KIMONOS ARE BACK AND ARE A MUST-HAVE!
If you are still in doubt about adding a kimono (or two, or five!) to your wardrobe, then let us help you clear that doubt! Kimonos are back, they are the new jackets and they got us gushing – and you will too soon when you see them on some of your favourite celebrities!
KIMONOS – A LITTLE HISTORY
Kimonos started off as traditional Japanese garments sewn by hand and worn for important festivals or formal occasions. The word “kimono” means a “thing to wear”.
They are usually full-length robes, normally wrapped around the body and secured by a sash. Other variants are shorter and come with tie belts. The robe became a popular trend in 2014 and since then, both men and women have worn them in different stylish ways and for almost any occasion. From the beach to work and casual wears, they have become a style staple all over the world.
Traditionally, kimonos were made of linen, silk and satin, but modern designers have added more versatility to this classic clothing item. Now you can find them in other materials like chiffon, lace and even Ankara. We did a post earlier on Wafrica’s very stylish kimonos of Japanese and West African descent.
Straight-line-cut kimonos offered many advantages. They were easy to fold. They were also suitable for all weather – they could be worn in layers to provide warmth in winter, and kimonos made of breathable fabric such as linen were comfortable in summer.
Because of these many advantages, it turns out that kimonos are now worn in everyday life in other cultures – they are no longer reserved for special occasions like the Japanese weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, or other special events, such as summer festivals.
Some of the finest designers at Tokyo, Milan and Paris fashion weeks sent out models wearing printed kimonos, embroidered robes and flowing fringed caftans. There were also street style kimonos and the kimono-pyjama set trend that are delicious to look at!
Let us inspire you to get a kimono soon, with these pictures: