The Kimono: 2 Ways to Wear Summer’s Breeziest Topper


Boho chic is always a popular vibe for summer, and with this year’s 70s style fever, the kimono is taking center stage. Light and breezy, it’s the perfect summer topper to add a little coverage without adding weight or warmth (think summer’s version of the cardigan). It’s easy to take this style to a summer festival, paired effortlessly with your favourite hot-weather essentials. But what about adding some extra wardrobe mileage and making this ultra-casual piece office-friendly? Challenge. Accepted.

Check out two very different looks that incorporate the kimono into your cool summer style:

After-hours: When there’s no dress code required, we’re throwing caution (and overdressing) to the wind. Denim cut-offs, cropped tees, layered jewellery…cool and casual is the name of the game. Throwing a sheer kimono on top seems to add that tiny bit of coverage that lets us get away with the bare minimum underneath. A sheer, fringed version adds zero weight and goes perfectly with our favourite carefree summer vibes.

9-5: The beauty of the kimono is in how light and airy the style is. Even though you’re covered up, the whisper-thin fabrics and loose arm openings manage to beat even the most sizzling days – which makes them just right for summer office dressing. We’re transforming this chic kimono into wrapped topper, thanks to a structured belt. Lightweight, wide-leg pants balance the look and platforms add a few welcome extra leg inches. Reach for a boxy purse to offset all the flow.

Have you tried the kimono trend? How are you wearing yours? We’d love to see! Tag us @StVitalCentre on Instagram so we can take a peek at your kimono styling.

See something that suits your style? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks:

Look #1
Black and white crop top: Garage, $16.95
White cut-offs: Boathouse, $44
Kimono: Garage, $36.95
Silver necklace: Dynamite, $29.95
Bangles: Le Chateau (set of 7), $18
Silver cuff: Le Chateau, $25
Silver necklaces: Le Chateau (set of 6), $12.95
Black fringe purse: American Eagle Outfitters, $29.95
Headband: American Eagle Outfitters, $9.50

Look #2
Ikat kimono: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $373
Pale pink pants: RW&CO, $79.90
Brown wedges: Boathouse (Harlow), $40
Silver cuff: Le Chateau, $18
Pink purse: RW&CO, $69.90

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