Kimonos: The Original Influencers

Kimonos are nothing new; they’ve been worn by women and men dating back to the 1300’s but even in 2020 they’re still the cover of choice for everything from morning coffee to black-tie cocktails.  The word kimono is derived from two words, 'ki' which means 'wearing'--specifically on the upper body--and 'mono', which means 'thing'. Perhaps that explains it’s flexible and flowy nature. Discover why kimonos are still the cover of choice for everything from morning coffee to black-tie cocktails and find out how to wear kimonos here!

History aside, Johnny Was is synonymous with kimonos, from the easy-on poolside coverup to our limited edition kimonos in patchwork silk prints. “Johnny Was has always been about defying trends and crossing cultures,” says Catherine Nation, EVP of Retail and Marketing, who is meditating here in one of her favorites from a few seasons back, but check out the Coastal Kimono for something similar.  “Regardless of your personal style, we like to think we design kimonos to suit everyone and now when our team is all working from home, they’re becoming an easy way to dress up your everyday,” adds Catherine. Here are a few of our favorites that our Johnny Was Team is wearing at home. Scroll down to see their #WFHSTYLE

Amy, assistant manager at our Southlake, Texas, store sports the Onyx Kimono, which is a patchwork print on one side, and a subtle floral when reversed. One of the easiest ways to wear this lightweight mid-length version is just slipped over your denims and a white tee.

Briana, store manager in our Tampa, FL, store scooped up the Cropped Kimono, which is from our latest collection. Crafted from Ramie Linen, which is derived from the flax plant, it’s a fresh take on this classic silhouette with a slightly shorter hemline. The shorter styles are great in warmer temps and we love them topping a maxi since it creates a nice line and contrast with the long dress. Also, a great way to dress up summer shorts.

Shaina, store manager in our Chicago, IL, store is peacing out on her couch in the Tropical Coat  -  for a similar full-length kimono look try the Long Fiori Coat. This maxi cover is perfect as a casual robe but also looks great topping a maxi dress (we like it with a hint of hemline poking out from beneath the jacket) or topping a loose trouser like our Melrose Pant or our Relaxed Fleece Jogger.

For more kimono ideas head on over to our Kimono Summer Edit. Also, don’t forget to post pics of how you wear this Johnny Was classic and tag us with #JohnnyWasHere

Finally, we hope you’re all staying safe, connecting with friends and loved ones at a healthy distance and taking care of yourselves.