you! I love the vintage shop post on your site – makes me extremely jealous that HK doesn’t have anything close to those kinds of shops. Great picks, especially the kimono! 🙂


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