What do you get if you team a bell sleeve with a soft wrap and a wildly on-trend floral or animal print? Spring’s most versatile and, better still, flattering top or micro-dress style.

Gone are the hippy connotations pinned to the humble kimono by Rachel Zoe and Nicole Ritchie – these days kimono-style tops and dresses have taken on a more high fashion air, thanks to high stakes adoptees like Rihanna and Olivia Palermo.

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Serial kimono style adoptee, Rihanna
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Team with culottes for work, sky-high heels and cropped cigarette pants for evening or Kendall Jenner-esque distressed denim micro cut-offs for luxe festival or beach occasions.

Cut and fabric are key, but what really counts right now is a bold retro print. (The new maestro of mad pattern, Alessandro Michele, has made sure of that.) Still, who can look past a simple washed denim staple like the Anna Sammarone number below, which is lust-worthy enough to make up for its floral-free status.

You can’t have too much of a good thing, so here are 10 hot buys to get your collection started.

r Screen Shot 20160825 at 122738 PM copyFree People, Wildwood crescent kimono, $371. SHOP NOW

rr BCBGM41153_INVBCBG Max Azria, Cam Kimono Wrap Blouse, $243. SHOP NOW

r Unknown2Life with Bird, bleach burn print dreaming dress, $450. SHOP NOW

r de906526vanessa020616hm127745aMisguided, Peace + Love Dollar Print Kimono Wrap Dress, $80. SHOP NOW

r Screen Shot 20160825 at 123513 PM copySpell, Wildflower maxi kimono, $159. SHOP NOW

r Screen Shot 20160825 at 123413 PM copyEbonie & Ivory, Coppola Top, $68. SHOP NOW

r Screen Shot 20160825 at 123201 PM copyFleur Du Mal, Haori Kimono, $595. SHOP NOW

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ASOS, Embroidered Kimono-style mini dress, $141. SHOP NOW

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Auguste, The Open Road Bell-sleeved shirt, $95. SHOP NOW

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Anna Sammarone, Denim Belted Kimono Jacket, $740. SHOP NOW

 

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