My 2017 Halloween Outfit
The name for traditional Japanese clothing is wafuku, ('wa' means Japanese and 'fuku' means clothing) and western or any non-Japanese style it's yofuku. Of all wafuku, the kimono is the most instantly recognized Japanese garment and considered the national costume of Japan.
Kimono in Japan, at the moment are mostly worn by geishas and maikos (apprentice geisha), that make an art of wearing them and wear them all the time.
Non-geisha women in Japan, who wish to wear kimono only from time to time, attend kimono wearing classes to learn what to wear, how to wear it and when to wear it and the correct deportment required when wearing one. Also, for non-geishas, kimonos are now mostly worn on special occasions, people owning perhaps only one or even just hiring them two or three times a year instead.
About my kimono I got it from Laura Caraman, she’s also the designer of the kimono and here’s how I’ve got dressed with it.
I must mention that my kimono had so many layers and once I’ve got dressed with it even if it was really cold before I’ve put it on I couldn’t feel the low temperature anymore.
My kimono parts were the kimono itself, a juban, a koshi himo belt, a datejime, an obi makura belt, and white tabi socks, zori, hiyoku.
I’ve started with the tabi socks since it’s difficult to bend down after dressing fully in a kimono, so you should put on the socks first.
Then I’ve got dressed with the "juban". It consists of a white cotton top and skirt.
A datejime is anundersash that's used to tie your Nagajuban. These are hidden under your kimono so they are often decorative.
Hiyoku are kimono robes that are meant to be worn under your main kimono. Historically, kimonos were worn in 1-20 layers. This was for practical reasons such as warmth and for reasons of formality.
Kimonos are the outer layer of silk robe that's visible to the world. These come in many styles. Mine for example was a furisode. (Furisode means swinging sleeves due to long sleeves that fall into 39 to 42 inches. They are decorated with color pattern that cover fully the whole garment. The longer the sleeve is, the more formal it is.)
An obi is the wide silk sash that's tied around the waist of your kimono. Modern kimono are secured with under sashes. The obi is purely decorative.
Kimonos are usually worn with a type of formal sandal known as zori.
That’s the essential about my kimono and here’s some photos of my hairstyle as well. My hairstyle was a combination of traditional Japanese hairstyle with a bit of contemporaneity so it’s more like a reinterpretation. And about my make-up you’ve got all the details in my previous post.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my post!~