If you want to wear your kimono in the traditional way, be prepared to spend the time and money to do it properly.  You may have heard that it is difficult to put on the kimono by yourself and that is certainly true for the novice, but with practice you can do it on your own.

There are many youtube videos that show the step by step process, and we recommend a few of those below.  But basically, the layering includes:

-underwear (western versions of these are fine)
-the underkimono (juban) -- either a full kimono version or a two-piece wrap skirt and kimono-style top version - along with a thin obi to keep it closed.
-the kimono
-the obi
-the obi accessories (obiage, obijime, and perhaps an obidome)
-footwear - either geta (for yukata) or socks (tabi) and shoes (zori)

Many of our customers wear kimono in a less traditional way - without the underkimono (though you can simulate an underlayer by stitching a contrasting layer of fabric beneath the collar) and with a more simple sash.  While it may still take some practice to adjust the length and collar quickly, this style of kimono wearing is comfortable for at-home lounging or even wearing to parties or an evening out, where the formal, traditional kimono look is not required.

Kimono worn in the traditional way Wearing a juban beneath a kimono Wearing a kimono casual-style

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