● By Jarred Schuetze
By: Jarred Schuetze Photos by: Aaron Garcia
Fitting in and standing out. Since its debut in the late eighth century, the traditional Japanese garment has evolved in a major way. Translated, the Japanese word “kimono” simply means “something to wear,” and because of its easy, versatile silhouette, the kimono is not merely ‘something to wear’ but THE something to wear.
Now in the mainstream of both eastern and western fashion, the kimono is a staple of any au courant wardrobe. The lightweight, fluid ensemble, embellished with charming prints, has been seen on every major runway around the world and shows no signs of slowing down. You can thank the garments’ utilitarian nature for that. Its functionality is perfect for any season. Kimonos can be worn in layers to provide warmth in colder months, while linen or cotton kimonos are breathable and comfortable during the spring and summer. These advantages are why kimonos have become a huge element in current fashion and why the kimono is arguably the most iconic fashion influence hailing from Japan.