How to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono

How to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion Blogger

Spoiler alert: My sleeveless kimono is actually this Cabi Shirt Dress unbuttoned!

Nonetheless, one of my favorite trends this spring and summer is kimonos.  I love the light, layered look.  When I got this long shirt dress in from Cabi, I knew I wanted to style it as a kimono!  Kimonos can be intimidating as it’s a lot of fabric to handle, but if you pair it with the right pieces, you’re sure to have a fun, elevated look.

How to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono

To keep the look of a sleeveless kimono light and airy, you’ll want to pair it with a sleeveless shirt.  With the bold print, I chose to layer mine over an otherwise all-white look.  A white, cotton sleeveless tank is easy to layer underneath.  Since the kimono adds a bit of volume, I tucked in my top to create more of a tailored look underneath.

I paired the white tank with a new pair of AG jeans.  I’ve been looking for a great pair of distressed white jeans and this pair fit the bill!  They’re high-waisted, have a bit of stretch, and are slightly distressed at the knees and on the hem.  The length is technically “ankle” length, but on me, they fit more like a long jean (I’m 5’4″ for reference).  Otherwise, they fit true to size.

To keep with the neutral theme, letting the kimono shine, I threw on a pair of tan espadrille wedges.  You’re going to want to pair the kimono with a bit of a heel so it doesn’t look like the kimono is swallowing you whole.  These particular wedges are old Soludos, but I found this super similar pair and I LOVE this taller pair too!

Last but not least, I paired the kimono with a bag that brings out a few of the colors in the kimono.  I’ve been loving this Fossil bag lately.  The color is perfect for spring, and I like its unique shape!

How to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion Blogger

How to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion BloggerHow to Wear a Sleeveless Kimono | Cobalt Chronicles | Washington, DC | Fashion Blogger

Cabi Shirt Dress (Styled as a Kimono, wearing XS) | White Tank | AG White Jeans c/o Amazon | Fossil Bag c/o | Soludos Sandals (old, similar) | Quay Sunglasses

8 Comments

  1. Dana wrote:

    This kimono is SO great on you! Love how it adds another level to your look!

    The Champagne Edit

    Posted 5.21.18
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Thanks Dana! Love the layered look but it’s so hard to find something that’s light enough for summer temps! The sleeveless kimono does the trick!

      Posted 5.21.18
  2. Danita wrote:

    I have tried this look several times… I look like a short Catholic Priest! You wear this look very well, so pretty!

    Posted 5.21.18
    • Ashlee wrote:

      haha I hardly believe it! Try a pair of higher wedges next time!

      Posted 5.21.18
  3. Morgan wrote:

    One of my favorite looks of yours EVER!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 5.21.18
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Making a girl blush! Thanks so much Morgan!!

      Posted 5.21.18
  4. I love that this is a top unbuttoned! I’ve been living in kimonos + unbuttoned denim shirts as I’m 21 weeks pregnant and not a ton fits! Might have to play around with a version of this look! XOXO

    Posted 5.22.18
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Ah I love that idea for dressing for pregnancy! Love the kimono look!

      Posted 5.22.18

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