How Do I Wear a Kimono?

Kimonos are a fun new trend this spring, but you may be wondering how to wear one.  Most young contemporary vendors

This gypsy print kimono from Elan is available on

This gypsy print kimono from Elan is available on

picture them with short shorts and a tank, like the one shown here.  This is a very trendy and cute look, but this style really only works for those of us who can wear short shorts, leaving out way too many women over the age of 25.  Don’t be discouraged!  In this blog, I’ll suggest some alternatives!

Kimonos are basically a loose jacket with sleeves and no collar.  If this model were to hold out her arms, you would see that the kimono forms a box shape, creating a flowing and draped style.  They can be long or short, but most are the length pictured here.  Many prints and styles are available from southwest and gypsy to vintage lace.

Because of the boxy cut, one style option is to balance the volume of a kimono with a slim fitting bottom like a slim legged bottom like a cropped jean or jegging.  I can also see it with a distressed boyfriend jean that wasn’t too wide in the leg.  The style is somewhat Bohemian, so gladiator sandals or fringe sandals work well.

It is also possible to go the opposite direction and create all over flow.  You can do

This fringe kimono can be purchased at

This fringe kimono can be purchased at

this by paring your kimono with a palazzo pant and tank.  Take for example this fringe kimono pictured on the right.  Because of its natural colored fringe, I think it would be very cute to pair it with Elan’s natural palazzo pants pictured below.  To make this look work, you will need to have a palazzo pant that isn’t so full in the leg it makes you look like a box. The one from Elan has a flowy look that is not too dramatic.  If your tummy is slim, I would suggest wearing a slimmer tank underneath to provide some balance.  If, however, you have a little extra around the middle, you can keep the look loose.  Be careful to give your legs some height if you are short by adding a wedge sandal.  If you are tall, a cute Bohemian sandal would finish off the look perfectly.

This natural palazzo can be purchased at

This natural palazzo can be purchased at

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