When workweek stresses outweigh your desire to plan out stylish outfits for the office, sometimes the best wardrobe staples to have on hand are those that you can quickly throw on and feel amazing in. Instant upgrades, if you will. These usually come in the form of something that’s versatile, flattering, and add a certain level of polish. They also follow the third-piece rule that we here at Who What Wear so admire.
So after the recent couture week shows in Paris when we noticed a trend happening in street style that served this same purpose, we knew we had to try it out. So what was it? Silk robe coats! What’s more, these luxe pieces were more often than not being paired with a T-shirt and jeans—and it was incredibly cool. After taking note, we began to see more of these kimono-inspired jackets in the street style circuit, so we did what we do best: We rounded them up for you. See below for a look at how to style the piece, and shop our picks to try it out yourself.
Try it with cropped flare jeans.
Gilda Ambrosio by Style du Monde
Attico designer Gilda Ambrosio wears a belt bag over her long jacket.
Giorgia Tordini by Style du Monde
This is one of the freshest street style photos we've seen awhile.
No wind machine needed—this piece is instant drama.
An embroidered version reads extra special.
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Test out one with buttons for a dynamic look.
We suspect we'll be seeing a lot more from this It brand.
Wear it open; wear it closed.
Patchwork has always been a favorite pattern of ours.
How cozy does this look?
A girl can dream, right?
Wear with an off-white slip dress and sneakers.
Try this for your next night out with a bodysuit, vintage jeans, and lace-up heels.