Depending on your age and the occasion, the Kimono type varies.
This is the most formal Kimono for married women.
“TOMESODE” means shortening the long FURISODE sleeves which symbolises the married women.
The patterns are below the Obi (the belt) and generally speaking, the younger you are, the higher the position of the pattern.
5 Crests are placed on each side of the chest and an each sleeve and one cut the back.
This is the same type as “Kuro-Tomesode”, however, the main difference is that unmarried women are permitted to wear “Iro-Tomesode”.
For both “Iro” and “Kuro” Tomesode, the OBI is either circular or folded and OBI JIME (the cord) would be golden or silver in colour.
“Furisode” is the most formal Kimono for unmarried women. Furisode means “long flowing sleeves”. Sleeve length varies : O-Furisode (long) / Chu-Furisode (medium) / Sho-Furisode (short). Apart from the long flowing sleeves, the main feature of “Furisode” is the rich decorative designs of good luck symbols with elaborate hand painting or embroidering and gold leaf.
Obi used can either be “Maru-Obi” (Maru-Obi is ranked the highest in all the formal Obi. Pattern on both sides, it has twice the width which is used folded) or “Fukuro-Obi” (folded Obi with pattern on one side). Obijime is chosen depending on the colour of the Kimono.
Whether you are married or not, “Houmon-gi” can be worn as a formal-wear following the Kimono rank from “Tomesode” or “Furisode”.
Generally, the patterns are all over or ones with a picture over the hem and left sleeve up to the collar.
Obi can be either “Maru-Obi” or “Fukuro-Obi”.
“Komon” Kimono can be worn by young to older women as casual visiting attire.
A distinctive feature of “Komon” is its detailed patterns.
Nagoya Obi is mainly used.
The most versatile Kimono for both married and unmarried women.
The main feature of “Tsukesage” is the pattern which faces upwards on sleeves, body and collar.
During Meiji-era, “Hakama” was generally worn as part of college uniform, but these days, they are worn only at special occasions such as graduation ceremony.
Plain black with 5 crests are generally considered as a formal Hakama, but you can brighten the tone by a more elaborate design.
“Yukata” is an informal cotton kimono which is worn around at home or as casual clothes on cool summer evenings.
Kimono without the lining, usually worn between May-Jun and Sept-Oct.
“RO / SHA”
It is worn during the height of summer (July-August).
Kimono made with linen, without the lining.
Obi is also made of linen.
Special Kimono only worn during the seasonal change.
2 weeks before mid-May and mid-October.