What Is A Male Kimono Called? Guide To The Types Of Kimono Robe Men

by Bunka Japan August 16, 2021 3 min read

Men kimono is a generic word like clothing. There are many different types of kimono for men. In the west, the Japanese men kimono is also called "Kimono Robe Men" or "men's Japanese kimono robe".

When compared with the gara/pattern of women kimonos, Men's kimonos are as varied and colorful as their wearers. There is a hierarchy of sorts, where the material used in making them often dictates which rank they're at on that scale; though there may be some exceptions to this rule depending on who made it or for what occasion.

Kimono Robe Men

(Kimono Outfit Men)

The Japanese love and reverence for nature was reflected in the themes chosen to decorate kimono. Flower blossoms, trees, and streams were lovingly hand painted onto the surface of these robes which became a canvas for their ideas or concepts embroidered into them with kanji alluding to poems that would be written on it as well as designs not only reflecting beauty but also meaning.

Lets dive in to the explanation of kimono types

different ranking of kimono styles




Rank Number One Kimono: The Formal Occasion Kimono

highest rank man kimono

When you think of a Japanese wedding, the first thing that might come to mind is "kimono." However it's not just women who wear these elegant gowns. In fact men often dress in their own version known as "Kuromontsuki haori hakama". Such clothing is the male highest rank traditional clothing.

The haori is made with one of the most basic waves of silk, which is called habutai in Japanese. The hakama is made from silk from Japan's Sendai area which is called sendaihira, and you can also call it men's silk kimono.

kimono fabric

The most common color for this outfit would be black because dark colors signify elegance. The combination of blue and white five-Kamon nagagi panels on the sleeves were created by dyeing threads with water mixed with different kinds of dirt or ashes from plants, minerals, animals bones etc.

informal kimono

The Iromontsuki haori hakama is a formal dress for various occasions other than funerals, such as weddings, age ceremonies. Compared to the kuromontsuki type above it's more casual.

 

Rank Number Two Kimono: Second Level Outfit For Formal Occasion

rank number two kimono

There are many types of haori in the world, but there is one that surpasses them all. This garment has a rank lower than iromontsuki and it consists of two kinds of fabric: nagagi or tsumugi.

My favourite type of clothing by far would have to be haori; it's not as prestigious as iromontsuki (in fact, its rank one level below) yet it still has 2 different fabric options such as Nagagi or Tsumugi clothings too!

kimono fabric 2

The number of kamon on haori can usually between 3 - 1, the patterns are higher than those for tsumugi.

For hakama however there are many options in Sendaihira and omeshi styles with glossier fabric while matching a tsumugi robe would not be as good because it has less patterning which is more traditional Japanese style.

 

High Rank Informal Occasion Kimono:

high rank informal kimono

You can wear a haori and nagagi to go out! Omeshi (oil-based) and tsumugi (silk) are the main fabrics for this less formal traditional outfit. If you combine these items according to your own preferences then you won't lose rank when going outside in style but without being too formal.

 

Casual Occasion Kimono:

casual occasion kimono

Kinagashi is a traditional casual Japanese style that has become more popular in recent years. Usually, it consists of the top half-dress shirt and pants with no obi or accessories at all! This informal garb can be worn on any occasion without being too formal; walking around town or going to your local convenience store are perfect examples where you might want to wear this outfit.

 

Can Men Wear Kimono?

man wearing kimono

(Man Wearing Kimono)

Men involved in the traditional arts often have occasions to wear men's Kimono and may own several of them. Tea Ceremony is one of those artistic forms which require wearing these garments whereas others might only need them occasionally or not at all.


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