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15 Dressy Ways To Style With Kimono

15 Dressy Ways To Style With Kimono

Originally hailing from Japan, Kimono is their tradition as well as their formal dress. It is a long garb, touching down to the ankles, has lengthy, wide sleeves, and the cloth is wrapped around the body; the left side should cross over the right side, and a sash (known as obi) is tied at the back.

It may look simple to wear, but the material, and the way it is made, is quite complicated. It is said that a kimono is worn by elites, but it is not entirely true. Even though with other types of clothing have been introduced a long time now, kimono is still worn by many elder citizens as their regular clothes. Otherwise, kimono are often worn by the Japanese during any special occasions, or at formal invites, where they are representing their country.

With the twenty first century, the concept of kimono has been modified. That not only kimono are worn by Japanese, this special garb has been spread around the globe. It seems, that whoever visits Japan, is bound to bring a kimono for their loved ones back home. Saying this, even I used to have a kimono back when I was a young girl. Now, when I say modified, I also mean that kimono is not longer worn as the strict traditional costume, but it is now a fashion hit amongst this generation. Kimono are now used as tops, as an extra accessory over a plain simple top, or as a dress. And with the growing number of people owning this special attire, here are some ideas on how to style kimono in a dressy way.

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    Let’s start with the traditional kimono. If you happen to be the owner of one, you don’t have to wait to visit Japan. You can wear it in your city, somewhere at a fancy dress party. Tie up your hair in a high bun, and keep your make-up simple, if your kimono is gorgeous. Studs on your ears, your look is complete.

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      This is a kimono that has been turned into a striking looking blouse and long skirt. The blouse has high collars, and you can sew the sash vertically on your skirt. It will add a dramatic character to your overall costume. Opt for a bright color, and you can even wear it on any formal occasions.

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        Another near-traditional kimono, you can play around with the obi. You can tie it at the back, at the side, or even at the front. With a simple designed one, you can accessorise with some bangles, a locket dangling from a thin silver chain, and a big, bright clutch.

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          This kimono dress has beautiful layers at the backside, and the design at the front is enough to make it look elegant. Also, keep the collar high. A large single bracelet can be adorned on one of the hands. You can either go for red lips, or smoky eyes.

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            This is a very contemporary kimono design. The sleeves are typical kimono sleeves, but the print and the size are playful, and fun. This is a great dress for a summer hangout with friends.

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              From traditional kimono to contemporary dress designs, kimono can be added to enhance your ordinary regular tops. Just wear a bright colored, or floral prints kimono shirt over a plain colored tank tops.

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                Another way to wear it is to layer it on your tops and shorts. If your kimono is of the same length of your shorts, it will give off a very cool look.

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                  With a bright, floral kimono, you might choose to stick to neutrals underneath. And, you can finish it off with a cowboy hat, and a big bag.

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                    This kind of kimono tops are very much “in” the fashion right now. The nets at the bottom adds an individuality to the kimono. This is a very stylish look because of the fringe/kimono combination.

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                      Kimono can be a good substitute for a cardigan. This can be ideally worn during the end of fall, or early winter, when the cold is very bearable.

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                        A contrasting shade of kimono with splashes of colors, or designs, looks wonderful over simple colored, ordinary clothes. You can have a fancy hair-do, and wear a bold neckpiece. When worn properly, you can wear this outfit to work!

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                          Because the kimonos are usually loose fitting, it is a great comfortable wear for the pregnant mothers. They are stylish for pregnancy photos and are never go out of style.

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                            Here is another example of a maternity kimono dress. An ideal attire to wear at formal  parties. You can add a contrasting colored necklace to add some zest to your dress.

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                              A fashionable tops, this is suitable for any occasions- formal, informal, or casual. Add matching accessories to get that perfect look. You can also wear dangling earrings instead of a necklace.

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                                This tops resembles the original concept of the traditional kimono. You can wear this with a dark denim, tights, or even a skirt.

                                Now that you know what to do with your kimono, or even if you don’t have one, you can easily buy one, and carry out the fashion in your own style. These are elegant, and pleasant to wear, and anyone can casually pull it off!

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                                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                  Why You Need a Vision

                                  Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                  How to Create Your Life Vision

                                  Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                  What Do You Want?

                                  The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                  It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                  Some tips to guide you:

                                  • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                  • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                  • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                  • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                  • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                  Some questions to start your exploration:

                                  • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                  • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                  • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                  • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                  • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                  • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                  • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                  • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                  • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                  • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                  It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                  What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                  Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                  A few prompts to get you started:

                                  • What will you have accomplished already?
                                  • How will you feel about yourself?
                                  • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                  • What does your ideal day look like?
                                  • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                  • What would you be doing?
                                  • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                  • How are you dressed?
                                  • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                  • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                  • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                  It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                  Plan Backwards

                                  It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                  • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                  • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                  • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                  • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                  • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                  • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                  • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                  • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                  • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                  Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                  It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                  Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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