Kimonos' are typically for women, but I've always had a love for them—the ethereal nature makes them romantic and dramatic, something you don't get in most menswear. Since they are on-trend right now, I wanted to feature one and make it masculine, but before I did that, I had to reach out to my sister-friend Whitney of whitneynicjames.com to collaborate with her. We've been chatting about how we could work together, and I knew it had to be a kimono post because she is the kimono queen—see her kimono post here. I've featured one on the site last Summer, but this time I wanted to show you that a piece categorized as feminine can easily be added to your wardrobe, so I'm giving you three ways men can wear a kimono.
When I put this look together, I wanted to wear what I'd normally wear during the summer—shorts and a t-shirt because HEAT. Throwing a kimono over a very basic t-shirt and shorts adds interest and depth because the kimono is longer than the shorts; wearing a classic high-top Nike Air Force One gave the look the masculinity it needed to create balance.
Related: Black White Kimono + Slide Sandal
I love this look because it's clean and minimal and allows the kimono to pop and be the focus. All white is a good base for a large, vibrant print; you can easily swap a knit or t-shirt out for a linen woven or light-weight sweater. Again, adding masculinity came in with the sneakers and hat.
When I decided to put together three different looks, I knew I had to put together a casual look, and this one is perfect for a weekend of errands. The joggers and tank are light-weight enough for a hot day, and these sandals—new summer favorite! Adding a kimono to a simple casual look gives you just the bit of glam you need when wearing sweats and a tank.
Don't be afraid to try something new with your style; just because a piece is categorized as women's, doesn't mean you can't wear it. Style is personal, and as long as you're comfortable in what you're wearing, go for it! If you're wearing a kimono this season, tag me or comment me so I can check it out!
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