The Traveling Kimono

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I was contacted by a few of my blogger buddies to do an exchange challenge, it's kinda like the sisterhood of the traveling Kimono if you will. Melissa, Toni, Blair and I all mailed each other this gorgeous kimono-style shawl and we all put our own spin on it.

My take was a retro vibe bathing suit cover up. At first I wanted to wear it as a dress, but my husband challenged me to push the limits a bit. Now, I am not one for swimsuits and heels! I actually want to trip all those girls I see at Vegas pools in their stilettos and bikini. But... since I decided to do a throwback style post, it was only natural to pair it with bright red pumps!

When I first saw the kimono, I thought it was very vintage inspired. With the crushed velvet roses and the fringe... how could I not go pin-up with it? I had a ton of fun shooting this, even though I received lots of glances from passing cars :/

I'm not going to itemize this outfit like I usually do, just know the swim suit and heels cost under $20 for both ;)







Sorry if this is too risque, I really just wanted to show the detail on the kimono...






Check out how they styled it:


Looking at the other bloggers, I wish I wouldn't have gone so out of the box... LOL. That being said, I think this Kimono is still one of the chicest bathing suit cover-up!!


Please check out these fashionable ladies, they're links are below!!



13 comments :

oomph. said...

I love what you did with it...and I love that your husband made you step outside your comfort zone a bit!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that you styled this kimono as a swimsuit cover up. I honestly never even thought of that. And I will definitely use it as such next summer!! :) I love this retro vibe you're giving it and mad props for blogging in a bathing suit. I don't think I could ever do that. You look hot girl! <3

toni

Katie- Hems for Her said...

Hottie! Love the swimsuit, love the kimono, love the vibe! Well done :)

lindsey said...

You are too cute! LOVE the kimono!

The Key To Chic said...

I adore your creativity, and I think kimonos make amazing swim cover-ups! The hat and heels are so so chic Tori! Thanks for participating and inspiring me!

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

the way you styled looks great!
xo,
nancy

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I love seeing one item styled multiple ways (by different bloggers, no less). Posts like these are awesome for getting inspired to re imagine all the clothes we already own. The kimono as bathing suit cover up is genius :)

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

I loved your version of styling it and how you thought so outside the box! It's a beautiful kimono!

t said...

Funky look!

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Bernadeth G. said...

love everything!

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Fashion or Famine said...

The kimino is gorgeous, and that polka dot swimsuit is SO cute!!
XO
Christa Jayne
fashionorfamine.com

Julia said...

Oh my goodness! I love the idea of the traveling kimono! I so want to start something up like that...

I love how you styled it! I'm really into retro looks :)

Julia

ThriftyGirl51 said...

I think your idea is great! Very chic.