The Allure of Kimonos, the traditional Japanese dress


The Allure of Kimonos, the traditional Japanese dress

Kimonos are considered the epitome of luxury and style in Japan

Kimono is a traditional Japanese dress worn by men and women. It comprises of a large T-shaped robe in a straight cut with a cotton belt. Kimonos are considered the epitome of luxury and style in Japan and are especially popular among women. Some say that modern sleeping robes are an inspiration of the kimono design as they also comprise of a flowing robe with a cotton belt. The same design has also found a place in bathing robes as well as in some gown designs.

Kimonos have been worn by the Japanese for centuries. There is not much variation in cuts but a considerable diversity in colours and patterns in kimonos. You will find kimonos to be available in an eclectic mix of fabrics. Cotton and silk are two of the most commonly used fabrics in kimonos though polyester and synthetic fibres have also found a strong following among kimono lovers.

In prints and designs, kimonos tend to follow a brighter attitude. You will find kimonos to have flamboyant colours with floral prints, embellishments and other design features. This makes the kimono ideal for wearing on both casual and formal events. Thus in Japan, kimonos are considered perfect formal attire for women. In the west and other cultures, however, you may not feel comfortable wearing kimonos to a formal event except in theme parties and similar functions.

This means that you can wear kimono as a casual dress. You can also wear it to your local shopping mal as long as you are happy to carry yourself in that dress. You will surely stand out among the crowd and carrying the kimono nicely will enhance your style. Cotton kimonos make for ideal summer dress where you can accessorize them with Japanese paper fans, sunglasses and printed umbrellas. Alternatively, try cutting the length of the kimono and turn that into a long shirt. There are endless design options if you want to experiment with the kimonos.