Kimonos are serious players this season
as they have become quite the trend.
But for me
kimonos are always major players
in styling my wardrobe!
Today I have gathered some of my very favorite kimono looks
to demonstrate the dramatic effect
of such an easy to wear piece.
Kimonos can look good on everybody
as long as you keep your proportions correct to your size.
From this gorgeous antique kimono
that is as much a piece of art as it is clothing.
It's the movement in well done kimonos I adore
making simple walking feel dreamy.
I also love the ability of kimonos to take basic separates
elevate them to gorgeous ensembles.
I got this stunning kimono at
in Old Town Orange California.
Adding a ball skirt, lace blouse, tassel belt and crown
makes for a fun party look.
For summer nothing beats a sheer voile kimono
to manage the summer heat with panache.
I wear this orange one with separates
as well as this Free People dress
that looks like it was made especially for this kimono.
This dynamic print kimono
adds a huge dash of color to my white separates and stripes.
My very favorite place to shop for kimonos is
in Mission Hills San Diego.
They don't have an online shop
but they do have an
where new arrivals are often showcased
Valerie ships all over the world.
You'd never know it from my kimono post here
that I don't do color often
but nothing adds color panache
to my mainly neutral wardrobe like a printed kimono.
Here I have worn it with the self tie belt.
Here I have simply tied it up in the front.
It takes my white flare crop jeans and an off the shoulder top
to a whole different beach walk level!
When it comes to traveling
a fabulous kimono
can take you from brunch to a fancy dinner out
simply by changing accessories and separates.
This leopard version
was a lifesaver when I was in Los Angeles for Fashion Week.
By the last day I had gone through all of the outfits I loved
which is never a good traveling feeling for me.
On a whim
I pulled out this leopard fabulousness
that I had brought as a pool coverup
added my favorite cropped jeans, a sleeveless tunic
tied it in the front
I had an instant outfit that I loved!
I simply finished the ensemble with accessories I had already in my suitcase!
One of my first kimonos from Le Bel Age
is this beautiful brown print
that is always a staple player in my fall/winter wardrobe.
Here it finishes off sequin jeans and a sequin T
turning wardrobe basics into an outfit!
Here I styled it with my vintage lace blouse, jeans and cowboy boots.
Proving once again the supreme styling possibilities
of a kimono!
Here I have used it over a midi dress
with cowboy boots once again.
It was the perfect road trip outfit last winter when we
traveled to Death Valley.
I used both the kimono and the dress again
when I challenged myself to style a truly vintage sombrero form Mexico.
For me kimonos always make for the best resort swimsuit coverup.
Adding in a dramatic hat and necklace takes the kimono to perfect poolside attire.
This same shite kimono
is a well used summer piece
from wide legged pants and top ...
to a skirt for datenight ...
to pulling together traveling separates in the desert.
For me a whisper light kimono is
not only a great styling piece
but offers great arm coverage
in situations I rather not bare arms.
Here the same white kimono was the perfect player
with my signature shell crown
for an evening out at Laguna Beach's Art Walk.
I found this colorful kimono in LA's china town for a song.
I am always on the lookout for great kimonos wherever I travel.
And finally one of my favorite kimono looks recently.
This sheer voile kimono works perfectly with my tulle embroidered skirt.
And made for a fabulous outfit for dinner out with friends!
So there you have it my friends.
A great girlfriend share for sure.
I hope I have gotten you excited at the prospect of adding
some fabulous kimonos to your seasonal wardrobes.
Winter or summer
kimonos are always one of my very favorite styling pieces!
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life