Kimono Style Guide

Is this your first time trying out kimono fashion? Are you having a hard time deciding between our kimono, yukata, robe & bag collections? Worry not: here are some easy tips breaking down all the details you need to know!

Japanese Yukata

SHOP THE LOOK | Red Lilies Yukata

A yukata is essentially a lightweight form of kimono, which is worn casually indoors, or even outdoors during the summer. They are made from thinner, lighter material than the traditional silk kimono, which makes them comfortable and easier to wash. Yukata are usually worn without extra layers, with simple underwear and no tabi socks.

Our yukata are vibrant but also chic, and simple in silhouette, making them ultra easy to customize. Available in standard and plus sizes, and are shipped to you gift-wrapped in Japanese washi paper! Explore our How to Wear Kimono video tutorial and kimono size guide to make sure you know your size and can get ready to hit the street straight away. Also, take a look at our yukata styling tips video tutorial to learn more!

Japanese Kimono

SHOP THE LOOK | Tancho Crane Kimono

Our Japanese kimono are designed by some of the most respected Kyoto makers. We offer four different kimono patterns, each with their own distinct personality, style, and visual narrative.

Crafted from high-quality polyester, these women’s kimono are thicker with a comfortable inner lining that will keep you warm in the colder months and never lose their shape. They are shipped to you gorgeously gift-wrapped in Japanese washi paper. Caring for your kimono is also a breeze – thanks to the exceptionally durable material you can machine-wash and iron this garment.

Purposefully designed for everyday life, our kimono are easy to put on, and easy to put away too: learn how to fold kimono here. The appeal of kimono fashion is also its almost limitless flexibility – you can wear it as loungewear or get creative and mix with your everyday style. They are perfect for both formal ceremonial events and stylish dinner parties!

Obi Belts

SHOP THE LOOK | Diamond Weave Obi

A crucial element to any Japanese kimono is the obi belt. Thick, supportive and the final piece to bring your outfit together, it’s a key player in the world of kimono and yukata. People are often nervous about tying obi, but it's easy: you can learn how to tie an obi belt in two minutes here!

What Jackets Go Well With Kimono?

SHOP THE LOOK | Hanten Padded Jacket

The Kurume hanten is the highest quality traditional kimono-style padded jacket for contemporary living.

Kurume City in Kyushu specializes in Kurume Kasuri – cotton-weaving textiles originating in the 18th century. It is renowned for its intricate technique and premium quality of raw cotton.  

This hanten padded jacket is carefully handmade stitch by stitch and filled with Kurume cotton padding, which will not slip. This thick natural padding not only retains heat well, but will also puff back up to its original volume with a little warmth from the sun. The lining is also cotton to ensure you will be both warm and comfortable.

Kimono Robes

SHOP THE LOOK | Japanese Gold Robe

Crafted by Kyoto’s renowned kimono makers, these Japanese kimono robes are the perfect choice for those who enjoy the stunning beauty of traditional kimono patterns, and the luxury of tailored loungewear.

Three-quarter length robes are available in size S/M suitable for US sizes 0-12, and L/XL for sizes 14-20. Full-length robes are suitable for US sizes 8-20 and include free shipping anywhere in the world, gorgeously gift-wrapped in Japanese washi paper.

This has to be the most customizable of all the kimono iterations, the knee-length robe with its matching belt can be easily paired with a chic basic outfit for a splash of vibrant color. The premium quality of the cotton-satin means it is very comfortable and makes for a beautiful nightgown or one-of-a-kind loungewear.

Accessories

SHOP THE LOOK | Yuzen Silk Clutch

We curate some of the best Japanese kimono brands and artists including magnificent silk brocade wallets, makeup bags and clutches by the award-winning Tatsumura Textile. Take a look at our Furoshiki, some of the finest Japanese wrapping cloth, and the masterpieces of Tenugui cotton towels. You also have the option of free shipping to wherever you are in the world on all orders over $99!

The elegant silk clutch above, handcrafted in Kyoto by Tomoko Fujii of RITOFU, showcases the technique of kyo-yuzen, a 17th century method of handpainting kimono fabric unique to Kyoto. An artful blend of Japanese tradition and contemporary fashion; pair this versatile clutch with formal evening wear, casual attire, or even your kimono or yukata.

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