Make Mine Princess Style

KimonoHime

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.

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

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