Summer is almost here! With the warmth we know, it will make our daily life even more radiant. At the beach, it will be sunny days again. How can you spend your summer without feeling like you’re in a heat wave? It is undoubtedly through a thoughtful choice of clothing appropriate to the season.
In the world of Japanese fashion, whether it is the Haori sashiko, the reversible Haori or the Haten, the Kimono and the Yakuta represent the most suitable clothes to spend your summer comfortably. We give you, in this article, all the information about these two essential outfits always at the forefront of fashion.
The Kimono and the Yakuta The Kimono: what you need to know about these two noble outfits of the Japanese tradition
The Kimono is one of the most iconic traditional Japanese garments. In addition to being easily recognizable, it remains a favorite garment for many Japanese and its international appeal continues to grow. Usually made of silk, the kimono is distinguished by its T-shape, hyper-flared sleeves, crossed panels, embroidery and XXL belt called obi.
Its flattering, wrap-around silhouette is a timeless representation of Japan’s great appreciation for fashion and beauty. The men’s kimono, in fact, includes several accessories such as the obi (belt), Japanese sandals (geta or zori), tabi (socks), kimono collar or even specific kimono underwear.
The same is true for women’s kimonos. However, the inner part of the women’s kimono also hides the presence of ties and other accessories such as hanjuba, maeita, himo … see more. Like the Kimono, the Yakuta is also a style of traditional Japanese clothing.
Made of a soft and light fabric like cotton and polyester, its name translates as “white linen” from which it originates. Indeed, Yakuta is a more simplified version of the Kimono. It looks like a kind of bathrobe with a straight cut and wide sleeves. Yakuta dedicated to men are often dark colors while those for women are very colorful with various patterns and floral designs.
How to wear the Kimono or the Yakuta in the city and with style?
Traditionally, wearing these two garments is not at all complicated. First, you put on your Yakuta (or kimono) as if it were a dress. Then, fold its right side under the left side. This detail is very important, because it is the opposite way that corpses are dressed. Now place the obi (or belt) on your belly, about the level of your navel.
Wrap it around yourself by tying the ends before tying a knot. This is a pretty classic look. However, you can also perfectly mix your Yakuta or kimono with nice basics (jeans, dress or T-shirt) for urban and still chic looks.
With jeans, they can give a very sophisticated style. With a pair of sneakers, Gazelles or New Balance, you still carve a streetwear look. For an ultra-trendy look, pair your Japanese outfit with a little white blouse or a nice dress and put on a pair of mules with a little heel.
For a chic and glamorous look, opt for a patterned kimono and match it with palazzo pants. Choose a pair of metallic or black pumps depending on the color of your look.
Why are Kimono and Yakuta popular in summer?
As you have read above, Yakuta is often made of unlined cotton and Yakuta is made of silk. And these textile materials are very light and have exceptional “breathable” properties. Therefore, these two outfits are the most suitable for hot weather.
At the moment, it is not uncommon to see people walking around hotels and streets with their kimono or Yakuta. In fact, there is no better way to spend hot moments…
If you know how to make the arrangements well, you can wear your Kimono or Yakuta to go anywhere during this summer period: to the office, a party or a formal occasion.