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9 Stylish Ways You Can Rock A Kimono

Beautiful, wonderful, and magical things happen when old or traditional fashion merges with modern trends. One of these beautiful things is Kimonos and this post has for you some stylish ways you can rock a kimono.

Kimonos are known worldwide to be the traditional Japanese attire. The term was coined off two Japanese words; “kiru” a verb that means “to wear” and “mono” meaning “thing”. Kimono can be roughly translated to mean “a thing to wear”. The term was formed during the Meiji period – the first contemporary era of the Japanese (1868 – 1912).

traditional Japanese woman wearing kimono

This traditional Japanese attire has found its way into western trends and into the heart of every fashionista. Kimonos are a must-have. If your closet does not house at least one piece of kimono, you have no idea how much you are missing out on.

Kimonos are so versatile and this makes them easy to be chipped into our everyday wear. But then, the question comes – what are the stylish ways you can wear a kimono? You can literally rock kimonos with anything! I mean anything!

The demand for kimonos has risen over the years and fashion designers are working tirelessly to meet up those demands. New styles and patterns are pushed to the market every day. There are varieties in terms of the fabrics (rayon, challis, voile, ankara, chiffon, satins, velvet etc), length, patterns and designs.

velvet, chiffon and rayon fabrics used for making kimono
velvet, chiffon and rayon fabric

In this article, I’m going to show you the different stylish ways you can rock a kimono; from the simplest casual look to the sophisticated red carpet look. Let’s go!

Modern Ways to Wear Kimonos

1. Kimonos with Denim and Tees

smiling lady wearing kimono with white top and jeans

So you have a pair of heels, skinny blue jeans and a T-shirt to wear for an event but you’re having second thoughts about the outfit; you feel it’s too basic. Guess what the magical solution is? You guessed right – kimono!

smiling lady wearing kimono on top and jeans
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Kimonos have a way of suddenly upgrading your outfit from zero to hundred. The next time you feel a T-shirt and denim look is too basic for your event, jump on a kimono, it never fails.

lady wearing kimono with top and jeans and heels

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2. Kimono with Dresses

lady wearing kimono on black dress and heels

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Remember when I said kimonos could be worn to the most sophisticated events like wedding ceremonies, red carpet events and even date nights. It should preferably be worn with a body-con, a mini dress or any type of dress and of course a nice pair of heels or wedges; whichever works best for you.

Accessories should be subtle if the kimono itself is super flashy. Do not over accessorize, we don’t want to watch your accessories and kimono competing for attention.

lady wearing kimono with dress and statement bag

In the same manner, if the print on your kimono is relatively plain and subtle, then you’re permitted to either wear statement earrings or carry statement bags.

lady wearing plain kimono with white dress
Photo credit: stylepantry

Kimonos are multi-purpose, they can help dress you up or even help tone down your dressing. Say you have a dinner date and a girls-time-out with your girlfriends before the date. What do you do? Do you pick out extra clothes in a bag?

Will that not be too much trouble? Here’s a solution; how about you wear a kimono over the beautiful dress you want to impress your date with while hanging with your girls so as to avoid the hungry glances and unnecessary attention the dress would be giving you.

lady wearing kimono with dress

I mean, the dress is meant to impress just one person; your date. And when it’s time for the date, you say goodbye to the ever-helpful kimono. See? A kimono just saved you the trouble of taking extra clothes in a bag.

3. Kimono with a Swimsuit

smiling lady wearing kimono with bikini
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Are you a shy person? Do you feel insecure about your cellulite? (You have to love yourself, girl) or you’re just super sensitive and would not want just anybody to see you in a bikini.

lady wearing kimono with bikini
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Well, a kimono is just the answer to the above issues. Plus, it keeps you warm when it gets too cold at the beach. A hat and sunshades would complement this look by the way.

4. Kimonos as Corporate Wears

lady wearing short ankara kimono on black top and black pants
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If you do not have a strict dress code at your workplace, you simply incorporate kimonos into your closet. Especially those made of African prints.

lady wearing ankara kimono on a dress

5. Kimonos on an All-Black Ensemble

lady wearing kimono on all-black outfit

Do you know that you can add colour or life to an all-black ensemble with a kimono? Yes black on black is great and we love it but here is what is greater: kimono on an all-black ensemble.

lady in sunglasses wearing kimono on black outfit

6. Kimonos on an All-White Ensemble

smiling lady wearing kimono on all-white ensemble

Just like an all-black ensemble, you can use a kimono to break up an all -white look. This looks best with ankara kimonos

lady wearing ankara kimono on white outfit

lady wearing kimono on white top and matching pants

7. Kimonos on Shorts and Tank Tops

lady wearing kimono top and shorts

These are perfect for hot days and for strolls around your street. Add a pair of sneakers or heels to this outfit and you’re ready for that concert.

lady wearing long kimono on top and and jean shorts

Kimonos are here to stay!

lady wearing kimono on shorts and top

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Achu Kije

Achu Kije is a communication student who has profound interest in fashion, travel and food. She hopes to explore the world and tastes the national dish of every place visited. Her hobbies are cooking , surfing the net and watching movies.

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