The Model and Me: Iland Co summer 2017

The Model and Me: Iland Co summer 2017

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 20 Comments

There’s no doubting that layering in an outfit adds interest and takes your whole look up a notch.  In the warmer months, however, layering is not easy to pull off without sweating up a storm.

There is one wardrobe piece that can work in the layering department when the heat is on – the kimono.

I’m a fan from way back and was excited to find out about online store, Iland Co, a store that specialises in them – and offers them in three different lengths.

New South Wales-based Jodie Minto created the label when living as an expat for almost nine years in Dubai.  

Our designs are all done in-house and are inspired by our travels. We ethically source our fabrics and materials and always strive for a fair deal for all of our team, suppliers and manufacturers. – Jodie Minto

The model

Iland Co Mandalay Beach Blue Paisley Kaftan Kimono

Iland Co kimono $89 (short); $115 (medium); $129 (long)

and me

Iland Co kimono (long) | Sassind tee | Bohemian Traders jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMMA heels

Iland Co kimono (long) | Sassind tee | Bohemian Traders jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMMA heels

Iland Co kimono (medium) | Sassind tee | Bohemian Traders jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMMA heels

Iland Co kimono (medium) 

Iland Co kimono (short) | Sassind tee | Bohemian Traders jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMMA heels

Iland Co kimono (short) 

The base outfit I’ve worn here is one that most of us have in our wardrobe – a white tee and denim jeans. Sure they look great on their own. It’s a classic look.

But just the addition of one garment – the kimono – in any of the three lengths takes the outfit next level.

Each length of kimono offers a different look too. The longer length offers a dressier take and the short of medium options a more casual look.

I’ve worn a tee but a tank or cami works equally as well, particularly if it’s warmer. A kimono worn with shorts also works. Play with proportions and wear a long kimono with short shorts as shown in the model’s outfit.

The kimonos are made from a chiffon polyester mix. The short length kimono comes with one front clasp, the mid-length with two clasps and the full-length with three fastenings. The clasps are invisible clear press studs so no noticeable when worn open.

Sizing is free size.

The Model and Me: Iland Co summer 2017

So tell me, would I find a kimono in your wardrobe? What length do you prefer to wear?

* This garment was gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post contains affiliate links. Full disclosure policy here. Full disclosure policy here


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  • Melissa Gibbs

    Hi – what are the earrings you are wearing? They look like Nicole Fendel, but what model?

  • LOVING that longer one – it’s just such a cute and easy way to dress things up.

  • Perfect for a jeans and tshirt girl like me 🙂 I like the short one best. It shows off your legs and shoes better.

  • Robyn Jokic

    Love love the Kimono…over a plain tee dress also gives it a more dressier look!

  • Delwyn Norris-Milich

    I love the long length, something about the floaty look is a little exotic, but when I try to wear one, I feel like I’m heading out with my dressing gown on???

    • Maybe it’s the fabric in the kimonos you’re trying? I like mine to be on the soft and floaty side.

  • Karen

    Very pretty. I like the look of that plain white tee also. Looks like it wouldn’t be see through. What size did you buy? I’m a size 14 so wondering whether to get the M or L. Thanks

    • I’m in L but it’s over-sized so you might just need an M. It’s such a great style of tee.

  • Linda Jenkins

    I bought one from Susanne Grae this Summer in gorgeous shades of blue for $20 and it is such a great addition to basics such a jeans and t shirts as you have shown. Thanks always for the inspiration Nikki !

  • Brian N Joanne Morris

    The kimono has been a staple in my wardrobe for a few years now! I agree it just takes your outfit up a notch! As this summer has been so hot I have worn a long kimono over a fitted knee length dress & it looks great. Love all lengths and all of the ones you feature here look great on you! Thanks for the article.

  • Kathryn

    Love this kimono, all the lengths! I like the longer one on you and the model, on me it would trail on the ground. Definitely shorter ones for me. Love the colours too, will check them out! I have a few in my wardrobe, so versatile and wearable in summer/spring/autumn x

    • The idea of the different lengths is great for different heights I think … everyone’s proportions are different x

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Love the long one on you Nikki and yes you might ahem find quite a few kimonos in my wardrobe,I love the, over jeans for then transeasonal weather Xx