The traditional Japanese kimono is designed to show-off the fabric or the intricate embroidery. It’s an artistic canvas that wraps the body so you should keep this mind when purchasing one. Because it is a loose cut with more volume make sure the pattern stands out and it not a small design or a plain colour.

The kimono is the perfect summer topper because it is lightweight and feels luxurious against your skin. It can be dressed up or dressed down or wrapped and belted like a dress. the possibilities are endless. In my blog on Japanese influence I presented many more options for the kimono.

Ermanno Scervino and Jonathan Saunders both presented beautiful kimono designs for SS2016.

I love the long over short of this Ermanno Scervino red and white design. The outfit is so summery and perfect for day or night. The patterns in this Jonathan Saunders go so well together and make the outfit unique. The kimono wrap jacket is definitely something I’ll be looking for.

rose_kimonoI picked up my kimono at Saks Off 5th. The brand is Romeo + Juliet Couture and it’s available at most high end US retailers. At first glance I didn’t like the rose pattern but then it reminded me of the Dolce & Gabbana esthetic so I tired it on and knew it was perfect. I have some summer parties coming up so I will wear the kimono with a bright orange tank, black leggings and my Prada peep toes. Very chic.


Finally the doll is back! Since she has been away for a bit, I decided to create 2 kimono looks. One is wrap jacket inspired by the Jonathan Saunders one I featured. The other is long coat worn over a skirt and top. Japanese paper is so suited to creating kimonos because of the intricate patterns.

Are you planning on wearing a kimono this summer? How will you wear it? Share your ideas with me!



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