I’ll have what she’s having…going bold in a kimono-inspired jacket

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Over the weekend, D. and I went out for an actual sit-down dinner for the first time in a few weeks. Among a sea of women in oversized blazers, light wash jeans, and strappy sandals I spotted one young woman in a gorgeous red kimono-inspired print jacket with gold piping.

Dressed up casual outfit with a red kimono-inspired jacket.

earrings | jacket | top | bracelet | pants (similar) | sandals | bag

From the look of it, it was probably vintage or a one-off piece. (Above, a similar kimono jacket styled for a “dressed-up-casual” look.) It reminded me of what an instant “outfit maker” a kimono-inspired jacket or haori can be, and that I still have two in my closet just waiting for the next party or evening out.

Kimono-inspired jackets to elevate a casual outfit

Lightweight kimonos and haoris can be a great jacket alternative for warm seasons. They tend to go on and off trend, but are never really out of style. You don’t have to be full-on Bohemian to wear a kimono-inspired look, but shorter, less voluminous styles might be easier for most of us to wear.

AllSaints kimono jacket rust

Here’s a bold floral print that could work for you Vibrant Autumns.

(While few of the prints shown here fall solidly into one palette, I’ve made seasonal recommendations based on the overall look of the garment.)

Anthropologie kimono duster jacket black and white with floral motif.

This duster style with a black and white print border could work for you Winters.

Chico's geometric print kimono-inspired jacket.

If floral prints aren’t your thing, here’s a longer jacket with a geometric print. Could work for Springs and Autumns.

AllSaints kimono jacket light blue

Summers, here are your colors

AllSaints kimono-inspired jacket olive

I’m calling this one for Autumn, though I have to admit I’m tempted myself…

Misook simple kimono jacket in navy.

If a quieter print appeals to you, here’s one you might like. I think would be best for Summers.

More haori and kimono-inspired jackets…

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