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What is a Kimono or Kaftan?

What is a kimono? What is a kaftan?  Are they the same thing?

Traditionally a kimono was a Japanese full length robe worn with a belt.  These days they have transformed in many different ways and have become a favorite wardrobe piece for many women across the globe.

A kimono is a versatile outerwear garment that is referred to by a barrage of different names including kimono, kaftan, duster, blouse, abaya, bisht, tunic, tunica, tunic blouse, beach cover up, shawl, cape and summer cardigan.  It can be whatever you want it to be!

A modern iland co. kimono is a versatile summer and spring garment that will soon become a wardrobe staple.  Our modern take on the kimono comes in 3 different lengths and can be worn open OR button closed, tied with your favorite belt and synched at the waist.

How to Style a Kimono

Kimono's are such versatile, effortless pieces and the styling options are many.

A kimono can be worn on it's own over a bikini as a swimsuit cover up.  Pair with some long beads and strappy sandals for added beach glamour.

Kimono's look great over denim jeans and cut off shorts with a block coloured top underneath (but make sure the kimono's sleeves are longer than the top you wear underneath).

A printed silk or chiffon kimono looks beautiful over a little black dress  to add a pop of colour to an evening outfit or to provide a little warmth.

For more kimono styling ideas be sure to follow us on instagram and also take a look at these bloggers suggestions:

How to Style a Kimono

How to Style Kimonos

Which length Kimono?

Which length kimono

iland co. Kimono's are one size fits most across the shoulders catering to women from size 6 through to 18.  

We do however offer different lengths for different occasions and different heights.

We find our smaller customers prefer the shorter length kimonos as they still offer good coverage without drowning out their frames in fabric.  

Our mid length kimonos prove most popular with taller ladies, blessed with long legs!

Our full length kimonos however suit almost everyone and are our most glamours length whether to wear to the beach or out for dinner.  The free flowing fabric behind you when you walk in the full length kimono, makes you feel and look like you are floating! They are very elegant.

Rest assured if you order an iland co. kimono and you aren't happy with the length, we will happily exchange it for you. 

iland co. Size Guides

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