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