Your typical Japanese gyaru might be happy to see kimono-wearing go the way of ballroom dancing and tea ceremony, but a growing number of hip young women are adopting the techniques of alt fashion subcultures to breathe new life into old-skool clothes. Kimono hime lovers flaunt convention with a mash-up of vintage patterns, non-trad color combos and Western accessories to spawn a style that is utterly new, yet still utterly Japanese. First of all – just for comparison – here’s what it’s not:
So, how do you build your very own Kimono Princess look?
Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#12) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos, and きものサロン magazine for the modern photo.
As you’ve probably guessed, I actually love kimono in all its forms. I always thought I’d feel like a hopeless wannabe if I ever tried to un-ironically wear one, but kimono hime style is such an eclectic mix and match, it feels like it can work on anybody. And finally…I got to try it for myself! If you’d like to see the pix and hear what it was like to on a kimono tour with stylist extraordinaire Anji Salz of SALZ Tokyo, click on over to this:
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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!