Kimono jackets -currently having a moment in the fashion sun – are the perfect menopausal summer jacket, just look at all that ventilation on the sleeves! Plenty of room for a cooling summer breeze to bring down your hot flush in a rush.
They are also super easy to wear; as well as adding a touch of exotic glamour to everything you throw them over they have the added advantage of being non-sizest, as they look good on every shape.
There is also a slightly bohemian-eccentric-feel to wearing them, particularly if you buy one in a beautiful print, which appeals to the hippy in me. Above is the apparently ageless Catherine Baba looking very stylish in hers (we mentioned her on TWR last year, I tell you, we are just so very right on everything it’s not even funny…)
I often see great kimonos at Hammersmith Vintage Fair, particularly on the Fuji Kimono stand and they look a good buy -value wise- compared to high street versions. Luckily there’s a website, where you could buy the below haori printed silk mix kimono for £65. I think the pattern looks like rows of vinyl records, very festival retro…. But would equally chic over a pencil skirt (maybe even a navy sequin one) and simple top. Anna Sui’s printed silk blend chiffon kimono at £435 is the As-Seen-at-Nobu end of the spectrum, and comes with fringing, which is the way the super-chic are wearing theirs. Personally speaking, fringing gets on my nerves (tricky with bicycles too) and I would have to resist the temptation to snip all those annoying little dangly bits off that hemline, but if the lux-hippy vibe works for you, then who am I to argue.
I wish I’d kept the TK Maxx kimono jacket I used last year in our little sponsored post as it was gorgeous. Looking quickly on line as I write this there are a few very good value ones available, including this one below at £14.99 TK Maxx kimono , but you need to be swift or pop into a shop (any excuse…)
The obvious go-to brand for a kimono is Anthropologie, where the Blank Azalea kimono at £125 and currently a hot seller, More fringing on this one, we’re talking very Joni Mitchell, but we’ll forgive it because of the gorgeous print.
In store at AnthropoIogie I also found this multi print kimono jacket top, which looked great merchandised with a stripe T Shirt underneath it. It was, if I remember rightly, around £85.
Topshop have some great ones too, and very well priced. I like the multi print paisley inspired one below, at £48, which unusually for Topshop goes up to a size 16.
I’m voting the kimono the summer jacket of choice, what about you?