So what is a Kimono? The dictionary definition is:
- a long, loose traditional Japanese robe with wide sleeves, tied with a sash
Well, I really hadn't in mind a long one and definitely not with a sash. Dressing gown springs to mind!
After a little more research, I realised that I actually wanted a Haori which is a shorter, light weight coat with wide sleeves used to keep the Kimono from being exposed to the elements. Why I feel you need to know this is beyond me because as far as the High Street is concerned, it's a Kimono.
So how does one wear a Kimono. Over to Pinterest for inspiration...
With denim shorts and a loose top
Ok at my age, I'm really not going to go down this route for my weekly shop at the supermarket but I do like the idea of using a Kimono to throw over a pair of cut offs on my hols for walking too and from the beach, lunchtime etc etc
Much more what I had in mind although the last one is a tad long. I'd be the one that gets it trapped in the revolving doors at John Lewis.
So, my brief for this research is as follows:
1. It has to be shortish
2. Not too much volume
3. The sleeves should be elbow length or thereabouts
4. A soft subtle pattern for me (mousey haired) but in the interests of universal appeal, I have included darker, busier prints. Will also consider a plain fabric
5. Definitely no tassels for H&S reasons
And here are my finds...
Let's start at New Look, they've embraced this trend whole heartedly and have quite a few on the website.
White Crepe Floral Print Kimono £19.99
Such a pretty print and it most certainly fulfils my rules. Personally I would wear with a pair of distressed jeans and a white linen loose fit vest top.
And another gorgeous, dreamy print, verging on dressing gown territory so needs to be styled a little edgy.
Parisian Pink Floral Print Kimono £19.99
The next one is a little busy for me although I'd probably wear it on holiday.
Green Neon Tropical Print Crepe Kimono £19.99
Moving on to Dorothy Perkins, this one intrigues me, it's more of a fitted style. I'd like to try it on as it may well just miss the mark of being a Kimono. But I really do love the print. I'd wear distressed, light blue jeans and a nude slouchy t-shirt.
Crowded Floral Kimono £16.99
here). Add a pop of colour (eg. cobalt blue) by way of a bag or shoes and it's a great evening look. Great as a bikini cover up too although I would choose either/or option on holiday. I'm not an advocate of beach to bar dressing!
Black and White Kimono Jacket £30
Blush Floral Lace Kimono £20
Not wishing to be left out, Next have come up with a stunner and possibly my joint favourite (albeit the sleeves are slightly longer than I would prefer). It's quite a busy print but fairly muted so just about fits my brief. This is exactly how I would style it. Bravo Next!
Here it is close up
Black Dragonfly Kimono Cover-Up £26
And finally, we have my second joint favourite. It's from Mint Velvet, slightly more expensive than the others but boy is it worth it. It ticks every box for me, the pattern is too gorgeous for words.
Mae Print Kimono £89
Trouble is, I now want the 7/8 white jeans, top and boots as well which makes for a rather expensive Kimono. I shall go and count my pennies and failing that there's always the son's piggy bank.
Here's to a lazy Bank Holiday Monday, anyone bought the Wallis cuff yet??