EVERYONE NEEDS- A Summer Kimono
All hail the short kimono! The sexier, more flamboyant, younger cousin of the trusty bum-covering cardigan. I've got a few in my wardrobe and regularly wear them with skinny jeans, over a cami, with a heavy dose of jewellery. I love that they aren't clingy, they cover my arms and always fit, even when I've eaten all of the cake.
In October I'll be rolling this vibrant pink Stories of Poem number up, and taking it off on an adventure. I've got a flight booked to Bangkok, and whilst I don't have an itinerary yet, I have a real desire to head back up to Chiang Mai to investigate the craft scene there. I'm hoping to visit Lauren from The Kindcraft who I meet a few years ago in Luang Prabang, and then will be heading down to my secret paradise on Ko Lanta (sorry, I'm not willing to share that place just yet!). And so yes, after an outing to Camp Bestival in a couple of weeks, this little hand embroidered boho beauty will come away and protect me from night time mosquitos, blazing sunlight and over zealous air conditioning units.
I've illustrated the same kimono above on a size 8, but sadly for you (and a big bonus for me!), this kimono is a one off. Helen, from Stories of Poem, sources her fabric from India and hand sews the garments in the UK. Contact her via Instagram here or keep an eye on the Daughter of A Bohemian page for more details of their London based concept store. They will be stocking the brand amongst a whole range of other independent labels.
I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink.
On the size 14 model, I've illustrated this Elina Ruffled Kimono from Anthropologie, which is available in one size fits all, and is £88. And on the size 20 is this Free People Kiss The Sky Embroidered Kimono, available in one size fits all for £108. It's covered in tropical birds, flowers and ombre tassles. What's not to love?
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