I love fashion, but I don’t really consider myself a fashion blogger.
I don’t do an “Outfit of the Day” feature. I’m horrible at taking selfies. And I’m much more interested in photographing other people’s outfits than my own.
But sometimes a brand asks me to give my thoughts on fashion in North Dakota and beyond. And it’s worth overcoming my photo shoot hatred to show the world that Midwestern style is about so much more than the flannel shirts and earflap caps that pop culture seems to think we all wear.
I styled this vintage kimono as part of an upcoming collaboration with Styleblazer.com and the lovely Anne Bradley from Devil Dog Studio got some sweet shots, so I thought I’d show you how they turned out.
Styling a kimono can be a challenge, since the ornate pattern and long length can read as formal. It looks dramatic for a night out, but I wanted to make it a little more casual so I didn’t have to save it for evening.
So I styled it as if it was a cozy maxi cardigan, pairing it with a slim tank and slouchy boyfriend jeans to take the formality down a notch and let the kimono take center stage. Cuffing the jeans shows a little ankle and balances all the volume up on top.
Mixing cut-metal feather earrings and ornate gold jewelry is a little crazy, but I love it. (I’ve also worn the jewelry with a classic jeans and tunic outfit, if that’s more your style.)
But with a dramatic piece like a kimono, sometimes more is more.
How do you style the dramatic pieces in your closet?
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