When I was in college, I spent a summer in Paris. Still a very awkward student, I was captivated by a woman named Valerie. She was a fortysomething and having a bit of a summer fling away from her husband on the same program I was on.
She was also super-stylish. She introduced me to agnes b, where she blew a ton of money, and I bought one beautiful silk scarf that I held onto for many years (and really wish I still had today). We made plans one night to meet up at the opera. I probably came in some sort of super-awkward college-student frumpy outfit. She, on the other hand, wore pants and a top and a beautiful vintage kimono — LONG before throwing a kimono over some random outfit was A Thing.
So I have for many years carried with me a memory and an unconscious longing for this look of pants/jeans, top, and kimono. Still, I’ve sat on the sidelines watching as it became a big trend in the past couple years. I merely looked on when the occasional silk kimono popped up at Anthropologie and then, when I would finally feel the urge to take the plunge, suddenly there would only be viscose or polyester when what I really want is silk.
So I was completely thrilled to see this post with all kinds of kimono styling over at one of my favorite blogs, Cheetah Is the New Black. The blog links to this site, which is full of beautiful albeit non-vintage kimonos at a few different price points.
I’ll definitely FINALLY be getting in on this trend, perfect for wearing as an actual robe or as a topper.
Maybe even to the opera.
What do you think? Do you like this trend? Please leave a comment and let me know.
(Ketura Persellin is an image consultant and public speaker who helps women transform their lives. Contact her to find out how she can help you.)