The Kimono Topper as a Great Addition for your Fancy Outfit

kimonos for the 50's, 60's & 70's

The Kimono Topper as a Great Addition for your Fancy Outfit

Quote of the day: “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.” Lauren Bacall

The kimono topper is a piece of clothing that is being showcased lately.  I have to think many of us don’t actually have this item in our closets right now.  However, if you do, pull it out—it’s fashionable.  If you don’t already own one, I might suggest to buy one!   I actually think this is a very appropriate piece of clothing that us older women can wear in many situations.

The definition of a kimono topper is a long, loose robe with wide sleeves.  When I started to see kimonos feature in some style magazines and online I knew I had to buy one to use in one of my blog posts. I said to myself how great it would be for all three of us to wear this kimono. So I bought the one featured in this blog.  The reason I got so excited about the idea of using the kimono in a post was because I realized how it can be so applicable for various occasions.  Like for example, this dressy version…it’s like a wrap or shawl with sleeves!

Kimono topper for women over 50 kimonos for the 50's, 60's & 70's

Jodie (50+) Outfit: Most of my formal dresses are sleeveless, so this kimono is a perfect covering. This bracelet I actually knitted using a kit I received at our knitting retreat (thanks Laura)!

Kimono: Sheinside (here)~~Dress: Morrell Maxie (similar here)~~Shoes: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: I knitted it (similar here or here)

Kimono topper for women over 60 kimonos for the 50's, 60's & 70's

Nancy (60+) Outfit: Since there are no buttons or closures on this kimono, it is meant to hang open and thus doesn’t take away the focus on the beautiful dress.

Kimono: Sheinside (here)~~Dress: Evan Picone (here)~~Shoes: Caparros (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Watch: (similar here)

kimonos for the 50's, 60's & 70's  kimonos for the 50's, 60's & 70's

Charlotte (70+) Outfit:  Considering there are so many colors in this kimono,  it ends up being a perfect piece to bring together two different colored separates!

Kimono: Sheinside (here)~~Skirt:Peck & Peck (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: Connie (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Some photography by Kari Strand Photography

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Here’s a look at some long kimono toppers if you’re interested:

  • You’re right! Your dress is very similar. I love it with a kimono! Great idea as well. It’s wonderful to see how differently you can style a similar outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that is one of the best things about blogging—to see all of the ideas, I would have never thought of myself!! Can’t wait to see what else we have in common!!

  • Ha! I found your kimono posts! And I was right, you all are rocking this look! This is a beautiful kimono and I love all you chose a different color to accentuate! I love the shorter length of this kimono and the softer background color with the brighter colors appearing a bit more subtle in the print. Gorgeous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee!! I was really impressed with this kimono considering it was inexpensive. Nancy liked it so much she bought the exact same one afterwards (although I don’t think she’s worn it much!!)

  • Yes, dearest Jodie, I have a kimono…and I LOVE it!! You three ladies all look so chic in this softly patterned version that you found at Sheinside; and I’m giving you bonus points for the fringe, too!! 😉 P.S. How amazing that you KNITTED that gorgeous bracelet!!

    • Thanks Monika!! The bracelet was actually very easy to knit!!

  • Kimonos are a great cover up option that I have not really thought about wearing until it started trending. I think I might invest in kimonos.

    • I really do think they are worth it…and most of the ones I’ve researched are so reasonably priced!!! Thanks for reading & commenting!!

  • Too funny as a kimono is part of the GYPO style challenge outfit I will be wearing tomorrow. I love them. It was the most controversial item from the group, as it felt too boho to a lot of the participants… You three break that thought with these fabulous looks. I love them with the bright dresses!

    • Thanks Tracey…I can’t wait to see yours. I didn’t even think boho when I bought it (but I can see it especially with the fringe)…I was thinking looser cardigan!

  • That bracelet is fun!

    Also I love the fringe on the kimono.

    I must admit I love the idea of them, I love how they look, but I find them to be a bit of a pain to wear.


    • Do tell? Is it because they don’t close? I wore it one day (over a cotton shirt) and had no troubles with it. However the day we took pictures, it did slide around on my silky dress—but then again so does a wrap/scarf, if I try to wear one to cover up!

  • Excellent post, the kimono works for all ages, shapes, and sizes. I need to add a couple more to my wardrobe LOL

    • Don’t you just love them? BTW…nice to meet you!! Thanks for reading!

  • Thank you for linking up this Post to Wearing with Wisdom !
    I have been seeing the kimono around for months and finally ordered one for myself ! I hope it’s as lovely as these three here . You have all styled them in 3 great ways . I like how they can so quickly dress up an outfit or if something feels a bit to clingy in the back they will add that extra flow .
    Thanks again for linking up to the party ! Have a wonderful week !
    Leticia from

    • I bet you’ll love your kimono! It is really helpful in covering up, yet not too warm!!

  • I currently don’t own a kimono, but have been thinking of getting one. You all have showcased how versatile it truly is…great job!

  • Cute kimono! However, it is overshadowed by your drop dead GORGEOUS purple dress! I want that dress and I don’t even like purple! lol Loving that knitted bracelet too. Nancy’s dress…a winner. In these three looks with the kimono, your mom gets the win. Way to go mom! 🙂

    • Darlene…you crack me up!! Thanks for the fun & laughter….did you buy a kimono yet?

      • Not yet, but I’m going thrifting tomorrow! Wish me luck!

  • I bought a couple of kimonos this year and I’m loving wearing them, the few times I’ve had a chance to mind (weather dependent in the UK!). They are a stylish alternative to cardigans, without the bulk of wearing a jacket.

    And the one you’ve chosen is in a lovely print.

    • Thanks for reading, Jacqueline! I’m so loving this kimono that I don’t quite know how I’ve lived so long without it!!!

  • Kimonos are such fun completer pieces and the one you chose is so pretty! Such beautiful, soft colors! Love the unique styles each of you featured!

    • Thanks Jennie! I probably would never have thought about buying one until I saw a couple of bloggers wearing them!

  • Kimonos are definitely my go to pieces for summer. They are light and airy and extremely transitional like you have demonstrated above.

    • I know, huh? Kind of an “aha” piece in my opinion!! I remember seeing you wearing one on your blog not so long ago too!