Kimonos for the umpteenth time in the past decade has made it’s reappearance into the scene this season. We’ve all seen it easily paired with casuals like denim and cut-offs in the summer, but what about the workplace? I’m here to prove that these almost robe like pieces can also be work appropriate.
I’ve worn my satin kimonos with midi dresses, pleated skirts and high waisted slacks seen here for the office. Although I work in academia, my workplace is quite lax when it comes in office attire and not as conservative as some-so please do keep that in mind. Now, I don’t recommend pairing it with the blouse I’m wearing but swap it out with a more traditional top or button down and you’re set.
Still on the fence about kimonos? Below are some of my style and shopping tips:
- Kimonos are oversized so in terms of sizing, if you’re plus size, you may be able to shop the higher end of straight sizes. For example, I’m wearing a size Large in the kimono from the straight line and I still have enough give. Smaller women can size down in their Kimonos due to this very fact.
- Because they’re boxy and over-size, you can easily pair them with a belt. I recommend a elasticized belt since a leather belt will allow the fabric to slide up and down. A elasticized will hold the fabric in place.
- Kimonos come in various lengths (hip length, mid-thigh, calf, etc). Longer lengths will give off more of a longer and leaner shape whereas the shorter lengths should be styled like a blazer or cardigan.
- Kimonos come in various patterns and prints so pick one that is neutral enough to work with office pieces you already own.