Kimono Dress & Fancy Friday linkup

kimono style dress

Here in the Netherlands you hardly see that kimonos are worn. Every summer I see mostly American bloggers parading in the most beautiful colorful creations, often worn on shorts for such a wonderful boho festival style. But it is rarely worn here. I am wearing a kimono style dress today!

Kimono dress from Japanblack and white dress

I can still remember my grandmother having a beautiful one in the 70’s. My grandfather then worked for Honda and went to the Honda factory in Japan and brought a real silk Japanese kimono for my grandmother. What a shame it has never been preserved! I have to do it with a kind of kimono dress!

Black and white printed kimono dresskimono dress with rose gold sandals

I wore this dress as a kimono, but today I wear a dress in a kimono style. With the typical wide sleeves. Do you know that kimono actually means, what someone wears? And that the belt is called an obi? There is a whole culture around the kimono. Very nice to read. This dress is not made of silk, but because of the black/white print and the sleeves it looks a bit like the kimono. That way I also participate in the trend of my American blogger friends!

I styled it with black and gold tassel earrings, a bit Eastern style, a black statement ring and golden bracelets. The sandals are rose gold, with a tiny heel. The soft colors of the sandals fit very well with the dress. If I wanted a more cool look I would have opt for these black sandals!dress with obi belt

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76 Comments

  1. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    That is a lovely dress on you! While I have a lot of kimonos (I love them!) I don’t have any kimono dresses, although I used to have a few. I find my kimonos get a lot of wear, they are such a fun outfit topper – you see them around a lot here in Australia too! 🙂

    Thanks for the link up!

    Hope your week is going well 🙂 It’s turned into a rainy one here!

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Mica! I guess it’s starting to turn winter at your part of the world? Have a great weekend!

  2. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    What a wonderful story sbour your grandmothers kimono. Is she wesring this souvenir from Japan?
    You look gorgeous in this dress Nancy. Here in Mannheim I never see people wearing a kimono.

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      No it’s not popular here. She wore it as a evening dress at home!

  3. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    I love kimonos and yet I don’t have one? I often see bloggers wearing them and I really like them. You’ve styled the dress perfectly with the accessories Nancy. Stunning. xx

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Laurie. Because you don’t see them a ;lot in stores in Europe I think!

  4. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Beautiful kimono dress Nancy. Love the style and pattern:) thanks for hosting

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Claire, my pleasure!

  5. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    It’s not a look you see much in the UK either. But your dress will have more impact as a result! Love the print. How lovely for your grandmother to have had a real silk kimono.

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      Yes but I wished we saved it! Thanks Gail!

  6. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    I love a piece that does double duty – a kimono you look great in and then can wear as a beautiful dress is such a find! You look great Nancy!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Kellyann!

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Kathrine!

  7. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Well, Nancy, you know that I am loving this dress! Give me all the kimonos and kimono inspired things, please. I just styled a kimono as a dress last week but I have not shared the photos yet! My mother had an authentic kimono from Vietnam that her fiance had sent home to her when he was stationed there during our conflict with Vietnam back in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, her fiance was killed while there and the kimono has been lost in various moves over the years. I really do wish I still had it. It was so beautiful. It was ivory silk with dark red embroidered flowers. It was much too small for me, but I would proudly display it if I still had it.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • nancy
      Author
      10th July 2020 / 18:22

      What a beautiful memory, although it’s sad too. What a waist that we don’t keep things like that hey.

  8. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Wow! What a stunning dress! And you look gorgeous in it.

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      That’s very kind of you Amy! Thanks!

  9. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Your kimono dress is beautiful! I love the print and belt! You look gorgeous!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Jill!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Gemma, enjoy your weekend!

  10. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    How smart of you to style a kimono dress! I don’t see a lot of people wearing kimonos out and about. It’s such a shame that your grandmother’s silk kimono wasn’t preserved, I’ll bet it was beautiful. Have a great weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Yes it was! Thanks Kim, have a great weekend!

  11. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Nancy,

    I love your kimono dress!
    I love wearing kimonos in the summer as an extra layer to cover up my arms when it’s chilly at night.

    Such a great look my friend!
    Robin

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      That’s a good way to wear them too! Thanks Robin!

  12. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    This dress is a beautiful flattering style and print on you! So lovely to hear your grandmother’s story as your inspiration for this outfit. It is so true that the kimono style is very popular in the US. It is used as a topper of muted to bright floral pattern over everything and in many lengths!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      I see it a lot worn over shorts! That looks always very good! Thanks Di.

  13. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    wow! this is a kimono styled dress!….hmmm giving me ideas to upcycle a kimono i have into a dress!…i don’t wear the kimonos i have…i don’t know why….so i have to make something out of mine and you just gave me a great idea!
    xo eva

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Looking forward to seeing it Eva!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Haha, yes strange isn’t it! Thanks Debbie!

  14. jodie filogomo
    10th July 2020 / 18:22

    I wonder why they aren’t worn over there Nancy?? You should research it …ask all your friends!!
    It’s a gorgeous dress for sure.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      They just don’t know! I will Google it later!

  15. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    This is such a great look! Love everything about it! Have a great weekend xx

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Lucy, have a great weekend!

  16. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Nancy, your kimono dress is absolutely beautiful! I love the floral pattern. It seems somehow dainty. A really wonderful look on you!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Michelle!

  17. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    I’m loving your monochrome kimono dress, Nancy, and the black and gold tone jewellery and rose gold sandals are the perfect accessories. I don’t think kimonos are much worn in Belgium either. I wonder why that is? xxx

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      I don’t know! In Europe they aren’t not popular. Have no idea why not!

  18. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Kimonos can be translated in so many ways because they’re so damn beautiful (and flattering). Love this black and white interpretation on you!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Cheryl!

  19. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    This dress looks so pretty on you! I like this kind of dresses because they look so feminine.

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Yes they do! I love that too! Thanks love!

  20. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Such a great look. You’ve styled thIs dress perfectly. Kimonos are one of my favourite must haves in the summertime, you’ve inspired me to get them out of the wardrobe and wear them. Thank you for the feature
    Nancy and have a lovely weekend.
    Alison xx

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Alison!

  21. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Such a pretty dress!! That’s so interesting that the kimono style isn’t really worn in the Netherlands. I love learning fashion-related cultural differences like that!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Strange isn’t it. But that is also good, we don’t want to all be the same!

  22. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    Totally want to steal those sandals Nancy. xo And the ral thing is the best. Your grandmother must have loved it. xo Happy weekend.

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      I think so! Thank you very much Sabina!

  23. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    I adore kimono styles (and obis, for that matter), and this dress is no exception. Lovely print and style on you, Nancy. That is a shame that your grandmother’s dress wasn’t saved.

    Thank you so much for the link-up – have a fabulous weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Yes it was. Thanks Sheila. I appreciate your comment very much as I know you are having a hard time now and something else on your mind.

  24. 10th July 2020 / 18:22

    I love your kimono dress look, Nancy! I had a “real” Japanese kimono, too, but seem to have lost it over the years. Darn. Cute shoes and accessories, too! Have a great weekend, my friend.

    xx Darlene

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Oh isn’t that a pity! Have a great weekend!

  25. 11th July 2020 / 18:22

    Your dress is lovely . I must admit having visited Japan and seen the real thing most of what is worn in the Western world bears no resemblence to the real thing. Many thanks for hosting.

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Indeed! I still can remember that one from Japan. It was embroided and silk of course.

  26. 11th July 2020 / 18:22

    That dress is so pretty on you! I love the classic black and white!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Laura!

  27. 11th July 2020 / 18:22

    I just love that Kimono dress Nancy!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Grace!

  28. 11th July 2020 / 18:22

    Hi Nancy

    I love the kimono style and just bought a new one yesterday! I do plan to wear it with shorts as the weather here is so hot and humid anything else is just miserable!

    You look great in this dress! I’ll be interested to read a little more about the history of kimonos!

    • nancy
      Author
      11th July 2020 / 18:22

      Oh that ‘s great, hope to see it soon!

    • nancy
      Author
      13th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you!

  29. 13th July 2020 / 18:22

    What a beautiful dress, Nancy! I love the white and inky black colors together… very elegant and gorgeous on you!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • nancy
      Author
      14th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you Carrie!

  30. 13th July 2020 / 18:22

    Elegant and sexy! You look beautiful in this Kimono dress. I have one in red and white but have never shown it on my blog. Mine is a little shorter than I prefer, yours is the perfect length.

    ❤️carmen

    • nancy
      Author
      14th July 2020 / 18:22

      But you can wear a legging underneath to create length! It would be a waste to not wear it!

    • nancy
      Author
      14th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Amber!

  31. 14th July 2020 / 18:22

    A black and white look is always so classic! Such a beautiful dress for summer!
    Peace!
    Cheryl

    • nancy
      Author
      15th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Cheryl!

  32. 15th July 2020 / 18:22

    Isn’t that fun to know? It makes complete sense that some trends would be more popular in one place over another. I guess I just didn’t think about it. Your kimono dress is so pretty and very flattering on you!

    • nancy
      Author
      17th July 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Chrissy!

  33. 20th July 2020 / 18:22

    I love the style of this dress Nancy! The black and white print is very striking. It’s quite difficult to find kimonos here in the UK too – I keep looking on eBay for a long one. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • nancy
      Author
      21st July 2020 / 18:22

      It’s really a American thing isn’t it! I am sure you find a great one!

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