How to Style a Silk Kimono, part 1

kimono over 40

This is what I was planning to wear to a festive, formal dinner on New Year’s Eve. But I didn’t. However, because I really like this outfit, I wanted to post these pictures nevertheless.

This silk kimono is one of my favourite pieces. It was also the favourite piece on my Instagram account (@elegance_revisited) as it was featured not once, or twice, but 3 times in my collection of top nine posts for 2019. Talk about a statement piece…

 Anyway, as much as I love the kimono, I always struggle finding ways to style it. I can’t wear it as a dress as it’s a bit too short (above the knee). And I never wear dresses shorter than knee-length. It’s not a question of modesty (I don’t buy into that bullshit); knee-length (or longer) is simply more flattering on someone with wide hips and heavy thighs. 

It’s also challenging to find a top that is simple and minimalist enough to suit my personal taste yet feels luxurious enough to be matched with a silk kimono.

And let’s not even talk about trousers… OK, finding trousers that flatter my body is almost impossible. But these (very) high-waisted viscose trousers are perfect.

Klaus Haapaniemi kimono

So, I really like this outfit,  yet I chose not to wear it to a fancy New Year’s Eve dinner? Am I out of my mind?

Well, as I mentioned, the trousers are really high-waisted. While that is usually a good thing, the prospect of a big, 7 course dinner made the trousers feel a bit uncomfortable. Especially as at that point of the holiday I had already a few of those big, multi-course dinners under my belt, literally… In fact, if I was the type of person to make New Year’s resolutions, I might say that going on a diet would be a good idea…

Anyway… I’m sure you’re curious as to the outfit I eventually decided to wear to that big, fancy dinner. All in due course, my dear reader, in another blog post…

kimono  1300 x 1300

how to wear a kimono over 40

Kimono classic 1300 x 800

Outfit details:
kimono: Klaus Haapaniemi / t-shirt: Pieces / trousers: Marimekko (old) /
bag: Chanel / shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Woobs
location: hotel Quinta da Casa Branca (Funchal, Madeira)


What would you like me to wear with this kimono?

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  1. mireilleftm
    9 January 2020 / 2:11 pm

    It is a beautiful kimono and I love those pants on you! Love how you styled this outfit. I was just mentioning that I really want to add a kimono to my closet this year. Just have to find one that I love.

    • Tiina
      10 January 2020 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks, Mireille. Yes, a kimono is such a fun piece. Before I bought this one, I kept going back to the shop to try it on, for months… But I plan to wear it forever. Or till it falls apart.

  2. debwlv
    9 January 2020 / 8:11 pm

    I say this every time you show this kimono —- I covet it BIG TIME! Love the way you styled it, will definitely be trying to duplicate that look! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Tiina
      10 January 2020 / 7:00 pm

      Thanks! You know, you can still find the kimono at website. It is quite pricey, though (that’s why I kept going back to the shop and trying it on for at least 3 months before I finally bought it).

  3. 10 January 2020 / 6:06 pm

    I totally understand that this kimono has become one of your favourite pieces and also a favourite of all of us!. It’s stunning and it looks perfect with your viscose trousers and cute top, with the lovely accessorizing!.
    But you’re totally right about wearing anything minimally tight when you’re going to sit at table and have a fancy dinner. I love a elastic waist trouser!
    It’s lovely to see you in your beautiful kimono!

    • Tiina
      10 January 2020 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks, Monica. I bought the kimono as a birthday present for myself, and decided that it would be one of my ‘forever pieces’. And I definitely need a pair of elastic waist trousers!

  4. 10 January 2020 / 10:53 pm

    this all looks lovely. Girl, you’re wearing my colours, too. I’m only 156 cms high and sadly, all kimonos look really unflattering on me. Ridiculous actually. Sigh.

    • Tiina
      12 January 2020 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you. You know, I’m just 162 cm tall (or short). I find that a shorter kimono (like this one) does not overwhelm me. On the other hand, I also wear maxi dresses…

  5. Flora
    11 January 2020 / 10:19 am

    Lovely kimono and the tee shirt colour brings out the pattern very well. I’d love a kimono but I’m like a unmade bed. Handbag, shopping bag, scarves, necklaces glasses on a string if I don’t keep it simple I’m like a bag lady :) I like your curls too.

    • Tiina
      12 January 2020 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks, Flora. I know what you mean: I feel like a bag lady, too, when I have to carry a work bag and a shopping bag, and then all the winter clothes (a big coat, a scarf, earmuffs etc) to boot.

  6. q
    12 January 2020 / 6:51 pm

    I had not realised that those kimonos have Klaus’ art in them! And it sure suits you beautifully.

    • Tiina
      12 January 2020 / 7:15 pm

      Yep, he makes great kimonos, and silk dresses. Thank you!

  7. shelbeeontheedge1
    13 January 2020 / 1:26 pm

    Tiina, I think you styled this kimono beautifully! It is such a gorgeous piece and I love the rich colors on the black background. The lines created with the high waisted wide legged pants are so good. And the leopard flats add the perfect print mix to keep it super modern. Now I am trying to think of other ways to style your kimono…I wear my kimonos all sorts of ways but I think the ways I wear them are just not your style (over cut off shorts with booties, over mini dresses with cowgirl boots, belted over bodycon dresses). I do love a fancy kimono paired with jeans for a bohemian style or perhaps belted over a maxi dress. I look forward to reading part 2 of how to style a silk kimono! Thanks for linking up.


    • Tiina
      15 January 2020 / 10:15 am

      Thanks! This kimono is one of my favourite pieces, but I don’t wear it often enough. I’ve also worn it with both jeans and a denim skirt, but I prefer something a bit less casual. Oh well, a blogger shouldn’t be afraid of a a sartorial challenge, right?

  8. Arlene Gomes
    14 January 2020 / 1:26 am

    i love the kimono. I get that it could be tricky to style, but you did it! What you chose to wear with it works beautifully. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      15 January 2020 / 10:16 am

      Thanks, Arlene.

    • Tiina
      17 January 2020 / 4:12 pm

      Thanks, Michelle!

    • Tiina
      20 January 2020 / 10:06 am

      Thanks, Jess!

  9. 20 January 2020 / 8:59 am

    It’s such a beautiful kimono, it’s a shame you did not wear it but great you could still take pics of the outfit idea you had :) Kimonos are my most worn category of clothing in the warmer months for sure, they are the best! :0

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! A new link up is live on my blog now, I’d love you to join again.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We went to a theme park yesterday with family visiting from Western Australia and it was so fun :)

    • Tiina
      20 January 2020 / 10:09 am

      Thanks, Mica! Oh, I did wear the kimono, just with another pair of trousers…
      A theme park sounds like fun. I hope you and your family are safe. We’ve been reading about the fires in Australia quite a bit in the news, and it’s so sad and scary.

  10. 21 January 2020 / 12:03 am

    What a gorgeous piece of art – that kimono I would display when I wasn’t wearing – it it is just beautiful, I guess that level of beauty creates its own issues so I have to say I love the simplicity and elegance of the outfit as well as the beauty of the garment

    • Tiina
      22 January 2020 / 9:13 am

      Thanks, Juliet. Yes, it’s a real piece of art, and the print is beautiful, but it Is quite challenging to style. In my opinion, it looks best with something rather plain and simple.

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