Kimono Challenge 10 – Your biggest kimono inspiration

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.


I hate to sound really egotistical but I base my kimono fashions around my gothic/rockabilly/kitch fashions in my yofuku life. I live my yofuku life through themes. My favourite are burlesque, rockabilly, medical,pirate, sailor, cheerleader…man I could go on…

The themes I love in western clothing translate through to my kimono styling.

For example:

  • Red/Black combinations – very goth
  • Polka dots and kitch patterns – rockabilly
  • Stripes/Pinstripe – again rockabilly
  • Corsets – burlesque themes
But with kimono my old ‘cyber’ routes sometimes come to light when I do bright colours. Most of my kimono and accessories are bright, and sometimes neon. I don’t do pale colours, even though recently I have tried. Reason being I seem to need kimono for a variety of events. For example, this month I need an outfit suitable for tea ceremony.
I do read a lot of kimono magazines, and love the styling however I always feel the need to follow my own path.



Clubbing Kitsuke for Heresy and Heelz

Outfit for Halloween. Red furisode, red n black obi and wig.Heresy and Heelz is coming up and I need to think kitsuke for the event. As its the last one of the year I think furisode is in order. Last time I went out in furisode I was sweltering (see main picture)…the shiro nuri didn’t help. However, that was Halloween and this is just a burlesque event.

So I was thinking of still wearing this furisode but instead of a full juban, just my hadajuban top to protect the kimono and an easy collar in polka dot black and white. No shiro nuri though as its too geisha, and I am just going as a girl in kimono and corset.
An 80's furisode which will become my queen of hearts piece..
I am going to wear my corset and cover it with my obiage as the main picture again as I liked that effect. It disguises the fact I have a corset on so I just look thinner 🙂

People said I was too ‘red’ on Halloween but with my normal black hair (re-dyed) and my favourite red/gold/black fukuro obi I think I will be OK.

Halloween at Eddies was a total bust as there was no alcohol (and it was the only night in 6 months that I had not driven clubbing so could drink) so I don’t think this outfit got a good enough boogie and I love red furisode as they are so show stopping.

My girls Lexi and Kerry are joining me and we are having our mini Christmas too like we have every year. I still need to formulate my Marie Antoinette kimono outfit but decided the kakeshita I chose for it was just too bulky and hot for clubbing, as it is covered in embroidery. I might change my mind though when I finally get myself a massive net underskirt.