Ever since the kimono jacket entered the mainstream fashion scene, it has become a go-to style staple for countless women around the world. Based on the traditional Japanese garment, this versatile cover-up is well-known for its flattering, floaty silhouette and its soft, luxurious fabric which when combined, creates a gorgeous, feminine aesthetic that so many fashion lovers adore.
Here at Yumi, our love of clothing trends from the far-east is reflected in our own collections, with bold colours and quirky prints taking centre stage in many of our pieces. Our beautiful selection of kimonos offers year-round wardrobe essentials that are super easy to style with many of the items that are currently in your wardrobe.
For those that might be unsure about how to wear their kimono jackets, we’ve put together a handy style guide offering plenty of advice about how best to style these statement pieces, as well as a little inspiration to help you to plan the perfect outfit. Read on to find out all of our favourite tips on how to rock a kimono jacket, whatever the occasion.
Styling Women’s Kimonos for Spring/Summer
Women’s kimonos make an ideal clothing option when it comes to the warmer months, as their light, delicate fabrics allow you to stay cool in hot weather while also ensuring that your skin stays protected from the sun. They make an excellent option for festival attire and can even be dressed up to wear to an event or special occasion. Easy to throw on and off, they are the ultimate transition piece that is guaranteed to add an element of glamour to any ensemble. For a dressed-down casual look that is suitable for all-day wear, we suggest opting for a floaty, patterned design and pairing it with denim shorts, a basic t-shirt and your favourite comfy trainers for a relaxed daytime outfit.
To achieve an evening look that is both striking and sophisticated, we suggest wearing a flattering neutral bodycon dress underneath a bright, flowing kimono and adding in a stylish pair of heels to complete your ensemble. By incorporating stylish
accessories such as delicate jewellery and a simple clutch bag, this creates a gorgeous look that can be worn for a range of occasions, such as an evening on holiday or your next night out. From pretty florals to on-trend animal print designs, there are plenty of options out there for you to make your outfit truly unique.
Styling Kimonos for Women During Autumn/Winter
While a women’s kimono is often considered to be a garment that is only worn when the sun is out, in recent years, this iconic piece of clothing has also been re-invented in heavier fabrics to make it suitable for the winter months too. When styling your kimono for Autumn/Winter, it’s important to opt for warmer garments made with thicker fabrics, such as trousers, jeans and knitwear to ensure that you remain warm and protected from the elements. For a look that will take you from day to night effortlessly, style a shorter, floral kimono jacket with a neutral jumper, a pair of high-waisted navy jeans and your favourite winter boots. Perfect for any occasion, from a trip to the shops to a night on the town, this ensemble is guaranteed to create a sophisticated, flattering silhouette that you’ll love.
Wearing a Women’s Kimono for Work
Kimonos for women can also be worn in the workplace as a lightweight alternative to the popular longline cardigan. An excellent choice of clothing for warmer weather, opting for neutral colours and muted prints allows you to get creative with your ensemble while still adhering to the dress code. For a scandinavian-inspired look, pair your kimono with a clean, white blouse, black trousers and a pair of leather mules or loafers to instantly achieve a smart aesthetic that is ideal for the office.
As kimonos for women usually offer a bold statement piece, it can be difficult to know which items to style it with. Our guide is sure to steer you in the right direction when it comes to building your outfit, and your kimono is guaranteed to be a versatile garment that you’ll have for years to come. Here at Yumi, we offer a beautiful selection of women’s kimonos from a range of brands as well as our own collection. Discover the collection today, or find more style advice by visiting our blog.