Posted on March 07 2018


The kimono is perhaps one of the most classic and essential pieces featured in our collection. Versatile, comfortable, and sophisticated-yet-cool, the kimono has a gracefully loose fit that drapes over every body type, flattering women of all shapes and sizes!

 Paired with jeans and a white-tee, belted over a dress, worn with slacks or a skirt, the kimono can be styled in endless ways - casual or dressy! However you choose to wear it, the kimono carries with it a long history of culture, art, and inspiration.

Translated literally, “kimono” means “the thing worn”. It has been a staple of Japanese dress since the 16th century and an inspiration for silhouette and movement in fashion for over 400 years!

Defined by its straight seams, “T” shape, and beautiful decorative detail, kimonos were originally known as kosodse, “small sleeves,” or osodes, “long sleeves.” These distinctions referred to the size of the armholes rather than the length of the sleeve. The kosode became the main garment worn by the rich and powerful elite in Japan, and, before long, the main item of dress for all classes and sexes in Japanese society. The shape evolved somewhat over time and eventually became what we know of today as the kimono

At the end of the 19th century, European and American styles began to find their way into popular Japanese clothing. Yet, as more Japanese individuals opted for Western clothes, the West became transfixed with Japanese culture — the kimono included! Thanks to the incredible work of artists like Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir— a kimono fascination began to spread around the globe - and we have been in love with the kimono ever since! 

At iivi, we value function, versatility, and comfort as much as style and design - the kimono is the perfect piece because it embodies all of these! Effortless, timeless, for all sizes and all seasons… We hope you love your kimono as much as we do!

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  • Melanie: March 08, 2018

    Thank you for the history of the kimono – how interesting! And I love this item and really must buy one!

  • Deborah Gates: March 08, 2018

    I so enjoyed reading this. I have been a long time fan of kimono style jackets and knowing a little of the history of the garment makes it even more special. I think the beautiful ease and comfort of Japanese design is one of the reasons I find myself attracted to it. There is a lovely almost organic interaction between the wearer and the garment. xx

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