Introduction to Men’s Kimono

Introduction to Men’s Kimono

Men’s kimono and yukata are much simpler in comparison to women’s kimono. The colors are usually subdued or dark, and the patterning and designs are less complex. Less formal men’s kimono can sometimes be found in lighter or brighter colors. Men usually wear geta even with kimono, because men’s zori are rare. The most formal type of men’s kimono is montsuki-hakama, solid black kimono with crests worn with striped black and white hakama and a solid black haori. Montsuki-hakama is usually worn to weddings or tea ceremonies. If worn without hakama, it is considered more casual and can be worn to formal events such as festivals, parties, etc. Men’s yukata and kimono don’t have the long slits that women’s kimono and yukata do, because the obi is tied lower, around the hip bones, for men, and thus the sleeves don’t get in the way. Whereas for women’s kimono and yukata, the obi is placed higher up on the torso, so the sleeves need deeper slits in order to be able to hand over the sides of the obi. Men’s kimono and yukata are usually made of polyester, cotton, hemp, blend, or silk.

    

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