YES YOU CAN: Wear a kimono

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

I have to fess up to having an inordinate number of kimonos in my wardrobe. I love how extravagantly versatile they are. I’ll often wear a shorter one as a jacket, or a longer version to create an evening-worthy dress. And then there are the ones I save for the beach… Whatever your choice, they are always a figure-flattering friend and a statement piece for your wardrobe.

How to wear a kimono:

For anytime elegance

Short, sharp and belted, the ‘she means business’-style kimono. Image: Skwad photography/JasonJean@Bl Aublut-edition.com

Clever colour play smartens daywear.

Kimono, £79.99, ZARA

Dress, £27.99, ZARA

Sunglasses, £160, Swarovski

Bag, £6, Arket

Sandals, £108, Jeffrey Campbell x Free People

For a chic holiday cover-up

This floaty holiday must-have from anthropologie.com, £108, is lightweight and prettily printed. Image: Skwad photography/JasonJean@Bl Aublut-edition.com

Mix colours and textures for the perfect beach combo.

Kimono, £225, Zandra Rhodes x Free People

Bikini top, £26, and bottoms, £15, Next

Bag, £27.49, Amazon Fashion

Earrings, £29, Ania Haie

Necklace, £55, Ania Haie

Flipflops, £30, Havaianas

For day-to-night glamour

Longer-line kimonos look great loose and flowing or worn belted as a dress. Image: Skwad photography/JasonJean@Bl Aublut-edition.com

A statement belt will take the look up a notch.

Kimono, £65, One Hundred Stars

Top, £85, Jigsaw

Trousers, £110, Jigsaw

Bag, £595, Joseph
Chain belt, £109, Sandro Paris
Clogs, £377, Bally, Far Fetch

Sunglasses, £35, Prive Revaux