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Make Mine Princess Style

Saw this one at Parco in Shibuya

Just to be contrary, you want to wear a kimono to the shrine on New Year’s Day instead of jeans and a nanopuff jacket, but puh-leeze, not one of those boring styles that make you look like a 1970s tourist souvenir!

All stylin’ princesses know that kimono-hime is the way to go. First, ignore all those tedious seasonal references and go for a kimono emblazoned with…peonies! Pick an obi that has different patterns on each side, so when you tie it, they both show. And about that undercollar: lace, polka dots, anything but white. Add a couple of bows and be sure to wear a pillbox hat with a veil and some lace-up boots, and the kami-sama will be sure to grant you all your hearts’ desires!

Here are a few more shrineworthy styles from the pages of Kimono Hime magazine!

Royally kawaii.
Royally kawaii.
Gold lamé high-heeled booties and leopard fur hat: heads will turn.
Gold lamé high-heeled booties and leopard fur hat: heads will turn.
Crimson fox fur? Yes please!
Crimson fox fur? Yes please!

Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#10) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos! If you’d like to visit the Parco store in Shibuya the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

This is the princess-style kimono worn by part time English translator Yumi Hata in Nightshade.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

8 thoughts on “Make Mine Princess Style Leave a comment

  1. That green striped kimono is to die for. I’ve been looking out for the perfect striped kimono for my collection, and huge bonus if it’s green!

    I do love the look of hime-style for kimono but I’m a little more of a traditionalist in my own kitsuke habits. Maybe someday I’ll try hime style.

    • Now that you mention it, the only striped kimono I usually see are the ones with an overall narrow striped pattern that just reads as a sort of complicated color! Do you buy vintage kimono, or new ones?

      I’m so envious of people who can wear kimono well! really love them, but I can’t wear them in traditional style because my body is wrong in every way. Hime-style is the only way I might be able to pull it off without looking like I’m wearing a costume. >_<

    • Now that I inspect it, it looks like she used…two obijime? One white one, and one that’s half pink and half purple? I wonder if someone who regularly works in the shop tied it? I’ll ask next time I’m in Parco, and if it’s possible to explain, I’ll write out the instructions!^^;;

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