How to Choose a Kimono

Payment and confirmation

There are generally 4 steps.

To ensure that our customers can comfortably enjoy their kimono, we at Ginza Motoji tailor order-made kimono that fit the wearers’ physiques and take into consideration the situations they will be worn in and the climate of each country.

1. Choosing from the appropriate types of kimono and the sort of circumstances the kimono will be worn in.

Discussion

First, the staff members will ask what sort of situation you would like to wear the kimono in.

During the four seasons in Japan, there are times when temperatures will drop below freezing and times when it will rise above 30°C. Kimono are made with different fabrics and tailoring to ensure that they can be worn comfortably in various climates.

Taking into consideration the situation, season and regional temperatures where you would like to wear the kimono, we will give you suggestions for a kimono that can be worn comfortably under those given circumstances.

2. Selecting other necessary items (when buying a full set)

Just as formal dresses and suits require other items such as shirts, shoes, belts and undergarments, to fully wear a kimono properly, you will need various items that each fulfill their different roles.

Full set of items

Women
Kimono
Obi (sash)
Obi-jime (sash chord)
Obi-age (sash ribbon)
Obi-makura (sash pad)
Obi-ita (stiff board worn under the sash)
Kimono undergarment
Flip flops
Tabi socks
Underwear
Date-jime (under sash)
Strings
Men
Kimono
Obi (sash)
Kimono undergarment (half-length)
Flip flops
Tabi socks
Underwear
Strings
Men and women
Yukata
Obi (sash)
Underwear
Strings
Geta (flip flops)

The above are the necessary accessories.

First choose which kimono fabric you would like, match it with an obi and, then, choose what sort of ensemble will fit best.

3. Trial fitting

Trial fitting

It is difficult to imagine what the finished kimono will look like just by seeing the fabrics. Therefore, at Ginza Motoji, we do trial fittings. For trial fittings, we arrange the rolls of fabric so that they can be worn just like a kimono so you can get an idea of how it will actually look on you.
When we match it with the obi, you will be able to get a more concrete image of how it will look overall.

4. Decision

Once the kimono and obi are decided on after the trial fitting, we will help assemble the set of accessories that will match the ensemble.
This marks the end of choosing all the necessary items for a kimono.

5. Taking measurements

Women
We will measure height, bust-waist-hip measurements and the length of your arm (sleeve length).

The length of a woman’s kimono is tailored so that it is the same height as the wearer. Then, it is worn by taking a section called ‘ohashori’ where the fabric is folded up to adjust the overall length.

If you would like, we can sew the ‘ohashori’ in place, or tailor the kimono so that it is the exact length when worn, like men’s kimono.

Men
We will ask you to try on a sample kimono and, then, we will add or subtract measurements from there. If you would like, we can also temporarily stitch the kimono for you.

Photo Hiroyuki Ooe