You might have noticed that all of these causal ensembles feature an obi with a geometric motif. When I'm dressing in yukata, I tend to go for less complicated pairings, as it is summer and the yukata itself is a very casual garment, even if it is worn for festivals like Obon.
You may have also noticed that two of the three obi are tied in the same knot-- the kai-no-kuchi or clam's mouth knot. A lot of this has to do with the fact that it is the only knot that I can tie for myself with any reliability. The musubi used for the orange asanoha obi on the left was done for me by my wonderful roommate (I need her help with that obi no matter what-- it's so stiff that it creaks!) who is also responsible for almost all of the photographs you've seen so far.
My other ajisai yukata is not quite as easy to pair with multiple obi as it has a little more color than my first example.
|Ajisai yukata with more vintage styling and coloration.|
This motif is one of the most seasonally limited that I have shared so far. It's best worn in late spring and early summer. While hydrangea has a lengthy bloom time, it is considered to be at its best during Japan's rainy season. I tend to push this a bit and wear them well through summer. Living in California, our 'rainy season' (if we are fortunate enough to have one) is generally winter, but by wearing ajisai during our hotter months, I might evoke a little of that sense of coolness.
For a very, very long time, I was not at all enamored of floral prints of any sort, but now that I have discovered kimono, I've found that there are actually a great number of floral motifs that I enjoy. Perhaps this is because there seems to be a much wider variety than was offered in the sweet little calico prints that were picked out for me. I suspect that my kind readers have their own favorite floral motifs and I would be most delighted to hear about them in the comments.
We'll have a break from posting on Sunday 4/10 and will be back on Monday when you might have a chance to learn about your favorite flower, if it happens to be the Iris (Ayame).