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.
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.
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.