My Kimono Experience

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Well I went to Japan, and now I’m back home in Aus (did I blink?) and I’m procrastinating now more than ever! Isn’t that what they call the post holiday blues?? – YES IT’S REAL

Japan was incredible. A place that I can appreciate now more than ever for having been there and for having experienced the diverse culture and exciting lifestyle. Food was just amazing and the history and tradition behind the modern culture now is just astounding. It was such a privilege to be a part of – if only for a little bit.

On my blog you’d be used to reading about modern style, trends and fashion of today but this post is going to be a little different. I’m going to talk about a fashion experience that totally pushed the boundaries of excitement for any western girl – wearing a kimono!

The look…

If this isn’t a historical and cultural education in our world of fashion, I don’t know what is! Picking out my kimono was so exciting. The colours, prints and fabrics to choose from was so out of the ordinary minimalistic world that we live in today. In fact in relation to kimonos the bolder the better! I’m a bit of a “plain jane” when it comes to fashion as I love to play with different cuts, shapes and fabrics rather than lots of colour. So when it came to kimonos, I went in the complete opposite direction  and went all out!

The process…

Getting dressed in a kimono takes about 30 minutes – and that was me being dressed by a pro! There are so many layers where do I start? You wear a sheer white gown under the kimono and then you have about four layers of belts and towels around your waist before the final Obi sash is finally put on. It’s very firm around the waist and ribs so personally I think my posture got a little better!! I didn’t attempt to eat in my kimono as it was so tight but I congratulate anyone who tries!

The accessories…

The traditional bags are like mini bucket bags in their shape and small to fit a purse and the essentials. The socks are called Tabi and go upto the ankle and split in between separating the big toe. They are made to be worn with the traditional Geta footwear as I’ve worn.

Nowadays kimonos are only worn for very special occasions such as weddings or traditional Japanese events such as festivals and other cultural events. You won’t see people wearing them in Tokyo so if you do visit Japan, head to a cultural place such as Kyoto to get a feel for traditional Japan!

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(The entire outfit was sourced and borrowed in Japan.)