Captivated … This superb printed kimono spotted in a magazine or crossed during your last shopping session has totally captivated you. You need this traditional Japanese must have revisited in a modern version! You already know that this strong piece will revolutionize your dress style. But how to wear the floral kimono? How to divert this symbolic piece steeped in Japanese history , into a trendy look? To avoid the fashion faux pas of the traditional geisha total look , here are 4 insider codes to know and 4 trendy look ideas.
4 tips for choosing it and wearing it well
LONG OR SHORT FLORAL KIMONO?
The ideal length of the kimono depends on your body type. To highlight your figure, choose the long version if you are small with t-shirt, three-quarter or rolled up sleeves to show your handles and thus lighten the silhouette. If you’re tall, you can afford anything.
BELT OR NOT BELT?
Again, observe your body type. Do you have the size marked? If so, belt your floral kimono jacket to highlight this asset of your figure. But if you have hips wider than your shoulders (morpho A) or love handles, wear the open kimono instead for a flowing look with a trendy oversized effect.
MATERIAL AND STYLE
In summer, the floral-print kimono is fluid, airy and vaporous. The long version waves behind you with a masterful cape effect. Favor light and shiny materials such as silk, satin, chiffon, lace, etc. However, avoid the kimono whose fabric is “too fluid”, that is to say which hugs the slightest curve of your body if your curves are generous. Indeed, the shimmering reflections of satin and silk attract attention precisely where you don’t want it. In terms of style, the floral kimono is available in a sober, structured and elegant version with a more or less rigid material. But also in a hobo chic version with fringes for an updated country look.
HIDDEN SYMBOLISM OF THE FLORAL KIMONO (OR HOW TO CONVEY A MESSAGE TO THE INITIATES)
In traditional Japanese culture, the kimono is a luxurious garment whose cut and color convey subtle messages to those who know how to decode them. Indeed, a kimono with three-quarter sleeves identifies a single woman while the long sleeves are reserved for married women. It’s all about the sensuality of the wrist … As for the color, the more flashy, shiny the kimono is and worked with numerous floral embroidery or animal motifs, the more the woman who wears it has a high social status in the Japanese aristocracy. So which model represents you the best?
Ideas for a trendy look
The floral kimono jacket
WHAT TO WEAR IT WITH?
For a trendy daytime look, keep in mind that the kimono is THE highlight of your outfit. So, it’s better to reduce the colors and patterns of other clothes to avoid the Christmas tree look. If you manage to find this sobriety, you avoid the main fashion faux pas linked to wearing the kimono.
Long kimono and crop top
The long floral kimono is ideal for enlarging yourself. Opened, it returns a very majestic cloak effect, especially if it falls to your feet. As for the crop top, it is definitely trendy for lucky women who manage to keep their stomachs flat despite barbecues and summer evenings.
Watch out for the crop top if you are petite. Showing the belly is of course the main asset of the crop top. But the apparent belly creates two horizontal lines that can “pack” your body. Especially if you wear it with shorts (new horizontal line on the top of the thighs). Advice: the crop top is therefore a real asset for your body if you are tall or short but very thin. Avoid especially for A-shaped morphologies because it further refines the bust and, by contrast, widens the stomach and hips.
Bohemian chic look
Mix & Match genres and styles. When the Japanese kimono crosses the road of Indian fringes and the spring floral pattern, the result is resolutely trendy. Play the card of oversize to the maximum on a casual outfit but close to the body to contrast the volumes.
Japanese casual look
Are you looking to enhance your classic dress style with a strong but neutral and timeless piece? The colorful floral kimono is ideal for you. Bright and springy, it brings a touch of lightness and originality to your look. Its vertical lines lengthen your silhouette, especially if you wear it open. The oversized effect is right in the women’s fashion trend. In short, you are totally at your advantage in this must have both oriental and classic. So why deprive yourself ?
Floral kimono: summary of this chic and original must have
Chic and structured, casual and airy, boho chic, comfortable elegant negligee, classy semi-transparent beachwear, … The floral kimono is a multifaceted must-have that has completely succeeded in its transformation from traditional Japanese culture to the current trendy look. The flowery kimono accompanies you in every situation of your life, from lazing around by the pool to the wedding where you are invited, from the casual outfit in the office to the chic evening. Everyone recognizes the woman of taste who surprises with her elegant outfits with a hint of originality.