A kimono usually refers to the long, traditional Japanese garment worn as a formal item for important events and ceremonial purposes. Thinking of one in terms of trendy, street fashion probably does not seem like it makes much sense.

But the ancient and traditional kimono dress has given rise to its own fashion and there are plenty of ways to make this adaptable garment work for you. The possibilities are very nearly endless, but here’s a few to get you started.


Strapless Dress Cover

If you are heading to a slightly more elegant shindig and want to utilize the kimono in your wardrobe, try pairing it with a strapless party dress. You get the sultry effect of a strapless dress with the elegance of the kimono.


With a Belt

The Beeba Kimono

If you want the kimono to be the centerpiece of your outfit and not just a cover up, try using a thick belt with it. Match your colors and your styles and you’ll have a great look.


With Shorts 

Try pairing your kimono with shorts and tie the long ends loosely in the front. This gives a laid back, comfortable look.


Mix Patterns

The Bella Kimono

While most people want to pair solids with patterns, a kimono is a great way to experience trying patterns on patterns. Don’t be afraid to blend stripes with floral or even floral on floral. If you like it, that’s all that matters.


The Layla Kimono

Kimono Over a Romper

Another common look for kimonos is making it a cover over a romper. It is an excellent and efficient look especially if it involves a beach.


Bathing Suit Cover Up

This is one of the most cited and most inventive ways to get the most out of your kimono. If you want to rock your beach body while avoiding the sun, a kimono is a great alternative to a tacky beach cover up.

The Amy Kimono


Kimonos are incredibly stylish and are an easy way to inject flare into any of your existing outfits. They are built to be customized and designed to be comfortable. If you have ever wanted to experiment with your fashion sense, now is the time. So grab a kimono, pick a look, and get mixing and matching on all the ways you can optimize your look!