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Cover Up In Style, Even When It's Hot Outside

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There have been some fantastically vibrant trends already this summer, but none have been quite as practical and stylish as the kimono-inspired robe. Particularly suited to summer, this versatile layer is lightweight, fashion-forward and can be easily stowed in your bag for use later as the sun sets on cool evenings, or if you just want something to cover your shoulders on your way to work – or even when the sun sets.

In essence, think of a this piece as the cardigan of summer: it's that perfect item to throw on top of any outfit for an added bit of warmth, and it's just as easily removed. Plus, depending on which style you choose, this slinky number can add an instant wow-factor to even the most understated outfit. Think a simple white tee and jeans finished with a bold, floral print fluttering around – perfect for pairing in with smaller accessories like sunglasses and color-accent loafers. 

Another elegant way you can style this look is on the beach: these floaty, lightweight layers are the perfect cover-up for seaside situations. Just pack one into your straw beach bag – along with your Insta-ready round towel, of course – and you're good to go. 

You can opt for a longline, printed or embroidered silk version of the style, or you're just after the lightest version you can find (think sheer chiffon), there are plenty of ways to rock this trend. We've seen them in every color of the rainbow, not to mention in every length and adorned with every pattern. Between the simple, neutral-colored kimono-like robes that go with everything and the statement versions with bold motifs, we won't blame you if your closet is filled to the brim with these bad boys by the end of the summer.

For a little summer layering inspo, check out our selection breezy pieces below:
1/23
Forever21 Plus Size Floral Kimono - $18
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2/23
Elvi Floral Net Kimono - £45
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3/23
Printed Kimono - $95
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4/23
Zara Kimono Shawl - $49.90
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5/23
Ecote Antique Printed Kimono Jacket - $59
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6/23
Y.A.S. Bird Print Kimono - $111
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7/23
ASOS Kimono in Dark Floral - $51
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8/23
Mango Silk Blend Kaftan - $209.99
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9/23
River Island Plus Light Pink Embellished Belted Kimono - $110
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10/23
Nasty Gal Love Minus Zero Floral Kimono - $50
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11/23
Urban Outfitters Textured Camo Kimono - $44
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12/23
Forever21 Plus Size Crane Kimono - $18
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13/23
Boohoo Floral Kimono - £12
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14/23
Free People Magic Dance Border Print Kimono - $58
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15/23
Front Row Shop Black Silk Long Kimono - $79
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16/23
Zara Short Butterfly Kimono - $49.90
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17/23
Reclaimed Vintage Kimono - $79
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18/23
Elvi Lace Kimono - £65
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19/23
Missguided Floral Print Satin Kimono - $54
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20/23
Kimchi Blue Longline Kimono - $58
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21/23
River Island Plus Black Mech Embroidered Kimono - $190
22/23
ASOS Tiger Embroidered Kimono - $103
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23/23
Boohoo Pom Pom Embroidered Kimono - £25
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