Do you wear what most of us call Kimonos- but are actually robes or embellished scarves, kaftans or leisure wear gowns? There are tons of reasons why you should. These are probably the most versatile garments you’ll ever own. These can be robes- but they can be so much more!
These loose satiny robes are great worn as jackets, cover-ups, dresses (day or evening- and even at the office!), blouses…in fact, the possibilities are countless!
Another wonderful thing about silky lingerie chemises or gowns, is that they can feel so luxurious; light and slippery, the fit is always so pleasant even at the touch. I also love the fact that these wanna-be- kimonos come in so many different motifs and patterns- from pale neutrality to the most deliciously outrageous eccentricity; a choice for all!
There’s also the practicality aspect. Imagine packing the bare essentials for a weekend get-away, or even a vacation. If you include slinky par-dessus in your wardrobe, well let’s just say that cuts the packing to a third. Yes! These babes take no space at all with the plus of giving you a minimum of 3 for 1 different looks. Go from bathing suit cover-up, to jeans and blouse, to a slinky date-night dress- all with just one cover-up.
But if you’re anything like me…one of these beautiful par-dessus will just simply never be enough! I’ll always be swayed by yet another gorgeous design coming my way. I can’t resist and so I’m shamelessly, and forever always on the hunt for the next fix. I love collecting versatile chemises that transform looks and styles.
Watch my interview with the beautiful stylist Karina of Third Eye Babe Here on Youtube:
So, how do you shop for the right look? Check for pattern and fabric quality first and foremost. Meaning; an absolute YES if you find a pattern with colors that make you swoon. That being said- no matter how pretty, never overlook the quality. You don’t want something that easily frays or with constant static cling (that can never be pretty). Look for silk or satin – even blends; just not something that is completely synthetic. Next, do look for vintage pieces- as these are always of better workmanship and quality. Let your heart lead you but be smart about the fabric.
With this in mind, get out there and shop: Thrift stores (lingerie department never disappoints), Vintage shops, Retail, holiday souvenir shops- it’s endless. One thing’s for sure- once you buy that special piece, you’ll be hooked and will want more (you’re welcome). The comfort and look are just too good.
Here are some of the ways I style my par-dessus. If you already own some, please post your looks on Instagram and tag me. I’ll be sure to add you to my stories.
If you’re a regular here, the next 2 looks you’ve probably seen before…
And there you have it! If you are styling wanna-be-kimonos and posting on Instagram, please join my challenge and tag me @ lucybertoldi. I will add you to my stories.
You can watch my Youtube video on how I styled these beauties HERE:
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