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Spring Into Kimonos

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Our style, at its core, is the image we give off to the world. Loud or subtle, minimal or extravagant, all style and fashion has a place to be appreciated. It isn’t wrong to draw from other cultures to influence your own personal style; one must be willing step outside of the style box to be fashionable. This spring season, consider looking east to the land of the rising sun: Japan. The Japanese have excellent style, and one thing to adopt has to be the famous kimono. Lightweight, versatile and luxurious, the kimono will make a great vibrant layering piece to add to your spring collection.

Kimonos are known for their beautiful patterns. I find floral patterns to be ravishing, but each to his own. It’s also worth noting that I love my blacks and greys. Who’s to say you can’t wear them in the spring? With the right pant, shoe and shirt combo, you can still be and look like celebrity. Pair the rich black floral kimono with some upscale black denim (don’t settle for any pants less than $150; they’re probably trash,) and a fun vintage printed t-shirt. Finish the look off with a fresh pair of shades. I opt for some round-frames, but it’s up to you. The monochromatic look will leave those around you feeling inadequate due to your icon-like look. You, my friend, will look like a rockstar.

Spring is warm, but there is a still breeze blowing through, a fresh chill if you will. In this case, the color palette will shift into something lighter, more playful. Try a lighter wash of denim, or maybe if you fancy a clean pair of lightweight chinos, go with that. My base color of grey is still going to be present; I can’t get enough it. Once that foundation is laid, it’s time to for the pièce de résistance: the jubilant light green kimono, with the floral patterns of course. This look screams troublesome, playful youth. If the sun is bright outside, who cares? You don’t need sunglasses; you’re too busy looking exciting and meddlesome.

Fashion has seen the long-line t-shirt. What’s next? The long-line kimono. Mine is blue, so I’m going to pair with some neutrals, but they come in a variety of colors, so it lends itself to be very versatile. This devilish item is bound to get you some looks, but for the bad reasons. Thoughts of “Wow, he must be important.”, “Is he royalty?”, and “He’s probably dangerous since he’s wearing such a bold piece,” will flood the minds of your peers. Let it be known that you’re not to be messed with. The long-line kimono is the modern twist on glorious history, and any opponents should be ready to have bold bruise on their face for criticizing your bold kimono.

Allow yourself to expand your style this season; no one likes a stagnant person. The kimono will add an interesting, vibrant and dangerous attitude to your outfits. You’ll definitely the main interest in every room you walk into. Gentlemen, take some power, some assertion, and become the alpha male with the kimono.

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