Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kimono Knowledge: Jewelry

What sort of jewelry do you wear with kimono?

Traditionally, no jewelry of any kind was worn outside of hair ornaments. Women didn't pierce their ears, the idea of wedding rings hadn't been imported yet and bracelets and necklaces weren't worn.

Today the trend has shifted (in my opinion largely because the kimono industry is trying to loosen up and lose its old-fashioned image with the younger generation, as they represent its future) and you can see girls in more kimono situations wearing things like rings, earrings, and bracelets, though not usually all together and with each piece fairly subtle and small. Men in casual kimono can sometimes be seen wearing stylish silver bracelets, rings and even fedora hats.

"Coming of Age" Day for 20-year-olds: Notice the cute flower earrings. :) Photo by tanakawho.

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