Kimonos have had a serious makeover for spring/summer 2015.
In the past, they've been a go-to beach cover-up and not much more, but they’re back with a new flair. It's not all about floaty fabrics but suede and denim too.
With kimono silhouettes peppered through the SS15 collections, this is definitely one trend to take on for summer – and, with all the options, it’s not that hard.
The main thing is to only go for of this season’s Japanese-influenced trends per look. If you’re going for a kimono jacket, lay off the platforms or extravagant brocade.
At Celine and Phillip Lim, models wore tailored separates making the kimono the perfect day to night piece. At Hermes, the silhouettes were decidedly softer and at Gucci, Frida Gianni branched out for her last show as creative director with suede wrap-around jackets.
A bit of a mixture, I think you’ll agree – which only makes the wearing of it that much easier.
If you’re looking to update your work wardrobe with the jacket of the season, simply pair it with trousers, tailored or loose-fit, but keep the hemlines just off the floor or wear with heels to avoid drowning in the excess fabric.
Take a leaf out of the Gucci book on kimonos if you’re thinking of off-duty styling. We loved the silhouette against a wide leg jean, but if skinny jeans are your thing then you could glam things up with an over-the-knee boots.
As well as a vast offering from the high-end big hitters, the high street has responded to the kimono love-in with a varied and reasonable range. It’s a real print fest out there, perfect for updating your jean and t-shirt looks for the new season, but we’re loving the low-key block colour styles, like a plain black kimono, too.
For the kimono look on a budget, take a tip from the SS15 street stylers and belt in a loose-fitting jacket around the waist.
Check out our edit of the best kimonos for your most versatile new season cover-up…