Kimono Love, Why This Piece Will Be Your Go-To Wardrobe Favourite

When I was packing my suitcase for a two-week whirlwind trip to South Africa, my vibrant fuchsia Meiling kimono was the first piece that went in. Crafted from a cotton blend with a single silver loop as an accent, it turned out to be just what I needed for Cape Town’s temperate weather and relaxed, laid-back vibe. 
Not only did I pair it with everything from a classic pair of jeans to my African print swimsuit, as a dress, my Kimono even worked back to front. 
In the front, it looked like any stunning wrap dress, but when turned around, the V-shaped neckline sunk deep at my back and the high collar became a focal point at the front with its singular  silver loop.  
People requested it, they called to order and it allowed Meiling and I to continue a conversation we began 12 months prior about collaborating on a fashion capsule (nothing before its time right).  
When we launch the fashion capsule on May 3rd, the kimono will take centre stage with a few key changes from its South African variant. 
The side slits are higher to accommodate and show a pair of contrasting pants (the PJ bottom from the collection) or to allow for a bit more sensuality if wearing the kimono on its own. We also made the silhouette closer the body and gave the T-shaped garment a fabric reboot. Our capsule will feature a range of silks (pure and faux) in bold prints and standard black.
You’re going to love when this piece takes centre stage at Girls Night Out, The Fashion Party and Shopping Experience at Ruupa candles and Fragrance Bar on May 3rd. at an invitation-only event. It will be available off the rack at 6 Carlos Street, Woodbrook the day after its launch. Until then, here are my favourite ways to wear this central wardrobe piece.
You can wear a kimono dress on its own. It’s such a stunning piece by itself worn as a  dress with its billowy sleeves and a  belt to bring it all together. Ours, as I mentioned before, can be worn back to front and a little bit off the shoulder, if desired. 
I also love my kimono with jeans or a pair of leggings  with a simple tank or satin top. If I had to give any advice especially when getting one of the bold prints we have in the capsule, I’d select the colours of your shoes by the shades of kimono pattern. But who needs rules in fashion?
For a casual vibe, the kimono always looks fantastic with sneakers and shorts. They are also perfect at the beach as a cover-up, aviator glasses et al.  


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4 Comments. Leave new

Phoebe-Ann Edwards
April 23, 2018 11:05 am

Love it Judette!

Forward Forty
April 24, 2018 4:13 pm

Means a lot Phoebe Ann, thanks so much

Jo Anne edwsrds
April 23, 2018 8:49 pm

Beautiful as Always JudettE

Forward Forty
April 24, 2018 4:12 pm

Thank you so much Jo

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