The right yukata for the right time! How to coordinate your yukata, hairstyle and obi!

The right yukata for the right time! How to coordinate your yukata, hairstyle and obi!

Summer in Japan means; yukata season!
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when buying or renting a yukata?
So many designs, colors, patterns, not to mention picking the right hairdo, shoes and accessories... how to make the right choices?

Before introducing the coordination, I first compiled the knowledge you want to know about yukata.

- Yukata Q&A -

Q : Just what is a yukata? How is it different from a kimono?

A : A yukata is actually a kind of kimono, in the broad sense of the word.
It is made from thinner material than a kimono and is only worn during the summer.

Click here for a more detailed explanation.

Click here for more information on kimono types.

Q : What do you need to wear a yukata?

Q : There are so many kinds of obi and knots! I don't know which one to use anymore.

A : The obi used for yukata are; the relatively narrow half-width obi and more casual heko obi that is very easy to tie. The 3 main genres of obi knots are the the following: taiko knot, bunko knot and
tachiya knot.

For a casual garment like the yukata it's most common to use an arrangement like the bunko knot.

For more on knots, click here.

This is the basic knowledge of yukata.
Let's introduce 9 recommended coordinates from the editorial department!
First of all, please find your favorite style from a quick look at the colors of the patterns and bands.

Did you find a combination you like?
Next, we will introduce the whole body coordination that combines the hairstyle and tie of the band.

Navy blue, a true classic yukata color. It brings the calm and collected yamato nadeshiko atmosphere no matter who wears it.

Navy blue, a true classic yukata color.
It brings the calm and collected yamato nadeshiko atmosphere no matter who wears it.

Just what is a yamato nadeshiko?

Perfect for summer! A light blue refreshing breeze! Heko obi with flower knot. Light blue, refreshingly cool and perfect for summer! This color is recommended if you want to show your cute side, even as an adult.

Perfect for summer! A light blue refreshing breeze!
Heko obi with flower knot.
Light blue, refreshingly cool and perfect for summer!
This color is recommended if you want to show your cute side, even as an adult.

Cute in pink! Half-width obi with chōchō (butterfly) knot. If you want to channel the cuteness of young girls, how about pink?

Cute in pink!
Half-width obi with chōchō (butterfly) knot.
If you want to channel the cuteness of young girls, how about pink?

Yellow, the color for girls filled with energy! Half-width obi with bunko knot. Bright yellow lets you shine all day long! Pairs perfectly with a bright smile!

Yellow, the color for girls filled with energy!
Half-width obi with bunko knot.
Bright yellow lets you shine all day long!
Pairs perfectly with a bright smile!

White, the color of refined beauty. Half-width obi with genroku knot. The main appeal of a white yukata is choosing a pattern that highlights your personality. For example, the arrangement I chose here can only be pulled off by a white yukata, using the genroku knot it creates an atmosphere of classic elegance.

White, the color of refined beauty.
Half-width obi with genroku knot.
The main appeal of a white yukata is choosing a pattern that highlights your personality. For example, the arrangement I chose here can only be pulled off by a white yukata, using the genroku knot it creates an atmosphere of classic elegance.

For the modern girl; black. Half-width obi with carta knot. For cool modern girls looking for a combination of old and new, I would recommend this style! Modern style yukatas come in many colors, but black is still as cool as it gets! To stand out even more, how about trying the uncommon carta knot? Normal hair ornaments and geta work fine, but try swapping them out for a fashionable hat and high heels for an even more modern look!

For the modern girl; black.
Half-width obi with carta knot.
For cool modern girls looking for a combination of old and new, I would recommend this style!
Modern style yukatas come in many colors, but black is still as cool as it gets!
To stand out even more, how about trying the uncommon carta knot?
Normal hair ornaments and geta work fine, but try swapping them out for a fashionable hat and high heels for an even more modern look!

Going retro with green. Half-width obi with nadeshiko knot. A retro style yukata featuring orange flowers against a green background. Wearing your hair down works great with this color. Can you feel the quiet smart girl charm?

Going retro with green.
Half-width obi with nadeshiko knot.
A retro style yukata featuring orange flowers against a green background. Wearing your hair down works great with this color. Can you feel the quiet smart girl charm?

Sexy in purple. Half-width obi with single chōchō (butterfly) knot. For bringing out a more mature beauty this purple yukata with floral pattern works best! Some flowery decoration on the obi is the prefect finishing touch!

Sexy in purple.
Half-width obi with single chōchō (butterfly) knot.
For bringing out a more mature beauty this purple yukata with floral pattern works best! Some flowery decoration on the obi is the prefect finishing touch!

The red Taisho Roman style. Half-width obi with patapata knot. Traditional red floral pattern yukata have always been considered gorgeous, but these days this Taisho Roman style is especially popular with young people. This retro style yukata's eye catching pop is sure to make heads turn!

The red Taisho Roman style.
Half-width obi with patapata knot.
Traditional red floral pattern yukata have always been considered gorgeous, but these days this Taisho Roman style is especially popular with young people. This retro style yukata's eye catching pop is sure to make heads turn!

In conclusion.

In conclusion.
For this article I have compiled a list of yukata arrangements that are great for summer.
Hairstyles, obi colors etc. are notoriously difficult to combine so I thoroughly researched combinations that work well. Why don't you try some of these out for yourself? This summer you too can be the center of everyone's attention by trying out one of these looks!

Special Episode:It would be more enjoyable to put on the YUKATA! Enjoy the summer in Japan!

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