The Fashion Column Twins: Kimono this season’s new layering piece

Usually when we think of layering, a cardigan or jacket pops in our heads. But there’s a new trend in town and we’re loving it! Kimonos are making a huge statement this season, and the best part is they come in so many different styles: There’s fringe, printed, chiffon, silk and many more options.

We love wearing them with dresses, shorts, jeans, or even skirts. They are the perfect lightweight layering piece to wear in summer heat, but you can also sport them in the fall with a heavier style.

How we style a kimono

Right now, our favorite way to wear the kimono is with a pair of shorts. Throw it on over a tank with some denim shorts and your summer look is complete!

You could also style your kimono over a summery dress with sandals. We love to throw it on with skinny jeans, a plain top and either sandals or flats. It just adds another layer of style that’s lightweight and will instantly dress up a plain look.

You could swap out the sandals for a pair of ankle boots with your jeans for a more fall-ready outfit.

Emily Kennedy in a kimono from Urban Outfitters.

How to find the best kimono

Right now you should be looking for kimonos that are made of a lightweight chiffon fabric to beat the heat.

In the fall, search for a kimono made of a velvet or heavier material. If you want more of a bohemian, hippie look, fringe trim is always a great option.

If you want to wear the kimono that’s a little more modern, look for one in a floral print or with lace detailing. The more feminine kimonos will have lace or crochet details, which is typically what we are drawn to. So go with what fits your style! Like we said, there are so many options, you’re bound to find one that fits your personal style.

Where to buy

Different kimono styles are popping up everywhere. PacSun, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Forever 21 and are some of our favorite retailers carrying kimonos right now

— Emily and Elizabeth Kennedy are twin sisters and fashion bloggers who share a blog called Fashion Column Twins. Emily writes this column. They can be reached at