A Casual Party Look

Casual outfit with kimono jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve had a kimono style topper* on my wardrobe wish list for a few years now. I’d ogled this one online a few times, but didn’t bite until it was on final clearance during the Net-a-Porter summer sale several weeks ago.  (Similar look here.)

Wearing: earrings | kimono (similar) | tank | ring | bag | jeans (similar) | shoes (similar)

We were invited to a sake tasting party over the weekend. As the weather had cooled down a bit, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally debut it. Le Monsieur took some quick shots with the phone when we arrived (posted on Instagram here), but they were all a bit dark and grainy, so I re-shot the look at home with my good camera to better show the details.

Outfit details: Cult Gaia Ark bag and Aurelie Bidermann gold ring. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

As the kimono/haori is pretty much the star of the outfit, I kept everything else scaled back and neutral.

Suede block heel sandals in nude pink. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

These slides are from last year and no longer available. (Similar here.) I’m SO glad I hung onto them; they coordinate beautifully with the colors here and are very comfortable.

Soba noodles with duck and vegetables. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The party was a blast. The sakes were delightful, each unique in character. My BIL made wonderful soba noodles with duck and vegetables for dinner. Aren’t those pretty? Yum!

Outfit detail: kimono sleeves. More at une femme d'un certain age.

*The proper term for the garment I’m wearing is a haori.

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35 Comments

  1. September 4, 2018 / 2:49 am

    That is absolutely beautiful. The dishes look pretty amazing, too.
    BTW, your longer hair is looking good.

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Thanks so much!

      • Ann
        September 5, 2018 / 10:37 am

        I like your hair very much, too. 🙂

  2. September 4, 2018 / 5:02 am

    Gosh, Susan, this is so so pretty on you! I love the colours and the print. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect kimono for a while, I just haven’t found one that was just right, in a goldilocks way. They’re either too bathrobey, too floral, too short, too long, etc etc. I’m off to pore over the selection you have above.

    (The soba looks so yummy!)

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa! It took a long time to find one with both the shape and print that appealed to me.

  3. Ramona
    September 4, 2018 / 5:06 am

    This is such a soft look and I love it on you! Your slightly longer hair is very flattering, the shoes are perfect, the whole outfit just sings!
    I love a drapey topper like this but I seldom choose it. Maybe I will rethink that…

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks very much, Ramona.

  4. Ainsivalavie
    September 4, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I purchased two haori from Zulily ( an oft overlooked source for good quality clothing at bargain prices) one is black and white the other a floral with black background) they are the perfect length for me. They have proved to be travel workhorses in my wardrobe acting as a coverup over a night gown to going out to dinner over silk pants and worn with jeans. I always hesitate to spend a lot on ‘on trend’ as it becomes ‘off trend’ so quickly ie that horrible cold shoulder look from last year wasn’t in site this year:(. My haori aren’t so $$ that if they disappear from the fashion radar in a few months they will make great bathing suit cover ups!! Your’s is beautiful!

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      Thanks, Ainsivalavie! Even though these have been “on trend” the last few seasons, I’ve always loved this style of top, so I’ll happily continue to wear it once the trend has passed.

    • Belinda
      September 4, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Unfortunately the cold shoulder is alive and well in the South. Ugh

  5. Nancy
    September 4, 2018 / 5:49 am

    Love your ring. Where did you get it?

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 5:55 am

      Hi Nancy, thanks! I bought this when I was in Paris, but it’s also available here: http://shopstyle.it/l/RDGj

  6. Chris Haven
    September 4, 2018 / 5:58 am

    I have three antique haori in my closet. They’re bulkier than modern styles, and with long, ornate sleeves. You look very elegant in yours! I’ll pack mine for my San Francisco weekend coming up. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      Oh, I’ll bet they’re beautiful! Thank you.

  7. Linda
    September 4, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Very lovely. Sounds like a fun evening. How is the fabric on this kimono? Looking at the orange version. Always hesitate on synthetic fabrics as sometimes they don’t breathe or hang well. Thanks!

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 7:07 am

      Thanks! The fabric is wonderful, nice weight and drape, feels like silk.

  8. Jeanne Schwetje
    September 4, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I have several kimono tops! I love your outfit! I used to sing in rock bands and wore them a lot. Got most of them from Anna Sui or Calypso. ❤️

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks, Jeanne!

  9. mary
    September 4, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I purchased the Anthropologie kimono inspired topper you show on your blog.
    It looks cute with jeans. It doesn’t stay up on my shoulders though. Any creative solutions?

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Hi Mary, I wonder if you could add some thin foam “shoulder pads” that would help it stick to the top underneath and stay put?

  10. September 4, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Looks like a fun event — those noodle bowls!! I have a kimono-style silk top, about ten years old, that I can’t bear to let go of but find a bit too bright to wear these days (somewhere between chartreuse and pea-green). . . Your hair is looking great at this length!

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      It really was fun, and yes those noodles were as tasty as they were pretty.

  11. September 4, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Whole look is great. Yes I do have kimonos in my closet. But what I really want is one of those bowls. I also love your ring. Always looking great lady!

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Sandra! The noodles were so yummy…I need to learn to make those.

  12. September 4, 2018 / 11:35 am

    I imagine you were the best dressed taster there! That’s what we all love… Guests who get into the swing of the party.

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks! Actually my SIL was in a full kimono with the sash and everything. (They lived in Japan for almost a year.)

  13. Marla
    September 4, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Love all these responses and the new hair!! I’m plus sized and short. I do have a couple of kimono tops chosen carefully otherwise they catch on my wide hips or look like I’m hiding and it adds weight to my midsection. The ones I have look great. You are a lovely lady with a lovely blog!!

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Marla!

  14. September 4, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Beautiful piece. I’ve become very cautious since “cultural appropriation” became a charge made against women exploring clothes from other societies. When done with respect, I see nothing wrong with it but many disagree so I’m reluctant to take the chance. Does this ever worry you?

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      I think it’s good that we’re becoming more aware of how we approach “borrowing” from other cultures, and trying to be sensitive to it. I also think you have to look at the historical relationships between one’s own culture and the culture that inspires the style. And did the item/style have special religious or ceremonial significance? It’s been explained to me that kimonos and haoris were a form of every day wear for many Japanese people up until the 20th century. I’ve always been inspired by Japanese art, style, and aesthetics, and don’t see this particular form of “inspired by” clothing as appropriation.

  15. Carol in Denver
    September 4, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    I made a kimono about 25 years ago and still get compliments every time I wear it.

    Regarding “cultural appropriation”, I have high regard for the Japanese culture and am proud to wear my kimono which was made in the traditional Japanese way using the directions in MAKE YOUR OWN JAPANESE CLOTHES by John Marshall. He studied in Japan and is an extraordinary artist in the Japanese style. I feel my kimono is a tribute to the Japanese style, showing my high regard for that culture. (Two of my grandsons are half Japanese.)

    Most Japanese now wear Western clothing but I don’t regard that as cultural appropriation.

  16. Ann
    September 5, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Just want to add that that basket-style purse is a pairing parfait with your haori.

  17. September 5, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    It is beautiful. So delicate. And yes I have a haori as well. Found out that it is called that after I called it a kimono om my blog. Somebody corrected me and I forgot again.
    Greetje

    • Susan B
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 6:28 am

      Thanks, Greetje! I’ve been corrected on this a couple of times myself, and hope I’ll remember for next time. 😉

  18. September 9, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Yes, what is commonly called a kimono here in North America is a far cry from the genuine kimono traditionally worn by Japanese women. I don’t have either a kimono or a haori, but I did purchase a lovely cotton yukata, commonly called a summer kimono, when we lived in Japan. That was 10 years ago when cultural appropriation was less a concern than it has become today. Since I only wear it for relaxing at home, it won’t likely offend anyone though.

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