How to style a kimono with Icadoo

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.

how to style a kimono with Icadoo

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.

  1. 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.
    summer kimono

  2. 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.
    kimono gypsy style

  3. 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.
    kimono where to buy

  4. 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.
    kimono glam

  5. 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)
    red kimono
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    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.


27 thoughts on “How to style a kimono with Icadoo

  1. Kit@lifethroughthehaze says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
    Still very scared to give it a go. But I will try.

  2. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit says:

    I just bought my first kimino. It’s actually more of a resort wear pool cover up, but after reading this post I think I might be able to style it for every day.
    Thanks for inspo!
    You look great.

  3. Bron from Flat Bum Mum says:

    What a total babe!!!!! I love the look of a kimono and when someone wears them so confidently they just look AMAZING!! Great tips on how to get into a kimono for those who are a bit shy. x

    • Robyna says:

      My friend has one of those and loves it too. Always got to like clothes you can wear as easily outside as you can to bed 🙂

  4. Emily says:

    I love Andrea’s style! Kimonos aren’t my thing but I just look at her pics and sigh. Nails it every time. I’m more of a fitted clothing kinda gal, generally. I do like a flowy vest, though. x
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