Kimono toppers that are worn as jackets with regular clothing create an avant-garde, arty, alluring and romantic vibe. The trend is an acquired taste that hasn’t gone mainstream for good reason. Fabulous to some, but a jarring juxtaposition to others. The topper does not go out of style, which is why I discussed it four years ago and am revisiting it this year.
Kimono jackets vary in length, fabric and silhouette. Some are as short as hip length, while others graze the ankle. Sleeves are generally longer. Fabrics are very lightweight, usually silk and cotton-rich. Silhouettes are voluminous or very voluminous which is part of the appeal. They tend to drape well which tempers the volume. Some styles are belted at the waist for structure. Colours and patterns run the gamut.
Here are five reasons to wear a kimono as a Summer jacket:
- It’s visually dramatic and makes an easy statement
- It creates interesting outfit juxtaposition that’s thoroughly modern
- It provides a breezy third piece option to incorporate into an outfit in hot weather
- It’s comfortable
- It’s versatile
The versatility of the kimono jacket is well illustrated in the collection below. Dress it up or down, and create tonal or high-contrast outfits. It’s a great look with a layering top and jeans, or draped over a column of colour. It looks fab over a sheath or slip dress, and super cute over shorts. It looks fun paired with utility pants, culottes, cropped wide legs, chinos and harem pants. It can even work as a bathing suit cover-up.
Some of my clients like the kimono jacket trend for the reasons I’ve listed here. Others find the item jarring because it reminds them of sleepwear, or because the look is simply too unstructured and fussy. I like it. It’s elegant, relaxed, practical, pretty and striking in motion. In a silk fabric, it can add a touch of refinement to an outfit that looks luxe and lovely to my eye. That said, I don’t wear Summer kimono jackets because they’re too lightweight and breezy for my climate.
What do you think of the Summer kimono jacket?