We saw it at last year’s Met Exhibit and now we are seeing it again for Fall: Western fashion is borrowing aesthetics from the East. Designers like Prada and Fendi revisited the reference on the runways, producing modern garments in traditional oriental prints. The oriental trend also shined through Fashion Week as street style stars pranced around in Asian inspired designs like floral silk robes and embroidered kimonos. Eager to take my style on a journey to the East, I figured what better way to do so than to wear this outfit.
I found my 1940s vintage kimono turned cocktail dress at a vintage store in Florida called Audrey’s of Naples (here is a link to their Etsy store). Since purchasing the kimono—I have worn it a few difference ways—once unbuttoned with a tee and skinny jeans. Truthfully, the best way to experiment with a new trend is to style it in different variations. Although the jeans and tee were a cool statement, I love to wear it as a dress accessorized with an evening clutch for a night filled with fun!
In general, the oriental inspired trend has more of a bohemian vibe than it would be worn halfway across the world. The pieces still embody a certain level of polish, but are relaxed and flowing. The Western twist we put on our fashion makes borrowing these traditional oriental aesthetics unique to our style. Fashion and imagery from the East are absolutely enchanting, but the most interesting part of this trend is how we interpret this inspiration into our own aesthetic!
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