Last updated: August 11, 2021

A kimono for men may look like a bathrobe, but it is also pyjamas or an everyday garment. You can even wear a kimono on festive occasions. However, you should pay attention to certain features such as fabric, colours and patterns. We will answer all the important questions.

Our aim with this article is to bring you a little closer to kimonos, because they are becoming more and more fashionable, not only in Japan, their home country, but also here in Germany. We will show you what criteria really matter and give you tips on how to find the right kimono for you.




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Buying criteria: What you should look for when buying a kimono

We will get straight to the point and show you what you should look for when buying a kimono. These are the following buying criteria:

This way, nothing can go wrong when choosing the right kimono for you.

Material

Men's kimonos can be made from a variety of different materials. Among them are both natural and artificial fibres:

  • Bamboo, linen and hemp: These natural fibres can absorb body heat very easily and carry it to the outside. They also absorb moisture quickly and dry again after a short time. They also ensure good air circulation. That's why kimonos made of natural fibres are perfect for hot summer days. But a kimono made of natural fibres is also recommended for various sports.
  • Cotton: Cotton is also a natural fibre, but it is somewhat more skin-friendly and does not scratch. This is an advantage especially for people with skin problems. The disadvantages, however, are that the fabric can stick to the skin when you sweat and that it does not dry as quickly. For formal occasions, you should not wear a kimono made of cotton, as these are only meant for leisure.
  • Polyester: Kimonos made of polyester are very durable because the fabric is elastic and tear-resistant. Because polyester is so impermeable to air, you sweat more easily underneath. This is why polyester kimonos are better for winter. Polyester is a cheap fabric, which also affects the price of the kimono. However, for formal occasions, you should rather wear one made of a different material.
  • Silk: Silk is the best material for a kimono. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive due to its complex extraction process, which incidentally is not animal-friendly. The advantages of a silk kimono are that it cools in winter and warms in summer. Silk also feels nice and soft against the skin. For festive occasions, silk kimonos are the best choice.

So the fabric of a men's kimono is the most important factor in determining the occasions on which you can wear it without attracting attention.

Quality

The quality of a kimono is of utmost importance and is also strongly related to the fabric it is made of. Recently, unfortunately, more and more kimonos have been made of cheap fabrics that are also poorly finished. This is partly due to the oversaturation of the market and the eternal price war.

Therefore, we recommend that you spend a little more on a kimono so that you get a beautiful product that feels good and lasts a long time. Also: You should never wear low-quality kimonos on formal occasions. Here, it really comes down to quality, which is equated with respect for the other revelers.

Size

When finding the right size, keep in mind that kimonos go up to your wrists and down to your ankles. So it can be compared to a robe of sorts.

Traditional kimonos are only made for short people. Up to 165 centimetres tall, it should not be a problem to find a kimono that fits. This is because kimonos have been made in Japan for hundreds of years and people used to be much shorter than they are today.

But even if you are taller than 165 centimetres or have a broad build, you can find a western kimono that fits you. These kimonos are not made in the traditional way, but that is hardly noticeable and is often the only way to find one that fits.

You can find the right size for you by measuring your arm span, hip circumference and height from shoulder to ankle. Manufacturers provide size charts on their product pages that you can use as a guide.

Colour

Kimonos come in a variety of colours. Darker colours are usually used for men. Most of them do not have just one colour, but many different ones with patterns and pictures embroidered on them. These can be birds, flowers, buildings, instruments or traditional objects, for example.

For men, unlike women, there are no special rules for wearing colours and patterns on kimonos. However, it is the case that with age, kimonos become more and more plain.

Kimonos: The most important questions answered

Now we will answer the most important and frequently asked questions about kimonos for men.

What styles of kimonos are available?

Kimonos for men are called montsuki. They come in different styles, which differ only in their colours and patterns or pictures:

  • Festive: Festive kimonos always have dark colours and simple patterns. Nothing flashy. When it comes to fabrics, you should always make sure to choose high-quality ones. These include linen, hemp and bamboo, for example. If you want to buy a really high-quality Kinomo, we recommend one made of silk. It doesn't get more festive than this.
  • Leisure: Kimonos can also be used as pyjamas or bathrobes. If you only wear it at home, you don't need to pay much attention to the colours and patterns. The same goes for the fabric. You can also wear one made of cotton or polyester. After all, it is your home and you can wear what you like best.
  • Sport: For sporting activities, especially martial arts, dark colours are always taken. The fabric should also be high quality so as not to offend your opponent.

As you can see, fabric and colour are crucial in determining which occasions you can wear your kimono.

How do I know if my kimono fits well?

Now you have bought a kimono, but you don't know if it fits properly? You can make sure with the following checklist.

  • The sleeves should end at the wrists.
  • The bottom end should end at their ankles. If it sticks out or even touches the floor, the kimono is too long. If your ankles are visible, it is too short.
  • You should be able to lift your arms without being prevented from doing so by the fabric.
  • It should not be tight at the back and at chest level, but quite loose.

As a rule of thumb, if your kimono doesn't feel right the first time you put it on, it won't fit.

How do I care for and clean my kimono?

How you properly care for your kimono depends on what fabric it is made of. Cotton, for example, is very easy to care for and does not require any special treatment. Silk, on the other hand, should be hand washed at a maximum of 30 degrees.

Other natural fibres have their own special characteristics, what they can and cannot stand. As a general rule, we advise against the use of fabric softeners. You can always read which care instructions apply to your kimono on the label or on the manufacturer's website.

What are the dress codes for kimonos?

Men always wear kimonos with dark and matt colours. Only women wear bright and eye-catching colours.

Also, the more festive the occasion, the darker the colours. A black kimono is therefore suitable for any occasion. No matter for wedding, funeral, birthday or other. As far as patterns are concerned, festive kimonos are very simple and have only three to five family emblems embroidered on them.

The fabrics also have an important meaning for the kimono. Cheap fabrics are only for leisure and only high-quality fabrics such as silk, linen and hemp may be worn on festive occasions.

Styling tips for kimonos: How to achieve the perfect kimono look

Basically, there is not much to consider in order to achieve the perfect kimono look:

  1. Colour and fabric should match the occasion
  2. Just wear your underwear underneath and nothing else. Feel the kimono against your skin.
  3. The length at the sleeves and ankles should be right

Follow these three points and nothing can go wrong.

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, a kimono can be the right garment for any occasion. Whether it is for celebrations like weddings and birthdays or even for serious occasions like a funeral, a kimono is always a good right choice. Men usually wear a dark kimono with matte colours.

The choice of fabric is equally important. High-quality materials such as silk, hemp or linen can always be worn, cheap and synthetic fabrics are more for your leisure time. Wearing a polyester kimono to a wedding is the same as coming in sweatpants.

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