OOTD :: of ambivalence, epiphanies and back to front




Huh. So I was able to participate in Anne’s challenge after all.

Because I’m clearly wearing this kimono backwards.

So here’s how that came about: I’ve actually owned this piece for quite some time. It’s had its run-ins with the cull pile, the sell pile and even the give-to-Aly pile. But every time I’d think I’d seen it’s last days, something urged me to fish it out and stash it away for a rainy day.

The reason I’ve been ambivalent about this piece in the first place is because of that silly tie. It’s attached to the kimono and therefore insists that it be used. The thing is, the tie is located at the exact spot on my torso that, when cinched, makes me look like a stumpy Oompa Loompa. I usually belt right under the boob line (empire cut, how I love thee!) or slung loosley right above the pelvic bone because I have no waist to speak of.

So, yeah. The kimono. I had toyed with just cutting off the sash but then I thought it’d look weird because the obi-esque part in the back would seem silly and unfinished without it. And although I loved the print to death, I despaired of ever making this piece work for me.

But then, like a sliver of lightning slicing a sullen sky, I had a thought: backwards, perhaps? And wouldn’t you know? It works! Not only can we now see more of that fabulous print when worn this way, it’s also cut in such a way that I don’t get that I’m-choking-and-look-really-stupid-because-it’s-obvious-I’m-wearing-this-backwards feeling.

So thank you, Anne, for the challenge that inspired this look. You have rescued a piece from discard or obscurity. This kimono is supremely grateful.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Stylemint
Kimono – F21
Jeans – Aeropostale
Pumps – Janine @ Payless
Necklace – eBay

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl


12 thoughts on “OOTD :: of ambivalence, epiphanies and back to front

  1. Another gorgeous outfit! I think this has been my favorite week of your styles – the kimonos are all beautiful, and they look so good with your long dark hair.

    • I’ll be sure to relay that bit to my husband. He’s always on me about keeping my hair long and I guess looking good in kimonos is a definite plus for it. He’s vindicated and I get compliments. A win-win in my book! 😀

    • It’s not copyrighted, but I’d appreciate a link back here if you use it. ;p Just kidding. Permission granted. 🙂 I love alliteration. And alliteration with imagery? Fuggedaboutit! ;p

    • I think the cut, pattern and fabric also determine that bedroom factor you’re talking about. Today’s kimono is silky and therefore walked that fine line, so I’m glad I found a way to circumvent that. ;p

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