Festival Style – Three Ways To Wear A Kimono

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

As promised, a festival style post with my new favourite garment, the kimono. It’s such obvious festival wear I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about it before…

But that was before I came across these wispy light and beautifully hand-sewen designs from Still Waters at the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer event I attended recently. Just launched earlier this year, the small label is run by two London based but originally from Edinburgh sisters with a penchant for the exotic, exciting and an urge to capture their uncontainable wanderlust in beautiful silhouettes and fabrics. What is so brilliant about these kimonos is that you throw one on and you’ve instantly got an incredible outfit which is guaranteed to make you stand out.

Anyway, now that we’re slap bang in the middle of festival season, I thought a bit of fresh festival inspiration was needed – yes, yes, I know I love flower crowns too but they are everywhere, right? Though if you fancy, check out my DIY wildflower crown tutorial here. But back to the kimonos – a big thank you to Kristen and Jenna for lending these out to me to photograph and let me preface with the admission that, yes, I’ve kept the jewellery and shoes the same for each look, but these are my current daily staples, and I can’t think of more perfect and protecting footwear for crowded dusty fields than Birkenstocks (I picked these black Arizonas up for just £26 on Amazon – who knew?).

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First up, raver meets LA beach bum. I am completely in love with this fluro wolf tee from Skinniebelle – I’m having to limit myself to wearing it every other day at the moment. But its neon yellow and fierce wolf make it ideal festival garb. The cutoffs are not only my favourite for their perfect ripping and pockets on show, but are my most comfortable, another absolute must for a festival. Shorts by Zara (£12.99 in sale)Gogo Philip and Annina Vogel necklaces and rings.

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival StyleStylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

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Second is a relaxed monochrome soft jersey look, brought to life by the tassels and grey and pink hues of the kimono. I should add that there’s just something about these kimonos that makes you want to gather the soft fabric around your shoulders and come over all smouldering sex kitten! The racer boy pants are also from Skinniebelle (I’m nearing obsessed with this online boutique) and old Topshop Boutique vest top. 

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

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And the last look is the most bohemian – a long flowing dress with a cool cutout at the back (this is another brilliant find, American label Hearts Are Vacant, also from Skinniebelle). I love the strong contrast of the grey and red and just the nonchalant simplicity of wearing two unstructured garments. I think this is probably my favourite look of the three. What do you think? Is a kimono the perfect festival garb? Which is your favourite look?

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style Stylonylon - UK fashion blogger - Festival Style

Handmade kimonos by Still Waters.