Kimonos: A Travel Essential from the Plane to the Beach and Everywhere in Between |

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

We have all seen the pictures on Instagram of a beautiful kimono gently flowing while a woman walks on a beach. Take away the beach and you see the most practical piece of clothing to take on your next vacation. I use kimonos when I travel, especially flying. I live in Texas where we can wear shorts almost year-round. I can dress up a pair of shorts with a kimono and don’t have to worry about sitting down in an airport, restaurant, bar, or airplane seat. No more waffle imprints on the back of my thighs from chairs! Kimonos also keep the chill from the airplane off my legs while en route. If you are traveling from a colder climate to a warmer climate, a kimono makes the transition to warm weather super simple. Just roll it up and toss it in your bag once you land and you won’t look like a tourist dressed for a winter storm in sunny Zihuatanejo Mexico. Keep that kimono close by, because you can wear it all around Zihuatanejo shopping, dressing up a pair of shorts for dinner, or swimsuit coverup to the beach.

The key to wearing a kimono is the right style or else you will be walking around looking like you just threw your bathrobe over your outfit. First, the fabric is the single most important factor to consider when choosing a kimono. The weight of the fabric will depend on the climate that you will be wearing the kimono. If you live in cooler climates you can wear a satin-type material. But if you plan on wearing a kimono on the beach or in a warm climate, stick to the semi-sheer chiffon fabrics.

sheer kimono not styled properly
Sheer kimono with tassels