Try This: Winter Kimono

Hello friend! With some cooler weather upon us, I have been playing with layers. One of the newest layering pieces I found is a winter kimono or ruana. What makes them “winter” is that they are made out of thicker fabrics than their summery counterparts. I have been wearing my winter ruana, the Anthropologie Mixed Stripes Kimono, non-stop. Let me show you how I am styling it.

Two ways to style a kimono or ruana. Try a work appropriate day look as well as a casual fun look. Anthropologie mixed stripes kimono review | J Crew tissue turtleneck | leather leggings | leather skirt | pattern mixing outfit | work outfit | fall outfit | fall layers.

Ruana vs. Kimono vs. Poncho vs. Cape

First and foremost, let’s get some definitions out of the way. Because if you are a stickler for definitions like I am, you are confused and frustrated with these words being used interchangeably. That’s because they are not in fact interchangeable. Each one of those items is a different type of clothing. So let’s get the definitions down before we go any further.

Poncho: I’ll start with a poncho as I think it is the one we are most familiar with. A poncho is an outerwear garment that is essentially a large piece of fabric (either square or rectangular) with a hole in it. To wear it, one simply slips it over the head. It has no sleeves or other openings.

Cape: A cape is similar to a poncho but it has an opening down the front which is usually sealed with a button closure. A cape also has slits for the arms to come through but no formed sleeves.

Kimono: A kimono is a long, open front cardigan with true sleeves. The sleeves are usually lose, as is the overall fit.

Ruana: A ruana is a cross between a poncho and a kimono. It has an opening down the front like a kimono. However, it does not have full sleeves like a kimono does. It may just have a stich or button to give the appearance of sleeves.

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Mixed Stripes Kimono or Ruana?

If you’ve understood the definitions of a kimono and ruana, you will note that the mixed stripes kimono is actually a ruana! Gasp! It’s been named wrong! I will refrain from calling the fashion police on this grave error because whatever the name of this item, I simply adore it. I love the thick and nubby texture. It is so cozy and comforting on chilly days. But I especially love the bold stripes. It makes for a striking outfit every time!

Mixed Stripes Kimono for Play

The first time I wore the ruana was for my weekend getaway trip to San Francisco. With the weather there being cooler than in Los Angeles, I wanted a chic outer layer. The mixed stripes kimono was just the right item. I paired it with a black sweater and jeans. The result was exactly what I was looking for: chic, comfortable, and warm.

Two ways to style a kimono or ruana. Try a work appropriate day look as well as a casual fun look. Anthropologie mixed stripes kimono review | J Crew tissue turtleneck | leather leggings | leather skirt | pattern mixing outfit | work outfit | fall outfit | fall layers.

To add another layer of warmth I wore my favorite quilted over the knee boots (get this year’s version on sale here) and of course cozy socks underneath.

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I then finished the look with my favorite necklace of the moment, the Brielle Statement Necklace. To top it all off I threw on a pair of sunnies. I thought the High Key in black fade added just the right amount of cool to the outfit.

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Mixed Stripes Kimono for Day

To change up the look for  day, I decided to wear the mixed stripes kimono with a skirt. I chose a pencil skirt because I feel they look best with longer cardigans. You can read more about what I pair with long cardigans in my duster cardigans post and cardigan sweater outfits post. For this particular look, I decided to be a little risque and pair the ruana with a leather pencil skirt.

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To keep it appropriate for day, I chose a light turtleneck for my top. However because I was ready to have some fun with patterns, I chose a striped turtleneck. I was excited to see how the two stripes paired together. I love a double stripe look, (remember this post?) Therefore I was looking forward to the result. Luckily, it did not disappoint. The stripes worked perfectly together. Check out my pattern mixing 101 post to learn more about that!

Two ways to style a kimono or ruana. Try a work appropriate day look as well as a casual fun look. Anthropologie mixed stripes kimono review | J Crew tissue turtleneck | leather leggings | leather skirt | pattern mixing outfit | work outfit | fall outfit | fall layers. Two ways to style a kimono or ruana. Try a work appropriate day look as well as a casual fun look. Anthropologie mixed stripes kimono review | J Crew tissue turtleneck | leather leggings | leather skirt | pattern mixing outfit | work outfit | fall outfit | fall layers.

For accessories I opted for a sharp looking high heeled bootie. With the length of the skirt and the ruana, I wanted to create some height for myself. As for the necklace, I chose the Brielle pendant. Because I wore these outfits on different days, I hadn’t noticed I had worn different versions of the same necklace. What can I say, I like filigree!

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In conclusion, whether we are calling it a kimono or a ruana, the mixed stripes kimono is going to be a major player in my wardrobe this season. I love how versatile it is. How would you wear it?

Color Crush: Burgundy and Blush

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As I started to put away my summer clothes in exchange for my fall items, I realized there were some pieces I didn’t want to entomb for the colder months. Most important of these were my blush toned items. While the softer pastel tones of the items called for warm weather, I knew I could make it fall appropriate. Thus I set about pairing it with more traditional autumnal colors. Once I paired it with burgundy, it was a match made in heaven. So let me share my ways to make burgundy and blush work for you this season.

burgundy and blush fall outfit

For the first outfit, I went for a simple color-blocked look with this lovely Charming Charlie blouse. The colors play off of each other perfectly. I chose nude pumps so not to detract from the beautiful colors.
burgundy and blush

Another option is to incorporate burgundy in a print. This is demonstrated in the floral kimono below. While there are many colors in the kimono, the predominant one is burgundy. Because the item is so large, I chose to add multiple bits of blush to break up the large expanse of burgundy.

burgundy and blush with a fall florals kimono

For a fun casual look, I paired my blush leather jacket with a lace burgundy shirt.

burgundy and blush in a leather and lace outfit

As I’ve said before, I like to add interest to the outfit by bringing in multiple textures. That applies here too with the mix of leather, denim and lace.

burgundy and blush with lace and leather

The fun doesn’t have to stop with the clothes. You can use the color palette in your accessories as well. Therefore, try pairing a beautiful blush tone statement earring with a burgundy top. Furthermore, the femininity of this particular earring is a nice contrast to the innate masculinity of a plaid shirt.

burgundy and blush with plaid shirt and baublebar primrose soft floral drops earrings

Another option is to pair a burgundy scarf with a blush tee. This is also an opportunity to bring in a print as I did with this polka dot scarf.

burgundy and blush with a square polka dot scarf and lace tee

Finally, your accessories can achieve the burgundy and blush combination on their own. This concept is perfectly illustrated below with the blush bag and shoes. While the larger pieces are blush, the small burgundy scarf tied around the purse’s strap results in a perfect contrast.

burgundy and blush accessories

Following the examples above, I hope burgundy and blush will become a go-to color combination for you.

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One Item Four Ways: Striped Turtleneck

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One item four ways for Romwe burgundy turtleneck

It’s time for another installment of one item four ways. For this post, I will be featuring this mock turtleneck from Romwe.

Romwe Burgundy Striped High Neck T-shirt

When Romwe reached out for a collaboration, I immediately picked this mock turtleneck. Now, be assured, they have much more fun and flirty items. But I wanted a staple piece to take me into fall. I had been looking for some burgundy prints, so this top suited me perfectly. I ordered the medium and plotted outfit choices in my head.

By the time the item arrived, I had so many options, I decided to do a one item four ways post. My first outfit features the turtleneck paired with one of my favorite fall pieces, the fall floral kimono. The colors pair perfectly and the pattern play adds a lot of interest to the outfit.

One item four ways for Romwe burgundy turtleneck and Target floral kimono

Next I chose a more work appropriate look. I paired the shirt with a fun floral skirt. The burgundy in the top and skirt keep the look cohesive.

One item four ways for Romwe burgundy turtleneck with anthropologie floral skirt

For a third pairing, I chose a fun color combination I like to wear in the fall: burgundy and blush. I added some contrast to the preppy look by choosing a moto jacket and edgy statement necklace.

One item four ways for Romwe burgundy turtleneck with pink leather jacket

Another look centers around the pairing of the stripes with plaid. This combination is another pattern mix that I adore in the fall.

One item four ways for Romwe burgundy turtleneck with plaid shirt

Truthfully, I had a very easy time putting together multiple outfits for this top. So I will give you a bonus one. For the last look, I paired the shirt with an olive shirt dress. I had previously done a one item four ways post on Instagram with this dress. I adore its versatility. So I had to pair these two versatile items together. The result is a winning look, don’t you think?

One item four ways for Romwe burgundy turtleneck and anthropologie olive green shirt dress

I am so pleased I got this striped turtleneck. It will definitely be a staple in the fall. Do you have any other suggestions on how to wear it?

Try This: Fall Kimono

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As we head into fall, I thought I had to put away my kimonos. This thought saddened me. I was enjoying wearing kimonos because they are a fun light layer. Then I discovered something at Target (of course!) Introducing the fall kimono!

A fall kimono is usually of darker color and may also be made of a more substantial fabric than its summer counterparts. I purchased the Floral Kimono Jacket Purple/Green.

Target Women's Floral Kimono Jacket Purple/Green - Merona™

From my summer kimono outfits (as seen in this post), I knew I could make this work appropriate. So I wore it right away to work paired with the J. Crew mixed stripe pencil skirt and a blush pink t-shirt. Can we have a moment of appreciation for this skirt?  The vertical striped panel on the sides is so flattering. All in all, the elements of this outfit make it a perfect fall transition look. It has some fall colors in it but is still light and airy enough to last through the late summer warmth.

Fall kimono with Target Women's Floral Kimono Jacket Purple/Green - Merona™ and J Crew mixed strip pencil skirt

As for jewelry, I chose the Baublebar Lariat choker for my standout piece. Since the neckline of the shirt was so plain, I wanted a necklace with layered interest. I could have also gone with a large ornate statement necklace, but I think the simplicity of the choker did not detract from the overall look. Furthermore, the lariat style helped to break up an otherwise large expanse of simple pink t-shirt.

Fall kimono with Target Women's Floral Kimono Jacket Purple/Green - Merona™ and J Crew mixed strip pencil skirt and ilymix sunglasses

Another fun element I added was the Double Crossbar Metal Pantos Aviator SunglassesIlymix kindly gifted me these glasses and I couldn’t be happier. I have been searching for trendy shades and this pair is perfect. I love the fun shape of the lenses as well as the bar across the top. They fit my face perfectly.

Fall kimono with Target Women's Floral Kimono Jacket Purple/Green - Merona™ and J Crew mixed strip pencil skirt and Baublebar Lariat choker

I chose the gold frame with silver mirror lenses. See how fun they are when they catch the light? I adore them! Note also another way to wear the choker: loosely draped instead of tied in a bow.

Fall kimono with Target Women's Floral Kimono Jacket Purple/Green - Merona™ and J Crew mixed strip pencil skirt with baublebar lariat choker and ilymix double crossbar metal pantos aviator sunglasses

Will you be wearing kimonos this fall? How do you plan on styling them? Let me know in the comments!

One Item, Four Ways: Kimono

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In this series I will show items I style a minimum of 4 ways. I got this idea years ago when I was trying to expand my wardrobe. I had read an article to help choose versatile items to purchase. It advised imagining pairing a possible new purchase with four items already in your closet. The theory was that if you could, it was versatile enough and therefore worth the purchase. Before this advice I rarely mixed my pieces. I wore my outfits always as a fixed set (see my previous post about my style evolution here). But this article got me to change my ways. Now I always think about how many ways I can pair an item with existing pieces in my closet before I purchase it.

Today’s item is this lovely kimono from Target. When I first saw the product in the store, I was immediately drawn to it for the colors. I liked the combination of the pink, navy and purple hues. I also liked the fun pom pom details. I applied my rule of fours and realized I could easily wear this item in many different ways. So I purchased it, and have already worn it 5 times in 3 weeks.

kimono flat lay
Swimsuit: Aerie (old)

I initially wore it on vacation over my striped swimsuit as a fun cover up. Bonus: I got some pattern mixing in, you know how much I love that!

kimono dole
Tank: Uniqlo; shorts: Target

That same vacation, I made the item do double duty by wearing it with shorts and a tank to go sightseeing.

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Top: Gap; skirt: J Crew; pumps: Sam Edelman; bag: Rebecca Minkoff; jewelry: H&M

Back home, I challenged myself to style it for work. Pairing it with a bright pink skirt and navy tee made it very office appropriate, especially when finished with a pair of crisp white pumps.

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Tee: Target; jeans: Old Navy (I cut the hem myself); bag: Rebecca Minkoff; sandals: Sam Edelman

Lastly, my casual look with jeans and a neon tee. Simple but fun.

By switching around the same color combinations and items, you can easily create multiple outfits from one item. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.