How to Wear It: Kimonos

By Ettie Berneking | Photos by Kevin O’Riley

Oct 2015

Ever since kimonos surged onto the runway, boutiques haven’t been able to stock enough of these flowy fashion favorites. But not everyone can flawlessly rock this ethereal look. For expert advice, Lindsay Jones with Red Poppy Boutique and Jessica Moore (who makes her own kimonos) with Frolic Vintage share some words of wisdom. 

Do: Keep it Simple
“Let the kimono be your statement piece and keep the rest of your outfit simple. Dress up a pair of jeans and a white T-shirt or pair it with an LBD.”—Lindsay Jones, Red Poppy Boutique ( 

Do: Think about balance
“It’s all about balance. You don’t want the kimono to overpower you. Pair long kimonos with wedges or heels.”—Jessica Moore, Frolic Vintage (

Don’t: Forget To accessorize
“Booties are all the rage this fall and will go perfectly with a kimono for a boho look! Be sure to add a fringe handbag.”—L.J.

Don’t: Be afraid to mix patterns
“Pairing a floral kimono over stripes is a great look. This is also a good way to take your kimono through the seasons. If it’s light and floral, which is great for spring and summer, pair it with a darker striped pattern for fall.”—L.J.

Do: wear your kimono all year long
“Kimonos are no one-trick pony and can be worn in multiple seasons. I love them in autumn over a black maxi dress. During the summer, I wear them as a swimsuit cover-up. A good kimono can become your go-to piece at any time of the year.”—J.M.

Do: Go monochromatic
“Kimonos allow you to try a monochromatic look in the easiest ways. Bonus: It makes you look leaner!”—L.J.

Don’t: Get swallowed up
“For loose fitting or long kimonos, look for fabrics that are a bit sheer and move well with you. This allows your shape to still be seen, so you won’t look too boxy.”—J.M.

Do: embrace fringe
“Kimonos have a boho-chic air to them, so pair them with booties and a fringe handbag for fall.”—L.J.