Kimono jacket

Kimono 1

On holiday I was out lunching with a friend and she was kind enough to take these pictures. It was one o’clock on a bright, sunny day. Not the best time to take photos. But I do not turn down such nice gestures especially not when it means a different environment. Makes a nice change from my garden.

Here I am in Amsterdam, where there is lots of green (trees, plants, parks). This Japanese kimono is made of silk in 1930. Hand panted, hand stitched … the works. Found it last year in Antwerp. Again my husband paid for it. I always knew he was a generous man. But it wasn’t until I started mentioning his gifts on this blog that I realised how generous ….
You have to carefully fold this jacket in a special way and keep it in special paper hidden in a draw. I sewed the red ribbon on the jacket so I don’t have to take it to the dry cleaners too often. In the old days they unpicked all the stitches, cleaned the parts and sewed everything back together. (Not anymore in 2013 and certainly not by lazy me.)

You have seen this kimono before in winter when I was trying it on my long black leather pencil skirt (what a mistake!). Then I stumbled upon the site of you look fab where Angie was saying that pairing such a jacket with jeans made a nice contrast. So I tried. And I think this looks rather nice. If I follow all Angie’s suggestions I think the outfit needs more casual boots.  I have not thought that one through yet. Besides… the weather was finally nice, so no boots but slingbacks.

Kimono 5

Kimono 2

Kimono 3

Kimono 4

Kimono 8 Kimono 6 Kimono 7
Nearly forgot to upload the photo (taken with an iPhone) of me and my friend’s baby boy.

Kimono 9
Sorry for the vague pictures, but there is an advantage too: “vague” takes years of my age haha.




  1. 18 July 2013 / 20:24

    Your kimono jacket is precious and reveals all its beauty on you. I am not surprised it requires a lot of care.
    It goes well with blue jeans and red accessories, ( by the way. . . what a beautiful bag! )
    Going around with a friend in a city. . .is there anything better?

    • Greetje
      18 July 2013 / 21:19

      I presume you mean the red bag? The shopper? Bought in Rome. Your country holds many treasures, but I took a few with me LOL.
      And I agree, going around town with a friend is reall nice. Oh wait a minute, I forgot to upload a picture of me with the new baby of my friend. Will do that now.

      • 23 July 2013 / 23:30

        In the last days the internet didn’t work very well here, ( or was it due to my lack of know how?) . Everything seems ok now…
        Well, do you believe that I just saw one bag? In fact the red one caught all my attention! And something else I have noticed just now is the brand of your shoes…I had once a pair of the same brand!

        • Greetje
          24 July 2013 / 07:27

          Yes the red one is rather “in your face”. And Unisa is a shoe brand which is sold a lot here. They are easy on your feet.

  2. 18 July 2013 / 22:52

    Loving the red slingback and the way the kimono fits you as well both of your bags (the red one and the black one).
    In the past they used to unpicked all the stitches, cleaned it and then sewed everything back together??
    Oh my, not time for that now!!!!
    Blogging is a good thing, especially when it makes you realize the generosity of a love one!

  3. 19 July 2013 / 04:24

    I am a kimono lover, and this silk 30’s treasure looks absolutely stunning on you. It looks great with jeans and your red shoes. Very vibrant and alive!

    • Greetje
      19 July 2013 / 11:37

      Coming from you, this is a very nice compliment. Thank you.

  4. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    19 July 2013 / 07:24

    I’ve always been on the lookout for a kimono…’s just perfect for SoCal weather! You are lucky to find one which you can accessorize with red touches!!!! BTW…..the pictures came out fine!


    • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
      19 July 2013 / 07:28

      BTW it’s me again,……I saw your pretty face at Josep-Maria’s blog & I put in a nice word for you my friend!!!

    • Greetje
      19 July 2013 / 11:39

      When I look at the quality of photos on other blogs, I know that there is much room for improvement. Glad you like my kimono. I have another two “kimono-type” tops. You are going to see them in the near future.

  5. elle
    19 July 2013 / 23:53

    Greetje, I love how you made the time honoured kimono modern and relevant. I also love the red shoes! Serious case of baby envy….too..
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      20 July 2013 / 08:30

      And I love my husband for giving it to me.

      • elle
        20 July 2013 / 17:59

        Husbands can be handy that way.. Enjoy him and the kimono!
        XX, Elle

  6. 20 July 2013 / 05:44

    I loved how you styled the kimono. You look fabulous and those shoes are absolutely fab!

    • Greetje
      20 July 2013 / 08:32

      That is a very enthousiastic comment. Thank you for taking the time on your holiday. Hope you are having a wonderful time.

  7. 20 July 2013 / 12:05

    Greetje Hello, I’m on vacation, but I spent a moment to review your blog. I love the kimono and I like the outfit with jeans and red shoes. The red bag is gorgeous, too. You cut your hair?

    • Greetje
      20 July 2013 / 19:15

      Wow, I have your attention even when you are on holiday. Thank you. You missed my post “Boating in Amsterdam”of July 15. You will love that post I bet.
      And I have a hair cut every six weeks and sometimes it is a bit shorter than other times. Basically the same.

    20 July 2013 / 13:48

    wonderful jacket

    • Greetje
      20 July 2013 / 19:16

      And I had it before kimonos became fashion. I was so proud to be ahead for a change. As that never happens.

  9. 20 July 2013 / 15:03

    Quirky kimono top. I love the red acent so much.
    You are ageless to me, my dear Greetje

    • Greetje
      20 July 2013 / 19:16

      Ohh.. I hope I stay ageless Sacramento. Would be nice. As long as I can laugh I am alright.

  10. 21 July 2013 / 03:01

    Well, I could seriously borrow this entire outfit. I love everything about it even down to the setting for the photo’s. The kimono paired with your jeans is splended, actually amazing and paired with those red sling backs, WOW, you did really super good with this one. Love the photo of the shoes by themselves.

    • Greetje
      21 July 2013 / 15:01

      (I don’t think you got this reply, so I do it again.)
      Thank you Trina. If you come over you could borrow it, although I think we have different sizes and I know we have a different shape. I am 5ft74 by the way.

  11. Happiness at Mid Life
    21 July 2013 / 08:24

    That is incredible that this jacket is from the 30’s and it’s still in such great shape. It’s probably because you take such great care.

    I have been missing my Greetje’s posts – they are not showing up on Bloglovin’. I’ve got some catching up to do.


    • Greetje
      21 July 2013 / 15:00

      I am sorry Alice, when I changed from Blogger to WordPress I also changed server, so some people have lost their connection with me. Please register again at the top of the right bar, by email, feed, facebook etc, your choice. (Don’t do Pinterest.)

      About the kimono, I was surprised as well and said it couldn’t be that old, not with silk which sort of withers away as soon as there is sunlight. But the lady in the shop showed me (in a thick book) how the material was woven and painted, all by hand and how they preserve it and tuck it away in acid free paper in a draw etc. These pieces were so expensive when they were made that they had to last for generations.
      And here am I, showing it off as a fashion item….

  12. Greetje
    21 July 2013 / 08:25

    Thank you Trina. If you come over you could borrow it, although I think we have different sizes and I know we have a different shape. I am 5ft74 by the way.

  13. 16 April 2014 / 13:37

    Oh wow! What an incredible piece. I love it! It is unbelievable that it is from the 1930’s! Truly a one-of-a-kind statement piece.


  14. 18 February 2015 / 23:00

    Me gusta mucho tu look!! Un kimono precioso a juego con unos zapatos muy bonitos.
    Muy guapa, saludos.

    • Greetje
      19 February 2015 / 05:43

      Thank you Vanessa. I don’t speak Spanish, but I understood what you said.

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