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Japanese Clothing Overview
The modern clothes are much like western-style clothing for both male and female. Japanese outfits goes different style to match the seasons just like what is happening in the United States.
Japanese wears clothing with spring floral patterned in bright colors during the spring; clothes with fall colors and patterns are worn in the autumn – designs often encompass maple leaves or chrysanthemums; when the winter comes, the designs will turn to bamboo, plum blossoms or pine trees as good signs for prosperity and lucks. The types of textiles differ for the seasons too. Japanese would go for Cotton garments in the summer whereas heavier or lined garments are preferred in the autumn and winter.
The informal clothing includes woven or repetitive patterns and dyed clothing. It is for daily use and bath houses, as well as informal visits paid to friends or families. 3 common types of traditional informal Japanese clothing are:
Woven cotton Haori
Dyed Ikat Kimono
Elaborate designs and simple-yet-elegant designs are the two very distinct characteristics in formal Japanese outfits. Japanese wear elaborate clothes during special events like wedding. These include Uchikake wedding kimono and festive Happi coats. When they pay formal visits or funerals, or for the married women to go for weddings and other formal functions, formal clothing with straightforward elegant designs, solid pattern and subdued colors would be worn.
Kimono is the type of traditional Japanese garment which is worn by women, with the criteria not only restricted to age but marital status as well. Bubbly, stylish and colorful kimonos with long sleeves are specially designed for young and unmarried women whereas simple and subdued designs are for the older or married women.
Japanese Fashion Clothing
Most of the Japanese modern fashions are pioneered by the local brands and labels as well as the mix and match of the street fashion clothing to show style and personality. The famous brands have been mentioned in the very beginning of this article. They are the volatile Harajuku fashion, the otherworldly gothic clothing for the Gothic subculture as well as the worldwide label A Bathing Ape Bape clothing.
Traditional Japanese Clothing
It is generally called Wafuku which includes about 22 major types of clothing. The top 10 famous traditional Japanese outfits are listed below.
Kimono – Everyone knows how a kimono looks. Being the national costume of Japan, it once literally means “thing to wear”( ki means “to wear” whereas mono means “thing”) The word “Kimono” is later used to signify the traditional full-length Japanese garment we all know.
Yukata – A type of Japanese summer garment worn commonly during bon-odori festival, countdown fireworks and other events during the season. It is well-known as a informal form of kimono and is usually worn after the bath at traditional Japanese inns. Yukata literally means bathing clothes in Japanese.
Uchikake – The most formal kimono worn by a bride or the performer on the stage is known as Uchikake. It is worn outside the actual kimono and obi to function like a coat and is usually very heavily brocaded.
Obi (Sash) – This Japanese term refers to the top-most sash worn with various types of garments especially kimono by both men and women. Many other sashes are worn under the obi to fasten the clothing as well as to accentuate the body shape and the obi.
Junihitoe – Literally means “twelve-layer robe”, Junihitoe is a superiorly elegant and complex kimono worn by Japanese court-ladies. It has several layers made of silk garments where the innermost garment is usually made of white silk, and a coat to be the outermost layer which closes all off. It is very heavy that it could go 20 kg in total.
Furisode – The most formal style of kimono worn by unmarried Japanese women. It is made of fine silk in bright color. However, because the price to purchase a furisode is way too expensive, around $10,000, parents more often than not rent it for their daughters for the celebration of Coming of Age day – the year they turn 20. The significance of wearing a furisode is to show that a young woman is already a legal adult, hence is available for marriage.
Fundoshi – It is the traditional Japanese underwear for adult males which is usually cotton made. It has now been gradually replaced with the new underwear like briefs and trunks. However, Fundoshi is still used as festival clothing like matsuri or as swimwear at times. The various kinds of Fundoshi include rokushaku, mokko, echyuu and kuroneko.
Jinbei – Also known as Hippari, is a type of traditional Japanese clothing worn by men and boys for the summer. It functions like a pyjamas or house wear and is sometimes the substitution for yukata for attending a summer festival. Young women also wear a jinbei which tends to be brighter in color with famous culture characters printed on it.
Hakama – This is another kind of traditional Japanese outfit originally worn by men, but it is also worn by the women today. Hakama is worn over a kimono (Hakamashita) and is tied at the waist just to let it fall to the ankles.
Tabi – Traditional Japanese socks which are worn ankle high with a separation between the big toe and other toes. Besides wearing with zori, geta and other traditional footwear, Tabi are also the must-have in matching traditional clothing like kimono. White tabi are worn formally at events like tea ceremonies. Blue or black tabi are worn by men at times for traveling. Tabi with patterns and colors are worn by women normally though some men are gradually finding that they are hot too.
Other Types of Japanese Clothing
Some Japanese outfits, though not so common compared to the above items, they are essential for Japanese culture and tradition too as far as wear and tear clothes are concerned. They are listed as below.
Samue – Work clothing for Japanese Zen monks.
Tomesode – One type of expensive kimono worn by married women.
Uwagi – Kimono-like jacket.
Happi – Traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coats.
Zori – Flat Japanese sandals.
Geta – Another form of traditional Japanese footwear look like flip-flops.
Waraji – Sandals made from straw rope.
Jika-tabi – A type of outdoor footwear commonly worn by construction workers in Japan.
Nagajugan – Japanese undergarments.
Haori – Short jackets made of silk.
Michiyuki – Overcoats.
Shiro-maku – Kimono worn for wedding.
So, Do You Love Japanese Clothing?
I think this is kind of an extra question considering that you are already reading up to this point, you should be a crazy lover for Japanese fashion. May be I should change the question to ‘So, you love Japanese outfits or Japanese food more?’ That might create a little more of a controversial topic. Anyway, I hope you love this article about Japanese clothing.