HOW TO WEAR A KIMONO STYLE DRESS

How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40

As we headed to Cesenatico from Bologna airport our driver from The Hotel Beau Soleil informed us of the fortuitous time we’d chosen to visit.
Unbeknown to us it was Ferragosto here!
Ferragosto, a celebration involving an enormous amount of food is on August 15. Originating from the Roman Empire to mark the end of hard labour in the fields. Later the date was adopted by the Catholic Church for the Assumption to Heaven of the Virgin Mary.
Regardless of my atheism I love a party, particularly one involving so much delicious Italian food. Additionally I was excited by the prospect of a new experience at our regular holiday destination.
In 4 days not only was there a special lunch & dinner being served in the Hotel but also a party later that night finishing with fireworks on the beach!

Luckily I’d brought my fabulous new Kimono Style dress

How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40

My black & white Dodo Bar Or dress was tailor-made to party on the beach!

Even though I’d planned to wear it with heels I decided to go with my gold Havaiana flip-flops instead. As it turned out they were barely visible underneath anyway yet when I caught a glimpse of the gold I was very pleased with the effect. Besides I had the new Chloe Hudson drawing the eye firmly away from my feet. This bag is the epitome of festival chic, ideally suited for Ferragosto & the quintessential marriage for this bohemian dress.
Don’t be too envious, little Chloe was merely on loan for the day.
When your beautiful Italian friend has a bag obsession greater than your own, you know she’ll have a couple of new treats to share when you next visit wink

 

How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40

How to wear a Kimono style dress by Dodo bar Or with Chloe Hudson bag | Fashion over 40

Chloe Hudson tan suede mini satchel bag

Chloe Hudson cross body mini satchel bag

Chloe Hudson cross body mini satchel bag

Adore this look but investing in high-end designer handbags is not your thing?

Fear not my friend!
I’ve found a couple of similar items at affordable prices for you to re-create the outfit.

My hair is well overdue a trim

Add blazing sun & chlorine to the mix & my ends are completely fried! How I over-came the frizzies & created this cute side bun for the party, coming up next week. I’ll take you through this simple Up-style step by step – What’s more, my hair was straight from the pool without washing!
As for the natural make-up, you can read my tutorial here if you missed it a couple of weeks ago.

How to do an easy messy bun for thin hair

Natural make up and easy hair side bun holiday look

In addition to the Holiday Hair tutorial I’ll be publishing a travel post of where we stayed & what else we did there. Hope you pop back for all that…
Mx

  • Comments ( 22 )

  • avatar
    donnalou

    Love your look , I have just bought a kimono maxi dress infact I think its the black one on your post here 🙂 xx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Fantastic,bet it looks amazing! I’m thinking a Kimono jacket might be a nice addition to my wardrobe too, what do you think?

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    thestylesplash

    I love the kimono dress, it’s perfect for holidays. I bet you didn’t want to give that bag back!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Too right I didn’t Emma! My friend Stefy also had a new Hermes mini but I wasn’t about to risk borrowing that one 😉 xxx

  • avatar
    Kintan

    You looks gorgeous with those kimono. Love it the way you styled it.
    XOX, Kintan

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you so much that’s a lovely compliment x

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    Abby@midlifecrisisnut

    Lucky you, Michelle! What a feast! I love your dress, your bag and the fantastic background in your images 🙂 I bet you had a lot of fun on your vacation in that sexy dress! xx Abby

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thanks Abby, I had a ball shooting this outfit. I’m so happy you like it!
      xxx

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    Anna Parkes

    This style of dress is so clever and perfect for a holiday like yours. I’m not sure about Kimono’s on me, and yet I can’t explain why – maybe I worry that I’ll look like I’ve forgotten to get dressed! The bag is to die for, Michelle! How lovely to waltz around with that on for the day (big sigh of envy).
    Anna x
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Funny you should say that Anna – The children actually asked me why I was wearing my robe out to dinner Bahahahaha!
      Obviously they’re now up for adoption 😉
      x

  • avatar
    chuky1958

    Lovely dress!

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Hi Chuky, Thanks so much! Hope to see you here again x

  • avatar
    cherie

    I can’t tell you how much I adore your kimono – it is such a great funky piece Michelle. And, that Chloe bag is to die for, love the gold hardware. I’m full time back into the blog world after a much needed vacation. Can’t wait until fall so I can wear all my big sweaters.

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com
    STYLE NUDGE

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      I know Cherie it’s so fab isn’t it? I want to wear it all the time!
      Glad you had a nice long break, I ended up taking 2 weeks off blogging too. I just couldn’t manage it with the children on school holidays & other stuff going on here. So happy to be back working again though, see you soon xxx

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    notdressedaslamb

    Oh okay so I’m officially totally and utterly in love with this dress. Next time I see you I’m going to have to work out a way to get you to bring it so I can swipe it without you ever realising and then I can wear it on my blog to my heart’s content, and no one will ever know!!!!!! 😉

    But really – this is a BEAUT of a dress Michelle, and boy you were a lucky girl to get to borrow that bag! I think I need a friend with a Chloe bag obsession, hehe…!!

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Aw Catherine you may borrow it any time my sweet…& yes I am a lucky duck 😉
      xxx

  • avatar
    Midlifechic

    Such a fantastic look – very continental as my Mum would have said. And what a lovely friend you have! xxx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Heehee I love that, being a brash old Aussie it makes me sound European Chic thank you Mama MC xxx

  • avatar
    Patti

    Wonderful dress! The perfect choice and what a lovely setting. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Hi Patti, Thank you so much – Yes it was a beautiful spot to shoot xxx

  • avatar
    nbosken

    I love that dress! I’ve been wanting to find a good maxi dress for fall and feel like a kimono dress would be perfect! Also your photos are beautiful! I love traveling!

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Aw thank you so much Nina. Yes I agree the kimono is certainly one to look out for. I also love an unusual maxi dress so it ticks that box too! Happy shopping x

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