Luckily for me, kimono styles are perfect for just this conundrum. Breezy enough for summer-wear, but versatile enough to work with almost any outfit, these open-front jackets are ideal for warm days when you want a little extra style or coverage.
Infinitely wearable, kimono jackets and tops can be worn in a variety of ways; use them as a light outer layer, or belt them and try 'em as a top. Alternatively, these also make great swimsuit coverups. Plus, this easy garment is popular enough that you can find a design to match almost any preference. From patterned to plain, long to short, check out these 15 easy and chic kimono pieces — you might just find your new favorite summer style.
1. Cream Fringe
Lace Fringe Kimono, Sizes 14 - 24, $79, City Chic
This sheer kimono won't trap heat, but the pretty lace and fringe will add a serious dose of pretty to your favorite casual outfits. So go ahead, try a little extra romance in your wardrobe.
2. Printed Coverup
3. Antique Floral
4. Sophisticated Neutral
5. Hooded Mesh
6. Pattern Overload
7. Ombré Motif
Ombre Print Kimono, Sizes 14 - 24, $79, City Chic
This kimono style adds depth to a light, pretty print with some extra indigo goodness. Slip it on over your favorite leggings for an elevated lounge look.
8. Floral Duster
Matthew 9:21 Kimono Shawl, Sizes 1X - 3X, $198, Youtheary Khmer
If you're craving a little drama in your wardrobe this season, look no further. This side-slit black and white kimono is pure graphic appeal.
10. Black Lace
Black Lace Kimono, Sizes 10 - 28, $55, Evans
The lush lace fabrication of this jacket makes a classic shape anything but basic. For individuals like me who love black all year round, this lighter take on our favorite neutral is great for warmer months.
11. Moody Floral
Floral Kimono, Sizes 6 - 28, $29.49, SimplyBe
It doesn't get much dreamier than a lush, moody floral print on sheer chiffon. Perfect for boho babes and witchy romantics alike.
12. Vivid Mix
Lace Insert Kimono, Sizes 14 - 24, $79, City Chic
A bold, sunset hue gets softened with lavish lace insets in this vibrant design from City Chic. This piece is a little more dressed up than most kimono jackets, making it perfect for date night and beyond.
13. Subtle Ikat
Watercolor Ikat Print Kimono, Sizes 0X - 5X, $34.90, Lovesick
For a subtle dose of pattern, this sophisticated watercolor take on ikat prints is a great way to add interest to neutral shades. The light colors and breezy shape make this design a fabulous option for blazing, sunny days that turn into cool, breezy evenings.
14. Contrast Embroidery
Embroidered Kimono, Sizess 00X - 6X, $44.50, Torrid
Rich blue contrasts against creamy white in this embroidered kimono jacket for an ideal companion to your favorite denim. This style is a nice choice for someone looking for an extra dose of pretty without going over the top.
15. Animal Print
The Leigh Shrug, Sizes XXS - 6X, $40, Smart Glamour
It's hard to beat a classic, and this animal print shrug from Smart Glamour proves the power of an iconic pattern and design. Whether you use this style to bring a little Old Hollywood glamour to your favorite wiggle dress, or just to add a touch of panache to jeans and a tee, you'll look every inch the diva.
If you're looking for the perfect versatile summer piece to kick your warm weather looks up a notch, the kimono jacket packs a lot of style into a simple silhouette. As these 15 stunning plus size designs prove, it's the details that make the outfit.
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