Kimono Outfit with Denim Shorts

Last week I styled a robe jacket that got mixed reviews. I was really pleased by how much everyone seemed to like the outfit, especially considering that most didn’t really care for the jacket. I took that as a huge compliment. Today I’m styling the sister wardrobe piece to the robe jacket, a sheer kimono. Hopefully I’ll fare as well with this one!

When I walked downstairs dressed in this outfit, my husband took one look at me and said, “Well hello, Mrs. Roper.” (Haha!)

Mrs. Roper references aside, I really do think this is a fun outfit . . . I’m just not sure where I’d wear it. It’s a little too dramatic for me, but I do appreciate the look — especially for younger women. Not that older women can’t pull it off, but I think it’s more difficult at our age to look chic in a kimono and not like we’re trying too hard. If your personal style is more boho-chic, you’ll probably do better with a kimono outfit than someone with a more classic style.

how to style a kimono for summer

Both the kimono and the embroidered top are Lucky Brand. I kind of cheated on styling this outfit because they were pictured together on the website. I was planning to style the kimono over a white tee with the denim shorts, but I’m glad I went with the red top instead. I think white might be too stark against the color palette of the kimono and the mid-wash denim shorts. The red top helps keep the look cohesive, and the embroidered detail is fun.

Lucky Brand Marquee Tile Kimono with embroidered top and denim shorts

If this top looks too short, it’s because it has tie straps, and I think I had them tied too tight. It’s really cute and has a great shape to it, but it does take some time to get the straps tied just right. I like that they’re adjustable, though, and they do seem to stay tied. I mean, if the didn’t, that could be quite embarrassing. If red isn’t your thing, it also comes in yellow and blue. For size reference, I’m wearing the medium.

kimono outfit with denim shorts and embroidered tank -- a stylish street chic summer outfit for your summer style inspiration!

For accessories, I wore my pave pendant and beaded hoops, also Lucky Brand. They have that same modern boho vibe that isn’t to dressy or too casual, and they work perfectly with this outfit. I wear each of these pieces a lot, both together and separately; they just seem to go with so many things.

FYI, right now Lucky Brand jewelry is BOGO 50% off, so if you’ve had your eye on these, now is a great time to grab them!

how to wear a kimono for summer

I also happened to notice that Lucky Brand has 30% off select women’s shoes right now, and there are a lot of cute summer sandals included! For this outfit, I wore my Sam Edelman gold thong sandals.

I tried on a chunky heel, but I felt like it was too much with the dramatic kimono. Again, it would look awesome on someone younger with somewhere fun and trendy to wear an outfit like this, but for my over-40 crowd, I wanted to keep the look as relevant as possible.

Lucky Brand Marquee Tile Kimono with embroidered top and denim shorts

Finally, these are my AG Hailey denim shorts in 10 Years Day Off. I actually purchased these on Amazon because I had a gift card. I tried a few of the AG Hailey shorts during their Friends & Family sale, and they don’t all fit the same, which is odd since they are all called The Hailey. This pair is by far my favorite, but it must be from last season because I can’t find them in stock anywhere else. FYI, LOFT has a similar style that is currently on sale for $39.50.

kimono outfit with denim shorts and embroidered tank -- a stylish street chic summer outfit for your summer style inspiration!

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washed embroidered top // marquee tile kimono // AG denim shorts (similar for less) // pave pendant & beaded hoops (all Lucky Brand jewelry BOGO 50% off) // gold sandals // similar gold clutch here and here

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!

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