From kimonos to brocade try this season’s hottest trends | Style | Life & Style



Whether through kimono silhouettes or Japanese inspired prints and fabrics, the lure of the Orient is a fashion trend that can be worked for both occasion and casual wear.

Look for brocade fabrics and cherry blossom prints for an easy way to inject this look into your wardrobe.

Kimono jackets are an obvious choice for this trend and work particularly well over jeans for a smart/casual vibe.

The high street is full of print perfect co-ords and complimentary separates to help you embrace this trend.

Shop for print this season and cast your fears aside.

While you may feel you can only have one statement piece per look, different prints that match in terms of tone are a great way of adding extra detail and getting use out of those patterned purchases.

Try a trophy jacket in a mosaic style print as the perfect way to kick start this trend.

Adding a chintzy floral print pencil skirt, with a crisp white shirt makes this bold look great for summer occasions.

Model wears: Jacket, £397, Camilla; Shirt, £169, Luisa Cerano; Skirt, £38, Oasis; Shoes, £19.99, Stradivarius; Necklace, £195, Pebble; Earrings, £145, Pebble; Rings, £114.05, £113.50 both Chupi; Ring 3, £55, Astra.

The kimono has become somewhat of a staple of the British high street.

Cast aside your duster coat and opt for a more glamorous kimono to add a smarter look to jeans.

This beautiful H&M printed piece is a real stand out buy and can easily be dressed up or down.

Alternatively try a kimono over a pair of a palazzo trousers for a stylish summer wedding guest look.

Or use as the perfect race day coverup over a shift dress.

Model wears: Kimono, £69.99, H&M; Dress, £149, Jacques Vert; Shoes, £35, Marks and Spencer; Necklace, £7.99, New Look; Earrings, £7.99, New Look; Ring 1, £8, River Island; Ring 2, £45, Pebble

The wealth of beauty of traditional oriental fabrics knows no bounds and this stunning ballgown really shows that off to full effect.

For an easier way to trial this trend, look for some of the stunning brocade fabrics that have found their way into this season’s occasion-wear.

Opt for jewel tones and metallic threads to add texture.

Accessorise with statement jewellery to finish off the look.

Model wears: Dress, Price on application, Malan Breton; Shoes, £38, V by Very; Earrings, £12.99, Stradivarius

The oriental trend has been championed for several season’s and this up date from Phase Eight of last year’s hit cherry blossom print dress is an absolute summer season winner.

This floral print dress sums up the trend with easy and if you have any wedding’s on the horizon this is a perfect guest dress.

Keep accessories simple and tonal, picking out the soft grey hue as your accent shade.

Cherry blossom prints are key to this trend but this one is particularly striking.

Model wears: Dress, £130, Phase Eight; Bag, £45, Coast; Earrings, £3, Primark; Ring, £3.99, New Look


Once again we have played on mixing prints, while keeping colours tonal.

This is the easiest way to mix and match different prints without it resulting in a riot of colour and chaos.

Drawing inspiration from origami look for structured silhouettes in stiffer fabrics such as heavy silks and organza that will hold their shape well.

Opt for pin tucking and pleating detail to replicate and reference the intricacy of origami.

Model wears: Jacket, Price on application, Malan Breton; Shirt, Price on application, Malan Breton; Trousers, £59, Marks and Spencer; Earrings, £90, Pebble; Ring, £3.99, New Look; 

Shoes, £27, Next

But it isn’t all muted tones and blossom prints.

You can definitely work in bold hues to this look, which work especially well for oversized floral prints, that are in abundance this season.

Try traditional silhouettes, such as a wide leg trouser over a matching or co-ordinated jacket with a mandarin collar in bright colours to embrace summer into your wardrobe.

Be taken by the lure of the orient this season.

Models wears: Top, £49.99, Bershka; Trousers, £46, Topshop; Shoes, £129, Carvela at Kurt Geiger; Bag, £45, Accessorise; Necklace, £5.99, New Look; Earrings, £9.99, Stradivarius; Rings, £30, Pebble


Stylist: Rivkie Baum

Photographer: Jay McLaughlin

Hair and Makeup: Yelena Konnova using YSL and Bumble and Bumble

Fashion Assistant: Jessica Evans

Model: Pilar at Nevs

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