The good news is that we don’t have to travel all the way to Japan to adorn ourselves in the traditional kimono garment that originated from geisha attire and, the bad news is — well, all I have is good news. Another bit of information that should surely delight is that the lightweight Asian-inspired look that was seen on the spring 2010 (Vivienne Westwood) and 2011 (Dries Van Noten) runways is still in style this year. The easy-to-wear accessory is back for another run, ready to be put over basics and add a flare of interest factor to any outfit.

This week’s Fashionista was spotted on campus succeeding at the challenging practice of warm-weather layering. Humidity was absolutely in the air, but her abstract flower kimono kept her stylish without the clinginess of a knit cardigan. She completed the look with solid colors underneath and on the bottom with a basic white tank, flat sandals, a blue pleated skirt and a neutral tan belt to finish off and pull together the elements of her look.

Fellow Fashionistas can achieve her look with kimono-style jackets offered in a variety of prints and styles from stores such as Singer22 and ASOS, just to name a few. Try a flowing pleated skirt like hers, or remember that this look would also work with denim, over a maxi dress or belted across the midsection.

Spotted: Anna Sui included the kimono in her spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection, H&M’s spring 2012 collection features modern kimono designs and oriental prints and no one could forget Zac Posen’s stunning fall 2012 line full of rich colors and Asian-influenced designs, including kimono draping.

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