Japanese traditional costume and its modern versions excite fashionable world catwalks. Allow yourself to be inimitable in 2019, buy a kimono dress and learn how to use it correctly. Without the last paragraph, there is simply no way, because in the Land of the Rising Sun there is a culture of wearing clothes. If you do not know her, you won’t be able to build a successful image.
Japanese-style look details
You will not begin to paint like a geisha, and it is unlikely that others will support you if you decide to do this, but they don’t wear kimonos without makeup . If you want to get closer to the Asian style, then try:
give the eyes an almond shape;
- make them bigger and more expressive;
- Do not use tonal means of dark and yellow shades (in Japan, white complexion is still in fashion, and all yellow shades are undesirable).
Do your hair along with your hair . If it is closer to the canonical version, then use kanzashi and ordinary hairpins. European dress imitating a kimono does not require a high and richly decorated hairstyle. You can leave your hair free or remove it in the usual way.
Also try not to get involved in jewelry . You can decorate your head and hair as you like, but don’t wear sets of jewelry or jewelry. Asian ethno-style involves incredibly complex and expressive prints on clothes. Trying to interrupt or complement such a pattern with a necklace or beads is a waste of time.
Kimono dress and its features
Kimono in cut looks like a robe, but it differs from the last, including the incredible width of the sleeve. The detail of the traditional dress is so large that the girls have to wear it in their hands . Otherwise, it is simply dragging on the floor, which is unacceptable for several reasons. One of them is Japanese thrift. Classic kimonos are sewn from natural, high-quality and very expertly finished materials, so they are expensive. To spoil such a thing by contact with asphalt and earth is sacrilege.
Another noteworthy point is the lack of fasteners . The traditional attire has no ties, no buttons, no zippers. Clothing is fixed on the body with a wide and long tape - obi. (married women at home and in everyday life can afford a short belt, but in other cases the accessory must be long). Moreover, according to Japanese standards, it should encircle almost the entire space between the waist and chest with the capture of both zones.
Modern European girls do not have to follow this rule. They have the right to place obi exclusively in the waist area or under the chest . In the first case, the kimono will turn out with a standard waistline, in the second - with an overestimated one. The option of lowering the placement of the belt is excluded, as this will lead to the plowing of the neckline and generally only Japanese men used this method of fixation.
Important! When tying a real obi - a wide ribbon that acts as a belt - do not place the knot in front. This arrangement is characteristic of Japanese courtesans (not geisha and maiko, but oiran, specializing exclusively in the bodily pleasures of men).
In addition to the traditional versions of kimono, there are European variations of the outfit. Such clothes quite often are not a bathrobe, but are a one-piece dress with a pronounced waist line and a special type of sleeve. The style is complemented by traditional Japanese patterns . Their examples:
- the clouds;
- heron, sparrow;
- lion, deer;
- heavenly bodies (sun, stars, moon);
- calligraphic signs (usually run on the collar and edges);
- snow circles and deep waves;
- conifer tree;
- flowers (the most popular: carnations, chrysanthemums, sakura);
- mythical animals and plants (dragons, phoenixes and wild predatory cats that do not exist in nature with a huge mouth full of fangs are very popular);
- genre scenes, images of everyday life of the Japanese.
Ideally, the pattern should be embroidered, but European designers do not always adhere to this rule. Also, they often use images in their works, which are actually emblems. This is a gross violation, but you will only find out about your ignorance if you wear an outfit with such a print in Japan itself.
Another favorite feature of European fashion masters is to give the dress-gown signs of a kimono . In this case, the dress is sewn with a stitch. The belt may be absent or present, but its functionality is minimized. It does not so much hold as serves as a beautiful accessory - short, contrasting to the main shade of the dress, narrow. Narrow - compared to the real Ob. And they tie the accessory differently: they only wrap the body once, and place the knot where it is convenient, and not just at the back.
Important! A dressing gown and a wrap dress in a cut are different from a kimono. The classic Japanese outfit has a T-shaped cut.
With or without sleeves?
Kimono sleeves in Japan have the same function as braids in Russia: they allow you to determine the marital status of a woman . So, before marriage, the girls in our homeland braided one braid, and after marriage - two. In Japan, the size of the sleeve is indicative. The traditional costume of an innocent person must be equipped with long sleeves. The rest wear short clothes.
Fashion industry gurus do not adhere to the Japanese canon and offer customers products with any length of sleeve . Widely represented are models that are generally devoid of this detail. The absence is compensated by the transfer and lengthening of the shoulder line.
Important! The width of the sleeve, as well as its cut, is rethought. Kimono dresses look incredibly interesting, in which the wide sleeves disintegrate without being integral.
Kimono effect: how to hide flaws
The outfit of a traditional cut is able to hide not only shortcomings, but also advantages . Due to the special dressing gown worn under a kimono, all feminine features and signs are erased from the figure. The obi belt also contributes to the process of eliminating gender manifestations. Moreover, if you follow all the rules, then the woman simply will not be able to cope with tying the belt on her own. So, for example, in the houses of geisha and maiko with specially designed kimonos, specially hired people are controlled - otokoshi . As a rule, these are men. Reason: they are stronger and able to tighten the figure as tight and tight as tradition requires.
A modern European woman does not need such a pullback, but she will not be amiss to learn how to handle ob. A wide long belt for kimono is a worthy alternative to a corset. Due to it, you can not only hide, but also lift, and also highlight the chest. He is an indispensable assistant in the formation of a thin waist.
Important! Narrow belts are not suitable for body shaping. Also, do not wrap the same area repeatedly with tape. This will not only not remove the extra centimeters, but also add them.
Who can wear a kimono?
Anyone who knows the features of their figure and is able to choose a specific model based on them . Definitely not worth resorting to things not of their size. An excessively small kimono dress does not sit on the figure, swings open, and others begin to see more than a miniskirt could demonstrate to them.
Also adequately evaluate the width of the belt . Having drawn yourself with a narrow accessory, you will not become slimmer, because “sides” will hang over the tape, and the tummy will clearly begin to appear from below. And a kimono, no matter how wide, may not always be able to hide such nuances. Most likely, they will be noticeable when moving and in a sitting position.
At the same time, it is definitely worth resorting to women with the following features:
- weak waist;
- cool hips;
- a beautifully shaped chest (a deep Y-shaped neckline emphasizes dignity).
At the same time, there is no guarantee that the modern interpretation of the kimono dress is suitable with very wide shoulders and narrow hips . You really have to try to find a model that can balance the difference between a massive top and a poorly expressed bottom.
How to complement the image with a kimono?
If you are going to dress up in real traditional kimono, then you can not do without sandals or other shoes on a high platform . Elevation is necessary due to the presence of a long train in the outfit, which, according to the rules of Japanese etiquette, should be protected from touching the floor.
Important! When entering the city in traditional vestments, Japanese women pin up an extremely long kimono train.
Of the accessories recommended umbrellas, fans and bags that need to be carried in hands. In extreme cases, you can try on a clutch on a long chain or a model similar to it in principle, size and shape.
When you start to pick up jewelry, remember that initially kimono was used to concentrate on the female wrist and oval of the face. To demonstrate the beauty of the latter, select the correct earrings that are suitable for you, and the bracelets and watches will focus on your hands (do not wear bracelets and watches at once, choose one thing).
Important! Do not wear a lot of jewelry at once. Kimono, according to ancient traditions, needs to be supplemented exclusively with hairpins. Reason: the outfit is so richly embroidered that it does not require any additional tricks for expressiveness.