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Do you have clothes you love but seldom wear?

They might be too festive, fancy or glam for everyday, and are therefore tucked away in your wardrobe until a suitable occasion presents itself. Or not.

Because let’s face it: how often do we really need ‘special occasion‘ clothes? Once a year? Once in a blue moon, more likely. And that’s a shame.

This is why I never really buy anything specifically for ‘special occasions‘. Instead, I have a few fabulous pieces that could work for ‘special occasions‘, too, but can also be worn everyday and everywhere. Like this silk kimono, for example. 

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kimono
OK, so it’s not exactly an everyday item… I haven’t worn it to work, but I’ve worn it casually on a hot summer day. Or to dinner in a nice (but informal) restaurant. I’ve never worn it to a ‘special occasion‘, though. But that’s just because there aren’t really any ‘special occasions‘ in my life.

And yes, you’ve seen it before, 4 times in fact (dressed down, dressed up, with a denim skirt, and with boyfriend jeans).

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Anyway, I was thinking that maybe this fabulous piece deserves to get out of the wardrobe a bit more often. I mean, what’s the point of getting nice clothes if you’re not going to wear them? 

So, I’ll try to come up with new ways to incorporate this kimono into my everyday life. Maybe I’ll even wear it to work…

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Outfit details:
kimono: Klaus Haapaniemi / trousers: Grizas / t-shirt: Garcia Jeans / bag: Artipel /
sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / shoes: Van Dal / sun umbrella: James Smith and Sons

Do you have clothes you love but seldom wear?

Tiina

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24 Comments

  1. August 26, 2019 / 10:39 am

    I’m loving your kimono and glad that you decided to wear it frequently!. It looks fabulous with the orange bag which enhances all the orange details in it!, so cool!
    Totally agree on not saving our best clothes just for occasions (which probably never happen).
    besos

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 27, 2019 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Monica. This is one of those pieces that I just had to buy (in spite of the price tag), and I always enjoy wearing it. But I also always struggle with it as I ‘have nothing to wear’ with it…

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 27, 2019 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Mireille! I think my wardrobe needs more statement pieces. Or perhaps I should just wear the ones I have more often.

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 27, 2019 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks! I love the print, too. The sun umbrella is old; it’s the first sun umbrella I bought (that was years ago; I have 3 sun umbrellas in total). I seldom use it because it’s quite small and does not provide a lot of protection from the sun. But I thought it would be perfect with this outfit.

  2. Book Goddess
    August 26, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    Love the kimono and especially love the “permission slip” to wear something that stands out. I’m thinking of my black capelet top that makes me look a bit like a vampire.

    Tina

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 27, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Tina. I think we should all wear something that stands out. Or something that makes us feel good.

  3. August 27, 2019 / 10:34 am

    I remember this gorgeous kimono and am so pleased you are enjoying wearing it and styling in different ways. I agree that we shouldn’t keep things for special occasions- they are way to scarce.

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 27, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      Yes, absolutely: special occasions are so rare, but nice clothes can make very day a little bit special.

  4. Arlene
    August 27, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    Love the kimono. I have never seen anything that comes close to it’s beauty. Glad you decided to try and wear it more often. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 27, 2019 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks, Arlene. Yes, it’s a beautiful silk kimono and I should wear it more often. It’s a bit challenging to style, though.

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 29, 2019 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Grace! Yes, I agree, kimonos are are great.

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 30, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. And you’re right: I have quite a collection of umbrellas. And sun umbrellas, or parasols, too. This one is a bit small; I like my parasols bigger, but it matches the kimono so well…

  5. August 30, 2019 / 10:31 am

    Yess!! To wearing our “special clothes” every chance we can, every way we can!! I love this kimono on you – and especially with the parasol, as I’m very partial to wearing brollies and parasols as my accessories!! I love the way you’ve styled this lovely outfit!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏
    https://donnadoesdresses.com

    • Tiina
      Author
      August 30, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks, Donna! I agree: umbrellas and parasols make great accessories. And they’re practical, too.

  6. September 2, 2019 / 10:04 am

    that is such a beautiful kimono! I’d happily wear a piece like that everyday, although it’s true I don’t wear my kimonos to work! I do love swapping my scarves for kimonos to add colour and interest to an outfit in summer!

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp 🙂 I just posted this week’s linkup, I’d love you to join again! 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    • Tiina
      Author
      September 2, 2019 / 11:07 am

      Thanks, Mica! Well, I’d hesitate to wear a kimono to work, too. Although it might be fun…

  7. Liisa
    September 5, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    Hi Tiina, could you tell me if this is the S/M or L size? The webshop describes the L size as ”longer” but does not really say what that means exactly :/ I’m thinking about bying this myself!

    • Tiina
      Author
      September 5, 2019 / 9:46 pm

      This is size S. I’m rather short (162 cm), and the kimono is just above the knee. Does that help?

  8. September 20, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    Your kimono is awesome, and big YES to wearing a special occasion clothes on any random day – life is a special occasion! I absolutely love this outfit, Tiina, and it is perfect for the MODISH MATRONS September theme!! Thank you for linking and come soon for our October theme – it’ll be fun!

    • Tiina
      Author
      September 21, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Thanks, Natalia! And you’re right: life is a special occasion, and should be celebrated.

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