When it's hot outside, layering usually sounds out of the question. But for cool summer nights and chilly, air conditioned interiors, plus size kimono jackets are a great, light option for a relaxed, layered look. During July and August, I'm often way too warm to think about complex outfits with a lot of different pieces — some days, it's all I can do to throw on a T-shirt and shorts. But I like the look of a more layered outfit, and my office is usually freezing, so a simple wrap or coverup can be a great idea.
Luckily for me, kimono styles are perfect for just this conundrum. Breezy enough for summer-wear, but versatile enough to work with almost any outfit, these open-front jackets are ideal for warm days when you want a little extra style or coverage.
Infinitely wearable, kimono jackets and tops can be worn in a variety of ways; use them as a light outer layer, or belt them and try 'em as a top. Alternatively, these also make great swimsuit coverups. Plus, this easy garment is popular enough that you can find a design to match almost any preference. From patterned to plain, long to short, check out these 15 easy and chic kimono pieces — you might just find your new favorite summer style.
1. Cream Fringe
Lace Fringe Kimono, Sizes 14 - 24, $79, City Chic
This sheer kimono won't trap heat, but the pretty lace and fringe will add a serious dose of pretty to your favorite casual outfits. So go ahead, try a little extra romance in your wardrobe.
2. Printed Coverup
Fringe Kimono, One Size Plus, $10, Forever 21
Light enough for everyday wear, but substantial enough to double as a swim coverup, this ornately printed kimono is a versatile summer classic. I love that fringe is having a bit of a moment, too.
3. Antique Floral
Floral Print Challis Kimono, Sizes 0X - 5X, $37, Lovesick
Soften up your style with a lush, antique print and tassel trim. I like the shape and length of this design — oversized without being overwhelming.
4. Sophisticated Neutral
Mink Long Line Kimono, Sizes 10 - 28, $49, Evans
For lovers of minimalism or anyone looking for a sophisticated office coverup to combat chilly air conditioning, this soft stone kimono is a fantastic option. This piece would also look great belted for a little extra drama.
5. Hooded Mesh
Mesh Hooded Capelet, Sizes 1X - 5X, $48, Chubby Cartwheels
For all the summer goths out there, this capelet mixes a basic kimono shape with sheer mesh and a hooded design for extra edge. Too good.
6. Pattern Overload
Long Line Kimono, Sizes 6 - 28, $41, SimplyBe
If you love pattern with a passion, then this printed floral duster will be perfect for you. Wear with your favorite shorts for a little high-low contrast, or slip on over your favorite skintight LBD for a dramatic but easy going-out outfit.
7. Ombré Motif
Ombre Print Kimono, Sizes 14 - 24, $79, City Chic
This kimono style adds depth to a light, pretty print with some extra indigo goodness. Slip it on over your favorite leggings for an elevated lounge look.
8. Floral Duster
Floral Lightweight Kimono, One Size Plus, $40, Society Plus
With a rich, dark floral print and a dramatic longer length, this piece is one of my favorite kimono designs available this summer. I love the way longer kimono and duster designs add an extra element of movement and volume to the simplest of outfits.
Matthew 9:21 Kimono Shawl, Sizes 1X - 3X, $198, Youtheary Khmer
If you're craving a little drama in your wardrobe this season, look no further. This side-slit black and white kimono is pure graphic appeal.
10. Black Lace
Black Lace Kimono, Sizes 10 - 28, $55, Evans
The lush lace fabrication of this jacket makes a classic shape anything but basic. For individuals like me who love black all year round, this lighter take on our favorite neutral is great for warmer months.
11. Moody Floral
Floral Kimono, Sizes 6 - 28, $29, SimplyBe
It doesn't get much dreamier than a lush, moody floral print on sheer chiffon. Perfect for boho babes and witchy romantics alike.
12. Vivid Mix
Lace Insert Kimono, Sizes 14 - 24, $79, City Chic
A bold, sunset hue gets softened with lavish lace insets in this vibrant design from City Chic. This piece is a little more dressed up than most kimono jackets, making it perfect for date night and beyond.
13. Subtle Ikat
Watercolor Ikat Print Kimono, Sizes 0X - 5X, $35, Lovesick
For a subtle dose of pattern, this sophisticated watercolor take on ikat prints is a great way to add interest to neutral shades. The light colors and breezy shape make this design a fabulous option for blazing, sunny days that turn into cool, breezy evenings.
14. Contrast Embroidery
Embroidered Kimono, Sizess 00X - 6X, $44, Torrid
Rich blue contrasts against creamy white in this embroidered kimono jacket for an ideal companion to your favorite denim. This style is a nice choice for someone looking for an extra dose of pretty without going over the top.
15. Animal Print
The Leigh Shrug, Sizes XXS - 6X, $40, Smart Glamour
It's hard to beat a classic, and this animal print shrug from Smart Glamour proves the power of an iconic pattern and design. Whether you use this style to bring a little Old Hollywood glamour to your favorite wiggle dress, or just to add a touch of panache to jeans and a tee, you'll look every inch the diva.
If you're looking for the perfect versatile summer piece to kick your warm weather looks up a notch, the kimono jacket packs a lot of style into a simple silhouette. As these 15 stunning plus size designs prove, it's the details that make the outfit.
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