Fall Transition Kimono Style

I’ll be honest, my personal style is eclectic.  I can go from hyper feminine to polish professional, to dark and edgy, to Sunday Best within a week. Notice that there is no mention of boho in that mix. I’m not sure what it is about that particular trend that I find not for me. My workaholic nature probably won’t embrace the concept of a light and relaxed style. Anyway, that changed once I saw this floral print kimono on the Wet Seal Instagram feed I wanted to see what I could do with this new addition to my closet. I’ve teamed up with fellow “budgetista”, Angelica from Affordable Curve for some transitional style inspo, make sure to check out her looks here.

Look # 1 : Breezy & Dressy

With this kimono’s dramatic bell sleeves and  floral blossom print on a brilliant blue background I immediately thought about sizing up to wear this as a dress only to realize I should have sized up two sizes because of my large bust.  When that original idea didn’t pan out I thought, why not wear it over a dress? I love the mix of silk, jersey and faux leather textures here. I swapped the fabric belt for my new faux leather obi belt I managed to score from Torrid last month for less than $2! (Note: Always check the clearance section between seasons.) The strap front pep toe heels are a step above the heeled sandals that I would usually wear to the office during the summer. For a more conservative professional look I could swap them for flats or closed front pumps.



~Get the Look~

Belted Floral Print Kimono (2X) | Wet Seal
Cap Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress (1X) | (old, similar here)
Faux Leather Obi Waist Belt | Torrid (similar here and here)
Pep-toe Pumps| Payless (old, similar here and here)
Career Tote | Mandee (similar here)

Look 2: All White After Labor Day Casual

I must confess something., white makes me very uneasy. It is a very unforgiving color and I’m still a bit of a klutz so I tend to get very paranoid that I may find a way to stain what I’m wearing. Still I thought I throw caution to the wind and wear all-white to really bring out the colors in this piece.  A kimono is already a very relaxed, laid back piece so to give it more structure I paired it with a collar button up blouse and western embellished double buckle belt.  Although I wore my taupe Cloudwalker wedges from Avenue for this look,  I’m already thinking about swapping them for booties instead once the weather gets cooler.


~Get the Look~

Belted Floral Print Kimono (2X) | Wet Seal
Linen High-Low  Button Front Top | Ashley Stewart (similar here)
Cropped Skinny Jeans | JcPenney
Double-buckle Belt | Lovesick (similar here)
Taupe wedges | Avenue

 Don’t forget to stop by Affordable Curve for more transitional style inspiration. Also let me know in the comments, which look is your favorite and what trends you are looking forward to this fall.

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