What to wear with a sheer kimono

Better late than never, but hello, and welcome back from the long weekend! As you'll see in these photos, I spent Memorial Day weekend in Mendocino, which is this charming seaside town three hours north of San Francisco. I had three joyous days of sunshine, fresh air, good food (and wine, of course), and overall relaxation, and now that the weather has actually gotten the memo that it's spring, I almost feel like a new person. So, ironically, I'm wearing almost all old things in this outfit.

I got this kimono (last seen way back here) last year in my summer Box of Style, and I'm glad that kimonos are still having a moment, because I thought it totally worked for Mendocino, in a glamorous-hippie kind of way. (Mendocino is a place where a one-bedroom "artist's cottage" will run you $800k. See what I was going for?) I tend to wear this one more with skirts, but wanted to try it with white jeans. It still feels summery, but in a way that's more appropriate for Northern California weather.

The Athleta top I'm wearing underneath (and last seen here) is one of my all-time favorites, and I'm considering getting it in white and maybe gray too. It's thicker than a T-shirt, but not quite sweatshirt weight, thus making it kind of the perfect top for San Francisco. I also love the little crisscross detail at the hem, which creates a flattering line.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall that I recently lamented the fact that I can't find a good pair of white jeans. I haven't done much to rectify that situation yet, so I'm still wearing this ancient pair (last seen here). But I promise, I will start my search soon. (And as a spoiler alert, Madewell got the most recommendations in the comments, so I will probably start there.) Funny thing, I don't think I had ever worn these with a black top before, but I really liked how it worked out.

I saw these Topshop sandals on another blog, and while another pair of black sandals was probably the last thing I needed, these were $48 well spent. They're faux suede, and faux wood—so they probably can't even be called clogs—and while normally I'd run screaming from both those things, I love these sandals and have been wearing them nonstop. They're really comfy and unlike most clogs, very lightweight (probably due to the fact that they're fake wood). Again, they fit in with my whole boho-bobo theme here. I probably could have gone more hippie with my accessories here, but I wanted to keep it elevated, so I went with some of my favorite minimal pieces and this clutch (last seen here), which I love to take when I'm traveling—it holds just the essentials you need for a night out.

I loved Mendocino so much, I'm going to write a travel diary post about it, so stay tuned for that (probably next week because, real talk, I have lots and lots of photos to edit). In the meantime, check out the gorgeousness in the background—we shot it at the state park that's literally in the middle of town.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Helena Quinn kimono || Athleta top || Michael Kors jeans (current season here) || Topshop sandals || Stella & Dot clutch, necklace, bracelet, ring || YHF Los Angeles sunglasses (sold out)


passion fruit, paws and peonies said...

That is such a pretty see-through kimono. I love how you kept it very simple and let the kimono sing xx

Ruth said...

I love a pretty kimono. The floral is so pretty and a great spring piece!


Jessica Jannenga said...

This is a lovely area Cheryl. I have never been to California, and would love to go to different areas, like SF. Loving the boho vibe with your black sandals and pretty kimono. lovely print, looks great with the white jeans! I know people have bought from LOFT too.
thanks for linking!
jess xx

Michelle said...

The way you styled this kimono is perfect & looks so great with your basics


Varuna Jithesh said...

Nice and Perfect looking outfit..