We know Japan as a country associated with culture, tradition, customs, history and heritage. We also know the country as the technological capital of the world but very few know that Japan is a very fashionable country as well,but for now we’re looking at the traditional outfits.
Also known as yukata or nemaki.
Kimono and yukata are traditional Japanese garments that have charmed people around the world with their beauty, style, and traditional aesthetic. They are full-length T-shaped robes that have long sleeves and are secured in place with a decorative belt.
There are many specific rules for when and how to wear kimono and yukata, known as kitsuke. The rules for kimono are much stricter as they are considered formalwear, while rules for wearing yukata are more relaxed.
Today, many versions of the kimono can be found in the modern fashion world, with multiple fashion designers using the kimono as a foundation for their current designs, influenced by its cultural and aesthetic aspects. Although the kimono is a traditional piece of Japanese fashion, it’s influences have had a significant impact on Western clothing styles.
Yukata wearing is even simpler for men, who aren’t required to make an ohashori fold. Instead, men’s obi are tied lower on the waist, and men are encouraged to create a sort of “pot belly” shape by wearing a special yukata pad for a rounder belly shape.
Both men and women wear kimono. They can be worn year-round and have different seasonal styles – unlined in summer, lined in autumn and spring, and padded in winter.
There are also different types of kimono depending on the occasion as well as the wearer’s social status.
Yukata are the more casual and inexpensive garment. They’re typically made of cotton and are meant for wearing in the summer.