A version of this articles was posted at 60 & Me.
Want to add fashionable layers to your ensembles? Worried about clashing patterns or adding excessive weight to your outfit? You don’t have to if you use these tips to incorporate stylish kimono jackets into your wardrobe.
Kimono jackets come in various shapes, sizes and lengths, making them versatile accent pieces. Keep these ideas in mind so that they add an alluring touch to your style that flatters your figure and enhances your look.
The kimono jacket has earned a bad reputation with some women. They judge these flowing garments as large and shapeless, meant to hide a woman’s shape.
While that may be how some women choose to wear their kimonos, the reality is that this garment is an essential part of your stylish and casual wardrobe.
I’ve been designing kimonos for years now because I love their versatility. Your kimono can be the perfect cover-up in cool weather or a stylish, light-weight jacket that steps up your outfit from casual to refined. They’re great for women of all shapes and sizes, from petite to plus size.
Too many women over 60 dress to cover up and hide their figures. Embrace your appearance and celebrate yourself! Instead of hiding behind a kimono jacket, use it to accentuate the positive.
Choosing Your Kimono
Choose your kimono jacket length to flatter your body shape and bring emphasis to your strong points. These suggestions aren’t hard and fast rules, but they can give you an idea of some ways to style your kimono jacket. What really matters is that you look and feel amazing, so feel free to experiment a bit with your kimonos and how you work them into each outfit.
If your body shape begs for more attention to the waistline, then a shorter kimono is a great choice for you. A jacket that falls at the waist or just below and well above the thighs will draw the eye up a bit to that hourglass waist you want to boast.
Pair your waist-length kimono with a wrap skirt or high-waist paints that will further accentuate your waistline.
Want to draw the eye a bit lower, perhaps to downplay broader shoulders or a voluptuous bust line? A flowing kimono that lands mid-thigh will do the trick.
The length and swing of a longer kimono draws the eye away from your heavier top area and gives you a more balanced look.
Pair your kimono with a straight, barely knee-length skirt or slim fitting pants or jeans. The kimono offers a carefree, casual vibe while coupled your skirt or pants enhance your outfit and prevent a baggy, overly-relaxed look.
Versatile Styling Options
Full, flowing kimonos can be your best friend on days when you’re trying to camouflage your belly area. Choose a kimono that folds together nicely in the front. But don’t be afraid of bright colors and patterns — the focus will be on the brilliance and sway of your kimono, and not on the waistline you are working to disguise.
On those days when comfort really is the most important thing, pairing your kimono with a fun maxi skirt will is liberating, comfortable, and stylish. Depending on the weather, add a knit tee or comfy tank top.
Stylish and Comfortable
Your kimono jacket gives you a wonderful free and relaxed look. It liberates, offering the versatility to keep your style light and flowing while still showing off your figure with a slightly fitted top underneath and a straight skirt or slim fit pants or jeans.
Consider your body shape and which features you are looking to accentuate when choosing your kimono. This will help you decide the ideal width and length when choosing the right kimono jacket. That way you wind up with the perfect new compliment for your casual, comfortable, and stylish wardrobe.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen