Kimono styles have long been traditional garb for the Eastern world; but now, the dramatic-sleeved silhouette is making a statement in mainstream American collections via the kimono jacket.
While the kimono robe has been popular for years, it is typically only worn behind closed doors. The kimono jacket has a similar negligée feel, but is more wearable. The look of a kimono jacket can vary significantly despite the consistent wide arm shape. While the more traditional kimono style feels regal and traditional with rich embroidery on luxurious silk satin, updated versions are a combination of romantic, edgy and bohemian, and often boast more untraditional fabrics like velvet and funky embellishments like fringe. Yet, its elegant flow, delicate fabric, and bold prints pay homage to the garments origins.
Celebs are certainly influencing the kimono jacket movement. Stars like Nicole Richie (who was a pioneer of the boho look and even designed several kimono jackets for her Winter Kate collection), Miley Cyrus and Nicky Hilton have all been spotted rocking the kimono look.
Versatility is just one of the things I love about kimono jackets – whether wearing it casually with jeans and a t-shirt or more formally over a black dress, the kimono jacket effortlessly kicks up the style factor. So perhaps it’s more of a kimo-yes? I think so!