One of the things I love best about this group is the opportunity to try out a trending style or look without making the commitment to add something to my wardrobe. Kristina did this recently with the hi-lo skirt she swapped with Lyndsey, and today I’m doing it with Hannah‘s floral kimono.
But I’ll be honest — once I got the kimono from Hannah, I realized I had no idea how to style it. So I rolled up my sleeves, pulled everything out of my closet (not literally, but almost) and got to work.
On my blog, I focus on how to style unusual pieces in work-appropriate ways. Whether it’s something casual or dressy, vintage or contemporary, or just plain funky, I like the challenge of working unexpected pieces into my professional wardrobe. So that’s the approach I took here, too. But when I thought about styling this kimono, the only things that came to mind were flower crowns and cut-off shorts — neither of which seemed work-appropriate, even for my boundary-pushing self.
I wound up pairing the kimono with another piece I have been wanting to style: a vintage sequined black tank top borrowed from my Etsy shop. I tend to put together outfits like this: shooting for “glamorous” but winding up dangerously close to Mike Myers’ “Coffee Talk” character from Saturday Night Live. But as I have been saying, I am a magpie, so bring on the glitz. I didn’t even realize until after I put this post together that Hannah had styled it in a similar way, as you’ll see at the end of this post.
After struggling to find something that worked with the warm tones of the kimono’s floral print, I settled on a pair of peach jeggings, which have turned out to be a surprising wardrobe staple. Seriously, when my friend brought them back to me as part of an epic bag-sale haul (this is true friendship, people: someone who goes to rummage sales on your behalf), I wasn’t sure if I would ever wear them at all. But then seem to go with everything, and have become one of my go-tos.
As challenging as it was to put together, I was happy with this look, and developed a newfound respect for the kimono. I always reach for SOMETHING to put over a top, and this is a nice in-between for when a sweater feels too frumpy and a jacket seems too stiff. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for a good kimono on future thrift outings.
Kimono – Hannah’s | Tank top – vintage | Jeggings – Uniqlo (thrifted) | Booties – thrifted | Necklace – vintage