This week we’re highlighting a Spring/Summer 2011 trend that we’re holding on to, tightly, maybe forever, probably at least for a few more seasons.

As any street-styling person will tell you, layering is one of those tricks that can upgrade a so-so look into so much more. But the notion of wearing any more than 3 layers in tropical heat is well, kind of silly. Nothing like melting into liquid human inside a coat, on a cardigan, over multiple tank tops on a five foot way somewhere.

So were we psyched when we saw Kimono Jackets- slinky, soft cover-ups that toe the line between actual-Kimono and put-together-pajama-robe! The possibilities of putting this over, under, between other garments are endless. With a relaxed silhouette, interesting prints and billowy sleeves, they can instantly brighten up jean-shorts and a basic top, and on other days, be the game-changing twist in an elaborate, Susie Bubble-type layering exercise.

Here’s how it went down: During last year’s spring/summer 2011 shows, several designers, chiefly L’Wren Scott (top picture), Dries Van Noten (second picture), and Haider Ackermann (third & fourth pictures) showcased slouchy, dramatic styles for their Asian inspired shows. High street brands picked up and translated the trend into easy-breezy jackets, prompting droves of style-loving bloggers to rock the look.

So far, we’ve seen them thrown over lots of jean shorts and short dresses, but I particularly like them on maxi things or flared pants for that extra punch.

If you’d like to get your very own, here are some pieces we found online.

Mizu Kimono Slip, Leftblock, RM115

Angie Asymmetrical Kimono, oneandahalfclothing.com, IDR 349,000

Steffi Kimono Jacket, cult-ivate.blogspot.com, SGD 75

Amanda Kimono Jacket, Iconique by Albert Que, PHP 1,300.00

Red Rose Print Sheer Kimono, topshop.com£42

Longline Parrot Print Kimono, topshop.com, £75 ; Premium Jersey Animal Print Kimono, topshop.com, £75

Left to right, top to bottom, all from asos.com:
1. River Island Fan Print Kimono, £32.00
2. River Island Floral Embroidered Kimono Jacket, £40.00
3. Band Of Gypsies Feather Print Kimono Jacket, £30.00
4. Band Of Gypsies Paisley Stripe Kimono Jacket, £30.00

We love the next one. Wait for it…

Beyond The Valley 3D Forest Print Silk Kimono Jacket With 3D Glasses, asos.com, £70.00

So, will you join us in holding your kimono jacket close as a tropics-appropriate cover-up?

 [Image credit: Style.com, squa.re, lookbook.nu, asos.com, topshop.com, leftblock.com, iconiqueonline.multiply.com, cult-ivate.blogspot.com, oneandahalfclothing.com]

 Text by Grace Wong