The Kimono Belt That (After Several Years, but Still) Could

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I’ve stayed away from colourful pieces most of my life. First, as a teenage goth (srsly), then, hesitant to wear overly bright outfits that may seem clownish (like, to whom?!). I’ve been making an effort to push my fashion boundaries ever since I started this blog (am I making progress?), but on most days safe options in neutral colours still may seem like the obvious choice.

Cartoon print midi & orange kimono belt on A Handful of Stories.

I bought this electric orange kimono belt years ago after seeing it on Blair from Atlantic-Pacific. You might know her as the queen of combining prints and vibrant hues, and naturally, she wore the hell out of this belt in the most effortless way. That looks easy, I thought, I could do that.

So I got it, tried it with several outfits and realized styling it was trickier that I’d imagined. I attempted to pair it with something new every other day, put it on just to take it off (minutes after exiting the door) and carry it in my bag for the day. Eventually, I shoved it in the back of the closet. As you do.

Pop corn print midi skirt & mustard blouse on A Handful of Stories.

Some time ago during a wardrobe clean-out, I discovered it again. That fashion piece that was too cool for me. That metaphorical pie I had but never ate. That Everest I couldn’t climb. That boy I liked in middle school, who told me I was “just like a bro”. The symbol of everything I want, but don’t deserve.

And then I realized something. It’s just a fucking belt. It’s a fleeting moment in time where I either wear/do something that makes me happy and confident, or I choose to hold myself up to an unachievable (and unnecessary) standard and never have any fun as a result. So which will it be?

Orange tie front belt & yellow shirt on A Handful of Stories.

P.S. How’d you like me now, confusing kimono belt? I wore you and you weren’t even the weirdest item in the outfit. That’s right. You said to be cool, but I’m already coolest.

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  • I love the belt and Blair has great style! It’s definitely a statement piece.

  • Ruth Maldonado

    Love this post! You look beautiful! And you rocked the belt!

  • Kristin Kohler

    You’re hilarious! And I totally get you here. I LOVE Atlantic Pacific…it’s probably my favorite fashion blog. But I always feel like that style is just out of my league. I love that you got inspo from her and OWNED it! My favorite line…”It’s just a fucking belt” Haha
    By the way, you look amazeballs.

    • Omg you’re the sweetest 🙂 I’m a bit obsessed with Blair haha. She does wear those statement pieces so effortlessly.

  • ADA

    I love the gorgeous kimono belt over this beautiful colorful outfit. The skirt and shoes are stunners and yes if the belt is what you love – wear it. In tomorrow’s post I style a dress with an unique belt. Welcome by and linkup with me tomorrow Yana. Thanks.

    • Thank you, Ada! I’ll check your post out 🙂

  • Your rock this colorful look with the belt and I love the orange and yellow on you with this feminine skirt!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx

  • What a great outfit! I would want to wear it like that. I know about the belt, I have a blue and a black one for years, still have them, and now you see them everywere.

    • Thanks! They did become less intimidating 🙂

  • Savvy Southern Chic

    You wear this belt well, love the outfit.

  • Wow Yana, I am obsessed with this look, the orange kimono belt is so hip and fashion forward. I’m hosting my first ever Wednesday Linkup and would love to see you get link-in 😉

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • Thank you, Sheree 🙂

  • Lorena Lorena

    Well Yana, I did not see the previous attempts on this belt but, with this look, you totally nailed it. You’ve got a new follower 😉

    • Thank you so much, Lorena 🙂 Hope I don’t disappoint 😀

  • I love that belt. It’s such a cool piece.

    • Thanks! It is quite a statement piece 🙂

  • Fabulous post! And gorgeous skirt. And amazing top. And ever so stunning kimono belt! You are absolutely the effing coolest. So there!


    • Aw, you’re too kind 🙂 There’s something satisfying about wearing several loud pieces at once. Maybe I need to write about this feeling. Is there an expression for that, similar to “runner’s high”, something like “Lady Gaga’s high”? 😀

  • I love your outfit, the colors are amazing!!