At first glance, kimonos might seem like a look that only works on the runway. But they’re actually a crazy cool alternative to your traditional cardigan or go-to blazer, especially when you just need to shake things up. Plus, we doubt anyone else in the office is going to be busting out one of these chic toppers, so you can stand out amongst a sea of snooze-worthy suits (though we do a love a good #girlboss power suit). From off-duty to on-the-job, we’ve pulled together three on-point looks using this totally unexpected piece.

On Duty


Sometimes that classic blazer just isn’t going to cut it, especially when you’re in need of a serious style pick-me-up (you know, for those days when you’re just not feelin’ that whole nine-to-five thing). A kimono will give you all the polish of a tailored jacket, but with a little more wow-factor. Toss it over a simple top, like a cami or white button-down, and tailored trousers for an effortless, pulled-together look.

Mango Jacquard Kaftan ($120) + Topshop Premium Suit Trousers ($68), Dailylook Large Structured Handbag ($75), Joe’s Jeans Rocket Mesh Sandals ($125), H&M V-Neck Camisole Top ($30), ByBoe Mosaic Triple Frame Ring ($90), ByBoe Wrapped Wire Arc Earrings ($35)

Party On


When you want to look sophisticated and stylish without having that whole “I actually put effort into this” kind of look, opt for a simple grounding piece like this sleek, sleeveless midi dress. Playful add-ons can bring the outfit to life. Forget the belt for a night out. Instead, drape your kimono over your shoulders for a killer date-night getup.

Mango Jacquard Kaftan ($120) + Warehouse V-Neck Side Split Dress ($85), Heather Offord Isabel Clutch ($138), Jessica Simpson Chandra Mule ($89), Lola Rose Demi Gem Ring ($118), Olive + Piper Stella Collar Necklace ($36)

Weekend Retreat


After making it through the work week, give that leather jacket, trench or bomber a rest. Style up your off-duty look with a cool kimono that instantly imparts It Girl status to casual separates like ’70s-inspired flares and a funky tee.

Mango Jacquard Kaftan ($120) + 1964 Threads Frida Kahlo Selfie Tee ($39), Zara Flared Jeans ($60), Birkenstock Birko Flor Regular Fit Flat Sandals ($90), J.Crew Parker Cross-Body Bag ($98), Mamazoo Neon Yellow Chain Necklace ($64), CRAP Eyewear The No Wave Flat Black Sunglasses ($60)

What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!