Fun, New Ways To Style The Modern Kimono | Clozette

The unique silhouette of the traditional kimono and yukata has been the inspiration behind so many remarkable designs. Arguably, the most popular of all is the elegant wrap dress introduced by Diane Von Furstenberg more than four decades ago. But there's another piece that's taking the spotlight right now and that's the 'modern kimono'. Unlike the traditional one, this version is usually worn like a cardigan with the front loose and unfastened. It delivers a more relaxed look that's reminiscent of the boho chic fashion. Interested in sporting one? Keep reading for tips on how to style the modern kimono. 

Pair it with a simple ensemble

Similar to summer yukatas, the modern kimono comes in various colourful prints. Let the design stand out by wearing a neutral outfit underneath. You can go for a black dress or a classic white tee and beige pants look. Then, you can wear accessories that match the colour of the kimono to tie things together.

Use it as an oversized cardigan

As mentioned, the modern kimono is often used as a light cardigan. However, if you have a flair for drama and bold looks then you'll surely be able to beautifully sport a bright, oversized modern kimono. This piece will amp up any plain or monochromatic outfit in an instant.

Go matchy-matchy

Aside from neutral-coloured outfits, you can also try wearing colours that match the print of your modern kimono. You can also pick other shades that are of the same colour family. For example, a floral one with lavender prints will go well with a pink or violet skirt.

Wear it with shorts for a casual look

Living in the tropics means we've got a wardrobe full of shorts, tank tops and third-pieces. Elevate your cover-up collection by adding a modern kimono with a versatile print. Choose those with dominant colours of white and black so you can easily pair it with any ensemble. 

Take it to the beach

Modern kimonos are nothing if not versatile. It's a rare piece of clothing that you can literally take from a cocktail party to the beachside. Plus, you can also use it as a temporary beach mat!

(Cover photo from: @moakbi/@morethanafashionblog)

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Just recently, we talked about Barbie receiving the prestigious CFDA Fashion Award. But now that the red carpet has rolled on the day of the event itself, it looks like the Mattel doll isn't only the one vying for attention in the style department. Of course, many celebrities and personalities, awardee or not, also posed for the cameras with their most fashionable garbs fit for the glamorous affair. But as always, there are obvious standouts. Ahead, we lined up some of our favourite looks from the CFDA red carpet.


First, let's start with the icon herself. We definitely can't skip out on what Barbie wore to the event — and that is a Diane Von Furstenberg custom gown in black and her signature pink. She also posed alongside a J-Lo doll, who is a fellow honoree in the Fashion category. 

Jennifer Lopez

Speaking of J.Lo, the artist wowed the crowd with a stunning Ralph Lauren two-piece dress that further proved why her style is CFDA-approved. The custom RL look is composed of a cropped jersey top with hand-embellished crystals and a pleated silk skirt with — wait for it — concealed pockets. Honestly, we need an RTW version of this.

Gigi Hadid

A blazer, a sash, a fanny pack, some trousers, and a pleated skirt sound like a recipe for disaster but Gigi Hadid made it work. Channelling a street-style Cinderella-like vibe with her over-the-top Louis Vuitton ensemble, this may be one of our favourite looks from the model, ever.

Camila Morrone

Argentinian model and actress Camila Morrone made a case for a classic black-and-white ensemble with her Prabal Gurung gown. Coming from the Pre-Fall 2019 collection of the fashion house, the satin deep V gown with the front sash detailing proves that you can never go wrong with effortless elegance. 

Ashley Graham

Serving us old Hollywood glam with this Christian Siriano combo, Ashley Graham's look has class, sass, and a little bit of pizazz. The combination of the maximalist shoulder detail and the curve-hugging bodice gives us a great silhouette that combines yesteryear's eleganza with today's flair for everything 'extra'.

Winnie Harlow

Another Siriano look that made it on our list is Winnie Harlow's showstopping purple feathered dress. What looks like a couture take on layers and layers of boa, it certainly fits the reign of Camp in today's fashion scene. 

(Cover photo from: @winnieharlow; @ralphlauren)



Technically, we in the tropics don’t experience autumn, but who’s to say we can’t enjoy it anyway? Fall’s colours can be found anywhere, if you just know how to look. When you do find a perfect spot where you can bask in the Earth’s warm beauty, go ahead and take a photo. Channel autumn vibes through your snaps like these ladies from the Clozette Community.



Casual stroll

A woman strolling along a tree-lined path

(Photo from: shermaineinez)