Pulling out a piece that’s been in my wardrobe for a long time always feels a little bit like coming home. I’ve actually had this navy, novelty-chiffon kimono since Spring 2014.
It’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece, I’ve never seen anything quite like it in a store. It’s light enough to wear in spring and fall without being heavy or bulky. It packs without wrinkling, and with the hem hitting at the top of the thigh, it’s my perfectly-preferred-kimono-length.
The fabric is a single color, novelty square pattern against a sheer chiffon background, which means that it’s interesting enough to not be boring, but without needing to be a busy print.
I love this kimono not just because of its features – I love how I feel when I wear it, and I love the memories attached to it. I love the memories of getting the fabric, and of making it, and of wearing it. Remembering that it basically acted like my fall jacket for a whole fall one year when I would add it over a sweater and then throw a scarf on, to top it off.
I made this kimono as one of the pieces in a year of wearing only clothes made-by-me. I remember walking through Time Square, realizing that the weather had turned just a little too cold for this single kimono to be enough of a jacket, then realizing that I should probably start thinking about making enough sweaters to get through a New York City winter.
But mostly I love that this kimono has been in my wardrobe for long enough to accumulate these memories in association with it. And how, every time I see it, I remember those memories.
What I’m wearing…
Kimono: Made-by-me in Spring 2017.
Shirt: The Babe with the Power Tee in black from Hello, Oui Fresh
Jeans: Straight skinny jeans from Uniqlo
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’
Beaded Cuff Bracelets: made-by-me.
Wrapped Bracelets: two necklaces wrapped into bracelets.
Sunglasses: From Ricky’s (unfortunately, they don’t appear to have sunnies online)
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