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I am in the market for a silk kimono.

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QuimReaper Thu 06-Aug-20 17:25:56

Does anyone own one that they love or hate?

I think I'd like a long, classic / dramatic sort of one, rather than a short "dressing gown" type one. I've been admiring the ones by Genevie online but they're only shorter styles.

I like the look of the big-sleeved dramatic ones like the attached (VERY Nora in The Thin Man) but in the photos of them being modelled they look a bit chaotic, and I'm not mad about the prints of that designer.

Any wisdom welcome, if anyone has any to offer!

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Elouera Thu 06-Aug-20 17:30:04

No advice on that brand, sorry, but do check whether its real silk (if that is what you want) or listed as 'satin' which is often just nylon or polyester. Pure silk will be significantly more expensive, but cooler, as its a natural fibre.

Consider how long and flowing the sleeves are, because they are a fire risk if you'll wear it when cooking.

Also check the length, I had a similar, long floating dress and when I'd go up stairs, I always trip over the skirt part!

NowIKnowWhataTVDinnerFeelsLike Thu 06-Aug-20 17:34:30

I have a shorter one, it's a genuine Japanese silk vintage one, bought from Ebay. I love it but don't find it very easy to wear: it's thick and lined so it's more like a jacket but also big and swishy with huge sleeves so not very practical. I love it, but don't wear it anywhere near as much as I want to. Not sure that's a help but that's my opinion for you! You can get lovely quality ones on ebay so worth a look either way.

QuimReaper Thu 06-Aug-20 17:39:48

This is very helpful! And good tip Eloura - another thing I meant to mention is that cleaning it is likely to be a bugger if it's real silk, which is worthy of consideration.

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mrssmiling Thu 06-Aug-20 18:09:17

One Hundred Stars have beautiful designs...not silk, but might be worth a look.
Silk kimonos in beautiful prints here.

mrssmiling Thu 06-Aug-20 18:12:04

Second link is a 70% silk blend...but might be easier to clean?

GertrudeKerfuffle Thu 06-Aug-20 19:19:39

I keep eyeing up Verry Kerry

They are made of bamboo (which is quite silky) or organic cotton so should be easier to wash. I haven't invested yet though!

Bluewavescrashing Thu 06-Aug-20 19:22:51

Sharon on Catastrophe has a lovely dressing gown. I'd like to know where it's from.

JollyGiraffe12 Thu 06-Aug-20 20:04:51

I have one I absolutely love it and quite often sleep in it! I also use a silk pillow case and eye mask so I just wash them by hand weekly altogether it’s not as much fuss as you might think

allaglow Thu 06-Aug-20 20:42:38

I came on to say One Hundred Stars.
Currently toying with the idea of a Rome map gown, for an upcoming break in Rome.

nitgel Thu 06-Aug-20 20:44:45

Free people have nice kimonos not silk though

QuimReaper Fri 07-Aug-20 13:34:39

Those One Hundred Stars ones are beautiful! I quite fancy one of their Duster Coats!

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Tigger83 Fri 07-Aug-20 15:40:08

Following I am toying with a kimono!

SilverHighlights Fri 07-Aug-20 15:43:55

My yukata is from Japanya, I highly recommend.

Buggedandconfused Fri 07-Aug-20 17:03:00

I have a silk kimono, it’s lovely, not double lined - I’ve had it for 16 years but don’t wear it every day in the summer. I wash it as a cold delicate wash. Silk is pretty resilient. It needs patching as I got a hole where I adjust my knickers a lot 🙈 but that’s quite easy to do. I bought a gorgeous cotton one to wear daily recently as I didn’t want the silk one to get too tired. Here:

Nombrechange989 Sun 09-Aug-20 16:12:45

Ooh, I've been thinking about a kimono!

Does anyone know if the short One Hundred Stars kimonos are a generous fit?

I'm a size 20 and would wear it open over a vest top.

PenguindreamsofDraco Sun 09-Aug-20 16:19:27

Do you have a fox to kill?

MamaNell Sun 09-Aug-20 16:21:36

Biba (via House of Fraser) have a nice floral one. Not the big sleeves but I found those awkward on the short one I have. But great floral patterns and full length

lockdownalli Sun 09-Aug-20 17:42:08

These look lovely. I am not sure I could pull it off though.

They are very wafty though and I am rather fond of wafting.

LongPauseNoReply Sun 09-Aug-20 17:45:07

The kimonos and kaftans from Camilla are beautiful

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