THE STYLE GUIDE – KIMONO JACKETS
Kimono-style jackets have little in common with their Japanese ancestor, the traditional ceremonial kimono, but they’re still fashionable and classic pieces that anyone can wear in a variety of ways. Usually made out of lighter,
Kimono-style jackets have little in common with their Japanese ancestor, the traditional ceremonial kimono, but they’re still fashionable and classic pieces that anyone can wear in a variety of ways. Usually made out of lighter, flowing materials such as cotton, they’re the perfect cover-up for summer evenings. Find one that doesn’t wrinkle, throw it in a tote bag during a day out, and slip it on in the evening when the sun goes down to protect from the chilly dusk while still looking chic.
PLAYING DRESS UP
A kimono jacket can be a great and slightly dressier alternative to a cardigan, especially when paired with a summer dress. Because a kimono jacket is usually looser, they work best with dresses with slim silhouettes, such as a plain bodycon mini or a close-fitting maxi. Formerly known primarily as a logo-emblazoned teen retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch are reinventing themselves with laid-back summer basics – we think this understated striped bodycon midi would pair brilliantly with a plain black kimono in a heavier fabric for a cool rooftop party.
QUEEN OF CASUAL
Casual barbecues, picnics and evening beach trips call for relaxed, comfortable dressing. Think boyfriend jeans, Birkenstocks, a tank, and this light kimono-style jacket thrown on top for a bit of a style injection. The geometric, monochromatic tile print is right on trend for summer, and the tasselled sleeves add a fun and unexpected twist to the traditional shape.
Whether you’re by the beach or the pool, chances are you’ll find yourself in a bikini or swimsuit at some point this summer. But however relaxing your day in the water is, there’s nothing worse than scrabbling to get dressed every time you want to walk down to get a margarita or meet a friend. That’s where this kimono comes in. Throw on a pair of denim shorts over your bottoms and this kimono on top for a cute style statement. Best of all, it’s reversible, so you can switch up your look depending on how you feel.