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BN Style: How to Rock – The Uber Stylish Modern Kimono

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My Designer Dreasm Kimono - BellaNaija - March 2015

The kimono is a definite Summer must-have. It’s easy, comfy and can add the perfect dose of chic to your look.

When we first heard the trend had hit the Summer streets we were a bit concerned – the traditional kimono usually comes in soft fabrics and a big & thick belt that looks quite uncomfortable. But that isn’t the case.

The modern twist on the kimono is quite the opposite. Coming in mostly light fabrics, the new and improved kimono can go from the beach to a casual day without the wardrobe change hassle.

We absolutely love this trend and that’s why we are here with a few tips to help you rock the trend well into the Summer days ahead.

Check them out!

1. Keep your outfit items to a minimum
One way the kimono is proving to be worth buying is its ability to add some ‘umph’ to your outfit. It comes in a number of lengths, colours, patterns and prints, so your outfit takes on a life of its own. With this kind of addition, you don’t need to do too much underneath so as not to overwhelm your look.

You can rock anything from a tank top to a sleeveless jumpsuit under your kimono and still look great. The key is minimalism.

Check out Sayedero Enytan of the Fashion Engineer and this lovely fashionista from the Cassie Daves.com Kimono inspiration feature showing you how.

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2. When hitting the beach, a shorter length is best
Kimonos come in different lengths, and this can help vary your outfit options for any occasion. But when it comes to hitting the beach, we suggest a short kimono.

As fabulous as this fashion item may seem, the kimono can be overwhelming too. With all that sun, sand and water, the last thing you want is to drag around wet sandy fabric. So keep it short for ease and comfort.

Check out beach perfect outfits on fashion bloggers – the fab Nifesimi of The Skinny Hipster and the stylish Fisayo Longe of Mirror Me.

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3. Get creative with colours
Even though kimonos usually come in prints and patterns, that should not be a limitation to what colours or prints you rock it on. You can add a pop of colour like the fashionable Sai Sankoh, or rock black and white underneath like makeup artist and stylista Dodos Uvieghara of IAmDodos.

BNMyStyleSai SankohTunde K. Mason for iamdodos.com

3. For a boho-chic look, the longer the better
We all have different looks we love – so when it comes to pulling off the boho-chic look, it is better to go for length and accents. The wide/long kimono will most likely fall down your shoulders which will give off a layered look; and a long skirt finishes the look.

You can also achieve this by adding accessories like a wide-rimmed sun hat for that Indie vibe.

We love how Agatha Ashi of Irony of Ashi made this look stand out in her black kimono and Tamika of My Designer Dreams in her red and white print kimono and long blue skirt.

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4. When it comes to jewelry, make a statement
Your kimono isn’t the only thing allowed to stand out. Make an even longer lasting impression with a bold statement necklace or some dainty jewelry that pack a punch to add more fab to your look.

The jewelry will balance out your look making your look complete.

We love the print on this Zanjoo kimono, and Patricia Bright looks laid back and stylish with her double accent necklace.

Aim for the Stars Kimono - BellaNaija - March 2015Patricia Bright Kimono - BellaNaija - March 2015

5. Cover up some more with a kimono
You know those times you want to show some skin but not too much? Well, the kimono is great for that. You can use it to reduce the parts of skin shown when rocking a cropped top or short skirt like Raschele from Cha Cha The Fashion Genius in this chic white kimono at the beach and this fun print kimono at the poolside.

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Is the kimono a Summer fave for you? Share how you style it with us!

Photo Credit: IAmDodos | MomentsofStyle | TheFashionEngineer | CassieDaves | MyDesignerDreams | StylePantry | Ironyofashi | Blog.zanjoo | ChaChaThefashionGenius

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

24 Comments

  1. tunmi

    March 31, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    This smells like appropriation. Kimono is a traditional attire of the Japanese culture. I’m not sure how to feel about making it a trend.

    • bruno

      March 31, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      @tunmi

      defination of cultural appropraition

      Cultural appropriation is the act of copying
      another people’s culture to the extent that it may
      eventually seem authentic to the mimicker. People
      may begin to associate certain cultural practices
      with the mimicker, and not the people who the
      practices originally belonged to.

      everybody will always know kimonos are associated with asian culture. nobody can steal it from asians. whether all black people or all white people start wearing kimonos today, it will always be associated with asians.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      @bruno I’m loving your comments more and more everyday. You’re so spot on ehn, I feel like it’s a darts and bulls-eye something.

      On another note, TODAY IS MZ SOCIALLY AWKWARD’S BIRTHDAY OH!!! Please give her a shout out meeeeeeeeeeeeeyn!!!!

      As previously warned, I shall be making this announcement on every comment I make today. Cheers fam! 🙂

    • Carliforniabawlar

      March 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      wow!! Mz SA is ‘election baby’!! hehehe. Happy birthday missy may your days b long, propesrous, fulfilling and filled with joy! xoxo

  2. bruno

    March 31, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    is the kimono a Summer fave for you?

    pls we don’t have summer in nigeria.
    the last time I checked we have only 2 seasons in nigeria, dry season and raining season (u can include Harmattan if u like)

    pls we need to start dressing according to the seaaons we have in nigeria.
    we need to start in cooperating our seasons into our fashion.

    we need to stop referring to dry season as summer.

    • Mee

      March 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Most of the people up there are not even Nigerian residents so calm your tits Bruno. Not everyday Complain. Choi

    • Athena S.A

      March 31, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      [email protected]…..I love you

    • kehinde

      March 31, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      i love you bruno for this comment,i am tired of naija people i belong mentality

  3. Bisi

    March 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    LOVING IT..Definatley rocking it this summer .PS thanx for the ideas

  4. Justice Goat

    March 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    OMG! I can never unsee these images.

  5. tee

    March 31, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Aww Bruno, smart comment. I have to apologise for the last time I called you S.T.U.P.I.D! Over an insensitive comment you made on the kidnapped child from England to PH some time ago. I guess the Orubebe in me got the better of me. I apologise.

  6. bruno

    March 31, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    @tunmi

    defination of cultural appropraition

    Cultural appropriation is the act of copying
    another people’s culture to the extent that it may
    eventually seem authentic to the mimicker. People
    may begin to associate certain cultural practices
    with the mimicker, and not the people who the
    practices originally belonged to.

    everybody will always know kimonos are associated with asian culture. nobody can steal it from asians. whether all black people or all white people start wearing kimonos today, it will always be associated with asians.

  7. Modella

    March 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    They are all killing it,however I can’t spot Cassie Davies in d above pics

  8. Abby

    March 31, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    TRENDS; This too shall pass….. It not everything these style bloggers and instagram champions hail as the ‘in thing’ must i purchase….
    I prefer to be sylish than trendy…

  9. Drknite

    March 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I wear my kimono with nothing under it. It is liberating.

  10. Seun

    March 31, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I love the kimono trend, especially the way Tuke Morgan and The Soho Sister wore it backwards on their blog

  11. @edDREAMZ

    March 31, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
    .
    Making sense outfits though… Niceone…
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  12. Igbale

    March 31, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Okay people, the correct spellings of the words are
    DEFINITELY & DEFINITION
    There is no ‘A’ in the words
    no such thing as ‘defination’ or ‘definately’!
    You speak grammar so-tay and you’re still not spelling right.
    cc Bruno & Bisi

  13. =sha~dollarz=

    March 31, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Hmm, is it just me, or is it that there’s no sense in this fashion trend at all?

  14. jummai

    April 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

    and u don’t get stoned that amazing

  15. Samcute

    April 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I tink d dress is good,,wen it is been worn by the right pple and at d rite time,,

  16. iphie

    April 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Happy belated birthday to MZ SOCIALLY AWKWARD. May God grant you all your good heart desires dear! Love ur comments on bn n will not mind meeting you someday.

    Cheers.

  17. Udochi

    April 4, 2015 at 2:00 am

    I’ve always thought kimonos to be useless…in fact, I’ve never thought of how someone could pull it off glamorously…..buh after seeing how these ladies put them together nicely; I might wanna consider getting me some kimonos

  18. Elle

    September 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Loving this post about the Kimono.Its a definite must have

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