The kimono trend has made a comeback this spring, and The Japanese Shop has everything you need to join it. Of course, we have always known the elegance and beauty of having a kimono in your wardrobe, but now the fashion world have caught up to this idea too. This traditional Japanese style has become a modern fashion statement. Kimono literally translates to ‘thing to wear’, which is quite apt as it certainly is the thing to wear at the moment.
Where Did the Kimono Come From?
The kimono dates as far back as the Muromachi period (1392-1568) where kimono styles and rules shifted and changed throughout the period. It wasn’t until the Edo period (1615-1868) when the kimono became more settled. Edo, which is now named and known as Tokyo, had grown to be a centre of urban culture where Japanese fashion and glamour flourished. The kimono played a large role in this fashion culture.
The increasing popularity of the kimono has come about with kimono-styled items appearing across some of the most popular high street brands, and the publishing of various magazines and website articles of our favourite celebrities fashioning the trend. The kimono has travelled from its traditional roots and has made appearances in festivals, catwalks, and fashion weeks.
Choosing Your Kimono
Needless to say, there is a large variety of kimonos available. Traditionally speaking, silk kimonos were seen as fancy garment worn mainly for occasions and events. Silk kimonos are still usually kept for these special occasions, with their luxurious silk and beautifully bold design making a lovely statement.
More casual kimonos, known as Yukata, are usually made from cotton or a cheaper alternative. Yukata are favoured during the summer months, as the cotton provides a lightweight and breathable material. Uses for this garment varies, some are worn to summer festivals, and some are used as bath robes. Because of this, they are often supplied as dressing gowns in hotels. Yukata have become increasingly popular with the rise of Japanese Yukata-inspired jackets.
All types of kimono come in a variety of lengths, fabrics, and patterns, so you can find one that perfectly matches your style. The beauty of the kimono is that it can be dressed up or dressed down. Whether for an occasion, loungewear, or a coat, the kimono is an effortless and versatile addition to any wardrobe. Longer lengths produce a sense of sophisticated elegance, whereas shorter lengths are perfect for the warm summer months.
Kimonos and Yukata are known for their bold colours and intricate designs. Symbolism is largely incorporated into the designs of these garments. Crane prints are often intricately adapted into designs, with the crane being a symbol of longevity and good fortune. Cherry blossom is a significant feature of Japanese spring, with people travelling from all over the world to experience the beautiful display. Because of this, many Japanese kimonos and yukata proudly display a cherry blossom pattern. Ukiyoe is a genre of art that flourished in the 17th century. These paintings include scenes from tales and history, sumo wrestlers, and beautiful female characters. Kimonos have since incorporated Ukiyoe art form into some of their designs. A butterfly design can also grace the surface of a kimono, with the symbolism of eternity, love, and womanhood. For men, kimonos can incorporate a dragon design, with dragons being seen as generous, strong, wise, and also benevolent.