The fit

Kitsuke or traditional kimono dressing is an art form, and while [re.form] sells a selection of kimono and kimono related items – obi, obiage, obijime etc., we are believe that vintage items should be part of the fabric of modern life. How will you wear yours?

Haori

A light, hip or thigh-length traditional jacket made to be worn over a kimono. It can be worn open or loosely tied with haori-himo. The front of a haori is not designed to wrap in the same way that a full-length kimono does

  • Wingspan - from wrist to wrist across the shoulder
  • Back Width - from shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the back
  • Length - from nape to hem 
  • Sleeve Depth - from top to bottom of sleeve

The suggested UK garment sizes are based on the haori being worn in a traditional manner ie. fastened with haori-himo and allowing a narrow 6-10cm gap between the edges. The haori would be looser and tie closer together on someone who is a smaller size than suggested.

 

Michiyuki

 

michiyuki is traditional three-quarter length kimono-style travelling jacket. It is designed with a low square neckline to show off the kimono underneath and has a double-breasted front opening that closes with snap fasteners. There are decorative self-covered buttons and a small pocket hidden in the front seam. 

  • Wingspan - from wrist to wrist across the shoulder
  • Back Width - from shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the back
  • Length - from nape to hem 
  • Sleeve Depth - from top to bottom of sleeve
  • Overall/Hip Sizemeasurement of the overall girth of the garment

A michiyuki has a relatively straight body so we give the overall dimension of the body of the garment as hip size - generally the widest part of the body.

 

Kimono

A full-length traditional t-shaped garment which is designed to be worn wrapped, left over right, bloused at the waist and secured with thin sash called a koshi-himo. Because they are designed to ‘bloused’ traditional kimono length is calculated as your height +10cm making them generally a little long for ladies of average height! However as they are hand-sewn they can be simply shortened by a competent dressmaker or tailor.

  • Wingspan - from wrist to wrist across the shoulder
  • Back Width - from shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the back
  • Length - from nape to hem 
  • Sleeve Depth - from top to bottom of sleeve

If you have any questions about fit please feel free to email us at info@re-formstore.com and we will be happy to help!

Men's Kimono

In contrast to women's kimono, men's kimono & haori are typically in subdued, darker colours with subtle patterns and textures and the sleeves of a man’s kimono are generally attached to the body of the garment.

Measurements are given in the same way as for women's kimono:

  • Wingspan - from wrist to wrist across the shoulder
  • Back Width - from shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the back
  • Length - from nape to hem 
  • Sleeve Depth - from top to bottom of sleeve