Unless you’ve been living under the particularly large Japanese rock that is Mount Fuji, you’ll likely have noticed that kimono-style pieces have been breaking through as a menswear trend this season. Notably, Japanese streetwear brand Wacko Maria has included embroidered kimono-infused tops and jackets into its latest SS19 drop, while labels such as visvim and Maharishi are championing kimono-style bomber jackets and coats.
It’s easy to see why — the kimono has a classic but modern appeal that transcends time. The cut is flowy but fashion-forward, especially when made from sophisticated materials or featuring intricate embroideries and bold patterns. And the styles haven’t been going unnoticed by some of the most well-dressed celebrities on our radar, from the late David Bowie all the way up to Kendrick Lamar, who performed at the 2018 Grammys wearing a Craig Green kimono jacket.
Now, for those wanting to add an extra special touch to their spring ’fits, we’ve rounded up some of the best kimono-style pieces we’ve come across in recent times, including picks from Japanese labels such as Maharishi, visvim, and Kapital. What’s more, we have choices for every budget, with options starting at only $79.
Scroll on to discover all of our faves.
Exclusively available at Opening Ceremony, this all-white kimono is like a blank canvas. In fact, OC will let you pick from a range of embroideries from its in-house embroidery program, so you can go ahead and create your own customized kimono. We kind of love it as is, for those minimalist vibes.
Naked & Famous Denim Kimono Shirt
Japanese brand Naked & Famous Denim has released a (you guessed it) denim version of the kimono. This kimono-style shirt features an eye-catching patchwork construction, along with the style’s signature self-tie closure and drop shoulders.
Maharishi Reversible Flight Kimono
If you’re a techwear head, then you’ll love this military-inspired kimono jacket. The Maharishi-designed piece is reversible, with one side done out in olive green and one in a soft fleece, and features a three-layer fabric that’s both wind- and waterproof.
Ziggy Chen Kimono Shirt
Shanghai-based Ziggy Chen has kept things super simple and focused on that classic kimono cut with this minimal cotton piece. It features a traditional self-tie closures and shawl neckline, paired with classic white shirt features like a breast pocket and button cuffs.
3.1 Phillip Lim Kimono-Style Shirt
Much like Ziggy Chen, Phillip Lim has opted for a minimalistic approach to the kimono-style shirt. This cotton poplin version arrives in a so-called “latte” beige color, and effortlessly blends the shirt with the kimono via a side wrap-style closure, button cuffs, and stitched-detailed shawl collar.
Kapital Kimono Shirt
Embroidered kimonos make for beautifully decorative, ornate menswear. Kapital has come through with an all-over embroidered piece. The doodle-style cats and cityscapes really elevate the otherwise simplistic blue denim piece.
visvim Dotera Mil Coat
Have you ever dreamed of rocking a kimono-style MA-1 jacket? Japanese brand visvim has answered your prayers. This military-inspired piece is made of Giza cotton and nylon and features the MA-1 jacket’s signature button snap pockets, insulation, and stitching, as well as the kimono’s self-tie closure at the waist.
visvim Kimono Jacket
Like the Dotera Mil coat above, this jacket by visvim is a fusion of the bomber and the kimono. Here, though, the brand has chosen to kept the bomber’s bright orange lining, also adding the classic kimono’s shawl collar, stitching, and amped sleeves.
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