Matsushita denki seisakusyo National Radio R-31 松下電器製作所 3球1号型受信機 R-31 adv - 1932
How to dress like a grown up in komon (casual) kimono….this is a subdued purple wool kimono with an even more subtle ikat cross woven into the design. The shima (striped) hanhaba (half-width) obi is plain but very versatile and easy to put on and tie, the dark obi jime (obi cord) and light obi dome (obi buckle or brooch) keep the calm feel going, the red obi age (obi sash) adds just that little bit of color and excitement to an otherwise very soothing coordination…this is modern kimono style at its best.
Here’s that super popular Nagoya panda obi paired with a charming Nishijin woven plaid wool kimono that will remind you a little of Burberry’s signature plaid (no red in it though). I especially like the color of the obi age (obi sash) and the flat (sanbu-himo) style of the striped obi jime (obi cord) makes it easy to tie and modern in feel….it’s as if it popped right out of the plaid of the kimono..
Wool kimono are made in varying weights of fabric (including gauzy summer weights) and if skillfully woven (and Nishijin weavers are very advanced in their weaving techniques) it’s not at all itchy or scratchy to wear even in an unlined kimono. Wool being washable, durable, easy to get wrinkles out of and easy to care for meant that wool kimono were perfect for komon (casual) kimono back in the days before washable polyester, but they still can be used todayspecially by people who love natural fibers.
Grown-ups can do cute…they just have to do it in moderation (probably not more than 2-3 kawaii items max per outfit coordination) and be subtle and clever about how they use their carefully chosen items.