Captivated. This superb printed kimono spotted in a magazine or seen during your last shopping spree has you totally bewitched. You need this traditional Japanese must-have revisited in a modern version! You already know that this strong piece will revolutionize your clothing style. But how to wear a flowery kimono? How to turn this piece symbolic steeped in history Japanese, into a trendy look? To avoid the fashion faux pas of the total traditional geisha look, here are 3 fashionista codes to know and 7 trendy look ideas.
3 tips for choosing and wearing it well
1. Long or short floral kimono?
The ideal length of the kimono depends on your morphology. To highlight your silhouette, opt for the long version if you are petite with t-shirt, three-quarter or rolled-up sleeves to show your handles and thus lighten the silhouette. If you are tall, you can afford anything.
2. Belt or not belt?
Again, observe your morphology. Do you have the size marked? If so, belt your flowery kimono jacket to emphasize this asset of your silhouette. But if you have hips wider than your shoulders (morpho A) or love handles, wear the kimono open instead for a flowing look with a trendy oversized effect.
Kimono with plant pattern belted to wear as a short dress or on a casual outfit (source: Pinterest)
3. Material and style
In summer, the floral print kimono is fluid, airy and airy. The long version waves behind you with a masterful wrap effect. Choose 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 shiny reflections of satin and silk attract attention precisely where you do not want it.
In terms of style, the floral kimono comes in a sober, structured and elegant version with a more or less rigid material. But also in hobo chic version with fringes for an updated country look.
Hidden symbolism of the flowery kimono (or how to send a message to insiders)
In traditional Japanese culture, the kimono is a luxurious item of clothing whose cut and color transmit subtle messages to anyone who knows how to decode them. Indeed, a three-quarter sleeve kimono identifies a single woman while long sleeves are reserved for married women. Everything is in the sensuality of the wrist.
As for the color, the more the kimono is flashy, shiny and worked with many floral embroideries or animal motifs, the more the woman who wears it has a high social status in the Japanese aristocracy.
So which model best represents you?
7 Ideas for a trendy look
1. Floral kimono jacket
For a trendy daytime look, keep in mind that the kimono is THE highlight of your outfit. So, it is 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 associated with wearing the kimono.
Now it's time to get your basics out:
- White or black t-shirt to wear over close-fitting shorts or jeans
- a total black or white or even pastel look
In summary, timeless neutrals work very well to give pride of place to your beautiful floral kimono.
2. Long kimono and crop top
The long floral kimono is ideal for making you look bigger. Open, it returns a very majestic cape effect, especially if it falls to your feet. As for the crop top, it is resolutely trendy for lucky girls who manage to keep their stomachs flat despite barbecues and summer evenings.
Asian inspired floral long kimono - Les Petits Imprimés
Watch out for the crop top if you're petite. Showing the belly is of course the main asset of the crop top. But the visible belly creates two horizontal lines which can "pack" your morphology. Especially if you wear it with shorts (new horizontal line on the upper thighs).
Tip: the crop top is therefore a real asset for your morphology if you are tall or short but very slim. To be avoided especially for A-shaped morphologies because it refines the bust even more and, by contrast, widens the belly and hips.
3. Bohemian chic look with a kimono
Mix & Match genres and styles. When the Japanese kimono crosses paths with Indian fringes and spring floral motifs, the result is resolutely trendy. Play the oversize card as much as possible on a casual but close-fitting outfit to contrast the volumes.
Floral boho chic kimono with fringe (source: Pinterest)
4. Casual Japanese look
Are you looking to enhance your classic clothing style with a strong but neutral and timeless piece? The colorful floral kimono is ideal for you. Bright and spring-like, it brings a touch of lightness and originality to your look.
Its vertical lengthens your silhouette, especially if you wear it open. The oversize effect is right in the women's fashion trend. In short, you are totally to your advantage in this must-have that is both oriental and classic. So why deprive yourself?
Casual look at home or in the office with a floral mid-length kimono worn open (source: Pinterest)
5. Wear the floral kimono dress
A floral kimono as a dress? But what a great idea! Its fluidity lengthens your silhouette, its spring floral patterns bring soft light to your complexion for a healthy glow. And its Japanese spirit make your look spectacular in one piece. Revealing your sartorial taste, the long kimono dress is a summer must-have!
Floral kimono dress with plunging neckline - Les Petits Imprimés
Good news: it is self-sufficient. Accessorize it with fine and subtle jewelry, taking up a color from your outfit. Or play neutral with metal jewelry, noble if possible.
When it comes to shoes, bet on nude or neutral pumps that will elongate your silhouette even further and complete your body with a sophisticated note. A handbag or a clutch of the same tomb completes your outfit with class and style.
In summary, this long kimono dress is ideal for a wedding or a chic summer evening.
6. The chic kimono negligee
The mid-length silk kimono with three-quarter sleeves is obviously a must-have for elegant lingerie. The shiny material brings sophistication when the cut highlights you with:
- a V-neckline that lengthens your head carriage, refines your neck and your bust;
- flared sleeves with a false sloppy effect;
- a belt emphasizing your slim waist;
- a short "skirt" that shows your dizzying legs.
The kimono negligee with floral paisley crossover pattern: definitely a safe bet in chic lingerie (source: Pinterest)
And in a long version.
Athena long black lace kimono - Les Petits Imprimés
7. Beach wear kimono
Flowered kimonos can also be worn on the beach. Its ample version, chic negligee, covering but not too much, brings a deceptively wise sophisticated touch. Neither really in a bathing suit, nor really dressed up, the kimono plays on the effects of transparency with floral lace.
White kimono with lace and pompoms - Les Petits Imprimés
Choose a model that also features small boho chic details such as pretty little pompoms or short fringes in the spirit of summer holidays.
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 flowery kimono is a multifaceted must-have that has totally succeeded in its transformation from traditional Japanese culture to the current trendy look.
The floral kimono accompanies you in every situation in your life, from lazing by the pool to the wedding you are invited to, from casual outfit at the office to a chic evening. Everyone recognizes the woman of taste who surprises with her elegant outfits with a hint of originality.
Be feminine and delicately original thanks to:
- its vertical lines that elongate your silhouette (especially if you wear it open);
- its trendy and comfortable oversized volumes;
- and above all, its light, poetic floral print that's right on the women's fashion trend!
Will you be tempted by the kimono trend?