Monday, April 7, 2014

My Favorite Piece for Spring: The Kimono

The older I get (probably more like the more kids I get) the more comfort and ease become important to me.  Yes, I have come to that point that my 21-year-old self promised never to get to.  But I am a firm believer that just because things need to be easy, that doesn't mean they need to lack style.

This last weekend I had the opportunity to attend Go Blog Social.  This also gave me a chance to get out of my stretchy pants and sweats, and into something a bit more stylish: some pleather leggings (a glorified stretchy pant) and a Kimono (a glorified robe).



When it comes to creativity, fashion truly was my first love.  I even spent some time in New York in the industry, but the way I approach it has changed quite a bit, and I don't really consume it the way I used to (part of why you don't see much of it on this blog). I tend to stick to a lot of basics and classics, wearing them into the ground, and then I pick up one or two pieces a season to freshen up my looks.  I don't jump on every trend, but this easy, breezy kimono thing had my name all over it.

I wish I could give you some sources, but most of these pieces are several years old and the kimono, I picked up in January at Forever 21, but can't seem to find it online.


I thought it would be fun to give you some other ideas as to how you could wear a kimono - because I know not everyone feels comfortable in motorcycle boots and pleather leggings.  I've already worn this thing more times then I care to admit and will continue to do so until the weather is ridiculously hot and humid, or it disappears (my husband hides it).






It looks equally excellent with skinny jeans and boots for the day as it does with a maxi dress and sandals for a wedding or night out.  The key is to keep what you wear on bottom slim, or show off your waist with a dress that cinches in.  And it's a great way to stay covered up yet cool.  I've seen several styles at Forever 21 and H&M and they were perfectly priced for a timely trend.

Photos taken by my friend, Kelsey Williams.


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20 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous Gwen and I love the kimono look! I totally on the glorified robe and stretch pants :) Love your shoes and tee also!

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    1. Thanks so much, Summer! It really is quite comfortable. :)

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  2. I love the softness of the kimono paired with edgier pants or shoes!

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  3. Gwen, it was so great to meet you at GBS this weekend! And I will vouch for you that your outfit looked fab in person! Now you have me really wanting to buy my own kimono!

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    1. Emmie, it was so lovely meeting you too! I can't believe how close we are to each other! Hope to see you at a KC blogger meet-up soon!

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  4. Gorgeous!! And, might I add, such a symmetrical face ;-)

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  5. It was so great meeting you at Go Blog Social, and I love this outfit. Effortlessly beautiful:) Glad we got to chat briefly and hope to see you again!

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    1. Kari, it was so lovely meeting you! I hope we can see each other out and about soon!

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  6. awwww yay a fashion post! glad i got to see you this weekend, FINALLY!! :D

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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    1. It had been way too long! Best of luck with your gender reveal, so excited for you all!

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  7. Love it - you definitely make the kimono look hot! I can say with pretty high certainty that I would not look this cool in a kimono. More like I just forgot to get dressed in the morning ;)

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  8. What a great look--you make it look so elegant! I am afraid that on me it would look more like, oh that mom really doesn't give a crap. I am the same with the trendy pieces--I always look at Forever 21 and H&M for them. It is hard to stomach spending so much on something that is so trendy, that way I can save my pennies for my investment pieces like Frye boots and Tory Burch flats :) I just did a post last week on my favorite finds for the current tribal look, and before that on some more statement pieces and their look for less counterparts from H&M and F21.

    http://allthebigandsmallthings.blogspot.com/2014/04/feeling-tribal.html
    http://allthebigandsmallthings.blogspot.com/2014/03/black-and-white-look-for-less.html

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  9. I got to briefly see the back of you at GBS but I was working on something and never got to say hi. You look (and looked) GORGEOUS!

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  10. I saw some great ones at World Market of all places!

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  11. I own a similar pair of boots in your board and I literally wear them about 4-5 days out of the week! You look beautiful!

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    1. I have some too and they definitely get a lot of wear! Thanks, Anneke!

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