The Gaijin’s Insight to Choosing the Right Kimono

One of the earliest “go to” resources I found when I was starting to look more deeply into wafuku. The entire blog is lovely, (what there is of it- sadly they didn’t complete the scope of the project) but you do need to check the comments for corrections to some of the spelling/terms.

The Plum and Blossom

So your company’s holding a Dinner and Dance soon. You’ve gotten the bee in your bonnet to wear a kimono. Which do you choose? In fact, there are nearly a dozen types of kimono available to you, all with varying degrees of formality and appropriateness, that selecting one can seem totally mystifying to most. Not to mention that you have to pick the obi, of which there are four types, accessories and shoes.

In order to help us gaijins, I’ve compiled a list of kimono and accompanying obis and shoes according to their degree of formality or appropriateness (i.e. married or not?). However, I will not be including Uchikake, Kakeshita or Shiromuku in my list, since all three are for brides to wear on their wedding day. I will, instead, be focusing on the kimono that most of us would wear practically and for a variety of reasons or occasions…

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