Wear a Kimono Duster . . . Or Not

Wear a Kimono Duster . . . Or Not

I spotted a  white kimono duster during a summer shopping trip at Uniqlo. I was attracted to it for two reasons. One: It was on sale for $19.99. Two: I had swimwear on my mind because my girls weekend was just a few weeks away and it seemed like a great swimsuit cover-up.

I’ve seen the kimono duster look online usually styled with casual jeans, pants, or shorts (on younger gals), and it intrigued me. It was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it’s fun to push our own fashion envelopes now and then. So I took it home.

The kimono duster has now been hanging in my closet for two months and I haven’t worn it.

I’m sure you’ve had similar situations. You see something in a store and think it would be a great addition to your wardrobe. But then you don’t find a way to fit it in with your style or other clothing pieces.

I like the idea of it, and I want to wear it. I think it could be more than a swimsuit cover-up, but I’m not sure how to style it. So….I turned to the web for inspiration. (This is always a great way to find style inspiration or ideas for how to put things together or wear specific pieces.)

Here are a few images I found that reminded me of my white 3/4 length sleeve kimono duster.

Kimono Duster Inspirations: Target / J. Jill / BCBGeneration / Nordstrom Rack


With the simple look and silhouette of the white kimono duster, I focused on keeping the look casual and not too elaborate.

The Adventure Begins!

I wasn’t sure that pairing white jeans and the white kimono duster would work. It’s a lot of white! But with the contrast of the navy dot top providing dimension to the outfit, I like it much better than I expected I would.

Hmmmm, what would monochromatic gray look like topped by the white kimono duster? Wearing a top and pants in the same color with a long kimono duster in a contrast color is a slimming look. The gray gives the look a bit of edge.

Across bus stop
Bus stop
In bus stop final

This is the “going to a baby shower” look. I wanted to try a pop of color with the white kimono duster and white tank. I really love these salmon colored pants. This is one of my favorite looks with the white kimono duster. I’m actually going to a baby shower in a couple of weeks and am thinking about wearing this outfit!

2 Walking down stairs
Pink pants on stairs

After photographing the previous three looks, I didn’t feel I’d found the right combination. So I tried this fourth outfit – the one I’d originally wanted to wear. I love the juxtaposition of the light and feminine scarf with the distressed jeans (it’s hard to see the abrasions on the jeans in these photos). I think this is my favorite look. (I’m a jeans girl, so no big surprise there!)

Petaluma River 1
Walking next to Petaluma River
Petaluma River close up

This was an interesting (and fun) review. In the end, I don’t know if I’ll actually wear this kimono duster as part of an outfit. Before I make a final decision, however, I owe it to myself and this clothing item to give it a try and see how I feel in the outfit. And although this won’t be the decision maker, I’m interested to hear reactions from others when I’m wearing it.

That being said, what look would I choose for my trial? I did really like the white pants with a dark top. And the outfit with the salmon colored pants looked chic. I have to admit, though, that I feel drawn to the kimono duster with jeans combo. Jeans are my favorite “go to” and I have a bit of a collection to prove it. I might style the white kimono duster with a faded rinse jeans instead of the dark rinse – thankfully I’ll spare you another outfit!

Or maybe I’ll go back to my original idea and use it as a swimsuit cover-up!

Tell Me What You Think

How would you style a kimono duster? Would you even wear this look? Which of these four looks do you like best? If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Want to try the look yourself? Check out the styles below.

Leave any comments you’d like to share below. Thanks!

All Those Photos

You might surmise that I had a little fun photographing the looks for this post. Yes I did! I have recently acquired a new camera (purchased from my photographer son*), and I’ve been learning to operate it . . . sort of (so many digital features – really different from the fully manual Olympus SLR that I used years ago). Now I’ve added a tripod that I LOVE (yes, it’s possible to love a tripod that much). Hope I haven’t worn out my welcome with all the photos this week. Thanks for indulging me in my rediscovered hobby!

*You must check out my son’s beautiful photography. He is beginning to sell prints, and they are truly exceptional (I know – I’m the mom, but really). Find them here: JordanTarver.com.

Location, Location, Location

Photos taken at Sonoma State University and along the Petaluma River in Petaluma, California, on a beautiful Sonoma County summer day.



  1. Lauren
    October 25, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I love the look with the navy top (cutest top ever) and white pants. And I love the duster with the coral pants as well. The strong contrast of color and also the pressed look of the pants is making it work. I do think it could be cute with some very faded raggedy jeans and a top that’s light – maybe white lace.

    I’m envious of your blogging endeavor. Would love to do one myself but don’t have a clue where to start.

    • November 3, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Love your comments always. You have a great fashion sense. If you are serious about blogging, I’d be happy to help.

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