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Sometimes you just need to see an outfit, convincingly worn by a confident stranger, to sell you on a look you never before considered. Case in point, the kimono jacket. I was sitting poolside, waiting for my sons swim class to begin the other weekend, when a very stylish mom walked in front of me wearing her suede ankle boots, skinny jeans and kimono jacket over a simple white tank top. Yes this look should have stood out like a sore thumb around all of the different states of semi-naked swimmers, but instead it looked polished and cool, with just the right amount of bohemian swagger. Can I do it? I don’t know…but I want to try it, that’s for darn sure.