A Casual Way to Wear a Kimono for Summer

Greetings and welcome back to 25 Days of Summer Fashion, my style collab with Cyndi Spivey! Today I’m sharing a casual way to wear a kimono for summer.

If you guessed with jean shorts, well, you’d be right. This is pretty much my go-to formula with cardigans and kimonos for summertime. It’s just such an easy way to jazz up your favorite white tee and denim shorts outfit.

What I love about this kimono — aside from the gorgeous coral and ivory fern pattern — is the length. It’s shorter than most, which I feel makes it less fussy and easier to wear than the longer styles.

I also love the dolman sleeves and how the light, filmy fabric gives it such a nice drape.

The great thing about a kimono is, you get the benefit of a completer piece without the added warmth, so you can wear it when the weather gets hot.

It also creates a focal point for the look and adds a nice juxtaposition against the more rugged, casual jean shorts. And there we have my 3 keys to creating a more interesting outfit, demonstrated for summer!

This kimono is currently 40% off with free shipping, and it also comes in plus sizes! The code is CYBER. And for size reference, I’m in the XS/S.

Underneath, I’m wearing my J.Crew vintage cotton tank top and Joe’s cuffed jean shorts with the 5″ inseam.

I kept my accessories fairly simple. This delicate stone station necklace adds interest without competing with the kimono, and I like how it lays on the front of my tank top. I also wore pearl earrings and a few Alex and Ani wire bangles.

This is an easy, breezy look I’d wear to a backyard BBQ with friends or other casual summer gathering.

I’m going to be back later this week with a dressier way to style this same kimono for work or church, so stay tuned for that!

Outfit Details:

fern kimono // white tank // jean shorts // sandals // necklace // sunnies

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Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell