着物着ます – Gofuku no Hi 2016

Today is 着物着ます (Gofuku no Hi), a worldwide day to wear kimono and share love of kimono. Last year, I cheated a bit by dressing my mannequin. This year, I decided I had to go big or go home. And big is the operative word. I dug out the widest kimono I own, which happens to be the lily furisode I got from Jess last year. The wingspan on it is fantastic, but it was still a bit narrow in the hips, so I dug out my favourite lifesaver, my hakama. I really need to invest in a few more. The obi is actually the reverse of the adorable whale obi I got last week, the pink side happened to perfectly echo the pink of the flowers on the furisode. I had basted a soft cream haneri with flowers on it onto my collar, but in the process of wrestling with everything to get dressed I popped the stitches and it got all wrinkled, so I just removed it and stuck with the white.

I know that look a little rumpled and a little out of practice, but this is the first time I’ve worn kimono since September of 2013, and size issues aside, it felt fantastic. I’m so happy I fought through things and got out there. It’s encouraging to know I can still do this. I’m not going to buy anything else until I invest in another hakama or two, since they help enable me to wear kimono right now. There are a few on eBay I’ve got my eye on. I also made a friend at the park! His name is Luka and he loves to roll around in the grass.

Did you dress for gofuku no hi? If you did, I’d love to see photos! 😀

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  1. so LOVELY.. you really rock the look.. am new at the idea a woman my size might be Able to wear Kimono.. all the ones i have looked at are WAY to small.. do you have any suggestions on where to Look for either reasonable priced Kimono for ladies of larger sizes or perhaps a real Kimono pattern that i could make to fit me?? (49 in bust.. sigh..)
    thank you

    • Thank you so much!

      Rakuten is a good place to find larger items. There’s a shop called Kyoto Kimonomachi that has some really great modern pieces that look vintage but are more forgiving.
      http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/kimonomachi/

      Also, I really recommend investing in a proper kimono bra and at least one hakama. They make things so much more comfortable – the bra will reduce the bustline and the hakama will hide a multitude of sins!

  2. After spending a good portion of the weekend in kimono for a convention (Clockwork Alchemy) and planning on kimono tomorrow for the panel I’ll be presenting, I totally failed to wear anything today O.o But now, I can add this to the calendar, so thank you! You look fabulous, btw~ great combo!

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