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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 December 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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