Love or Loathe: Kimono

Kimono is an article of clothing worn by a lot of women worldwide. It gives a feminine and elegant touch to one’s outfit. The kimono (きもの) (着物) is a Japanese traditional garment. The word “kimono”, actually means a “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”) (

A traditional japanese kimono.

In Japan, it is used for important festivals and formal moments. But, today’s modern kimono’s are very different from the original traditional kimono’s. They are an improvised version of the original and nothing near formal.

A modern kimono. Photo via: Instagram/mskristine

They are super stylish and worn mainly for casual events. They come in different fabrics, colours and lengths. The length of a kimono a determinant factor to wear it should be worn. For example, it could seem a bit weird to wear an ankle length kimono to a lecture hall. You won’t want an elderly, rude, non-fashionable lecturer to ask you why you are wearing something that resembles a bath robe to class.

Apart from adding a statement to one’s outfit, kimonos can be used as a covering for sleeveless or tube tops and dresses. Let’s take a look at outfit ideas on how to style a kimono.

Photo via: She paired a grey coloured kimono with a black v-necked bodysuit, a blue high waisted pants and flat sandals.


Photo via: Instagram/iamadunniade. Nollywood actress, Adunnie Ade paired a red sleeveless kimono with a multi-coloured print dress, a black hat and black coloured heels. This look is great for mid week church service.


Photo via: She paired an ankara kimono jacket with a tank top and high waisted denim trousers. 


Image via: Instagram/kakaevaoffiah. This floor length kimono gave a touch of elegance to the knee length body fitted dress.


photo via: Instagram/assumpta1. Kimono well paired with blue distressed jeans and heels.


Photo via: Instagram/teniwades. A black floor lenght kimono paired with black pants, white tank top and white sneakers for a sporty chic look.


Photo via: Instagram/t2pitchy_ . Grace Alex in a print kimono and body con military green dress.


Photo via: Floral kimono paired with white tank top and denim shorts is perfect for a day at the beach.


Photo via: Instagram/chikaike.


Photo via: Instagram/jemimaosunde


Photo via: Instagram/asiyami_gold.


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