Cultural festivals in Chicago. The merrymaking events that bring people together for a like-minded purpose. Whether it’d be a traditional fête or a tummy-rubbing food gala showcasing diverse ethnic cuisines in the Windy City, there’s an event for everyone to partake in. And when there’s a Japanese Festival featuring delectable cuisines and state-of-the-art jewelry designs, it was no brainer that I’d jump on that joyous bandwagon!
Scrumptious Tonkotsu Ramen, Japanese Caligraphy, Taiko (Japanese Drums) and Minyo (Japanese Folk Dance) performances. Need I say more? My favorite moments were spent strolling through the Japanese market and lauding the impeccable artworks chaperoned by high-fire stoneware, ceramics and glazed potteries.
The minutes I waited eagerly for the “準備できてる”! that the chef announces when the ramen is fully cooked and ready. The times I stood in front of the elaborate Japanese artworks in delight of the amazing origami and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
With all the delectable food, culturally-educating shows and performances that brought out the Japanese cultural flair, I wanted to be in tandem with occasion and bring to light my floral kimono cardigan. Kudos to my talented photographer Jason J whose creative hands put together this “Flower Veil” outfit!
The style not only resonates with the “blossoming” trend this season (as reminiscent of Gucci’s 1964 luxuriant floral patterns), but also pairs well with just about anything!
Match it with a pair of mint shorts and wedge heels as I did and Voilà! You have yourself a nifty outfit from warm summery BBQs to breezy evening soirées! For any occasion incognizant to setting or dress code, a sheer floral cardigan can dress up a casual attire especially worn over a lacy bralette or a low-cut maxi dress.
Sprucing up to a graceful and elegant take of a kimono, and thanks to the flowy effect that doesn’t require a form-fitting tie, I am able to indulge in a few post-ramen delectables like kakigōri and wagashi. Can someone say OISHII!
Kimono Cardigan: H&M// Top: Ann Taylor// Shorts: H&M// Shoes: Nine West// Hat: Forever 21// Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Photos: Jason J