Kimono Styled As A Dress: Tis’ The Season

Floral kimono as a dress and red ankle boots.

No…not that season. I’m talking a season that probably only special education teachers and perhaps a few other observant educators are aware of…


…IEP season, as those in my neck of the woods not so lovingly refer to it. It’s kind of like deer season, but (hopefully) without the bloodshed. What’s an IEP you may (or not) be wondering? It is a binding legal document that each and every special education student has; the Individualized Education Program. As I said, each special needs student has one, and the special education teacher is responsible for writing every IEP for every child on her/his roster. That means that I personally am responsible for writing 15 such documents, the vast majority of which have due dates in October; hence IEP season. Each individual document ranges between 25 and 40 pages depending upon the particular needs of the student. Let’s see…that’s 15 students times an average of 32 pages…you do the math.

And why am I rambling on about IEP’s? That would be because as I type this I have another window open on my computer with my IEP writing program. I’m approximately 1/3 done on my fourth IEP. Ya…my fourth IEP. Which means I am literally buried under a terrifyingly deep pile of paperwork right now. Therefore, my only story today is that real life demands my attention and I’ll see ya on the other side…for now enjoy the outfit and enjoy the link up!


I was really excited about this month’s Ageless Style Link Up theme, “How to extend your wardrobe by wearing pieces in different ways”. A few months ago when I styled a kimono as a top, I had said I wanted to try styling a kimono as a dress and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a spin.

This floral number was at the top of the list when I thought of styling a kimono as a dress since it is substantially longer than my other kimonos. When I first wore it back in August, I also styled it with these same boots, but wore it more traditionally over shorts and a tee shirt. In my mind, the red ankle boots were the obvious choice, although red pumps would dress it up even more. On a side note, can you believe that I don’t own a pair of red pumps?! Obviously this time a few tweaks were involved since I was wearing it as my central piece as opposed to as a top layer as a kimono is intended.

Since it is sheer, I had to add a layer underneath and my lace dress extender like this one, was perfect for the job. I wrapped the kimono much like one would a wrap dress and then added a wide belt. The final touch was a few well placed safety pins to secure it closed and that was it…super easy! Styled this way, I think it looks like it actually is a wrap dress as opposed to a kimono.


Think outside of the box. Try coming up with a new and inventive way to style a piece in your closet. Just because a piece is meant for one purpose that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for another. No rules…remember? 🙂


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Kimono: Shein (Similar);  Boots: Aldo (Similar);  Choker: c/o Ettika

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**Necklace received c/o Ettika. All opinions, as always, are my own.



  1. 10.3.2017 / 1:07 am

    I’m on the hunt for a Kimono that will fit little me! This looks great on you Debbie and I love your hair up! xx

  2. 10.3.2017 / 2:27 am

    Wowwowwow! I think this is my favorite outfit of you! Fantastic! The colors, the boots, your hair! Just love it.

    Goodluck with your IEP!
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  3. Jaymie Ashcraft
    10.3.2017 / 6:39 am

    Love this look!!!

  4. 10.3.2017 / 7:02 am

    Holy cow girl, you look like you’re wearing an expensive gown not a kimono!!! Wow! This is just gorgeous on you.Love your creativity.
    I totally understand IEP season, as the school counselor I used to be in charge of all the staffings too. Now I coordinate and write all the 504 plans.Ugh, the joys of education! But we wouldn’t have it any other way now, would we?
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  5. 10.3.2017 / 8:33 am

    sorry about all the paperwork, but for such a worthy reason. Love the look as a dress. I also think in the winter over leggings and a top would be smashing

  6. 10.3.2017 / 10:35 am

    Oh, this looks so pretty and romantic! Great idea and one I need to try. I love it with the bright red boots, but can definitely picture it with red pumps. You need to get on that! I love all my red pumps and find them quite versatile. Loved this month’s theme.
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  7. 10.3.2017 / 11:13 am


    Love your kimono dress!

    As the mother of a special needs daughter I am very well aware of the IEP season.
    It is a lot of work on you , the teachers, and the parents to draw up a written plan for a child who needs many voices to advocate for them.
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  8. 10.3.2017 / 8:54 pm

    Love the kimono as a dress, especially with the red boots. I hope you got all your work done too! 🙂

  9. 10.4.2017 / 6:37 am

    Oh my goodness, Debbie, this kimono! It has captured my heart and I will have dreams about it! I love how you transformed it into a dress. And the red booties are perfection! And now I am sending you lots of calming vibes and writing energy for all of those IEPs. I seriously thought that one IEP was about 4-5 pages long. I had no idea! EGADS! Go get ’em, you brilliant, wonderful lady!

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  10. MonicaP
    10.4.2017 / 10:17 am

    What I love about this outfit ~ the red boots! So unexpected (well maybe not for you), but I would have dragged out a tired o’l pair of black something .. lol


  11. 10.5.2017 / 6:20 pm

    Sooooo pretty! The red boots really set it off.

    My daughter used to stress over IEPs when she was in special ed. I don’t think she understands how incredibly proud I am of her and how hard she and her teachers worked.

  12. 10.6.2017 / 4:51 pm

    Okay this is such a fabulous outfit. I love the bright floral and those red boots are such a great pop of color!