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Friday, October 24, 2014

What To Do With a Printed Kimono


I wore this to a make-your-own-grilled-cheese birthday party.  Lemme tell ya, when you have 30-something year olds making grilled cheese, they are legit.  Artisan bread, gourmet cheeses, and a spread of toppings like basil, tomatoes, caramelized onions, pesto, chipotle aioli, and bacon.  Because...always bacon.


Let's forget the fact that my friend said I looked like I was wearing a nursing cover in this.  I love it and would wear it again.  But forget the nursing comment--the real problem is I would wear it again exactly like this.  


This was a piece I chose for my Golden Tote because I really liked the print (and didn't loooove a lot of the other choose-your-own options).  But I don't know how else I'd wear it besides with skinny jeans and a plain tee/tank.  I can't imagine it over the dresses I own since they're mostly a-line cuts, and baggy on top plus not form-fitting on bottom probably won't mix well.  Pencil skirt?  Trousers?  (Trousers that I probably don't own since I rarely have need for them...ha.)  I don't know!  Any ideas?

Or maybe dual use as a nursing cover ain't such a bad idea.



Shop for the Look:
Cardigan/Kimono thing*: c/o Golden Tote (similar, similarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Shoes: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact, larger version)

*I also don't know if this is a kimono or a cardigan.  Golden Tote called it a cardigan but the material is not at all sweater-like.  So, "cardigan/kimono thing" it is.  Kimonigan?  

25 comments:

  1. Maybe you could wrap it around you (like a wrap dress), and belt it with a thick, sturdy belt? Kind of like this: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=32494843

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  2. I could see it with khaki or navy skinny trousers, or maybe a navy shift dress or pencil skirt? It's a bit of a boxy piece so I can see the challenge!

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  3. It doesn't look like a nursing cover but you'd look great nursing in it. People say funny things don't they?! Anyway you look lovely. I have those heels, not worn them since May or June when I was still at work. Maybe at Christmas they'll come out for a party :)

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  4. See, I'm like you- I would have steered clear of the kimono cardigan because I wouldn't know how to wear it. But now that you mentioned it- I bet it would look AWESOME with a pencil skirt. Maybe grey or navy?

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  5. I don't think it looks like a nursing cover up either. It's very cool. You could belt it I think. It's not necessarily your style but you could wear it over a long sleeve top. Also anything flowy and white too. It would look great with a pencil skirt too.

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  6. First of all, I still don't believe you had a baby recently. You look amazing. Secondly, this is super cute, and I would try it belted maybe?? Over a pencil skirt? And lastly...take me to this party! Sounds like a dream come true!

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  7. the cape on the cornerFriday, October 24, 2014

    i just want grilled cheese. seriously, best party idea ever. also, totally not a nursing cover, would never have thought that.
    b

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  8. With the drapey kimonos out now, I use pins (sometimes pins and bits of ribbon) to tie it closed more like a robe, then add a belt over top. It has great drape in the front, so maybe there is a way to pin it closed so that you still get the almost ruffle effect in the front.

    For what to wear it over, I would pick lighter/softer colours and slim silhouettes. Also, see if there are tags you can remove so that you can wear it with the pink lining on the inside.

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  9. Looks like it would work well with a fitted tank dress or a tank dress with minimal flare. I could also see this with a tank top and navy, black or denim shorts for that in between season look. As everyone has said, you look amazing! Will you blog more about how you've kept up with your healthy eating habits pre&post baby?! I read up a little bit on the slow carb diet but I think so many of us are curious on how you've done it. Maybe dedicate a little series -putting me together: my healthy eating style????
    RB

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  10. I think with some shorts and sandals in summer and a simple tank...maybe over a dress with tights and boots for fall?
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  11. I like the shorts idea! I'll try it with all of my dresses and see if any silhouette I have works, but I have doubts. I need help thinking of which cut of dress it would work with!

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  12. i like the shorts idea! And thanks for your kind words! I wasn't planning to write more about my diet, but maybe I could do one more weekend post for it. Maaaaaaybe. (If I remember! haha) I responded a decent length more specifically about the diet in a comment in one of the two Jawbone UP posts. Can't remember which one, but if you skim the comments you'll see a lengthy comment from me in one of them.

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  13. Great idea to use the pin. I'll see if I can finagle this one somehow. Very creative to try to reverse it with the pink lining!!!

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  14. Wahahaha. It was the second time she had a grilled cheese party. George Foremans and griddles out. They provided bread and cheese, and everything else was potluck style to bring toppings and other cheeses if you wanted to.

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  15. Aw, thanks Bri! If you come to San Diego we can have a grilled cheese party! OH, I *might* visit Seattle for a few days the week after Thanksgiving. Maybe maybe maybe. Need to ask my supervisor if I can take those days off first.

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  16. Yessss, Christmas party. I hadn't worn them in a while because of pregnancy, so it was nice to break them out again.

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  17. Grilled cheese party? That pretty much sounds amazing!

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  18. A grilled cheese party?! I want to throw one now! That sounds amazing! Those jeans, by the way, look fantastic on you. I'm bummed that their jeans didn't work on me when I tried them out last weekend :( I'm not a fan of the kimono trend, to be quite honest, but I like the baggier on top + slim on bottom look.

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  19. Can you wrap it and belt it?

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  20. Ugh, I totally sympathize on the kimono thing! I got this really pretty floral one from a friend and have only worn it with a white tank and jeans... how exciting. I think the black(navy?)/light pink color scheme of your kimonosweaterthing would look amazing with maroon jeans, but maybe that's just because maroon is my favorite color ever, so. :)

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  21. I was definitely thinking maroon jeans as well. But, what DOESN'T go with maroon? <3!

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  22. My sis had a build your own grilled cheese one night, it was A-MAZ-ING! And I think you could totally rock this sweater with a pencil skirt. Shorts too, when it warms up just a little.

    -AJ

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