How to dress up a kimono

how to wear a kimono over 40 
OK, let’s talk about statement pieces…

I packed this fabulous silk kimono for my holiday in Madeira as my go-to party outfit. For those special occasions, instead of a party dress.

I’m not really into party dresses. I find them too fussy and girly and just not-me. Let’s face it, my style is understated, minimalist, and above all comfortable. Deep down, I’m a jeans and a t-shirt girl. But one that tries to find a more luxurious alternative to the actual jeans and a t-shirt…

Confusing? Maybe.

That’s the essence of Nordic style: back to basics, with a feel-good lux element thrown in.  Sort of dressed-up minimalism, I suppose we could call it. 

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Dressed-Up Minimalism

I don’t often do dressed-up, and even when I do, I try to tone it down a bit. You know, make it more understated, casual, less in-your-face. Or add some attitude: even though I like soft, luxurious materials like silk and cashmere, I’m a bit rough around the edges. And I feel most comfortable when my outfit reflects that. I suppose it’s a case of the outside matching the inside, or something…

Anyway, this outfit is quite minimalist: it’s just a pair of black wide-leg trousers worn under a kimono. As comfortable and simple as a pair of jeans and a t-shirt but a lot more glamorous.

It’s the accessories that create the look: sophisticated, a bit edgy, yet still quite understated. 

The more feminine and delicate elements of the outfit – soft silk, the exotic pattern of the kimono and the pearl earrings – contrast with the metallic accents in the bag, shoes and belt. I like that: it makes this look just edgy enough for me to feel comfortable. Balance is important.

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You may remember that I have worn this kimono twice on the blog already: with jeans and with a denim skirt. And I know I will be wearing it in quite a few posts in the future, too. 

That’s because a statement piece like this one should become a wardrobe staple, something to be worn again and again. Besides, if there is a theme running through this blog, it’s buying less but buying better and rewearing old favourites till they fall apart.

However, because I usually tend to dress down whatever I’m wearing, this time I wanted to do something different and take it up a notch. In a very understated way, of course.

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dressed-up minimalism

Outfit details:

kimono: Klaus Haapaniemi / trousers: Marimekko / bag: Chanel /

shoes: Billi Bi / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

location: Funchal, Madeira


So, what do you think?

Did I nail the dressed-up minimalist look?


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  1. 13 January 2019 / 9:13 pm

    You look particularly fabulous in your kimono! what a lovely piece!. And I think that your dressed-up minimalism is fantastic, comfortable, understated, elegant and luxurious. Love those accessories you’ve picked: the belt, earrings and bag match perfectly your style!
    Really inspiring!

    • Tiina
      16 January 2019 / 10:41 am

      Thank you so much! I like accessories, probably more than clothes. Good accessories can make an outfit, or change the style of an outfit, don’t you think?

  2. Arlene
    13 January 2019 / 9:55 pm

    What a beautiful outfit! You really know how to put together accessories that compliment your clothing. That kimono is so pretty. I’d love to wear that to a social event. Thanks for showing us. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      16 January 2019 / 10:43 am

      Thanks, Arlene. I often plan an outfit around the accessories I want to wear. I even buy clothes to go with my favourite accessories, and this kimono is no exception.

  3. mummabstylish
    14 January 2019 / 7:23 pm

    This is lovely, a real statement piece for sure. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Tiina
      16 January 2019 / 10:44 am

      Thanks, Jacqui.

  4. 15 January 2019 / 11:18 am

    I remember this stunning kimono , I love the way you have taken it to the next level with your choice of accessories. I totally agree with the buy better , buy less approach . I feel it really is the on;y way unless you are a fan of thrift shopping and challenges us to re-invent what we already own instead of just buying something new.

    • Tiina
      16 January 2019 / 10:47 am

      Thanks, Jill. Yes, I think fast fashion is over, and we have to find a more sustainable way of living and dressing. Shopping my own closet and buying less is my new mantra (thrift shopping is not really my thing).

    • Tiina
      16 January 2019 / 10:48 am

      Thanks, Maria!

  5. 16 January 2019 / 2:29 am

    Your kimono is beautiful and you dress it up so well, I love the studded belt with it! Despite my large collection of kimonos I’ve only tried them belted a few times, I really need to change them up a bit when I wear them!

    Hope that your week is going well! I’ve posted a new outfit linkup on my blog if you want to check it out :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Tiina
      16 January 2019 / 10:52 am

      Thank you! I’m a bit tired of the now-ubiquitous kimono-and-jeans combo, so I’m keen to explore other ways to wear a kimono.

  6. Isabelle Rooney
    17 January 2019 / 7:04 am

    Love the kimono. The colors are perfect for you and you wear it really well

    • Tiina
      21 January 2019 / 10:22 am

      Thank you, Isabelle!

  7. Isabelle Rooney
    17 January 2019 / 7:08 am

    So excited to discover your blog. I’ve never commented on a blog post before, but this one is Finnspirational, so I’m compelled to.

    And I’m thrilled to finally identify Klaus Haapaniemi, thanks to you. I got a blue Taika mug in Copenhagen airport a few years ago and loved it so much that when it broke I kept the bits, then found a new one in Manchester Art gallery, and then my Sister in Law gave me a white one for Christmas (purchased in one of the few US stores that stock a small selection of Iittala ware) – but I still didn’t know who designed them. Now I’m greedily exploring the website, and can’t wait to visit a country with a store (I’m from Glasgow but live in San Francisco with my American husband and children).

    • Tiina
      17 January 2019 / 11:42 am

      Thank you, Isabelle! ‘Finnspirational’, I’m honoured to have my little blog described like that.
      Klaus Haapaniemi has a shop in London, and of course a website (, but you probably found that already. And both Iittala ( and Finnish Design Shop ( stock Taika and ship all over the world.

  8. thestylesplash
    20 January 2019 / 12:50 am

    Oh that’s such a beautiful kimono! It looks so elegant with the black trousers and accessories. I had to google Klaus Haapaniemi…this could be an expensive discovery because I love it all!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina
      21 January 2019 / 10:28 am

      Thanks, Emma. Yes, Klaus Haapaniemi is a bit expensive, so it’s something special to be cherished for ever. I got this kimono as a birthday present for myself last year, after I had been admiring it for weeks in the shop! I wanted to be sure I would love it enough to justify the expense. And I knew it would never be on sale, either.

  9. Natalia Lialina
    20 January 2019 / 7:36 am

    This outfit is sooo chic! Love every detail, Tiina! And I think dressed-up minimalism could describe a part of my style as well. I believe that that what makes your style more individualistic – a mix of two seemingly opposite approaches, a style oxymoron so to speak.

    • Tiina
      21 January 2019 / 10:29 am

      Thanks, Natalia! A little bit of contrast is always good.

    • Tiina
      21 January 2019 / 10:29 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

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