Japanese clothing fascinates and excites people around the world. Because of their strong identity and aesthetics, garments such as Yukata and Kimonos are worn by many people who are passionate about Japanese culture.
Kimonos (着物, kimono, from kiru and mono, literally "thing to wear" is the traditional Japanese reference clothing. Before Japan encountered Western clothing, the term kimono referred to all clothing. Since then, it only refers to the traditional Japanese T-shaped dress. For the sake of understanding, we use the term kimono in our online store to refer to both kimonos and yukata, which we will see later.
Traditional Japanese kimonos are often decorated with various patterns. Japanese painters have created catalogs of kimono designs (hinagata bon). We can quote the example of Moronobu and Sukenobu, having done it since the first quarter of the 18th century. The kimono is made of rectangles of fabric folded and sewn, but never cut, in order to obtain an aesthetic cut. The sleeves of the kimono are wide and short for a maximum comfort.
Kimono fabrics are varied. The most luxurious ones are made of silk, and the other fabrics used for kimonos are hemp, mulberry fiber or ramie. The weaving methods are numerous: gauze, crepe, damask, satin, twill or taffeta. The difference in fabrics creates a difference in quality, but also in warmth: some fabrics are more suitable for winter while others, lighter, are suitable for summer.
Yukata (浴衣) is a Japanese term for "swimwear". It refers to a lightweight kimono worn in summer by both men and women. Traditional Japanese yukata used to be indigo and white, now they are multi-colored and decorated with various patterns.
Unlike kimonos, Yukata were clothes used as bathing clothes, used by Japanese people coming out of onsen (Japanese thermal baths). The yukata is designed with a T pattern, like the kimono. It is assembled with strips of fabric, and is composed of five rectangular pieces assembled together.
The composition of the yukata is as follows:
- okumi: vertical piece of fabric located on the front, on both sides of the opening, starting from the neckline at the bottom front of the yukata. - furi: vertical slit in the sleeves, located at the armpit level, for female yukata. - obi (帯?): belt used to close traditional Japanese clothing (kimonos, martial arts training clothes, etc).
Unlike the kimono, the yukata can be worn next to the skin over underwear.
Traditionally, men's yukata have dark and sober colors. The left side of the yukata is rolled up on the right side and secured by a belt tied with a knot with the excess. In private, like after a bath, the yukata can be simply belted. It is up to you to choose the way you will wear your yukata for men.
Among the styles available for men, you will find cardigan kimonos, anime kimonos, traditional kimonos, and all kinds of kimono/yukata in many different colors and patterns. Get a casual Japanese look with our collection of Yukata Men.
We have several different yukata for men who wish to dress in a traditional way by wearing the yukata . With different materials like cotton or polyester, the Japanese yukata can adapt to all seasons to go outside or to stay inside in an incredible comfort.
With traditional patterns you can wear the yukata in a discreet way in order to have the tradition on you while having a sober and elegant yukata which represents wonderfully the Japanese universe. We also have more visual yukata with colors that stand out and patterns that you will not see anywhere else. We recommend you to wear a haori over your kimono or even a hanten in order to have the complete traditional outfit or almost.
Anyone can wear the yukata, whether it's for a traditional Japanese ceremony like the tea ceremony, for a wedding or even to go to the land of the rising sun in the most traditional streets.
Women's yukata are traditionally more colorful, with more feminine designs, such as flowers or traditional Japanese decorative elements. Women tie an obi above the waist, traditionally placing the knot in the back. Although there are the above differences, yukata are still unisex Japanese garments that can be worn by both men and women.
Japanese culture knows how to be envious through the beauty of traditional women's clothing. Equipped from head to toe with the complete Matsuri outfit: become one of them and shine in honor of the land of the rising sun in your Women's Yukata. To accompany you in your choice, Yukata.us offers you its best tips to wear the Yukata Women to perfection.
We can't say it enough: traditional Japanese clothes are not to be worn alone! Your Yukata should always be accompanied by an Obi belt and a pair of Geta, the famous Japanese sandals. If you want to push the detail to perfection, some jewelry and a brooch will make the difference.
During a trip to Japan or simply by taking an interest in the Japanese culture, you will be able to observe the different types of Yukata Women. There is no particular meaning to them, so choose the one that charms you the most: floral pattern like Sakura, the light colors of Asakusa, or darker solid color like navy blue, gray, or black?
In the land of the rising sun, whether in Kyoto, Tokyo or Osaka, you have to behave as if you were proud to wear your Japanese outfit. That said, only Geishas have a really specific behavior to have, due to historical events. So when you wear your Yukata, enjoy, smile! You are as free as someone who has been in Japan for a long time.
Of course, if you wish to acquire a Women's Yukata to make your relatives discover the Japanese culture and simply expose it in one of the rooms of your house, it is possible! In the middle of Japanese decorations, you can show it off on a mannequin in all simplicity: the relaxed cut with long sleeves adapts to all types of morphologies.
Kimonos are very similar to yukatas. They are differentiated according to three criteria:
- When are they worn: kimonos are intended for more formal occasions while yukata are intended to be worn every day.
- What they are made from: Kimonos are made of more noble and luxurious fabrics than yukatas.
- What you wear together with them : you don't wear a kimono without anything underneath, while a yukata can be worn with just underwear.
- How to wear them : you can't wear a kimono and a yukata in the same way.