Sunday, August 17, 2014

How to dress up a Kimono

With the Summer nearly over I'm trying to make the most out of my wardrobe and challenge certain items that could have more of a transitional take into Autumn. A kimono is something most of us associate with Summer, but if you choose the right kind you will be surprised as to the mileage you could get from it.

Recently I was asked to write a piece for the Huffington Post so with this in mind I decided to test myself and create three different looks with one kimono which you can see here. Pairing a kimono with this dress really gave an instant hint of glamour to the look. The trick to making this look work is to concentrate on the cut of the dress. White, navy even a paler shade of pink would all work, but the cut is what truly complements it. Too long and your body would look smothered. Too short and it would look like you'd forgotten to wear trousers. haha!  This shift dress I came across in Primark/Penneys with a polyester mixed fabric. It skims over the body and sits nicely past the kimono giving a gently layered look. The colour is quite vibrant so it pulls out the fuchsia shades in the kimono also.

Variations of pink tones are set to be favourites for the Autumn Winter season so ultimately both the shift dress and this clutch bag can be easily recycled across the next few months into different looks. In terms of statement necklaces, this would be on the softer scale with just delicate crystal details to add to an evening look. For shoes, these simple ankle strap heels work perfectly as they help to elongate your legs, making you appear taller as well as giving them a more toned effect. :)

Photography: Aaron Hurley


Kimono - €13/ £11 
Dress - €12/£10
Shoes- €14.95/ £12,
Clutch-€10/£8  All Primark 
Necklace: Next similar here €12/£10.



  1. You look fabulous Louise!! Great post
    Martina xx

  2. Very well done. Won't even know it is a kimono. Love the pink and you look so adorable in pink Louise!

  3. I actually haven't been able to wear my kimono this summer because I bought a thicker material one and it's too hot to wear in the summer, so I've been looking forward to fall and winter when it's cooler and I could use the kimono. I have to check out your post to see the different ways you styled it. I really like the way you styled it here with the shift dress. :)



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