Kimono jacket

Angie's blog post today prompts me to post this photo. 

Here is a Biba kimono jacket purchased on consignment and never worn out of the house. I find it really hard to style. I do plan to try Angie's suggestions, of course, but perhaps seeing it here gives you a clue why it is tricky. 

Here, I thought it conflicted with the neckline of the dress. 

But it seems to hit me at a weird place, too, and is a little too stiff to be really drapey. It has a belt (wearing it here but not pulled all the way closed) and can also be worn open. There are pockets right on the hip, which is a bit odd, too. 

Maybe I just need to pass it along. Or maybe try it with my slouchy skinnies? I think I was actually wearing those when I bought the thing....

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  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago
    What about wearing it open, like a cardigan with slim bottoms?
  • Raisin replied 7 years ago
    It's very pretty Suz!  I would try it with jeans and a nice tee, it could work like a dressy cardi or blazer.  
  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Can you remove the belt? I would try it open over skinny jeans, of course I would do black on vp black but how would it look with your white jeans? It does look like a dressy piece. It's gorgeous.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I like this for your arty side. Try it with jeans or maybe over a navy sheath dress.

  • Krista replied 7 years ago
    Love this on you! I think you can remix it some way.  This jacket reminds me of these pictures I saw on Pinterest where these women are wearing something similar with dark flares.... any inspiration here?
  • replied 7 years ago
    It looks fine to me, but I totally get it about the stiffness/drape factor. Sometimes the hand of a fabric is a deal-breaker for me.

    How about worn open with your slouchy skinnies and your AT blue leopard blouse? 
  • Mochi replied 7 years ago
    I'm very curious to see it open as well, Suz. 

    I think that at the end of the day, it's the sleeves that pose the most issues. They can dwarf anyone, particularly someone like you with a delicate build. I do like the artiness of this piece on you. Black is also an intense color for you, but maybe mixed with some grey to lighten it up? And with skinny jeans? It could work!
  • texstyle replied 7 years ago
    I'd love to see this worn open with a colorful dressy tank under it and skinny jeans and bold belt worn on the jeans.
  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago
    It's beautiful, Suz! I second the idea of creating shape underneath by tucking or belting the top, and then wear it straight as an open jacket. It would probably go with a number of your bottoms this way, as long as they are tailored/narrow/skinny.
  • Suz replied 7 years ago
    Thank you all! I will try it with jeans and maybe a tee or some other top underneath. I have a feeling that Claire's identified one key problem. The fabric might simply not be drapey enough, but it is worth a few attempts anyway. Love those photos, Krista! 

    Mochi, you raise another excellent concern. It is something about the sleeves. These ones are just a bit stiff and so...well...they stand out. And it does feel as if it dwarfs me, somehow. Hmmmm. 
  • rae replied 7 years ago
    I think it'd look really nice with a simple tank and bf jeans!
  • Thistle replied 7 years ago
    I think you have some great suggestions above.  I wouldn't give up on the jacket. It is so pretty and very much fits your style.
  • Angie replied 7 years ago
    Ah! Fun :)

    It's that waist tie getting in the way :(

    Lets see BF jeans, high necked layering piece (but not a shirt), heels and clutch. And then we'll see what to do about the tie, Suz-San.
  • Suz replied 7 years ago
    Tee hee, Angie!! 

    Okay - will do. Will aim for pics a little later. 
  • rachylou replied 7 years ago
    I like it a lot. I will admit I'm used to seeing you in completely symmetrical outlines (re. the two necklines). I wonder what would happen if you replaced the tie with a hook at the waist.

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