For some reason, my post on kimonos from a while back has resurfaced among the general populous – and they’ve been preying on my mind as well recently – so I’m doing a follow-up. Wheee!
In the summer heat – trust me, I just ran in 85 degrees and 80% humidity (Warning: Do Not Try At Home!) – my goal for all my clothes (shoes included) is to achieve maximum coolness, temperature-wise. This means light, light, LIGHT fabric, exposure (to get that summer breeze, doncha know), and airyness. During the day, I usually just throw on short shorts (despite my general love of them, skirts tend to be plain impractical for the sorts of romping I do during the blazing summer days) and a loose tank of some sort. But moving on.
On ridiculously hot days [and their resulting hot summer nights], I also tend to walk around in a sports bra (if I’m not going anywhere, obviously), and sleep in one as well. It’s practical, cool, and comfy, not to mention handy for rolling straight out of bed for those 7 a.m. cross country runs (followed by a blissful dive at the lake with your entire sweaty, whooping XC team. Ah, good times…). However.
In the winter, I snuggle into one of a few thick, warm robes, and I thoroughly enjoy it. My summer alternative: a lightweight kimono. I prefer a very light, thin cotton, as silk can be plain sticky when it’s hot. Perfect for summer nights and lazing in the cool misty morning (not that I get to do that much, with all the runs my coach has scheduled). A few recommendations:
F21, $22.80. Chiffon is light, but this isn’t too summery… although you could easily translate into fall, if you felt so inclined…
Temperley London, $1295, net-a-porter.com
Single, $215, net-a-porter.com
Target, $24.99. Basic.
You may need to search a bit to find your perfect kimono, especially depending on what type you want. They’re not super popular this season, unfortunately, but that’s not stopping me!