What Exactly Is A Kimono?


Welcome to our blog! Here i´ll share my thoughts on new fashion trends and interesting facts about asian kulture. For the start I choose two questions which will occur to everyone interested in Kimono at some point. 

let´s get stardet!

What is a Kimono?

The Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. It has long wide sleeves and is wrapped around the body. Kimonos are made using long squareshaped pieces of fabric for the middle section aswell as the sleeves. Traditional Kimonos also come with a belt called Obi to wrap around the waist and close in the back.

However, the main difference between Kimonos and western chlothes is the way the sleeves are attached. Whilst conventional sleeves are attached in a round about 45 degree angle the Kimono's sleeves are attached in a 90 degree angle, due to the linear design.

This is the reason why modern pieces that only apply to very littel of the characteristics of a traditional Kimono are still called Kimonos.

What is the difference between Kimono and Yukata?

When my interest in fashion came up it didn´t take me long to wonder about this. Also there seemed to be no one that could give me a satisfying answer. Gladly  I did some research and can offer one to you now.

Kimonos and Yukatas have nearly no differences when it comes to design and cutting pattern. The only clue by wich to distinguish them for sure is the way of use.

Kimonos are usually used for formal events (such as traditional weddings, teeceremony´s ect.). The sleeves are quite long and the fabrics are chosen carfully to ensure best quality. 

Yukatas on the other hand are a part of everyday wardrobe. They are worn during summer, for festivals, visis in onsen or as sleeping gown. Since they are easier to put on and more casual they grew very popular.


A cheaper and less complicated equivalent are yukata for sure, but do you think they can keep up with the beauty and elegance of traditional kimonos ?


Let me know your thought´s and questions on this in the commets!


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3 Tips on wearing a Kimono

Since we hardly ever have the right ocassions to dress up extravagantly i want to share a couple ways to casually wear a kimono.

 1. Emphasize your Shape

Any kimono is easy to combine with almost everything. Nevertheless, you should still consider the design of that very piece you choose and treat it with the dignity it deserves. 

So be mindful and consider your own bodyshape. Whilst tying a scarf or belt around your waist can look very good on a curvy girl the linear design easily underlines the dramatique appearence of a slim and petite person, when worn open. Following this basic rule ensures the Kilomo will always outstand in the best way possible.

 2. Feel the Summer

In case you get a hold of a long summer Kimono you should always combine it with short chlothes made of heavier fabric than the Kimono itself.

Jeans shorts and Cotton tops in matching colors go especially well with this kind of Kimono.

If you are planning to go for a swim i can only recommend taking your Kimono as an elegant and quick cover up for your bathing suit. The light fabric almost guaranteas a stunning apearence at any beach or pool.

 3. Don´t overthink

Since a Kimono gives off a feeling of calmness and harmony you shouldn´t try too hard on finding the perfect match. The right pieces might be closer than you think, just take a look into your wardrobe !

If you are new to the Style a Kimono top might be a good start to get intoduced to the subject.

Short Kimono tops are my favourit when it comes to the link between traditional elegance and casual modern wear. You can wear them during any time of the year and combine them with plain short and longsleeve shirts, since the Kimonosleeves are usually halv long. When it comes to throusers eiher long or very short one-colour legwear is the best choice. 

Just make sure to not wear any patterns that could distract from the design of your Kimono and you are off to a good day with a good look.


I bet you already have all the things you need at home. Let me know about your ways of including a kimono in your everyday wear !