As we head into festival and firework season in Japan the shops of 109-2 have started to whip out their summer Yukata and this year they have found a couple of new ways to bring a bit of street fashion to the traditional look. My personal favorite has to got to be Vice Fairy by Royal Courageaux and Graffity’s collaboration:
For a pretty cheap 16000 yen you get:
A traditional but bold print Yukata so you can stand out while keeping the conservatives happy!
Nicely Patterned Obi with hanging fabric: again a slightly bolder design than you would expect from a men’s obi and the nice touch of the extra fabric just gives it a bit of a rock flavor.
A host inspired pin for the obi instead of your suit lapel.
A skull and cross-bones fan (!) – essential for the summer heat
A snake-skin print hanging bag so you don’t ruin your Yukata with a modern bag.
Oh, and a guide of how to tie the obi – don’t worry most Japanese people don’t have a clue either!
Finish the look with simple accessories and natural hair as this is one of the few times where old school Japanese subtlety is in order.
The best thing about it as a foreigner is that Vice Fairy’s Yukata are cut slightly longer than normal so that they fit a taller man MUCH better. The first time I wore a Yukata to a festival I was so self-conscious of my long legs sticking out the bottom – not a good look for me with my spindly legs.
I am always glad to see Japanese fashion incorporating classical themes and motifs in their designs and I am especially keen on keeping fundamentally Japanese clothing in vogue. Even if you only wear this outfit a handful of times a year, at least when you do you are going to rock it in style.