The word "kimono" is used very loosely in regards to this top as it is much evolved from the traditional. The fact that I even called it a top is a sign because in traditional form it would be called a full length robe. It is typically made in elaborately handmade, patterned & decorated variations of silk fabric. The pattern of the kimono can determine the season in which it would be worn. Butterflies and cherries would be resemblance of spring, water elements are common during the summer. We have evolved the kimono from an extremely symbolic & formal garment to a casual ready-to-wear variation of a cardigan. One fascinating fact is that in traditional Japanese fashion the length of the sleeve dictates marital status. Single women's kimonos have longer sleeves, signifying they are not married and tend to be more elaborate.
Here I've paired a striped knit kimono with an l.b.d. (little black dress) which I must say I don't own many, but this is a keeper and would look great on anyone. It's at a flattering length with side slits at the knee, mock neck and short sleeves in a stretchy ribbed fabric that provides great shaping. Finishing the look with beautiful lace up tie black suede sandals.
KIMONO & DRESS: H&M, SHOES: STEVE MADDEN