A kimono outfit with jeans - une femme d'un certain âge

A “bordering on Bohemian” look

Even though my style isn’t full-on Bohemian, I’ve always had a soft spot for kimonos* and haoris. They’re easy to throw on over just about anything to create a little laid-back glamour.

earrings (similar) | tee | kimono (similar) | jeans (similar) | bag (similar) | sandals

I’m wearing size XS in the kimono and the tee. Size 28 Petite in the jeans, 7 in the sandals. Lip color is “Sunrise.”

More kimono options:

I’ve intentionally kept the rest of the outfit simple and pared back to let the kimono have the spotlight. I picked up the greens/blues in the print with the jewelry. I’ve had these earrings for a few years…the ring is a custom piece from Tarra Rosenbaum Jewelry. It’s my birthstone, Aquamarine, framed with green enamel.

I love the look of these slide sandals, and they’re comfortable too!

Once we start going out and gathering with friends and family again, I’ll be wearing this kimono often. And it’s reversible, which doubles my options!

Here’s a little video I put together to show the styling (or click HERE to watch with music):

*Yes, I know this isn’t a true “kimono,” but that’s how it’s described by the retailer, so I’m going with that.

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  1. RoseAG
    April 21, 2021 / 4:44 am

    That’s a pretty print. I love the slightly faded colors.
    It would also look great with a knit tank dress instead of a jean jacket or a sweater.
    As long as we’re indulging in dreams of get togethers and trips, you could throw it over a summer nightie in your hotel room as well. Just be careful not to dribble the jam from the breakfast in your room cart on it.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:19 pm

      RoseAG, LOL, for me it would be dribbling my coffee…

      But yes, this would work nicely over a simple sheath dress too.

  2. Lianne MacGregor
    April 21, 2021 / 5:15 am

    A few years ago you wrote a post about a Johnny Was black kimono jacket that had colorful embroidery. I became a bit obsessed with that look – jeans, simple t-shirt or shell, and a slightly boho vibe thanks to the kimono. I haven’t quite replicated it to my satisfaction, but you’ve renewed my interest with this post. Thank-you for the inspiration.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:20 pm

      Thanks, Lianne. That was the piece that put Johnny Was on my radar.

  3. Elizabeth
    April 21, 2021 / 5:46 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the overall boho vibe, the colors and print of the kimono, the jewelry, well, everything.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth!!

  4. April 21, 2021 / 6:06 am

    I love that jacket. I like wearing loose jackets with a sheath kind of dress or slim pants with a t-shirt. It’s a very voice-teacher vibe. I went to a workshop a few years ago and stayed at a hotel near the university, and there was a woman in the breakfast lounge. I said, “Oh, hi. Are you here for the workshop?” and she said, “Yes, how did you know?” and I said, “You’re dressed like a voice teacher.” We have a “look.”

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks, Christine!

  5. Joann Czarny
    April 21, 2021 / 6:11 am

    I have a kimono that I purchased on a whim from a local boutique on Cape Cod. You have inspired me to wear it styled over a simple tee and my Madewell jeans! (Purchased on your recommendation. Thanks for that.) I love the simple Bohemian vibe.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:22 pm

      Hi Joann, yes, wear and enjoy it!!

  6. April 21, 2021 / 6:18 am

    I have a couple Johnny Was Kimonos that I love. I agree it just takes jeans up a notch!!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:09 pm

      Aren’t they fun, though?

  7. Mae
    April 21, 2021 / 7:01 am

    Susan you are looking great these days! Videos are fun to watch. In the past you’ve told us your lipstick color and brand choice. Is it the one you’re applying in latest video? I enjoy the videos, your voice is so mellifluous!

  8. Deborah
    April 21, 2021 / 7:41 am

    Love everything about this Post! The kimono, the sandals are perfection, the jeans and tee, the cult gaia bag! Great inspiration!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks very much, Deborah!

  9. Vancouver Barbara
    April 21, 2021 / 7:44 am

    Beautiful kimono jacket. I hope you’ll show us how you wear it on the reverse side.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks, VB! Yes, I already have another outfit in mind using the reverse fabric.

  10. Alexis I
    April 21, 2021 / 7:46 am

    This is a great way to add some boho to my wardrobe – I love everything about this outfit and I’m going to order the kimono and try the Madewell jeans! The shoes are going to go on the shopping list. Thank you for your posts – I wanted to let you know that everything that I’ve ordered based on inspiration from your posts have been spot on for me and I am 5’7″ and a winter!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks, Alexis! I’m glad you’ve found some things that work for you.

  11. Karen
    April 21, 2021 / 8:48 am

    I ordered the exact same kimono two days ago! It’s quite beautiful and it looks fabulous on you. I also absolutely adore your ring.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks very much, Karen!

  12. Lee Rosenthall
    April 21, 2021 / 9:08 am

    Love this kimono on you and that it’s reversible. Johnny Was is a little out of my price range (except for their lovely face masks and bandanas), but I’ve tried to replicate this look as well ever since you did a couple of posts featuring that beautiful Elizabeth and James pink haori. Did you end up giving that one away after all? I thought you looked lovely in it, but you seemed to believe it wasn’t flattering to your shape for some reason, even though I think you said later the colors actually worked for your new palette and you planned to keep it. I keep awaiting its return!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:06 pm

      Hi Lee, thanks, and yes I still have (and love) the E&J one. This one’s a lighter weight and a little less voluminous than the E&J.

      • Lee Rosenthall
        April 21, 2021 / 4:28 pm

        Oh, I’m so glad you kept it. They’re both gorgeous on you, but that one was definitely more voluminous.

  13. Chris
    April 21, 2021 / 9:36 am

    Love love love this look….chic and colorful. I doubt I would spend that much money on the kimono although it’s drop dead gorgeous.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Chris!

  14. Nancy
    April 21, 2021 / 9:49 am

    Love this look! Do you have suggestions for kimonos made by artists/retailers other than Johnny Was? I splurged on a Johnny Was shirt at Sundance once and was dismayed when it did not hold up very well.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 9:57 am

      Hi Nancy, thanks! I’ve included some other brands in the widget under “More kimono options”

  15. Linda
    April 21, 2021 / 10:23 am

    I am a dance instructor and I have worn kimonos as cover ups for years. I prefer the polished look of a kimono over work out wear to run errands after a class.
    The kimonos I choose for that are on the less expensive side 😉

  16. SHIRA keri
    April 21, 2021 / 10:31 am

    The kimono colors look like spring, very pretty on you, but the reverse side looks more like autumn to me- what do you think, Susan? would you wear the mustard color on the reverse?

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:03 pm

      Hi Shira, thanks! Yes, the mustard on the other side is a more Autumn shade. But since my palette is more on the golden side of Spring, I can wear some Autumn shades. I’ll be showing another look soon with the mustard side.

  17. April 21, 2021 / 12:33 pm

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    Susan, love the kimono!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks, Linda!

  18. Eve
    April 21, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    Kimonos on the long side are great with leggings. But I hear they might be on the way out. Do you think they are? I know wider kegs are in now,

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:24 pm

      Hi Eve, I don’t think that there’s ever a single silhouette that’s “out.” It really depends on your own personal style and how you put a look together. I love slim pants and will always have them in my wardrobe.

  19. Carolyn
    April 21, 2021 / 1:18 pm

    This look is perfect and I’m loving the boho look. Johnny Was is priced a bit out of my price range. Maybe one day.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      Hi Carolyn, thanks very much! I’ve included a few other styles at more budget-friendly prices in the widget. And if you have good thrift or consignment stores nearby, you might be able to find options there too.

  20. Carol
    April 21, 2021 / 1:40 pm

    This is a flattering look for you. I don’t know how you walk in the slide sandals, but you pull it off and wear them well. Me, my narrow feet would be sliding every way but the right way. Thank you for the heads-up re the new session for FWTWL as I am seriously considering enrolling in the program. I very much appreciate what you do and the wonderful tips and recommendations you have shared. I have scored some great finds, many discounted, that would have otherwise escaped my radar. So, once again thank you.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 21, 2021 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks Carol! I don’t have trouble with these, as they cover a good bit of the top of my foot and fit pretty securely. I’ve really loved the FWTFL program…it takes a bit of focus at the start but has now become habit.

  21. Ainsivalavie
    April 21, 2021 / 1:44 pm

    I purchased two beautiful kimonos last year from Zulily. One is a dead ringer for the Johnny Was kimono at a fraction of the cost. A doppelgänger for the cultGaia purse was listed on Zulily last year for 30.00. It’s not a bag I would use a lot so paying for a dupe is better value. If anyone is handy with a sewing machine kimonos are dead easy to run up. The jeans are all over Poshmark as well as similar sandals. Anyone with a little effort could have the look at a reasonable price.

  22. April 21, 2021 / 7:45 pm

    I love this outfit, Susan! The colors are perfect for you. Such an amazing ring too!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 22, 2021 / 5:52 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!!

  23. April 22, 2021 / 8:03 am

    I am not at all Bohemian or Ibiza. But like you, I love kimonos and haoris. I think this is a very flattering and good looking outfit.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 22, 2021 / 8:04 am

      Thanks, Greetje!

  24. Pat
    May 1, 2021 / 6:14 pm

    Very chic look. I have one kimono from Soft Surroundings that I pair with slim pants or skinny jeans and a tee or tank. It is one of my favorite outfits.

    • Susan Blakey
      May 1, 2021 / 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Pat!

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