All signs may be pointing to fall, but Houston's stubborn climate has us getting creative when it comes to our fall wardrobe. Itching to join the rest of the nation in lush layers, there is one piece that every girl can incorporate into her fall look: the kimono.
I know what you're thinking: kimonos are floor-length robes that are only worn in Japan, right? Not so. The ideal piece to transition from one season to the next, we see kimonos in fabrics as light as cotton and semi-sheer to heavier, more luxurious pieces like cashmere and wool. Made to be wrapped around the body or draped like a cardigan, a kimono-inspired piece is perhaps one of the most fashionable pieces to keep in your closet, as it will pair well with anything from a bikini to skinny jeans, with more style than the typical sweater or jacket.
For the bargain hunter in us all, a visit to H&M is a surefire way to score a kimono for less than $40. The H&M store in the Galleria, a newish addition to Houston, offers shoppers two levels of clothes, shoes, and accessories galore. Available in sheer fabrics, a variety of fall colors and colorful patterns, the kimonos are stylish and more importantly they won't break the bank. Pair a bright, floral print kimono ($49.99) over a pair of jean shorts and some brown suede ankle booties and you're ready for a fabulous fall picnic at Hermann Park.
On the local end of the spectrum, mother-daughter owned River Oaks boutique KB Kasuals (which recently opened a second location in The Woodlands) is known for its cutting-edge trends, including plenty of kimonos for the fall season. 360 Cashmere's cozy, draped-sleeve kimono ($552) is a staple that will be your go-to whether it's a casual date night at the movies or a Sunday brunch on a breezy patio. The neutral color makes it a wearable piece to keep in your wardrobe even into the chillier winter months, and easy to pair with almost any bag or satchel.
Hello Lucky is a Heights boutique catering to all in the way of men's, women's and children's fashion and accessories. Embracing the laid-back lifestyle that so many Houstonians live by, the clothes are comfortable and casual yet distinct and trendy. The Shades of Blue kimono ($42) is a refreshing piece from the women's collection, with it's boho look and ethnic-inspired all-over print. As an ankle-length piece, this kimono is a cool addition to a tank and jeans giving you that ultimate boho-chic look.