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The design of the kimono for men show fewer designs than the kimono worn by women. The kimono for men has sleeves that are attachedto the body and are less deep than the kimono sleeves worn by women.

When the modern era came, the fabric of the kimono for men became the guide for distinction. Kimonos for men were matte and featured subtle patterns. Although they were mostly dark colours, other kimonos had bright colours like green and blue.

How do men wear Kimono?

Kimonos for men include the Montsuki Hakama for ceremonial occasions and the Haori for going out and visiting. There is also the yukata, which is worn by both men and women as informal attire at home, in the ryokan or to attend local festivals.

Men's kimonos usually have more muted colours and are typically made of matte fabrics. The sleeves of the men's kimono are attached to the body of the kimono, leaving no more than a few centimetres free at the bottom, unlike the very low sleeves worn by women, which are usually not attached to the body of the kimono.

Men's sleeves are less deep than women's kimono sleeves to accommodate the obi around the waist underneath, while women's kimonos allow the long, unattached lower part of the sleeve to hang over the obi without getting in the way. Men also wear zori, usually made of imitation plastic straw, but they do not have to wear tabi socks with their zori as women do.

Traditional style Kimono for men

The most formal kimono style is plain black silk with five kamon on the chest, shoulders and back. Slightly less formal is the three-kamon kimono.

Some older women and even fewer men still wear the kimono daily. Kimono for men are often worn at weddings, tea ceremonies and other very special or very formal occasions.

Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in kimono as they are required to wear the traditional Japanese attire when performing in public.

Modern style Kimono for men

In the modern era, the main differences between kimonos for men are in the fabric. The typical men's kimono is a muted black, dark blue and green is common.

The fabrics are usually matte. Some have a subtle pattern, and textured fabrics are common in casual kimonos. Casual kimonos may be made in slightly lighter colours, such as lighter shades of purple, green and blue. Sumo wrestlers are occasionally known to wear fairly bright colours such as fuchsia.