In case you are not familiar with the summer version of the kimono – also known as the Japanese Yukata - now is the perfect time to learn. With the warm weather approaching, a yukata is the perfect robe for lounging around the pool, after a shower, or just relaxing at home. These cotton robes are designed to look similar to a kimono, but without the formality of silk. Because they are made from cotton, these delightful robes use patterns that are lighter and less saturated with color, making them the perfect accessory for summer.
Shaped like a capital “T” with wide arms in an angular pattern, the Japanese yukata is designed to be worn loosely, but it can also be cinched together with a matching fabric sash. Like a traditional kimono, the hem of most yukatas falls about 56” long, skimming the ankle. But unlike the kimono, the Yukata is not worn in formal ceremonies. It is more likely to be worn after a bath or as a stylish cover-up when sitting by the pool.