Is it possible to dress yourself without checking the mirror?
If you know what works on you!
Here is a taste of what I will look like in 50 years- crazy and man repellant hopefully retired in SF. When we were lead into the closet showroom, I spotted this palm tree/floral kimono with Star Wars inspired sleeves by Natalie Wood. Unfortunately the closest mirror in our proximity were the staff bathrooms but I was too embarrassed to clop through the cubicles in my platforms so I styled everything according to what I thought would look good in my head and the feedback from Tania and Priscilla.
So here we go. The breakdown according to my diagram:
Heavy vs. Light
I always love a pair of leather shorts-a relatively structured ‘heavy’ material to contrast the fluidity of the kimono (light).
Cropped vs. Long
All things are relative when it comes to layering. While the overall outfit is quite short, the kimono sleeves cover the entire length of my arms. To balance out the voluminous top, I paired it with the One Teaspoon leather shorts (it has this really cool raw edge skort).
Kimono jackets are surfacing both on the runway (hello Dries, A.Wang) and on the high street (bonjour ASOS/H&M) so needless to say this is the time-based garment of the moment.
Cat eye sunglasses hail the 50?s and 60?s. The kimono jacket is reminiscent of Paul Poiret’s work in the 1800?s. Playing up the stylized idea of the east (Orientalism) and fluid silhouettes, this look reminds me of a twist on Poiret’s work particularly the Confucius Coat.
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