The Kimono: A Perfect Transition.

Every year we face the all too familiar challenge of transitioning our wardrobes from Summer to Autumn. It’s an awkward phase of having to don jumpers and jackets every morning, and peeling them off when you’re boiling by mid afternoon. It’s incredibly difficult to dress appropriately until we’re well into Autumn and permanently in a thick jumpers and tights – but I have a few tips to make this transition a little easier!

We don’t need a whole new wardrobe, we can update our SS14 favourite pieces and wear them through Autumn. That floral co-ord you adored this summer? Don’t put it away just yet, simply add a pair of low denier tights, a leather jacket and a pair of boots and you’re instantly updated for Autumn and ready to tackle the bi-polar elements. The sleeveless dress you’re about to hibernate? Team it with a plain long sleeved top or a cute blouse and you can wear it all year round. 

But my ultimate favourite transition piece? The kimono!

Throughout summer, the kimono was our staple: we draped it over our floral maxi dresses, our Levi cut-off’s, and our dainty co-ords. We emulated festival goddesses to perfection, and we have the Instagrams to prove it. But now that festival season is over, is it time to retire our trusty garment? Certainly not. 

ARK Clothing has a selection of kimonos that are perfect for this transition period, these are my favourites:


Hearts and Bows Avril Monochrome Kimono | Hearts and Bows Kuebo Floral Kimono  


Kiss the Sky Velvet Black Kimono | Ark Floral Kimono

This Autumn is all about dramatic textures and soft layering, so consider teaming a longline floral kimono with dark jeans and heels for a flawless relaxed look. For an injection of 90’s Gothic Glamour, try layering a jet black kimono over your favourite velvet dress and a pair of chunky soled boots.  

I’ll be investing in something like ARK’s super versatile longline floral kimono, which would look amazing worn over jeans, high shine leggings and grungy dresses! It’s also in the sale and just £18 – style steal alert! 

Will you be layering with a kimono this Autumn? Post your outfit links below! 


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