‘What is a kimono and how do I wear one?’ is a question more and more women are asking this spring. As kimonos appear in more and more shapes, styles and colors, everybody wants one, but too often have no idea how to wear one. We’ll try to shed some light on kimonos and allay your fears so you’ll be cool and confident wearing a kimono this spring.
A kimono is traditionally a Japanese garment and the word ‘kimono’; simple means ‘thing to wear.’ Traditional kimono are generally T-shaped, straight-line robes that fall to the ankle. They often are worn with a sash known as an obi. Ceremonial kimonos may be quite elaborate; kimonos for daily use, quite simple.
European and American designers have taken the concept of the kimono to new heights, turning it into everything from special occasion dresses to bathrobes. Kimonos are becoming more and more popular for everyday wear as tops, cardigans and cover-ups.
An easy way to try a kimono in the privacy of your home is to wear one as a bathrobe. Slip on a soft, waffle-knit knee-length kimono when you step out of the shower, wrap and tie it as you do a robe. If you’re a traditionalist, choose white or black. If you want to try something chic, go for a floral print or a short pink satin kimono.
Don’t be afraid to try a kimono cardigan this spring. They are open-front lightweight garments that fall to below the hip. You’ll find kimono cardigans in chiffon, mesh, jersey and lace for warm weather. Slip one on over a tank, tee, knit top or dress to add a touch of style. Lightweight fabrics are wonderful for spring and summer and you can choose from a confection of pretty prints, patterns and pastels. They also tend to be slimming, creating a longer, leaner look.
Try a chevron chiffon print kimono dress for the office. Your curves are all but hidden by the loose-fitting style, making it flattering for all figure types. The look is cool and breezy, ideal for warm summer days. The kimono fits like a dress, but with a very relaxed fit, flowing sleeves and plenty of room for movement.
For a dressy occasion, try on a black chiffon kimono dress with lace detailing at the sleeves for a unique, on-trend look. The same fit and style as the kimono dress are just dressed up for evening and waiting to pair with high black strappy sandals and touches of glittering rhinestone jewelry.
Having been around for thousands of years, the kimono cannot be called trendy. Yet the new takes on this classic garment are among the most chic, comfortable, versatile and easy to wear pieces for spring. Click here for a selection of kimono styles currently on sale at Kohl’s. Give one a try; you’ll be glad you did!
As always, maximize your style and minimize your styling~