Hi everyone. Welcome back to my Clothing, Shoes and Accessories blog. I was looking online fairly recently for an outfit to wear for the upcoming Office Christmas Party. As everyone is aware an office Christmas party is the time of the year where everyone dresses up, lets their hair down and nothing is ever spoken of again. For my Christmas Party this year I decided to combine 2 of the latest Autumn Winter trends for 2016/2017 and wear a strapless dress with a Kimono on top for layers. I bought the dress a couple of months back and headed online to look for the Kimono. I found some great used ones at cheap prices from one of my favourite second hand websites,http://www.used.forsale/.
For accessories I recommend playing it safe and simple. A simple watch, like the ones we discussed on the blog last week. Team it with some drop earrings, a plain necklace and a multitude of rings, and you’ve got a classy outfit for the perfect Christmas party.
I always find it really interesting to learn about the history of a fashion item. There are several things you should know about wearing a Kimono.
1. Kimonos have been around since the Heian Period – 794AD to 1192 AD. Since the Edo period in the 17th – 19th Century Kimonos have remained largely the same shape and design.
2. A Kimono is a type of traditional Japanese dress. The word for Kimono comes from 2 words “Ki” which means to wear. And “Mono” which means thing. A thing to wear, however nowadays the word Kimono has come to mean the full length robe.
3. Traditionally Shichigosan would be the day in which a child in Japan would receive their first Kimono, and they would wear one for the first time. Shichigosan, which literally means 7-5-3, is a day in which young children to celebrate. A boy would celebrate on their 3rd and 7th birthday, whilst girls celebrate on their 3rd and 5th birthdays.
4. Most modern Japanese women can’t put on a Kimono unaided. A Typical Japanese Women’s Kimono is made up of 12 or more pieces.
5. There are many different styles of Kimono.
· Furisode – “Furisode” translates to Swinging Sleeves, and the Furisode Kimono has sleeves of an average length of between 39 inches and 42 inches.
They are usually worn at a coming of age party, and by unmarried women at weddings and receptions.
· Homongi – “Homongi” translates to Visiting Wear. The Homongi Kimono is characterised by a Kimono with patterns that are on the sleeves, Shoulders and on the Seams. They are usually worn by both married and unmarried women who are friends of the bride at weddings.
· Iromuji – “Iromuji” translates to “Iro” color, and “Muji” which means Plain. An Iromuji Kimono is a type of Kimono that is brightly coloured in one single shade of colour. It is mainly worn to tea ceremonies.
· Komo ‘ A “Komon” kimono features a fine pattern. This pattern is commonly repeated across the fabric. It is a more casual Kimono and would be worn around town or out at a restaurant.
· Mofoku – A Mofoku Kimono is a type of Formal Kimono worn during the mourning period. It is a Black Silk Kimono worn by both men and women, and would be worn over white undergarments and with a white tabi. Women would wear all black accessories, whilst men would wear a plain obi with black/white or black/grey striped Hakama.
· Tomesode – There are 2 types of Tomesode. The Irotomesode is a single coloured Kimono on the top, with patterns featured below the waistline. And is traditionally worn by both married and unmarried women at a wedding who are closely related to either the bride or groom. A black version of the Kimono is known as “Kurotomesode”. It is often worn at a wedding by the mother of the bride or groom.
· Tsukesage – A Tsukesage Kimono is very similar to a Homongi. It differs in that the pattern on a Tsukesage Kimono covers a smaller area, normally below the waistline. It is often worn for parties rather than the traditional ceremonies.
· Uchikake – An Uchikake Kimono is one of the most formal Kimonos. It is traditionally only worn by a bride or for a stage performance. It is normally heavily embroidered or brocaded and is worn over the top of a Kimono and Obi. It is meant to drag along the floor and is often white or red.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our recent post on Compression tops then check that out. And let me know, what are you planning on wearing to your Christmas party? Do you plan your outfit around the latest trends? What do you think about Kimonos? Do you like reading about the history of a garment before wearing it?
If you plan on rocking a Kimono this winter, check out this one Beyonce wore recently. Its one of my favourites.