This ensemble was inspired by some of our forum members and street style shots that I saw recently. Combine denim bottoms with a layering top and striking kimono for an arty and dramatic look. The comfortable combination can work on any body type, and strikes a wonderful balance between dramatic and casual. The sensual romance of the kimono top is a fun juxtaposition with the sturdy and rougher integrity of the denim.
Any colour palette will work: Brights, pastels, neutrals, mid-tones, earth tones, jewel tones. Here are the components of the outfit:
Kimono: You’re after a cotton or lightweight silky kimono topper in a pattern that drapes like a dream. Think flowing and theatrical. The length can be as short as to the hip bone, or up to ankle length. The longer the kimono, the more dramatic the look.
Layering Top: Wear a layering shell top, silk camisole, fitted T-shirt, drapey T-shirt, tank top, or blouse under the kimono. Neutrals like black, white and grey are a slam dunk, but matching the top to a colour in the pattern of the kimono is another way to go. Feel free to pattern mix the top with the kimono. Tuck, semi-tuck or untuck the top.
Denim Bottoms: Choose any style of jeans in any wash. Think cropped straights or flares, boyfriend jeans, culottes, skinnies, shorts, cuffed straights, bootcuts, or full-length bell-bottoms. A denim skirt will work too. Blue, white, grey or black denim is fab.
Footwear: Choose footwear to work with the vibe of the outfit. Pumps, ankle strap pumps or cage heels for dressier looks. Gladiators, thong sandals and mules for casual renditions. Wedged sandals and espadrilles can work, and so can d’Orsay flats, dainty loafers and peep-toe booties.
Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that works with the outfit. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.
This outfit is especially good in motion because of the way the breeze fills out the blowing effect of the kimono. A fun and elegant look.