Black Clothes made Summery with a Kimono
Quote of the day: “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton
On the quest to make our black clothes more summery, I decided to use a kimono for a topper! Ever since I discovered these kimonos, I’ve fallen in love with how perfect they are as a lightweight covering!
This particular subject was the suggestion from our reader, Gail, since she still loves to wear black, no matter the season. I first approached the challenge by adding in different colored accessories since I think accessories are pretty much the answer to everything, ha ha!
And I hope you’ll welcome our 80+ blogette model, Clara, again! I included her at the end of the post since her age is the best!!
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I will admit that I don’t have a lot of black clothes in my closet anymore.
I’ve been on a mission to steer away from the colors that aren’t my best, so I haven’t been replacing my black items. That may be evident in these pants, since they don’t fit as well as they used to!
I guess I’ll put a new pair of black pants on my list to look for, since they are one of those must haves in your closet. Besides I’m planning on a series focused around them in the future and it’d be nice if they fit better!
My kimono was purchased two years ago from SheIn!
I had searched many sites to find one that was colorful and not too expensive! Then the 3 of us wore this same one in a series of posts!! Nancy loved this kimono so much that she even purchased one just like it.
I really can’t say enough good things about the kimonos, now that I’ve discovered these pieces!!
Even though I’ve linked to many other great ones below, I just had to show you a couple more. If you love showing your patriotic side, then this one is perfect for you! Then again, if you like the more subtle pieces, then you might appreciate this one!
Of course having a black layering shirt can be very smart.
And then I decided to accessorize with all of the colors from the kimono. That’s the advantage of having a colorful one, I think!!
Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Kimono: SheIn (similar here)~~Top: Covered Perfectly c/o (here)~~Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here as a donut!)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Bauble Bar (here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy’s kimono seemed to be too long with these capris, until she had the idea to tie the ends in front.
I thought this was brilliant since many times these slippery pieces don’t stay in place very well!! And tying it solved this issue as well!!
You can see this same kimono worn over Nancy’s jumpsuit last summer!
I didn’t worry about the length of the kimono at that time since her jumpsuit was full length! However, with the capri pants, it seemed overpowering. I have seen many short kimonos which would also be a great option. This floral one, this one, or another print one would be just the right length with your shorter pants!
And the best thing about this kimono? It was $10 from Charming Charlies with one of their flash sales!! I actually bought my maxi dress along with a couple of items for Nancy!! If the sale comes around again, I think I’ll buy a couple of more things!!
Nancy accessorized with both green & yellow-green.
The color in the kimono is more of a yellow, and I know we all tend to want to match exactly. But sometimes, certain colors look different in certain lights anyways. And Nancy’s green earrings have more of a yellow tint to them anyways! I think this is a great way to try to look at our items. Because we can’t always have the exact color of items that match another piece!!
These shoes have been one of Nancy’s favorites since we purchased them last summer!
They are really more of a yellow-green, but I think they look great paired with yellow pieces also! I’m a huge fan of yellow shoes especially for the summer. They seem to add brightness to any other color they are paired with.
Pants: Petite Sophisticate (similar here)~~Kimono: Charming Charlies (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: Chicos (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: I’m sure you don’t think about buying your clothing at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
But leave it to my mother to find fantastic clothing items anywhere!! That’s where her kimono was purchased just last year! Heck, then you can use your B, B & B coupon on it, right? And it was a lot less expensive then the one I linked to below that is as similar as I could find.
How do you feel about black sandals?
If you are someone who does wear a lot of black in the summer, I bet you would get a lot of wear out of them. I know I have a pair, but hardly ever wear them.
We talked about graphic t-shirts a couple of weeks ago when I had a reader ask for suggestions on how to style her school shirt.
Whether you prefer pictures, embellishments or words on your t-shirts, they can really say a lot about your hobbies, personality or even history!!
This is one that I really should buy for my husband!! Also, I did have a couple of women comment that they don’t like words on the front of their body because they feel like people are staring at their chest. I totally get that! So instead, there are also fun designs out there!
Of course if you don’t have a kimono and don’t want one, there are other wonderful pieces to brighten up your black clothes.
There are always the short sleeve cardigans for a little coverage. There are the longer ones that are plain or fancy! But there are also shorter bolero types available, which also work so nicely with dresses!
When I was working, I always had trouble finding short sleeved jackets. Of course now that I’m retired, it’s a little easier since they can be more casual. Like this one is almost safarish,or you could like the fancy version or more modern one!
Claras (80+) Outfit: Clara used the bright colors in her kimono to brighten up her black pants!
I also love that Clara added in an orange purse and turquoise watch to the mix!! When Clara’s daughter sent me these photos, she also included the fact that Clara remembered where most of the items were purchased. I know the 3 of us are the same way! How about any of you??
Ecclissi watch: TJ Maxx 5years~~Bracelet & necklace: Fabiana Totoli~~Earrings: Express – gift from grandchildren this year~~Tshirt: Jones NY last year~~Kimono: Chicos 3 years
Any bright or colorful topper could make your black clothes seems more summery! Whether that topper is a kimono, cardigan or jacket, it’s a perfect way to add a pop of color to any outfit!
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