Infuse some Oriental tradition into your look and make like a Geisha this season in this summer’s hottest trend.

Carrying on from the look we first saw hit the catwalks last autumn, kimonos are sticking around for summer, with the likes of Tom Ford for Givenchy, Balmain and Cavalli all producing SS14 collections full of Eastern promise.

Kimonos have come into fashion a number of times over the years, with Westerners enthralled by these Japanese beauties, adapting the ankle-grazing design to a more practical hip-length. Whether ornate and heavily embroidered or lightweight floral types, this wardrobe staple is the most versatile of pieces, instantly dressing up a jeans and t-shirt combo, adding boho chic to a festival look or providing the perfect lightweight cover up on the beach.

The kimono will add a new lease of life to your LBD for nights out. It’s even the ideal go-to piece for the body conscious who aren’t quite ready to dare to bare their arms in the summer months.

You’ll find a vast array of variations both from designers and on the high street. Here are a few of our favourites…

Ganni – £95

GanniBlue georgette encrusted with hand-sewn gold sequins produces an instant wow factor. Pare down the rest of your outfit with a simple top and jeans so as not to detract from this beautiful item of luxury.

Free people – £98

Free People

Made from soft crepe and detailed with a scalloped edge lace trim, this elegant design in pale blue will make any outfit pop.

River Island – £50

River Island

The blue geometric print is a modern take on the kimono and lends itself perfectly to casual outfits. Pair the longline style with denim shorts for a quirky summer’s day look.

Love @ Topshop – £40

Love at Topshop

Fresh and unreservedly pretty, this print is more akin to what we associate with that of a traditional kimono. Flowers and birds are perfect for summer sunshine.

ASOS – £65


A tasselled trim and multi-coloured coloured embroidery just screams “festival”. Wider sleeves mean unrestricted dance moves.

By Nicola Rayner

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