The AW13 catwalks were littered with nods to classic Japanese style. Structured dresses with oriental graphic prints were a feature at Marni. At Balmain velvet jackets dripped with heavy oriental brocading. Much like the bolero, the kimono is a glamorous evening alternative to a wrap or black cardie (yawn).
Throw a silk kimono over a pair of jeans and a vest top and you’ll go from dressed down to sophisticated faster than you can say soft shell crab sushi. The kimono is a brilliant bingo-wing cover up and with so many beautiful styles to pick from, you can bet you’ll find an excellent ‘thing to wear’ with your Christmas cocktail of choice.
Here are my top five Kimonos to get you from Monday to Friday:
Beat the Monday Blues with Polka Dots. Draped Kimono, £33 Annie Greenbelle at Topshop
Sweet Sophistication on a Tuesday in Lace. Toppers comes up trumps again. Lace Detail Kimono, £45, Topshop
Got a date on Wednesday? Go for a graphic print. Navy Blue Print Tile Kimono, £40 River Island
Thursday is chic, elegant and velvet. Kimono in Velvet Stripe, £27, ASOS
TGIF! Cocktail hour in this gorgeous number. Kimono by Motel, £48 , Motel for Topshop
After all that I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so….