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Kimono jackets are a go-go

Feathers of Truth Kimono, $208,
Feathers of Truth Kimono, $208,
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Fashion gets its inspiration from virtually everywhere, whether it be pop culture, current events, art, architecture, or tradition. The latter inspires the resurgence of one of the latest trends, kimonos.

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With celebs like Ashley Olsen and Nicole Richie, who has even shown some kimono love in her Winter Kate line, rocking the lightweight gowns over their bohemian outfits, one thing's for sure-- kimonos are making a comeback.

Kimonos, originally from Japan, are traditionally a full-length robe worn by men, women, and children. Fast foward to fashion today, and, while the hemlines are generally a lot shorter than back then, the idea is still the same.

There are tons of reasons to fall in love with one. Kimonos are a good substitute to jackets; not only are they generally much more lightweight, but the fabrics are silky and soft. While we are still transitioning into cooler weather, these robes are the perfect choice for the daytime heat and cooler nights.

In addition, they spice up any basic outfit. The shape of the kimono is loose and billowy, making it all the easier to wear with virtually anything. To contrast the roominess of the jacket, pair it with denim shorts and a tee for day, and over a body-conscious dress for night.

Whether you wear a printed or solid, vintage or new, one of the most important things to achieve is layers. By layering, not only are you channeling the real Japanese style (with the kimono covering the hiyoku), but your outfit will look all the more bohemian with contrasting pieces of clothing mixed together. So remember, don't take your outfit too seriously, and not everything has to match perfectly!

So check out my slideshow to the left for some fabulous Japanese-inspired gowns.

And, just as the literal meaning of kimono is a "thing to wear," kimonos are the thing to wear right now.


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