How To Wear a Kimono Top

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Kimono tops are here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier. Layered looks are super chic, but often impractical during the warmer months of the year. Kimonos for women are breezy, lightweight layers that can be worn over your favorite tank tops, tees, rompers, and dresses all year long.

Bright Tropical Palm Print Kimono Top

A kimono is also the perfect item for adding a fun pattern or pop of color to your outfit. A classic maxi dress or simple t-shirt can be instantly dressed up by slipping on a colorful kimono featuring a bold print. Below, learn how to style a kimono in a way that looks fresh, sophisticated, and effortless.

Layer a Kimono Over a Little White Dress

Bright floral prints and crisp white sundresses are two of our favorite style staples. Naturally, we can’t resist the idea of pairing them together! Since white dresses are so understated, feel free to choose a bold and colorful floral kimono top. A long kimono looks especially beautiful trailing behind a form-fitting white dress and offers the benefit of adding a bit of modesty to short or strapless dresses.

Palm Leaf Kimono

Pair a Floral Kimono with Cutoff Denim

You can never go wrong with a simple cotton t-shirt tucked into your favorite pair of worn-in denim shorts. But if you’re looking to dress things up a bit (without sacrificing comfort) then a kimono is the ideal outfit addition. The feminine pattern and elegant colors of our magnolia flower kimono would be the perfect complement to these tattered cutoff jean shorts.

Blue Floral Kimono

Flatter Your Figure with a Drawstring Waist

We adore kimonos for their flowy unstructured fit, but sometimes it’s nice to show off your curves with a more fitted waistline. This white kimono with embroidered flowers features a tassel drawstring that flatters every woman’s figure. We recommend styling it with white denim jeans, a solid colored top, and neutral wedges or sandals.

Embroidered Kimono Top

Style a Kimono with Layered Necklaces 

Layered necklaces are one of the hottest jewelry trends this season, and they pair so wonderfully with a kimono top. To keep your outfit from becoming too busy, opt for a more understated piece like this metallic rose gold kimono. Pair it with a simple dress, romper, or t-shirt and jeans, then add your favorite layered necklaces. Stylish yet effortless!

Multi Beaded Layered Necklace

Take a Romper from Day to Night with a Kimono

We love rompers because of how versatile they are: you can wear a romper while running errands or lounging around at home, then style the same romper with a chunky necklace and heels. Women’s kimono tops offer yet another way to dress up your favorite romper. This long floral kimono with metallic details would look so beautiful layered over a simple navy romper.

Women's Short Sleeve Navy Romper

Play with Patterns

Floral kimonos are always a smart choice, but there are dozens of other patterns and prints you can work into your wardrobe. Tie dye kimonos are one of the trendiest patterns we’re seeing this season and are an easy way to give any outfit a bohemian twist.  A long leopard print kimono cardigan really pops against a classic white tee and dark-wash denim and can be worn virtually year-round.

Blue Tie Dye Womens Kimono

Transition Your Kimono from Summer to Autumn

With their lightweight breezy texture, it’s easy to assume that kimono outfits are purely a summer trend. Fortunately, it’s easy to transition your favorite summer kimono tops into the autumn season with a few style tweaks. For your base layer, choose fall-appropriate colors like black, brown, tan, burgundy, navy, and olive. Style with denim, ankle booties, and a velvet floppy hat.

Camel Stripe Kimono Top Women's

If you have been wondering how to wear a kimono top, we hope these outfit ideas have given you some inspiration. Let us know which kimono trends and looks you’re loving the most in the comments below!

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  • Corey O'Loughlin
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