This is my absolute favorite kimono in my collection. My only regret is that I wore it on a day that we were snowed in, so I couldn’t get any good pictures of it outside to show off the colors!!! It’s actually brighter in real-life, as can be seen in this post. It has peonies, is turquoise and magenta, has stripes, is boldy-patterned meisen silk…basically everything I love in kimono!
I am still debating as to whether or not this ensemble was a success coordination-wise. Half of those who have seen it say that they like the obi with this kimono, half of them don’t. I’m still on the fence about it myself. There’s a “rule” about kimono coordination that I generally like to follow, which is geometric kimono=organic obi and vice-versa. But this kimono is both! So I used an obi that had both checkers and flowers. I think that the next time I wear this obi that I’ll use a floppy-style musubi (way of tying the obi), though, since there’s no core. If nothing else, I love these two pieces in and of their own right.
The obi has this really cool secret pocket that is sewn in between the folded layers of the half-width part (the part around my stomach). I actually found an old ticket tucked away in it…whether it is an old cleaning ticket or for a play, I have no idea. My Japanese friend told me that a lot of the kanji on it are too old for her to read, so it remains a mystery. Maybe I’ll post a picture of it on here someday?
I wore boots and a hat (not for the first time in kimono!) And I feel that it is what helped pull the outfit into one that was at least slightly coherent. I am still learning how to pull things together coordination-wise! You’d think that I’d have a better sense of color, being a graphic design major and all, but apparently all that flies out the window when I wear kimono lol. I think it works together though, in a wacky-funky sort of way.
One thing’s for sure, I’m definitely not into the “conservative” style of kimono!!!