Not so long ago a lovely friend asked how to style a kimono. You know, so that you don’t look like you have fallen out of bed. I immediately thought of the undisputed queen of kimonos, Andrea. You might know her as Icadoo on Istagram.
I have hit the queen up for some inspiration. If you have been wanting to try this trend, and have been a little shy or uncertain, this post is for you.
How do you style a kimono so that it doesn’t look like a dressing gown?
Think of your kimono as a jacket. In summer I like to style mine with shorts and a singlet or a tank dress. Secret tip: I actually use a $5 kmart pyjama t-shirt. The kimono being slightly longer than your shorts or dress is a really cute look. In winter I layer with leggings under a long top and I tend to wear a longer style. Adding some jewellery gives the whole outfit a bit of a twist and more glam look. The more layers and texture you add, the less dressing-gown you will feel.
What’s your favourite style?
My absolute favourite style is the gypsy kimono style. With ankle boots, a cool necklace, lots of arm bling and even a hat. That’s when I feel most comfortable.
Where do you get your gorgeous kimonos?
I have collected quite a few kimonos over the last few years. I can’t stop adding new ones! I always check out Cotton On or Supre, although they tend to have a larger selection in the summer season. Tigerlily has gorgeous options if you want to spend a bit more money. I often just type in “kimono” or “cape” in good old google and bam, you find several, totally affordable kimonos. Check this out . Other sneaky places to buy are the pyjama and beach-wear sections of department stores.
What is the best way to accessorise?
I love adding a necklace (or two) and bangles. My general formula is a basic canvas created with a solid colour (often black), with a gorgeously printed kimono and then jewellery that picks up the tones of the kimono. Boots will take this to a boho place. Heels will be more glam. Sandals and thongs give more a more relaxed, festival vibe.
What’s your advice to someone who wants to wear a kimono but they are a bit scared to give it a try?
My advice is just give it a go! Add a kimono to some skinny jeans and a plain white t-shirt or top with boots as a starter. Just think like Nina Proudman and you can’t go far wrong. You might want to try a shorter option as your first foray. T-shirt dresses make great partners for kimonos and we have already discussed the happy marriage between leggings, long tops and kimonos. They are are also great to hide a few kilos, well at least it works for me … (Editor note: Andrea has no extra kilos to hide that I can see)
You can find some more inspiration on this Pinterest board. You should definitely follow Icadoo on instagram (if you don’t already) and watch out for the #IcadooRocksKimonos tag. The gorgeous Bron over at Flat Bum Mum also has kimono inspiration .
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How do you like to style your kimonos?
Thanks so much to the gorgeous Andrea for her advice and fabulous pics.