How to wear a kimono 101


“Love this kimono – it’s as free-spirited as I am! I can throw it over a plain black singlet or tee with the Boho jeggings as neutral tones.”

– Sarah

Wearing: Boho Bird Cardigan @ Birdsnest








Things to consider when choosing a kimono, by stylist Rebecca O’Hearn

Colour: if you’re going for a pattern, think about your current clothes and ensure they compliment the tones rather than clash. If you wear a lot of black, go bold! Neurtals more your thing? Follow Sarah’s lead (above) and build on that with autumnal, muted colours. If you are looking at a plain, block colour kimono then add some interest with a statement necklace- longline styles are great to elongate the body!

Length: a fantastic slimming trick is to buy a coverup that stops at the thinnest part of your leg. If you have great pins, consider a short kimono that finishes at your thighs. Just below the knee is the typical sweet spot for most body types. Full length can be trickiest- pay close attention to your shoe choice. A petite, point-toe style will nicely counteract the oversized kimono.

Pairing: a safe rule is to keep the rest of your outfit as basic as possible- simple tee and jeans (clean wash denim, nothing too busy) or comfy tights. Fitted clothing looks best offset against a flowy kimono.  Avoid collars, busy blouses or bulky clothes. If you want to sport a dress, opt for a straight style, free of pattern and let the kimono do the talking.



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