HOW TO STYLE A KIMONO
Let’s look at How to Style a Kimono. The definition of a Kimono is a long loose Japanese robe with wide sleeves, held together by a sash. It seems like the Kimono or an adapted version is currently in style. There are short and long versions in many different prints and patterns and fabric types in various price ranges.
I have always loved Kimonos and have wanted one for many years but never found the right one. During a holiday in Bryon Bay I fell in love with one and instantly knew I had to have it. I tried it on and went through my criteria for buying:-
- Colour and pattern were right and it would mix and match well with my white and navy pieces.
- It was 100% cotton and felt great against my skin.
- Loved the loose fit and I could easily hem it up.
- It would be a transeasonal piece that I could wear in Spring, Autumn and Summer.
- Price was only $20.00.
HOW TO STYLE A KIMONO OUTFITS
I now have a Kimono that needed to be styled into my life by going shopping in my wardrobe and creating outfit options that reflected my Personality Style, lifestyle needs and moods.
The most important style element I needed to consider while creating my outfits was the voluminous nature of the Kimono.
The jeans are slim fitting teamed with navy necklace, earrings and shoes.
The earrings mirror the shape of the flowers in the Kimono pattern.
There is an upward focus created by the white top, necklace and earrings.
Inside column of white created by pants and top.
The top was bulky and longer so I used the navy elasticised belt to create a slimmer line.
The necklace introduces some fun and colour to the neutral look.
Open, flat sandals create quite a casual and carefree look.
Mixing patterns – this my not be obvious but the dress has a narrow navy and white stripe.
The necklace creates an upward focus by introducing the use of green.
The last time I wore white sneakers was when I was in my teens and played tennis.
Loved the casual look that these new sneakers created.
Let’s show some leg. The shoes, dress and accessories combine to create a more styled up look.
The shoes and shorter length of the dress create a carefree casual look.
This Kimono is going to be a valuable and versatile addition to my wardrobe.
Have a play in your wardrobe and see how you can combine an item of clothing into some outfits for coming events and activities.
Shopping plays an important role in creating a wardrobe that becomes your own daily shopping boutique. What you put in your wardrobe has the potential to contribute positively to your life everyday. What you buy will only add value and versatility to your wardrobe if you wear it.
These Five Questions to Take Shopping with You are Important
The next time you are thinking about buying clothing or accessories resist impulse buying by asking these these five questions:-
- WHERE DOES IT FIT?
Think how an item fits into your lifestyle. You are not going to wear a dress that is quite formal if you don’t attend formal activities.
The ‘just in case item’ will be a waste of money and take up valuable space in your wardrobe.
- HOW DOES IT FIT?
This relates to your Personality Style and what colours, fabrics, textures, level of details and scale you like to wear. When you buy items outside of your personality preferences you may not feel comfortable and these become your ‘put on, take off’ items.
Make sure you try the clothing on so that you can determine the LOOK & FEEL of the clothing.
This is so important. Just liking or loving a piece of clothing does not mean you will enjoy wearing it.
- WHAT DOES IT GO WITH?
This is an important question if you want to create mix and match outfits from your wardrobe. Having orphans in your wardrobe will be a waste of money and overcrowd the space.
Before you walk out the shop with something think of at least three different outfits you could create with the intended purchase.
- WHERE CAN I WEAR IT?
When you ask this you consider the clothing’s place in your life and relates to question 1. I always plan to wear a new purchase within two weeks of buying it and this means it doesn’t become the forgotten piece.
Once you have enjoyed wearing something you increase your chances of wearing it again.
- DO I HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS ALREADY?
Avoid ending up with multiple items of the one thing. Many years ago I discovered that I had about 30 pairs of black tights. For some unknown reason I kept buying them when they were on sale.
These five questions provide you with a shopping guideline for making purchases that will:-
- add value to your wardrobe and not just take up space,
- save you money because you will wear the clothes you buy,
- potentially stop overcrowding in your wardrobe. If your wardrobe is overcrowded this makes it difficult to find things and you wont wear them.
REMEMBER THESE FIVE QUESTIONS TO TAKE SHOPPING WITH YOU