By Tammy Seibert
I have a secret flirtation … with kimonos. In my closet alone, I have short, long, and nearly every length in between, in a variety of fabrics, a range of decorative details and colors. At any given moment, I may throw one on as I swoop out the door for the day.
Maybe it’s the dramatic Stevie-Nicks-style over dresses and jeans and shorts that I love. The more sheer and scarf-like the more I feel like twirling. Is twirling even allowed after 50? Well, you know I’m gonna twirl if I’m wearing a kimono.
Kimono literally translated means “the thing worn.” Although kimonos date back to the 8th century, they are a huge fashion trend that continues unabated, stronger and stronger each season. While historically the women’s versions were made of a dozen or more separate pieces and required assistance to get in and out of, today’s versions are easy to throw on, yet just as beautiful, which makes them ideal for summer.
Maybe it’s because I have a romantic soul but there is something so feminine about the way the kimono layers with almost any ensemble. This floral chiffon kimono that I have layered with a green chiffon sleeveless shirt, black shorts and a zebra belt say summer garden party.
If you don’t own a kimono yet, you’re missing out.
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I mentioned in my post about my mom here that she taught me to cultivate my own secret garden.
“I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us.” … Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden, 1911)
The Secret Garden is a beautiful summer read. It’s the story of the redemption of two miserable, lonely children, a sick boy and an orphaned girl, who are encouraged and nurtured by Mother Nature to bring back to life an abandoned overgrown garden hidden behind stone walls. Its miraculous revival becomes an inspiring metaphor for their own rescue and restoration, as well as the author’s.
I believe we all have a “Secret Garden” in the depths our soul and the state of the garden depends upon the health and vitality of our inner life, not our outer one. Every day we determine our destiny by what we think about. Weed out disappointments, diminished ambitions, unfulfilled expectations, sorrow and frustrations about what has gone before or what has not yet come.
Bless your imagination, pray that a new idea will be planted by the Sower of dreams. Then let passion tend the garden with patience and perseverance. It’s never too late even after 50 to make a conscious choice which secret garden we will tend…when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present – love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure – like this blog about fashion.
Just keep living in the moment and remember kimonos will make you want to twirl in your own secret garden.
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*Photos of Tammy by Jenniffer Walsh