13th Lesson: Haori

When you wear kimono, you always have to be prepared for the next season. Making a kimono takes sometimes more than a month, so you should order your kimono, nagajuban etc. early. One reason why I always start to buy awase in August, although it was still in the middle of summer. 🙂

However, winter season is another good reason to talk about haori (羽織). A haori is like a coat you wear over your kimono. There are more kinds of Japanese coats, but today we will concentrate on haori. Roughly said, there are two designs of haori: the normal short ones…


… and the long version, called nagabaori (長羽織). Nagabaori-design was popular during the first half of Showa period (until 1945). After that the fashion changed and haori wre worn short again. However, these days the nagabaori  had a big come back.


A haori accessory which is pretty fun to buy are so-called haori himo (羽織紐). These are tied in the front and hold the haori “closed”. You can take them off and change them, so you can make your outfit perfect. There are plenty designs with ribbons, pearls, crystals, and and and…


One rule to know about haori: you may wear them inside of houses. Due to Japanese manner you have to take off your coat, before you enter a house or room, but haori is an exception.

A haori changes the image of your outfit. It’s a must-have for the upcoming seasons. For spring and summer I warmly recommend haori made of lace.


Haori are not so hard to tailor, so you could also try to make one! 😉


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