We love wearing kimonos in summer.
Summer is a bit of a late starter this year, but we have heard rumours that the weather is going to pick up over the coming months. We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for long sunny days ahead – the perfect weather to wear a beautiful drapey kimono. We’ve put together some great picks from local labels and online stores to give you some ideas on what styles you can wear to add the finishing touch to your outfit.
Brighten Up Your Day
If you’re wanting to brighten up your outfit, a kimono is a great way to go. There are some gorgeous bright prints out there like this Capture Kimono, which would be perfect paired with denim shorts and a plain black or white tee. This Peacock Print Cape from K&K would be gorgeous with a simple black dress to make that print pop.
Dress It Up
Kimonos don’t always have to be casual – I like to wear them to dress my outfits up. A little black dress is an essential part of my wardrobe, and a kimono that’s made from a soft luxe fabric like the Obi Island Rose one or features metallics like this White Label Noba Audrey Cape can be a great way to dress up that LBD, especially if you’re heading out to an evening event.
If you’re going for a big drapey kimono then why not go for something bold? Geometric prints, stripes and abstract patterns are all popular designs that will stand out and make a statement, whether you’re wearing a Sara Crinkle Kimono with a swimsuit to the pool or pairing the Studio East Kimono with denim for a BBQ.
While a lot of kimonos are bold and bright, I find myself drawn towards the muted and the monochrome. There are some great 70s inspired designs at the moment, with paisley numbers like this one from 17 Sundays and tie dyed like this K & K kimono, giving an understated look that can be dressed down for a beach cover up or with shorts or jeans for a casual look, or to help dress up an evening outfit.
Meagan Kerr also writes at This is Meagan Kerr.