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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 March 13, 2019

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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