Is it a Kimono or a Ruana? Week 6

This is my final installment in this series on kimonos and ruanas. If you have been following along you know there is a difference between these two pieces, but often the way a piece is put together, makes it more of a hybrid, or something I call a "kiana". A piece like this has both the longer front drape of a ruana, but also the more formed sleeves of a kimono. Today's piece is a kimono and this one is a heavier piece that will take me well into fall. I found this cute little number at a Bealls store in Florida last December, when our whole family spent a few days together in the St. Petersburg area. It was cold, so shopping was a fun alternative to the beach for my daughters and I. 


I decided to pull my outfit colors from the flower embroidered on the front left of the kimono, thus the red and olive green. Here is a picture of the outfit without the kimono.


This olive top is thrifted and Chico's brand. The crop pants are from the Meijer clearance racks and is a brand called Stitch Star. 

Once in a while things get rather interesting when my daughter is taking my pictures. I think she gets bored so she was making rather suggestive comments about the flower on my chest, which elicited this response from me. Of course she had to get it all on camera!

Anyway, you can see the floral embellishment includes the deeper red like my pants and a lighter pink. I just got a pair of distressed pink jeans from H&M and I think they will look nice with this kimono. There is also just a hint of green in the leaves, thus my olive green top. The marled black knit of the kimono is a nice alternative to an all black look. 

kimono or ruana - black floral embellished kimono

i went for brassy gold in my accessories and grabbed my small heart embellished black clutch and black strap block heeled sandals to complete the look. 

kimono or ruana - black floral embellished kimono
kimono or ruana - black floral embellished kimono

Aren't the snaps on these pants a fun addition. I am looking forward to styling these pants more different ways this fall. 

Here is a back view, showing you the hi-low hem line of the kimono. 

kimono or ruana - black floral embellished kimono
kimono or ruana - black floral embellished kimono

What do you think of this outfit? Do you think the red pants are too bold? Would you where bright colored pants? Do you own a kimono? How do you like to where yours? I'd love to hear you thoughts, so leave me some love in the comments section below. If you are not sure how to comment, just read the instructions below. 

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Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

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Piece Perfect - The Pleated Skirt

Like a puzzle, our wardrobes are made up of individual pieces, that when put together make a pretty picture or in this case ensemble. Most women have certain basic pieces in their closets. These pieces usually include basic pants, blouses, sweaters and so on, as well as jackets, bags and accessories. I have found that I sometimes own a piece that I really don't know what to do with, so this column is, in part, my attempt to style some of the things hanging in my closet that I haven't worn very often.

Today's perfect piece is a pleated skirt. Whether it be a maxi, a midi, knee length or above the knee, pleats create an outfit with a classic look. I usually think of pleated skirts as being more dressy, so I challenged myself to come up with a casual look, or in this post a work look and a more dressy look.

gray-maroon outfit

Yes, you did see this skirt earlier in the week when I paired it with a chambray shirt (here). For this look I kept it casual by wearing a white tank with a little strip of beadwork around the neck. The wide black belt and the black denim jacket give it an edgy vibe. I added a simple chain necklace which I double wrapped, a fringe drawstring bag with metal detailing and black wedge espadrilles.

gray-maroon outfit
gray-maroon outfit

You can see the metallic beadwork on the jacket, a little bit on the tank and the detailing on the fringe of the bag. 

black espadrilles

And we don't want to forget the shoes. I love this pair of Chaps that I found at Kohl's. They have a wedge heel with an enclosed toe. What I love is that they slip on and the wide black strap is elastic. They are super comfy and secure. Like, I've said before, I like the security of a shoe that won't fall off. 

For the more dressy look, I exchanged the stiff denim jacket for a gray chiffon drape. I also swapped the chain necklace for a gray beaded double stand choker.

gray-maroon outfit

I also used my sparkly pewter clutch, which just keeps making appearances, and I changed the casual espadrilles for pewter square toed heels.

gray-maroon outfit
pewter heels

Here are the two outfit ideas side by side.

I think these two outfits are great transitional ensembles for late summer heading into fall. I see more possibilities for this skirt in the future. I can see it paired with tights and flats with a cute blazer for work, or boots and a chunky sweater when the days get colder. 

Let me know if you have a pleated skirt and how you like to dress it up or dress it down. Be sure to like my posts on Facebook and Instagram as well. I appreciate the support. See you next time.

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Shopping for a Similar Piece:

Pleated Skirt

 Nordstrom - $55.90 (Anniversary Sale - ends Aug. 8th)

Express - $69.90

Kohl's - $24.99 (juniors)