Friday, August 8, 2014

Kimonos: In or Out?

Cat Deeley, Shenae Grimes, Lauren Conrad
One of the newest trends this summer is the light and flowy kimono. Inspired by the traditional Japanese kimono, the "kimono" trend incorporates bright colors that are perfect for the summer. Traditionally, Japanese kimonos are an ankle length garment that are wrapped around the person's body. The fashion industry, however, has taken a spin from the traditional garment, having their kimonos look similar to a cardigan with almost little resemblance to the traditional kimono.

Items shown clockwise from top-left: Nordstrom BP, Forever 21, Nordstrom BP, Forever 21, Francesca's, Lulu's
Many celebrities have been seen wearing kimonos, particularly in their street fashion. Kimonos (the fashion industry's version) is similar to a cardigan in that is is open in the front. Like cardigans, these kimonos are also often hip length, however there are some that you can find that are longer. Kimonos also often involve many colorful prints and is a lighter piece of clothing that is great for the warmer months. Kimonos can be worn the same way as you would wear a cardigan, such as with a crop top with shorts or skirts. Above are some of the many options that are available in stores!

Outfit Inspired by Cat Deeley

Outfit inspired by Cat Deeley: Tee, Shorts, Kimono, Sandals, Handbag, Necklace

I'm not entirely sure if I will join the kimono bandwagon. I don't know if this trend will last very long, especially since it doesn't seem like a practical piece to wear in the cooler months. The fashion industry's take on the kimono, however, does seem like a great layering piece for the summer, and if I find one that fits, I wouldn't mind trying the trend!

What do you think about the kimono trend? In or Out?
Please comment below! I would love to read your answers!

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