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How to Dress in Anime Kimono for Cosplay

Updated on June 26, 2013
Japanese cosplayers in kimono
Japanese cosplayers in kimono | Source
Japanese geisha kimono
Japanese geisha kimono | Source
Cosplayer in Hakama and Kimono
Cosplayer in Hakama and Kimono | Source

The traditional Japanese clothing, or kimono, is one of the most popular costumes in cosplay as it is not only easy to wear and style, especially that the fictional Japanese anime and manga hold veritable style inspirations on how to dress the kimono for cosplay, it is also wearable by both girls and boys, or men and women, of all ages and at any time or season of the year.


So if you have finally set your heart on dressing up in a Japanese kimono or kimono robe for a cosplay party or anime-themed event, these beginner's tips and guide are sure to help through the process of finding a kimono for cosplay and accessorizing it to become perfect for cosplay or anime-style dressing.


Choose an Anime Kimono

Anime had its roots in Japan, so dressing up in the traditional Japanese kimono – whether a silk kimono to get the look of a Japanese princess, hakama pants and kimono to mimic the style of a Meiji school girl, or a Japanese yukata kimono for a casual look - would definitely be a no-fail strategy.

For the girls, among the most popular Japanese kimono styles that you can choose from are the:

  • Iromuji, or the solid-colored kimonos;
  • Tukesage, which feature delicate designs that are facing up;
  • Komon kimono, or the printed kimonos that feature repeated patterns throughout the robe;
  • Furisode, or the silk kimonos that are specially-reserved for formal occasions and events that require formal kimono dressing; and,
  • Kimono and hakama pants.

If you cannot find the exact Japanese kimono that you have for your style inspiration, don’t fret, as there exists a great variety of kimono colors and motifs in the market, or perhaps, in your closet, that are only waiting for you to try.

For the men’s Asian clothing, among the easy choices for cosplay are the:

  • Asian martial arts outfit, like the for karate, kung fu, and ninja outfits;
  • Japanese yukata or summer robe; and,
  • Kimono and hakama pants, which is the traditional Japanese clothing for men.

Set your locks into fiction-inspired hairstyle.

Come chic like the Japanese geishas, or the kings, queens, maidens, and samurais of ancient Japan by accessorizing your locks with a Kanzashi, a flower pin, flower crown, or an Asian hair wig, or make it authentic for fiction-style with a vibrant hair color, such as in the shades of blue, green, red, orange, purple, maroon, or turquoise.

If you are following an anime character’s fashion style, remember to get the look right by paying attention to his or her signature hair color or Japanese hair accessory, especially that the locks often distinguish one anime character from the other.

Accessorize your cosplay kimono to bring out the unique style of the character that you portray.

Complete the look of your Japanese superhero or villain's cosplay costume with Japanese accessories, like hand fans, an artsy kimono bag, a kung fu stick, faux samurai sword, ninja wooden staff, bow and arrow, and many others.

Finally: Remember that in choosing your perfect cosplay kimono and anime-style kimono clothing, do not worry much about the trends as what really matters in cosplay is the way you carry the role of a fictional character or an anime superhero or villain. Enjoy donning an anime kimono and come out not as you are, but as the fiction character that you would like yourself to be.

Finally... Remember that:

In choosing your perfect cosplay kimono and outfit design, do not worry much about the trends as what really matters in cosplay is the way you carry the role of a superhero or villain. Enjoy donning an anime kimono and come out not as you are, but as the fiction character that you would like yourself to be.

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