• Destiny Shamblin

How to Properly wear a Kimono

custom (traditional) kimono

Custom kimono

A Kimono is an Japanese-styled dressed. It is an older, traditional, and more expensive style of clothing men and women wear in Japan. There are only a few people in Japan who still wear kimonos because of how expensive and difficult they are to put on.

The kimono became a normal Japanese wardrobe during the Muromachi period, which lasted from 1392-1568. There are many different types of designs and seasonal styles.

If you decide to wear a kimono, there are certain things you have to do to make sure you wear it correctly and avoid disrespecting the Japanese culture.

Here are few things that I recommend you do/don't when wearing Kimono:

  • Wear a tank top or something underneath

  • No watches, accessories, jewelry

  • Females must wear their hair up

  • Walk slow with one foot in front of the other

One of the reasons a kimono is difficult to put on and wear properly is that it consists of twelve layers. The first layer is underclothing. The inner part of a kimono is called nagajuban. Under this layer, you can also wear hadajuban. These undergarments keep the nagajuban and outer layer from being soiled. The layers are tied down with a thin sash called a Koshi Kimo.

Over the under clothing, the outer layer is next. You put the left panel over the right. The upper center line should be in line with your spine. The kimono should be five inches longer than your height; this gives the kimono the traditional fold.

The kimono should be lifted to ankle height and tied with a koshi himo, folding the remanding fabric. A colorful belt called a obi goes over the outer layer. You will wear a hanhaba obi for informal wear and a Fukuro Obi for only for ceremonial occasions.

For the footwear you will wear a traditional footwear called zori, they are sandal like shoes and must be worn with labi socks.

A few steps

Anyone can wear a kimono. Just follow the requirements and steps so you won't be concerted disrespectful in the Japanese culture.

Nagajuban- is a simple robe of cotton or synthetic silk that goes under your kimono

Hadajuban- is the first undergarment worn in the kimono

Obi- a broad sash worn around the waist of a Japanese kimono.


zori- a broad sash worn around the waist of a Japanese kimono.


labi socks- socks you will wear with the traditional shoes

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