It’s official. The kimono is the ultimate transitional piece to be seen in right now. We know it’s not a new trend; it’s actually been knocking around for some time now (in fact, Zara has been producing different versions each month all year), but the fully stylish robe-style jacket has been championed by some of the best street stylers and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.
But just how easy is it to take on the slinky trend? Styling wise, it’s fairly simple to get the look right. High-rise blue jeans, a basic tee and heels are very much the outfit of the moment, and the good news is you probably already own those hero items. All that’s maybe left to do now is find that all-important kimono. Velvet, embroidered or something super-wishy and silk—there’s plenty of choice out there, whatever your preference. So without further ado, let us introduce you to what we believe are the hit summer styles to buy (and wear) right now, alongside nine impeccable looks to copy stat.
Scroll through for your guide to this season’s most covetable kimonos and the key looks to wear now.
Style du Monde; PICTURED: Giorgia Tordini
Style Notes: Take your cue from Giorgia Tordini and style your new long-length kimono tied slightly to one side with fuss-free hair and classic indigo denim.
Style du Monde
Style Notes: How to give your kimono a new-season edge? Be brave and accessorise with a bumbag worn high on the waist.
Style Notes: Not a big fan of denim? No problem. Simply style your new cover-up much like Maria Bernad did, by choosing tonal colours top to toe and letting your kimono do all the talking.
Style Notes: Who said the kimono should be bold? Amira's look tells us a subtle style looks every bit as chic as a punchy print when worn with flats, jeans and a statement earring.
Style Notes: For a winning holiday look, simply throw your kimono over a one-piece swimsuit and pair with slides, a supersized beach bag and sunnies.
Style Notes: Day or night, the kimono worn over jeans will always be a winning outfit formula. Go one step further and wear yours like Soraya, with the ultimate pair of showstopping Katerina Makriyianni earrings.
Style Notes: Not sure where to start when it comes to accessories? This look proves the kimono only gets better when worn with high-impact extras.
Style Notes: Don't be afraid to play with prints and embrace stripes when choosing your kimono. We love how Tamara wore her pink striped creation with a white swimsuit and classic accessories.
Style Notes: An ode to the many (many) incredible styles lining the shelves in Zara, these matchy-matchy styles prove that the easiest (and coolest) way to wear the kimono now is by belting up and throwing it on over jeans and a tee.