These days, we have such a variety of popular styles to express our fashion. One staple piece among fashion-forward celebrities and comfort-seeking stoners alike is the kimono. Any outfit can benefit from the addition of the right kimono, depending on what type of look you’re going for. This piece adds comfort and aesthetic dynamic when styled well; so, let’s look to some of the most fashionable celebrities for the best, or maybe the worst, kimono styling ideas. 

What is a Kimono?

Traditional kimonos are the central piece of traditional Japanese dress. Today, kimonos can be seen in Western fashion as a part of any style with a wide variety of different outfits. In Western fashion, kimonos are typically worn as outerwear rather than a primary piece. The defining aspects of a kimono include the T shape that is formed when the sleeves are stuck straight out, along with the flowy, drapey fit.

Who Wore It Better: Celebrity Kimono Edition

We can only describe kimono fashion so much; let’s look at some examples of this statement piece in action. These celebrities each rock their kimono in a way that represents their distinctive style, but who wears the kimono best?    



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Queen B was seen at an All-Star game wearing a long Gucci kimono over a white T-shirt and a pair of ripped jeans. Her outfit is trendy as ever, and, at the same time, you’ve gotta be jealous of how comfy she looks with the kimono draped over herself in the second picture.


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Going the glamorous route, Rihanna rocked a black kimono that connects in the front, with miles of leg popping out underneath. If anyone would know how to take a fashion piece known for being loose and boxy and make it sexy, it’s no surprise that it would be Rihanna.


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Miley Cyrus

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Miley styled her kimono most casually. She went with a short kimono and, like Beyonce, put it on over a simple white shirt and blue jeans. But, unlike Beyonce, she kept the accessories simple as well with some flip-flops and wire sunglasses.


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Vanessa Hudgens 

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We couldn’t talk about kimonos without discussing one of the queens of bohemian fashion, Vanessa Hudgens. She looks so cool with her green kimono, tassels swinging with her step, layered over an already layered, embroidered black dress. The black boots complete the outfit without overshadowing it.  


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Kendall Jenner 

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Kendall turned her long kimono into a posh airport outfit by keeping a beige color scheme other than her faded blue jeans. Though simple, her heels and plain shirt let the kimono shine as the focal point of her look. 


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Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba contrasted her bright yellow silk kimono with an otherwise all-black outfit. She went with a long, plain black dress under the even longer kimono and black heels to compliment it all. It seems there has been a trend with the celebrities opting to keep the rest of the outfit simple to pull all focus to the kimono, and her use of contrasting shades takes that idea to the next level. 


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Harry Styles

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Hey boys, kimonos aren’t just for girls! Harry Styles rocked a short, silk kimono for a Gucci shoot. This brightly colored men’s kimono with paisley print is probably not something any of us would think to put over a grey, plaid suit. But, the stark difference between the two styles works in a weird way.


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Gigi Hadid


Gigi Hadid went with similar color contrast to Jessica Alba, but Gigi went more in the street style direction. The black crop top with black jeans under the kimono puts an extra cute spin on the outfit as a whole.


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Final Thoughts


Kimonos are not just comfortable and fashionable, but they’re incredibly versatile as well. As shown by several different celebrities, endless looks can be created with this statement piece. Whether you want to be trendy like Beyonce, sexy like Rihanna, or laid back like Miley, kimonos are great to add to any outfit or wear as the central piece of your outfit!