[Kimono] What is the recommended kimono and material for everyday wear? Brand mail order explains
If you want to wear Japanese clothes for everyday wear, you should know the characteristics of the types and materials of Japanese clothes
Many people think that taking care of Japanese clothes is difficult even if they want to wear them as everyday clothes, but if you choose the wrong clothes, it is almost the same as taking care of clothes. Here, we will explain the types of kimonos you want to incorporate into your everyday wear, their characteristics, and the recommended materials for your daily wear.
Kimono recommended for those who want to incorporate Japanese clothes into their everyday clothes
There are four main types of kimono, and in descending order of formality, they are “formal dress,” “semi-formal dress,” “formal dress,” and “casual dress.” There are mainly the following types of "casual clothes", so let's know the difference before purchasing on the mail order site.
Tsukesage is a kimono with a single pattern on the left shoulder of the kimono. The simple design makes it easy to coordinate with other outfits, and if you use the belt as a fukuro obi, you can participate in school or children's events.
- Types of obi to match
- Recommended scenes Entrance ceremony, graduation ceremony, Shichigosan festival, shrine visit, dinner party with acquaintances, class reunion
Komon means “general stencil dyeing” and is characterized by the pattern all over the kimono fabric. Compared to tsukesage and plain colors, it can be worn more as everyday wear.
Komon has not only small patterns but also large patterns. There are various types, such as Edo Komon, Kaga Komon, and Kyo Komon. The appearance of the kimono differs depending on the pattern, so even the same komon can be worn in a variety of occasions and coordinations.
- Type of obi to match Nagoya obi, half width obi
- Recommended occasions Casual wear at home, dinner with acquaintances, class reunions, art appreciation
Tsumugi refers to a kimono made of yarn-dyed fabric using pongee threads. A kimono that can be worn casually or as a fashionable outfit. There are several types of tsumugi, and many of them, such as Yuki tsumugi and Kumejima tsumugi, are designated as important intangible cultural properties of Japan.
- Types of obi to match: Nagoya obi, stylish fukuro obi, half width obi
- Recommended scenes Casual wear at home, dinner with acquaintances, lessons
Omeshi means omeshi-chirimen, and the fabric has wrinkles. Because it is woven using strongly twisted warp and weft yarns that are pre-kneaded and dyed, it is characterized by a larger and clearer grain than normal crepe. The standard solid color can be worn in various situations by changing the type of obi, so it is useful to have one.
- Types of obi to match Nagoya obi, fancy bag obi
- Recommended occasions Casual wear at home, dinner with acquaintances, parties
Yukata is the easiest kimono to wear, as it can be worn directly without wearing a nagusa undergarment, and there is no need to make an ohashori. In modern times, kimonos are often worn at festivals, but in the past, kimonos were often worn after taking a bath or going to bed.
Yukata is easy to handle, so it is also recommended for practicing how to wear it.
- Type of obi to match Half width obi
- Recommended scenesSummer festivals, fireworks displays
Types of kimono seen by season
There are various brands and types of kimono, so many people may be wondering which one to buy. When choosing kimono, it is also recommended to consider the season as follows.
A kimono with a lining, worn in the cold season. This kimono is warm and easy to wear from early October to late May because it has two layers of fabric.
A unlined kimono is a kimono without a lining. It is worn during warmer months, such as June and September, when it is not midsummer.
Among unlined kimonos, thin kimonos are thin. It is worn in particularly hot seasons such as July and August. Fabrics such as silk, gauze, and hemp are mainly used.
Recommended materials for Japanese clothes
If you are unsure about which kimono to choose, it is a good idea to choose a kimono by brand, but it is important to check the materials used as well, as the way to take care of the kimono varies depending on the material. Here, we will introduce the materials used in the kimono and their characteristics.
Kimono materials and features
The main materials used for everyday wear are:
Made from plant cotton, it is inexpensive and can be washed at home, making it perfect for everyday wear. Kimonos tend to fall apart when you move, but cotton doesn't have the smoothness of silk, so it doesn't easily fall apart, making it easy for even beginners to wear kimonos. Thick fabrics are not suitable for summer, but can be worn at any time of the year.
The fabric is made from hemp, a plant, and is stiff at first, but the more you wear it, the softer it becomes. It is easy to care for as it can be washed at home. The fabric is thin and breathable, so it is suitable for summer.
A material made from wool. Many of them are thick and have excellent heat retention and moisture retention, so they are used for everyday wear in winter. It is easy to clean because it can be washed by hand and does not easily get wrinkled or dirty, but the drawback is that it is easily eaten by insects. It is recommended to store with insect repellent.
It is a material made from synthetic fibers, and has been used as a material for kimonos for about 30 years. It used to be of poor quality and did not look very good, but now the quality is so good that it is indistinguishable from pure silk. You can wash it at home and the price is cheap, so it is recommended for those who want to have a variety of types.
Check the functionality of the fabric when purchasing online
Some kimono fabrics have excellent functionality. Some of them can be washed completely, so it is a good idea to check the functionality when purchasing.
Example of kimono selection according to TPO
There are various types of kimono, and it is common to choose what to wear according to the occasion. If you are wondering which kimono to wear when wearing a kimono for everyday wear, please refer to the table below.
|Street wear/Outing wear||△||◎||◎||○|
|first visit of the year to a shrine||◎||○||○||×|
Please consider this table as a guide only. It is not always necessary to follow the table.
It can be worn in various scenes depending on the type of kimono and combination with accessories, so it is important to respond flexibly while considering the balance.
Choosing an obi to match your kimono
When wearing a kimono, you also need an obi, an obi band, and an obiage. The overall impression varies depending on the combination of kimono and obi, so please refer to the table below when choosing.
|going out||Street wear/casual wear|
|kimono||Houmongi Kimono-dyed Houmongi of Komon Tsumugi||Tsumugi fabric Kasuri wool cotton|
|band||Fukuro obi fashionable Fukuro obi Nagoya obi of Nagoya obi binding||Fukuro Obi Fashionable Obi Bag Nagoya Obi Weaving Nagoya Obi Drum Pattern Dyed Obi|
|Obijime||Hiragumi (beating) cords, round braids (colored threads with gold and silver thread patterns)||Fine Kumihimo Uchihimo|
|Obiage||Rinzu's gold and silver leaf holders and items with glitter||Gradation dyed solid color dyed fly tie tie tie tie tie|
Choosing accessories that match your kimono
A kimono is not only an obi and obi fastening, but there are various other accessories. Many small items are also sold at mail order and stores.
The impression will change depending on how you match it, so refer to the table below and choose the kimono and accessories that match the season.
|street clothes, play clothes|
|half collar||Plain white crepe, Shiose habutae, embroidered half-collar, small pattern dyed half-collar, colored half-collar, etc.|
|date collar||don't have to|
|obidome||there is no particular rule|
|sandals||Leather, synthetic leather, etc.|
|bag||There is no particular rule even if it is a drawstring bag or an ordinary bag|
|shawl||Cashmere, lace, wool, and other hand-knitted items|
|fan||Japanese paper, silk, wood frame, bamboo frame, etc.|
|hair ornaments||Goldwork, colored stones, glass beads, plastic objects, ribbons, etc.|
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When it comes to kimono, some people may be concerned about the status of the kimono and the occasion in which it is worn. For products, please visit the mail order site once.
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