I really don’t know which of these three I like best. The motif is chrysanthemum with small flowers (perhaps sakura?) which, on a yukata, pull it in two opposing directions–early spring and mid-fall–ensuring that the yukata can be worn during ANY heat-appropriate weather regardless of technical season.

The bright touch of blue with the purple yukata keeps it from being too warm, and the watermelon-pink obi with the blue yukata does the same in reverse. The black yukata manages to blend several modern colors (bright pink, teal and black) with a soft pink ‘puchi obi’ that matches the model’s hair accessory. The little touches of high contrast colors used in the obi here are all spot-on. I also like that this shop used obijime to add just a little more color. Obijime are not a requirement for yukata, but I always prefer them because they give you an option to add a little more texture.

I haven’t seen many blue obi paired with black and pink, but this combination is really refreshing! The sky-blue/turquoise color really plays well with the orangey colors in the chrysanthemum motif and the darker blue brings out the rosy pinks and burgundy colors.

As you see in this piece, there are many ways to tie or loop your obijime to make it the focal piece of your outfit. A simple square knot doesn’t have to be the end. Because the cord is so tight, you can arrange the loose ends in waves, loops and loose knots that look very classy.

Once again I would be torn between which of these yukata I like best, color-wise.

Note that the obijime is tied higher than the midline of the obi, which advertises that the wearer is young and unmarried.

I sincerely love all three of these color combinations, particularly the first two which show more creative challenge of the color sets. While green and red might be an obvious solution, this particular olive green with burgundy and dark purple is not that obvious at first. But with the delicate white obijime it’s just exactly the color set you want if you’re going for a cool, adult look. The center set might be my favorite in terms of color balance with its bright blue and blood-red offset by sparkles of white.

Though yukata season is winding down, it’s still acceptable to wear them until October, as they are casual and there are still some festivals held in September. Besides, Nagoya is still really hot!

Kimonomachi takes this warm red/orange/lime green yukata and pairs it with a similarly light red obi and orange obijime, with a twist–the other side of the obi is a saturated teal-blue that punches against the red and orange in an exciting peep of contrast. The reddish-orange hair accessory also ties in cleanly to the yukata’s dominant color scheme.

With a yukata this dark, a warm colored obi can make it festive and youthful. A darker or less saturated obi could make it look more mature and calm. As usual Kimonomachi is offering some of the best casual prints this year. 

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s black yukata is this one, again with a fake eri collar but no inner layer (juban) visible inside the sleeves. This one is utilizing olive green on deep black with little touches of warm red, in a butterfly design. I think the overall aesthetic is supposed to be the colors of a lacquer box– warm classic red, black, and gold leaf or gold dust sprinkled across the black. The obijime, red and gold, adds to this aesthetic and pushes it toward a very fancy look.  This would be a great yukata for someone who’s a fan of the traditional Japanese aesthetic, high-class and a little bit sexy!

A black yukata put together by Barakoneko uses neutral red as the accent color in her shoes, obi, and hair. Note that she chose white and black ribbons sprinkled around her hair, echoing the white and red flowers sprinkled around the black yukata. Without the skull obi-dome, the obi might disappear slightly into the yukata as the values are similar. 

I love how her makeup is slightly goth, matching the skull motif.

A bright yukata covered in botan and butterflies in three different color variations. I honestly don’t know which one I like best.

In all three of these yukata, the dark background of the yukata helps pop the flowers and butterflies forward, but I feel that in the first yukata the butterflies are most visible with the light green color. In that yukata, the yellow obi helps pull out the color of the butterflies and the red obi connects with the fuchsia color of the flowers.

The purple and red yukata may be my favorite. The violet is dark and warm enough to be balanced by the red flowers without clashing. This is very hard to do!

The black and pink yukata is very classic. It shows how you can take the same motif and change the coloring a little, and go from bold and modern to classic “hime” style.

What are you doing, HL?!

This is probably your nicest print you’ve ever done, and you’re wasting it on a yukata. 

Yes, this is a Yukata, not a Homongi kimono for a middle aged enka singer. I don’t know what to think! 

Bright purple and white powerfully contrast with a deep background, making the yukata look almost flat. It’s hard to know where to look. This yukata would be good to wear to a night festival, not just because during the day the summer sun would be oppressive.

‘Antique Retro Yukata “Hanamon Classical”’

A hanamon is, in basic definition, a crest or design (as of a stamp) of a flower in a circular shape.

Here are some common mon:

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This kimono has some very stylized flowers that might be ume, sakura or chrysanthemum, along with wispy waves or strands of grass. These high-contrast but low-saturation colors are paired with deep black, making the colors glow. I would like to see this yukata with some obiage and obijime picking out more of the colors in the pattern– perhaps the sky blue, deep burgundy or a medium pink.

Stars and Polk-a-Dots and Roses! SouBien

This yukata is incredibly modern in its motifs of largely geometric circles and stars, but with summery modern roses thrown in the mix (in gold and silver). A simple white obi is a classy touch, but it makes the model look wider. Perhaps a bright pink to match the circles would have worked better.

Soubien has pushed the styling of this yukata toward the Gothic, with a face veil and very dark eye makeup, though the purple geta are festive.

This whole coordination is typical of what the slightly subcultural girl in Nagoya would like to wear. :)

This yukata has a puchi obi tied in front like a flower, to match the flower in her hair. That is an option if you don’t have a kanzashi flowr to put on the obi yourself. There is also a ribbon on the back of this obi–it looks like a “kantan obi” or pre-tied/clip-on obi– so personally I would have tried to cover that mess up in back, but with yukata you can choose how many fluffy ribbons you want on both sides.

The colors here are particularly nice, it’s uncommon to see yukata with any green at all, even in leaves. It adds some depth to the design.

Note how in modern yukata the kanzashi (hair ornament) has become so huge and imposing it’s basically a hat.

This is a pretty typical low-priced yukata made of simple printed cotton. Black, pink and purple have been the staple colors for a few years now, and the “puchi obi” is a popular accessory on top of that, replacing the look of the obiage and adding some texture to the outfit.