Over the weekend, D. and I went out for an actual sit-down dinner for the first time in a few weeks. Among a sea of women in oversized blazers, light wash jeans, and strappy sandals I spotted one young woman in a gorgeous red kimono-inspired print jacket with gold piping.
From the look of it, it was probably vintage or a one-off piece. (Above, a similar kimono jacket styled for a “dressed-up-casual” look.) It reminded me of what an instant “outfit maker” a kimono-inspired jacket or haori can be, and that I still have two in my closet just waiting for the next party or evening out.
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Kimono-inspired jackets to elevate a casual outfit
Lightweight kimonos and haoris can be a great jacket alternative for warm seasons. They tend to go on and off trend, but are never really out of style. You don’t have to be full-on Bohemian to wear a kimono-inspired look, but shorter, less voluminous styles might be easier for most of us to wear.
Here’s a bold floral print that could work for you Vibrant Autumns.
(While few of the prints shown here fall solidly into one palette, I’ve made seasonal recommendations based on the overall look of the garment.)
This duster style with a black and white print border could work for you Winters.
If floral prints aren’t your thing, here’s a longer jacket with a geometric print. Could work for Springs and Autumns.
Summers, here are your colors…
I’m calling this one for Autumn, though I have to admit I’m tempted myself…
If a quieter print appeals to you, here’s one you might like. I think would be best for Summers.