Anyone who knows me probably knows that floral prints are NOT my thing. It’s something about flowers on fabric that sends me into a matronly, grandma zone. You know what I mean? When I think about it, I really don’t do floral scents either (other than the fabulous Marc Jacobs Daisy). Last summer, I purchased a red based floral print from a boutique in Memphis, but not without the push of someone else (Hey Toya!). Well, one reason I started this blog was to fashionably challenge myself and conquering my fear of florals is first on the list.
Style File: Distressed denim – J.Crew/ Tee – The Limited/ Kimono – H&M
Shoes – Steve Madden/ Pouch – American Apparel/ManiPedi – CND Vinylux Blue Rapture
The red floral button up was a loner in my closet until recently. I’ve added another floral piece to my closet in the form this kimono, which happens to be one of the under-the-radar trends for spring. Traditional kimonos are long and heavy, I know. I love that this season’s kimonos are asian inspired, but have shorter hemlines and can be found in some great solids and prints.
I chose this one because the floral print was subtle and on a light background. I paired it with mixed metallic & nude accessories, but decided to play up the red in the kimono with my zippered pouch/clutch.
I thought this outfit was comfortable and easy yet classy and sophisticated…perfect for the wine tasting I attended!! You know how I love my tee, jeans, and blazer outfits? Well, I can easily see this kimono as a blazer substitute all spring/summer long. I’m already thinking of others ways to remix this piece!!!
According to Q, the kimono trend is flying under the radar, but is an easy way to add a little extra “something-something” to an outfit. Whether it’s errands, a casual lunch, or a festival, you can use the kimono as a stylish substitute for a cardigan or jacket.
What do you think of kimonos? Will you be trying this trend?
Yours (taking a huge step) in a FLORAL kimono,