SS14 has brought us some spectacular trends but two in particular have caught my eye. With summer, came the lovely flowing kimonos. With festivals, came the boho chic tassels. Mix these two styles together and what do you get? A rather beautiful creation known as the tassel or fringed kimono. Here are just a few of my favourites:
Boohoo Cornelia Geo Print Tassel Kimono | £10 (was £15)
Although this kimono is also available in pink which is my all-time favourite colour, it was this vibrant turquoise shade that really stood out to me. The contrast with the dark background and even darker tassels allows the chic aztec print to be the focal point of your outfit. I would style the rest of the outfit very simply with neutrals and denim or perhaps a bit of leather. However, to dress it up a bit, I would accessorise with statement peachy-pink jewellery and maybe even throw a few dashes of gold in there too.
First of all, unfortunately both of these items are out of stock *cries*. However, I decided to include them because I really love the style! Also, I couldn't find any other kimono-style scarves that are in stock, so picked my favourites. They provide a great way to keep warm on a chilly summer's evening (incredibly common in Scotland) while still embracing the floaty feeling of the kimono. Also, come autumn and even winter - you now have a scarf to keep warm underneath that new duffel coat! This is a great piece for use all year round and I am very tempted to DIY my own. If all goes well, you will see a tutorial on this blog!
Glamorous Fringed Kimono Top | £17 (RRP £39)
Glamorous are a Manchester-based label that feature many unique and trendy prints, perfect for partywear. They also incorporate a vintage feel into many of their designs, and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending an afternoon browsing their gorgeous items. There is a great sale on at the moment so I suggest you give their site a visit! I found this gem on ASOS for a reduced price with most sizes still available at the time of writing. The print seems somewhat oriental but with a modern twist which is why I love it. Add the floaty kimono cut and the boho tassles and this is one stunning top indeed.
Similar to the kimono scarf, this crochet cardigan is a perfect transition piece from summer to autumn or to cover up in chilly evenings. It is ideal for those who can't bear to give up the kimono-lifestyle once summer leaves us - don't worry, I've got you covered. The piece looks so cosy and soft due to the crochet effect while the light material provides a feminine touch. Practical and beautiful - just what I like!
I have for you lovely readers another top-notch gem from Glamorous. Slightly more expensive this time, but the dainty white blossom print and the detailed tassels were just too pretty to ignore. I love the knotted effect at the beginning of the tassels and in fact recently found a tutorial on how to create this effect yourself - check it out. I can't wait to try it out!
If you are unsure as how to style a kimono or a fringed kimono, check out this great article by New Look. They also have many gorgeous variations on the two trends!
Have you got your tassel kimono yet? And would you like a tutorial on a DIY kimono scarf if I manage to make one? I can't find a tutorial anywhere!