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How to Style a Kimono Cardigan

Kimono cardigans are super popular this year, and they’re such a fun and unique piece that is perfect for completing an everyday look. I created a really simple tutorial (that will literally take you 30 minutes from start to finish) right here, so now it’s time to share how to style them.

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1. Basic

Kimono cardigans are complex looking pieces with lots of fabric and draping. So the easiest way to style them is to let them do the talking and keep the rest of your outfit super simple. Jeans and a tee shirt is about as simple as it gets, and this easy outfit is a great way to get a feel for kimonos if you’re feeling a little nervous about this trend.

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2. Dress It Up

Just like a cardigan, the kimono can be dressed up or down. Try it with a fitted dress, giving the outfit a little contrast between fitted and flowy, and add a pair of heels. My fitted dress is a little more casual so I went with wedges, but if yours is a bodycon dress, go for a strappy stiletto for a super sexy look.

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3. Boho

These loose, flowy cardigans throw out a ’70s vibe, so go with the flow and make your whole outfit loose and flowy with a maxi dress. If you’re nervous about too much flowiness (that can sometimes make you look heavier), belt your maxi dress under or over your kimono for some structure. Complete the look with some simple, strappy sandals.

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4. With Shorts

Shorts and a T-shirt are a summer staple, but can sometimes get a bit boring. So throw on a kimono and add some pizazz to your ensemble. For the most flattering silhouette, make sure your kimono length is noticeably different than the length of your shorts — either make your kimono several inches longer than the hem of your shorts, or several inches shorter than the hem (like I did here, even though you can’t tell on the left leg).

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Now go make yourself a Kimono in the next 30 minutes and then style away!

 

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