How to wear a kimono this summer 2016 ?

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Kimonos have already become a fashion staple. Given their popularity amidst fashion’s elite, they are a great way to up your style quotient. The good part about kimonos is that they can be paired with just about anything. From jeans to skirts and shorts, a kimono compliments everything it is matched with. It can also be consciously used to cover certain weak areas. For instance, if you have heavier arms or an embarrassing paunch, you can easily cover it up with a beautiful kimono. These days, kimonos are coming in various traditional and contemporary fabrics. Here are a few good styling tips you can use to flaunt your favourite kimono this summer.

 

1. If you are attempting a bohemian look, a kimono can prove to be more useful than you think. To get the vibe of the 70s, pair a beautiful kimono with flared jeans or a pair of wide-legged trousers. Wear a coloured pair of jeans and accentuate it with a floral print kimono. If you are not in mood for retro, you can pair your favorite kimono with ripped jeans for a more contemporary look. To keep the whole subtle yet interesting, use either a fringed or a plain white shirt. Add mule shoes to be totally in vogue.

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2. Kimonos look great with dresses too. They make the perfect summer accessory for your feminine dresses. For a summery look, take a printed kimono and match it with a bright coloured dress. For a more sober look, pick either a grey or a beige kimono and use it to compliment your little black dresses. And not to forget, kimonos look absolutely classy with maxi dresses. Whether you are strolling on a beach or making an exit from the airport, the maxi dress and kimono combination is an absolute classic.

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3. Kimonos look great with shorts. However, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind while pairing shorts and kimonos. To start with, if you are wearing a kimono with a pair of shorts, make sure that the length of your kimono reaches the hem of your shorts. While you can always wear longer kimonos, shorter kimonos look more urbane and chic with shorts. If you are wearing a printer kimono, keep the rest of your outfit relatively neutral to side step the risk of looking too overdone.

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long kimono with shorts, image credit : Daniel M Viero
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short kimono with shorts, image credit : Daniel M Viero

 

4. The last thing to be considered while buying and styling a kimono is the fabric of the kimono. These days, kimonos are being made using various fabrics. While silk and georgette are the most popular choices, one can also find kimonos made from lace, chiffon, etc. The kind of kimono you choose will depend entirely on its use. If you are buying a kimono to be worn over a sexy lingerie, a silk kimono is your best bet. Likewise, if you are looking for a beachwear kimono, a see through Georgette kimono will best serve the purpose. Lace kimonos look very contemporary when paired with a bikini top and a pair of ripped shorts.

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As of this moment, a kimono is the most diverse piece of clothing you have. It is the perfect summer time accessory to perk up anything basic you wear. Invest in a good kimono and you have something that can be worn to both a casual day out and a date night with equal ease.