Ways to Wear it Wednesday…Kimono Edition

I think I’ve already established that I have a “thing” for lots of things.  Jumpsuits, turquoise, bell bottoms, velvet, boots, fringe, feathers, fur…but now I’m kind of developing this new addiction to kimonos.  I’ve always loved them.  But lately I’ve been really drawn to those vintage or vintage inspired kimonos that have those amazing bright and beautiful patterns on them…so beautiful.  I get it though that sometimes those super cool vintage finds like kimonos can be kind of hard to wear…like you buy it, get it home, then what do you DO with it??  So today’s post is all about how to wear those gorgeous kimonos you spy at thrift stores, vintage shops, and flea markets.

Like last week’s post on my Friday Finds, this kimono is from my absolute favorite, Ruby Rose.  I found this one about month ago and I just could not pass it up.  I love orange and peach, and the floral pattern was just too pretty to not snatch up and take home with me.  Here’s how I like to wear it (and how you can wear yours too!):

  1. As a dress.

Ok.  This is easy.  All you need for this look is a short kimono and a long tank top or vintage slip.  Cross over the kimono and tie it (safety pinning is encouraged too especially if you have young children who like to untie or unravel things in public places.  Like my kids.).  I think tall boots and a statement necklace is a great way to make this look like an outfit and reduce any “hey, that looks like a robe” thoughts you or others may have upon looking at the kimono.  Also…if your kimono is a tad too short, you can wear a vintage slip under it and let the lace peek out to add length to it!)

2. Over jeans like a tunic.  

This is basically the same, but if you add leggings or skinny jeans, you have a totally different look.  You could of course wear it open over a tank top and jeans/leggings, but I kind of prefer to use it as a top personally.  I would add booties (but you can do flats or sandals too) and a necklace.  This works great if it’s too cold to wear the kimono just as a dress or if it’s not quite long enough to do so.

3. Over a dress.

This is a great way to add interest to a simple plain dress.  This orange Free People dress is really comfortable, but not the most exciting piece in my closet, but once I add the kimono and cowboy boots, it’s instantly an outfit that feels pulled together and much more fun.

There are just so many things you can do with a kimono, which is why I’ve been loving them so much lately.  I love the idea of a piece that you can wear as a dress OR as a jacket…something that can change up countless outfits already in my closet.

Since I’ve only begun to collect them, I’m quite certain you will see many kimono posts soon!  :)  Go find yourself one if you don’t already have one!  They are generally not super expensive and tend to have the most amazing patterns and silky fabric…such a fun addition to your closet!

Hope you’re loving these things as much as I am!


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