~Autumn Yabane~

So I’ve been waiting to bring out this outfit until fall came around. I love yabane (arrow-fletching motif), and I’ve been wanting to wear this kimono for a while. Unfortunately, kitsuke and I were not friends today haha! Lots of wrinkles, the obijime and obiage kept slipping, and just general bleh. Trying to tie the obi so that the flower part would show on the back and be centered was torture. I must have tied it at least five times before it would stay put.

For some reason, the obiage would not tie no matter what I did today! So I finally gave up and tied it in a bow on the side. Unfortunately, the obiage is a slippery silk, so the bow kept coming out funky and changing shape, so it looks wonky. I am not happy with how it turned out, but oh well.

Even with all the mishaps, I had a great time coordinating this outfit. The obi I bought specifically to go with this kimono because of the reversible back. One side is an abstract swirled design, while the other is the painted flower design you can see above. I had a hard time picking the obijime color, and I’m not sure if it works or not.

Since it’s now October, it is officially awase season. That means no more unlined outfits until Spring. I’m both happy and sad, since most of my kimono are lined, but some of my favorite are the unlined kimono. I just love the lightness of unlined. It doesn’t really snow or get super cold here in the South during winter, so I usually don’t get the opportunity to wear anything really heavy. Funny, since most of my kimono are both lined and heavy….

Even though I didn’t have such a great time with the dressing, it felt really good to be in kimono again! At first I didn’t think I’d be able to wear kimono today, since it had been raining earlier, but when I got home I looked outside and it was so pretty that I had to. The giant tree in back yard started to change color, so of course I had to take some shots with it. I love autumn, and am really looking forward to more fall outfits and improving even more with my kitsuke!

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