Friday, 6 January 2012

Get the Look for Less: The Kimono

by Emma Salter

Translated, 'kimono' literally means a 'thing to wear' but this traditional T-shaped straight-lined robe, usually worn to the ankle, is a great alternative to a cardigan or lightweight jacket - making it perfect for the upcoming spring weather. Adding a kimono jacket to your wardrobe is a great investment, it is a perfect and easy way to style up several kinds of outfit, whether it be from jeans and a tee or a special occasion LBD. It is excellent for mix and matching outfits and comes in many different fabrics and patterns. 

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This traditionally Japanese garment has been seen on celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus on the red carpet and on the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2012. 
  
nicole-richie kimono

celebrities kimono-jacket


Luckily for us it has sparked interest onto the streets with our favourite retailers following suit such as Asos, H&M and Topshop to name a few. 

Kimonos high street

If you, like me can't afford the prices of Anna Sui s/s 2012 collection kimono's (seen on Nicole Richie) try this Navy velvet kimono jacket from Topshop at a special price of £45.

topshop velvet kimono jacket

Or if you are still not keen on the price take a look at this bargain on Boohoo.com website, the lacey print veletene style found in the sale for £8 is too good to give a miss! I liked it so much I bought it myself for my New Years Eve party outfit! I wore it with a simple black bodycon sweetheart neckline dress and grey suede platforms. 

bohoo kimono jacket

Team any kimono with a black leather bag like this one on Bag So Beautiful for a generous £18.99 and you'll resemble the celebrity look perfectly!

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What do you think of this trend? 


81 comments:

  1. love the nicole ritchie yellow one x

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  2. I really like all of them :D nice post

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  3. I love Kimono jackets :)
    xx

    www.queenoffunkydiy.blogspot.com

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  4. Really great post!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  5. I just love kimono jackets. :D
    laetitiasweeneyrose.wordpress.com

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  6. you look amazing and i love these other outfits

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  7. you have a very very very nice blog!!!I invite you to visit my blog and if you like it to follow me from google friends and i will be happy to follow you!
    XoXo from Italy
    A_C'est moi
    http://www.lamodeouicestmoi.blogspot.com/

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  8. Adorei!
    bjs
    Liz

    descedoponei.blogspot.com

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  9. Acho lindo...mas n sei se usaria... bjokas

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  10. It's so different! I love it!

    http://www.leblogdestephetlea.com/

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  11. so pretty :-) we could follow each other on fb and google if you want to !<3

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  12. I love the one that Nicole Richie is wearing! She can pull off just about anything! Great post!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  13. I love Nichole Richie's kimono! Great trend, I'm glad you shared this!

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  14. Gosto mas depende de como e usado e do estilo da pessoa (:

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  15. Adoro as tendência inspiradas dos quimonos. Lindo!
    bjssss

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  16. Some kimono's can be cute but I don't like them all ;)

    With love, Samm
    www.afterstylecomesfashion.com

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  17. I'm not a big fan of kimonos
    but this bag is great

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  18. I love this trend and the bag is stunning! Now following! Stop by my blog sometime! xoxo

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  19. It's original, I love it.
    Now following :)

    elissex.blogspot.com xx

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  20. I am excited for this trend to be current as I have always loved an original, ethnic touch to a fashion. I am all over kimonos!
    Good luck!

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  21. Love the kimono look!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

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  22. I love this trend, the kimono you are wearing is beautiful! and I like the one from boohoo too :)

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  23. I like the trend of Kimono, but I only wear it few times.
    xoxo

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  24. Siempre me encantaron los kimonos, he tenido desde pequeña pero hace años que no... Tengo que hacerme con uno nuevo :)
    Un besito!!

    makingfashionnotwar.blogspot.com

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  25. Yo tengo uno de Zara que uso mucho =)
    un beso guapísima

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  26. Love it!!!

    http://placequotehere.blogspot.com

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  27. i love the look of kimonos. I always love how Miley Cyrus and Nicole Richie add one to finish of a boho vibe

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  28. love kimonos <3 I have yet to find the perfect one!

    missdanbee.blogspot.com

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  29. I love kimonos!!!!! I saw an amazing shop with kimonos here in Brussels and I think I will go to get one! You are an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!

    Dionysia
    http://i-am-a-fashionista.blogspot.com/

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  30. Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog, like your blog and pictures. Following you now! ♥XOXO

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  31. Hola guapa!
    Gracias a ti también. Te sigo por bloglovin y facebook. Google me está dando problemas y no me deja seguir a más gente.
    Besos

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  32. love the kimonos but I never wore one. I didnțt find the perfect one.

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  33. thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog and for following me, I am now following you back.Aimee
    www.new-yorkdoll.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  34. Thank you !
    Oh I love this, I want one for the summer (:
    x

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  35. THanks for the comment. I love kimono style too.

    Just followed you, Would you like to follow me?

    www.thesanktuary.blogspot.com

    <3 Una

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  36. Thank you so much !
    I really appreciate it !
    x

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  37. Ooh I had my eye on that ASOS jacket a few months ago - loving that it's still there and only 30 quid! Deserves a follow (and a late Christmas present for me!) I reckon.

    www.freshlookbeautyblog.com

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  38. I am loving kimonos right now!

    Great post! I am loving your blog! Following you now! :-)

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  39. Such a great idea! I love all the celebrity kimono-inspired jackets... It's just a great cut made out of a cool material... Usually with some very interesting prints. Such a creative post!


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  40. Great post! I LOOOOOOVE kimonos!

    Best, Jen

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  41. Great post!
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com

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  42. Amazing blog!! I like very much this post!! Do you want to follow each other ?
    Kisses!!!

    via-fortunata.blogspot.com

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  43. me encantan los kimonos y tu disfraz es una pasada!!!! un besito!
    lu

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  44. I love the one Nicole Ritchie is wearing!

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  45. loving this trend, and LOVE your blog
    thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine :) hope you follow it like i'm following yours xx
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  46. Well, I think it's great.. Cause.. I have one I use for everyday use. Fun fact that kimono actually means something to wear... Love it! Great info :)
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. You have a great blog too!

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  47. Me encanta el kimono, queda genial, y me resulta super favorecedor!!!!! Gracias por tu visita y tu comentario! Voy a seguir curioseando tu blog! :)

    Muak!

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  48. Por supuesto que te sigo, tambien me gusta mucho tu blog!
    Un besín!

    www.siickofit.blogspot.com

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  49. Thank you for following me !! I am following you too!!!! Kisses darling !!

    via-fortunata.blogspot.com

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  50. Me encantan los kimonos, el de terciopelo es precioso!Besos!

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  51. Bom dia! que demais haha
    adorei, beijos!
    e boa semana ;)

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  52. El estilo japonés siempre me ha gustado, con ese toque sensual que desprende, aunque viendo las fotos, un kimono no se si es una prenda muy comoda, no?
    Gracias por el comentario, te sigo!
    Besitos!

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  53. i love the kimono! need to get me one. one that doesn't look like a pj top though...
    xx

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  54. I have to get my kimono! Miley´s garment is my absolute favorite. Very beautiful.
    xxx

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  55. We love your blog is wonderful and will always be here giving all the news.
    Super Glorinha kisses.
    http://sbrincos.blogspot.com

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  56. your post is so inspiring thanks for sharing2!

    http://hippiegonemad.blogspot.com/

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  57. Que linda inspiração..
    adorei as primeira imagens,
    beijos

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  58. I love the look of a kimono, its so regal and definitive of Japanese culture. Would love to own one. great style inspiration pictures

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  59. amazing inspiration :)

    http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  60. Great post and insight, will have to trawl the Topshop site. Normally I would say that this look would swamp my small frame but since I have the same frame as Nicole Richie I think I just might be able to pull it off :) x

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  61. I love your outfit and these pictures...awesome!!

    Great blog, is inspiring! I will follow you! ;)

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  62. Increible Paula...estas preciosa. Yo me compré hace 1 mes uno de H&M en negro con flores, pero como en Munich hace tanto frio aún no lo he estrenado, me lo podría poner con un jersey negro de cuello vuelto debajo, pero prefiero usarlo con lago mas cómodo. Siento no poder entrar todos los días, soy un desastrillo.

    Kises desde Munich

    La Vie Quotidienne

    www.laviequo.com

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  63. what a pretty idea. follow each other?

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  64. Beautiful photos!

    http://liberty-walk-sara.blogspot.com/

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  65. Great taste and style! check out mine and share your comments please!

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  66. i love it! I think it looks great! :) xx

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  67. I love kimono's, their are such a special choice!

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  68. Aaaand I'm following you! ;)

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  69. me encanta el kimono de nicky hilton, es muy discreto y muy bonito! los demas son demasiado floreados para mi gusto, pero son bonitos tambien!

    http://theangelswearprada.blogspot.com/

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  70. Interesting post !!! Like your blog !!
    Christy

    http://am2pmchic.blogspot.com/

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  71. love the modern twist of a kimono so beautiful!

    http://kc-citystyle.blogspot.com/

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  72. Nose, me encanta verlos pero luego me los pongo y no me gusta como me quedan!! en fin!
    Me alegro que te gustara el vestido! un beso!

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  73. ohh paula que pasada!!a mi me encantan los kimonos!!
    un besillo guapa=)

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  74. I love the kimono style, Nicole Richie's is fabulous.

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