Monday, April 25, 2016

9 Ways to Style a Kimono

If you've been following along for a while now, you know that we love a good kimono! They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, long, short, fringey, floral, metallic - you name it, we've probably got a kimono in that shape and style. They are great for throwing on over a dress or jeans and changing up your outfit. Below, check out nine different ways we have styled a kimono in the past year! 

1. Spice up a white tee. Sometimes you just can't beat a plain white tee. It's super comfy and goes with just about anything. For those days when you want to spice up your plain white tee though, throw on a kimono over the top and you're set! See how Jodi takes simple jeans and a white tee from basic to stylish in her Winter to Spring Kimono post.

2. Sheer layers on sheer layers. Give your kimono a sultry vintage vibe by putting it over sheer layers and adding '20s inspired details like round sunnies or a dark red lip. You'll be all ready to hit the Cabaret! See how Molly layered up to look like a vintage vixen in Life is a Cabaret. 

 3. A vintage floral pattern makes for a modern 20's look.  We just can't get enough of the 20's around here! A longer duster style kimono in a vintage floral print is perfect for a modern take on a 1920's look. Pair it with a flowy blouse and a long art deco necklace and you're ready to dance the Charleston! See how Jodi styled her look in The Gin Mill post. 

4. Look like a festival-ready flower child. Kimonos, especially long, flowy ones are perfect for hot summer days, because they add drama without adding weight. Plus, they look great billowing in the wind. Molly shows you a way to get this look in her Long Summer Kimono post.

5. Dress up a kimono with a dress. Who says you have to wear a kimono with pants? Kimonos also go perfectly with dresses! Adding a kimono on top of a belted dress takes the whole look to the next level. Add in a couple of bold accessories and you're ready for just about anything! See how Jodi styled this look in Dressed Up Kimono.  

6. Add metallics and bold accessories for a night-out. Arguably, most kimonos are great for both day and nighttime looks, because of their statement-making nature, but when paired with metallic prints, long jewelry and fun accessories, like a turban headband, you've got a perfect look for sipping cocktails into the night. Get outfit details and see how Molly styled her look in the post on The Gin Mill.

7. Pair it with bell bottoms for a totally '70s look. This might be one of Jodi's all time favorite kimono styled looks. Kimonos don't just come in colorful floral patterns. This kimono is a little crochet and metallic number that is perfect for layering over a long white blouse and bell bottom flares. The gold detailing on the sleeve is an extra special touch that makes this look perfect for a night out or a party. Check out this look in the 70's Shine featuring Chloe + Isabel post. 

8. Add pizazz to an all-black ensemble. Bold kimonos are hands-down the best way to take an all-black outfit from bare bones to fun and interesting. Add a red lip for a fun modern geisha-inspired look. Get all the outfit details in Molly's Fringe Benefits post.

9. Go long and flowy for an artistic chic look. Sometimes you really just want to let it all hang out in a flowy top AND bottom. This look is balanced out with a crop top and a sleek braid to keep things in check. Bonus: it's also super comfy. See how Jodi style this look in Flowy Separates.

We hope we've given you some inspiration for how to style your own kimonos! As you can see, they go with an incredibly wide range of hair styles, tops, bottoms, jewelry, and accessories. Basically, the only thing they don't do is make a look boring or simple. What are your favorite ways to style a kimono? 

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