Sunday, 22 June 2014

TRENDS: Kimono Jackets: Love, Like, Hate?

Want a cute, light-weight jacket to cover your shoulders in the summer sun? Or perhaps a silky addition to an outfit when cardigans are too heavy, and wearing long-sleeves in summer feels a bit strange?

Then Kimono jackets are the thing for you.

They’re a cross between traditional kimono and pyjama robe yet are super chic, and super comfortable.

Kimono jacket’s first made an appearance on the spring/summer 2011 runways of several designers, mainly L’Wren Scott, Dries Van Nouten and Haider Ackermann. 
Their shows featured billowy styles with a dramatic twist, that gave a really chic effect.

L'Wren Scott's designs
Dries Van Noten
Fall 2012 Womenswear
Left: Haider Ackermann
Right: Dries Van Noten

Soon high-street brand caught on and have evolved the trend into these easy-breezy items, that I can’t get enough of. You can find them in shops online and on the high-street, e.g Lipsy, New-Look, ASOS, eBay, Goddiva etc.

I have mainly seen the jacket accompanying a fairly simple, yet often stunning look of denim shorts and a crop top, or short dresses- for those summer nights. I personally think these are very versatile and can be worn for both evening and day-time events.

What do you wear these jackets, what do you think: love them, like them, hate them?

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