Back in the Saddle – Maybe?

So you may have noticed that even though I’ve been blogging with some regularity, I haven’t posted a photo of myself wearing a kimono in over six months now. There’s  a reason for that – hardly any of them fit me anymore. I’ve gained a significant amount of weight recently, seemingly a combination of side-effects from certain medications and water retention and a whack of other health-related problems. My health also hasn’t been stellar in the past few months, I’ve been more prone to fainting than usual, I get tired incredibly easily, and I just hurt everywhere.

But it was really frustrating me that I hadn’t worn kimono in so long, so I decided to see if I could wear this gorgeous irotomesode, at least for photos. I wouldn’t be comfortable going out in public like this since I had to jury-rig the obi and there’s barely any overlap in the front, but I do really like how well the kimono and obi work together.

How I personally look in them is another story entirely, and I fervently hope that next time I see the neurologist he tells me I am a candidate for corrective brain surgery, because I think that will help me feel a lot better and work on getting back into shape. Until then though, I think I’m going to have to stick to easy casual kitsuke with large modern komon, and take it easy.

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  1. You look gorgeous, Diane!

    I love that color blue on you. And the orange in the obi matches perfectly with the cords around the turtle and crane. Good to see you back in kimono, I’ve missed seeing your coordinations!

    I hope that all goes well with the neurologist. Brain surgery can be a scary thing, but if it can help you as much as it sounds like it will, then I hope you get good news!

  2. You look lovely, DIane!! Red always suits you well, so the touches of red on the irotomesode really click with the red lipstick. I also LOVE how that obi looks, and it truly is a well-coordinated ensemble. On a less cheerful note — I’m so so sorry to hear you haven’t been well, and fingers are crossed that the neurologist gives you some really good news this spring!

    Also, water retention sometimes makes the difference between my kimono fitting and my kimono looking like crap on me. It’s CRAZY, isn’t it?

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