Kimono craze: why we love this luxurious classic and why you need to add one (or ten) to your wardrobe

The perfect throw-over for a t-shirt or turtleneck; the ultimate in effortless, chic cover-ups; a loyal companion to every season – the kimono, a Japanese native, is gloriously adaptable and lives up to its literal translation ‘a thing to wear’.

From flowing tops to floor-sweeping maxis, the kimono silhouette has found favour with multiple styles. The hallmarks of a kimono include its robe style, attached collar and wide, floaty arms. Flattering for every body type given the extensive range of options, the kimono captures the imagination most when made in a bold pattern or plush fabric – we’re a big fan of vibrant velvets right now, particularly in millennial pink or this year’s Pantone colour of the year – ultra violet.
The go-to in Japan for formal events or festivals, the kimono has retained its special occasion status but is also channeling some low-key vibes too. Perfect as a slip-over at the beach or as a resort-wear staple, this stylish shape-shifter is a serious contender for most versatile wardrobe must-have.