Farewell Winter! (KimonoHime Style)

So I recently had the urge to dress in the kimono style known as “KimonoHime”, which stems from a publication of that same name, and is characterized by bold patterned vintage kimono and obi paired with western accessories. (And also gigantic headpieces haha.)

I had originally planned to wear this outfit in January as a sort of New Years’ ensemble (hence the cranes and bamboo on the obi, and the uhm….poinsettias), but I kind of forgot. So now it’s more of a “farewell to winter” outfit. This particular kimono has come to be known as the “Zebra Gum Kimono”, obviously because it resembles the packaging of the “Zebra Gum” (Fruit Stripe) that I ate as a kid. It is one of my favorites.

It seems that I am forever fated to never be able to tie bunko musubi…everytime I try, it turns into an entirely different one by itself?! I think it might be because I own such short obi, which prevents the “wings” on the side from falling the proper way. Ah well, I like how it came out anyway!

This was my first time wearing a wig. I really liked the way it looked, even though the synthetic hair kept on sticking to my face and blowing around because it was windy outside! At least it made for some hilarious photos πŸ˜‰

My mom came home as we were taking the photos outside….she did a double take at first, because she didn’t recognize me with the wig on! (Although there would be only one person in our city that would be wearing kimono, so she kind of figured it out pretty quickly haha) This was my reaction to her not recognizing me at first:

I wore my brand-new okobo for the first time today! They are sooo easy to walk in. To me, they are actually much easier to walk in than geta. I can easily see how maiko-san can walk so quickly in them.

The next time I wear kimono, it will be hitoe (unlined kimono) season, so goodbye winter! I’ll be seeing you again soon enough πŸ˜‰

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Jackie says:

    You look amazing! The colors are just so bold, and I love the way you’ve accessorized. And I also have the same problem with bunko musubi lol

    1. Thank you very much! I think I just need to sit down and practice it for a couple hours. The last two times I tried tying bunko, it ended up looking more like tateya and fukura suzume had a baby….

  2. carabelle says:

    Where do you get your geta? Around how much ? I wish I could put on furisode like you one day! πŸ˜€

    1. I got my okobo geta on ebay, for $100 USD. πŸ™‚
      I hope to see you wear furisode one day! Please post it when you do, I am sure you will look awesome!

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