Even a man is a kimono!

types of kimono for men
Written by Bilal Munsif

Types of kimonos for men who wear everyday clothes and tips for dressing

Recently, the number of men who enjoy fashionable kimonos has increased. The kimono of a man who dresses uniquely is wonderful.

Kimono for everyday wear that is conscious of the season is deep and you will never get tired of it. Let’s talk about the kimono of such a man’s everyday wear.

Table of contents

  1. The point of wearing a man’s kimono fashionably in everyday clothes
  2. Kimono = You can wear whatever you like
  3. Go out wearing a kimono in everyday clothes
  4. Kimono that can be worn for a long time
  5. Coordinate by holding down the basic colors
  6. Kimono dress according to the four seasons
  7. Tabi is also a fashionable point
  8. Let’s know the type of man’s kimono
  9. What men need when wearing a kimono
  10. What you need when you wear a man’s kimono
  11. Points for wearing a man’s kimono
  12. 10. Klim Cool

The point of wearing a man’s kimono fashionably in everyday clothes

There are various rules for kimono. It’s the same with men’s kimono. You can freely think of kimono for everyday wear, but the basics are what you want to hold down. What is the point of dressing up fashionably?

Kimono = You can wear whatever you like

There are various materials for men’s kimono. Women’s kimonos are mainly made of pure silk, but men’s kimonos are not limited to pure silk, but cotton, linen, and wool. It is said that you can enjoy a wide range of fashions because you can wear any kimono you like.

In the case of women’s kimono, yukata may be distinguished from kimono, but in the case of men, it is not particularly divided. There is no strict difference, so if you wear a single cotton kimono (a kimono without a lining), you can wear it as a yukata. It becomes. Let’s dress with free ideas.

Go out wearing a kimono in everyday clothes

Let’s wear kimonos more and more for men and go out!

Recently, the number of boys who wear “kimono” when relaxing at home has increased. After all, it’s easy to wear. If you are in the neighborhood, you can go out as it is. In the hot season, you can wear clogs on your bare feet.

If you go a little far, just wearing socks will change the atmosphere. If you have a haori, it will be even more fashionable. Please add a little arrangement and make it more and more fun.

Kimono that can be worn for a long time

Kimono is also good because it can be worn for a long time. If you choose, choose one that has application power. An ensemble that includes a haori and a kimono may be good. Once you get used to it, you can change the color, pattern, and material of the haori. It is also interesting to make changes to the obi, socks, and half-collar.

Ease of handling is also an important point. Wool is convenient. It is a wool material that is also found in clothes, but it is warm even when worn and is less likely to wrinkle. You can also wash it at home.

Nowadays, the quality of synthetic polyester material has improved and it is attracting attention as a “washable kimono”, and it is also popular with beginners. This is also less likely to wrinkle and has a wide variety. After all, it is reasonably priced.

Coordinate by holding down the basic colors

Men’s kimonos are characterized by a limited number of colors compared to women’s kimonos. It is roughly divided into gray, blue, brown, and green. First of all, let’s choose a kimono of your favorite color. You won’t get tired of your favorite colors, so you can wear them for a long time. And if you match small items with the same series of colors, there are few mistakes in coordination.

Kimono dress according to the four seasons

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male kimono

Japan is a country with a rich climate in spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Men’s kimono also changes depending on the season. Let me know the points.

Spri …

It can be said that it is the best season to wear a kimono. When it gets warm, you want to go out in a kimono. Kasuri or cotton kimono is recommended.


Yukata worn for summer baths, fireworks displays, summer festivals, etc. is recommended as a start for men’s kimono. You don’t have to wear a long undershirt like other kimonos, but you should wear an undershirt. It is also fashionable to have a folding fan that matches the kimono as an accessory.

Autumn …

The kimono is the most fun in autumn. Changing the kimono according to the colors of the changing seasons is also interesting for advanced kimono users.

It’s finally the season when haori comes into play, so you may want to devise a haori or haori string. The braided type and the one with balls are also rich in individuality.

Winter …

It’s winter to play with layered clothes. For mufflers and gloves, you can use the same items as when you were wearing clothes. It will be the unique outfit of men’s everyday kimono. The hunting cap looks great, so it’s also recommended as a measure against the cold.

It is good manners to take off the coat indoors, regardless of whether it is Japanese or Western, but haori is okay. However, when sitting on a chair, be careful as wrinkles tend to remain if you step on it.

Tabi is also a fashionable point

If you change the socks that match your kimono according to the climate, you will get a stylish look. For women, white socks are common, but for men, you can stick to the color of the socks. Of course, for formal wear, white socks are the rule, but everyday wear is different. Even if it is black or dark gray in the cold winter, it is fashionable to gradually lighten the color in the warm season.

Black socks in April give a heavy impression, so wear dark blue socks, etc. In May, it gets hotter, so make it refreshing white socks. Light green is also nice. In summer, it is a good idea to change the material to white socks and linen. And as it gets colder, the socks and colors become deeper and darker. This is something that only men can do in their everyday kimono, so please challenge yourself with a sense of fun.

Let’s know the type of man’s kimono

As the dress code for clothes, men’s kimonos are as good as they are. It is very important to know what kind of kimono to wear according to the TPO. Men’s kimono is easier than women’s, so let’s get to the point.

Formal wear …

The first formal wear for men is a haori hakama with five crests. In Western clothing, it is a morning coat, a black tie, or a tailcoat. This type is worn by the guest of honor at weddings and receptions, such as grooms, grooms’ fathers, and prestigious ceremonies.

The kimono and haori are black, and the crest is a dyed Hinata crest that is larger than a woman and must be on the kimono and haori. (Standard diameter is about 3.8 cm) Change the haori string to white for celebrations and black or gray for non-celebrations. The half-collar is white for celebrations and white or gray for non-celebrations.

The hakama is a vertical striped hakama called “Sendaihira”. Most of them are white and black, so they often look gray from a distance, and it is said that the thinner the striped pattern, the more year-oriented it is, so please use it as a guide when choosing.

In addition, some are treated the same as women’s colored tomesodes. It is the same as putting five dyed crests on the kimono and obi, but the colors are calm such as gray, beige, dark blue, and purple, and you have to match Sendai flat or plain hakama. This is worn by the groom’s recoloring, guest of honor, and relatives.

Semi-formal dress …

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Even male can wear kimono

Black suits worn by guests at wedding receptions are treated as a semi-formal dress. For men’s kimonos, wear a plain haori with the same color as the kimono. Depending on where you wear it, you can omit the haori, but it is recommended that you wear a hakama.

If you are wearing a men’s kimono and don’t wear a hakama, it is called a “Kimono”. Please note that the arrival of clothes has a casual impression. Some people may think that it’s okay to dress up because it’s a friend’s wedding, but weddings aren’t just for friends.

Many work relationships and relatives of the bride and groom also gather. Some older people may be polite, so think of a taboo outfit that makes others uncomfortable.

However, since the second party is a place with a lot of frank atmospheres, it is OK to wear it in a dressing style. Please dress fashionably.

Going out …

Going out is what you wear for a small gathering or a dinner party at a restaurant. Wearing a haori gives a stiff impression, so a haori coat is sufficient. However, please note that the kimono and haori that you wear as an outing will not be crested. Crested is a formal dress called formal dress or semi-formal dress.

If you have many opportunities to sit upright or have to move a little, your kimono is more likely to fall apart. In such a case, please wear a plain hakama that you usually wear. You don’t have to worry about the disorder around the hem, so you can rest assured.

Haori and kimono are not necessarily twin sets. Even if you arrange them in an ensemble at first, let’s enjoy the coordination by changing the color, pattern, material, etc. of the haori once you get used to the kimono.

For men, you can use various half-collars. On cold days, you can wear a T-shirt on the inner, or a white Y-shirt or a white stand-up collar shirt with a hakama for a “calligraphy style”, giving you a warm and unique look.

Every day wear…

If you compare it to clothes, T-shirts, and jeans. It is a relaxing holiday outfit. Wool is warm in winter, but hemp is also good in summer. In addition, cotton kimonos are soft to the touch, and there are many striped and lattice patterns, so you can choose and enjoy them as you like.

I would like to wash my everyday kimono at home if possible. Wool and cotton are easy to wash, but hemp can shrink and wrinkle, so be careful. If possible, it may be better to mix it with synthetic fibers or cotton.

Yukata …

The yukata that you wear in midsummer is nice and stylish when you wear it casually. The obi is a square obi or a soldier’s obi, but it is recommended for beginners. Since the waist is calm, you can prevent the clothes from collapsing. Yukata can be a little shorter than other kimonos, but try it on when you buy it.

Besides cotton, hemp is also suitable for summer. After all, it has excellent hygroscopicity and water absorption, so you can wear it smoothly and coolly without sticking to your skin.

Jinbei and Samue are both said to be a type of relaxing clothing, but they are not the same. Samue is basically work clothes worn by monks when they perform various miscellaneous tasks (cleaning the garden, weeding, etc.). Therefore, the season to wear it in all seasons in spring, summer, autumn, and winter, but in summer it is linen and cool, and in winter it is made of warm fabrics such as batting type and fleece type. The sleeves of the jacket are 3/4 length, and the hem of the trousers is long

Jinbei is relaxing summer wear. Since it is worn in midsummer, the material is generally hemp or a mixture of hemp and cotton. The upper part has five-quarter sleeves, and the combination with shorts is very flat. Recently, more and more people are going out to summer festivals with women in yukata.

What men need when wearing a kimono

There are many things that men need when they wear a kimono. It is different for men and women wearing kimono. Here are some basic items that you should have when you wear a man’s kimono.

Kimono …

It is the main body of the kimono, which is also called “Nagagi”. For women, the length is adjusted by making an “Ohashiri” when dressing, but for men, the length is not adjusted. Just wear it and tie the obi. Check the length of the hem when you buy. If you wear a hakama, you don’t care about the length, but the length of the kimono when you wear it is an important point.

Obi …

When it comes to men’s kimono obi, “Kaku obi” and “Hekobi” are common. The square band is about 9 cm wide and 4 m 15 cm long and has elasticity.

The Hyogo obi is also known as a children’s obi and is characterized by the simplicity of bending both ends of a soft cloth. It’s easy to tie, but adults can only use it for yukata and relaxing clothes.

Recently, “making obi” has come out for those who can’t wear kimono. It comes with velcro so it’s very easy to put on. It may be good for beginners to use, but it is the mainstream to tighten it according to the yukata. If you use it for going out, pay attention to the color and material.

Haori :

A short length that is worn over a kimono. Most of them have sleeves, but there are also waistcoat types that do not have sleeves for everyday wear. This is a haori that you can wear when it’s chilly just by wearing it, such as early summer or late summer.

Formal haori must be crested, but casual haori should be unprinted in principle, so be careful.

Hakama …

There are various types of hakama. There is a trouser-like bifurcated hakama called “horse-riding hakama” and a skirt-shaped hakama called “andon hakama”. In the past, lantern hakama was mostly used for women, but now it is used by both men and women. There is no difference in the case, so it’s okay to choose which one you like.

It’s easy to wear a lantern hakama when using the toilet, but the horse riding hakama is easier to move, so think about when to wear it.

The hakama for everyday wear is the “wild hakama”. The silhouette of the hakama with a narrow hem is characterized by its ease of movement, and you may think of it as the hakama worn by the famous historical drama “Mito Komon”.

Nagajuban …

Kimono underwear that you wear under your kimono. A “half-collar” is sewn on to cover the dirt on the collar. In the case of women, it is said to “without the garment crest”, and a hard collar core is put in the half collar to keep the kimono collar away from the nape, but this is not the case for men. The back of the neck and the kimono can be in close contact with each other, so there is no need for a collar core.

Tabi …

The dress is white, but if you wear it every day, you can use tabi with colors and patterns. Let’s choose according to the kimono.


A tatami mat (bamboo leather, etc.) with a thong attached to it is called “setta”. Setta with white tanned leather hanao is formal and semi-formal. If it’s a light-colored hanao, it’s okay to match it with a semi-formal kimono, but if it’s a black hanao, it’s usually worn.

Zori is made of synthetic leather, leather, cloth, etc. attached to the table. Light colors are suitable for formal wear, while dark colors and patterns are suitable for casual wear. The clogs will be made of wood. You can wear it on your bare feet, but you can also wear socks. However, since it is casual footwear, it is usually handled even if it is expensive.

What you need when you wear a man’s kimono

Kimono also has small items that are necessary for dressing. There are different types of things that you must have and those that are more convenient to have, so think about what you need to do to wear a comfortable kimono.


First thing to wear. It will be underwear. For men, undershirts and steteco are common. You can wear underwear for everyday clothes, or you can use a T-shirt with an awareness of “showing”.

Since it comes into direct contact with the skin, choose one that feels good on the skin.

Waist cord, date tightening …

Used for kimono and long undershirt. Some people use two waist straps, while others use the waist strap and date tightening separately, so decide on the dress that suits you best. You may also want to use an elastic rubber waist belt.

Half-collar …

Sewn-on the collar of a long undershirt. The formal wear will be white, but since it originally has the meaning of preventing stains, it is OK to wear a half-collar with a color or pattern that makes the stains inconspicuous. After all, it is a half-collar located near the face, so it is easy for the eyes to gather and it is a big point of dressing.

A gray half-collar gives a sharp impression, and a light beige makes the complexion look good. A half-collar of the same color as the kimono is easy to coordinate, and the striped half-collar is a stylish accent.

If the half collar becomes dirty, remove it, wash it, and sew it again. Be careful not to wrinkle when sewing.

Haori string …

Don’t underestimate the haori string. Although the area is small, it is in front of the body and has a strong impact. It can be said to be one of the fashionable items of kimono.

In addition to the “Maru-gumi” with a round string for formal wear, the “Flat-gumi” with a flat string, and the “Musou” with a ball in the center, recently, the haori is put on and taken off. A simple magnet type has also come out. It would be interesting to have various types such as size and color.

Dressing accessories …

As a dressing accessory exclusively for men’s kimono, there is also an idea accessory called “collar stop” that prevents the collar of the long undershirt from being disturbed. This is attached to a long undershirt, but it is becoming more popular because it can keep the beauty of the neckline.

Also, sewing a half-collar is a difficult task for men who do not do much sewing. The “zipper type semi-juban” is chosen by such people. The length is shorter than the long undershirt, but the half-collar is attached with a zipper, so there is no need to sew. Not only when it gets dirty, but also because you can easily replace the half-collar according to your coordination, it is very convenient.

Points for wearing a man’s kimono

Kimono dressing for men is much easier and simpler than that for women. Especially for everyday wear, if you know a little trick, you only have to practice. Introducing a video of how to wear each of “Yukata”, “Nagajuban and Kimono”, and “Hakama” by yourself. Let’s challenge first.

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Bilal Munsif