Many of you may be wondering how you can still wear beautiful kimono when pregnant. Indeed, it may seem challenging to achieve an elegant look with a baby bump, especially since the kimono is supposed to present a slim figure.
Hence, we are delighted to have Naomi – from ‘Naomi no Kimono Asobi’ – show us that it’s actually rather easy to look splendid in a kimono throughout pregnancy: all you need are a few simple tweaks in your kitsuke!
Her kitsuke at 9 weeks
Naomi didn’t have a bump in this early stage of her pregnancy, but she did not feel comfortable with anything around her waist. Hence, Naomi adjusted her kitsuke by tying the juban and obi just below her bust instead:
Naomi found this to be extremely comfortable, with the bonus of achieving a high-waisted, Taisho look.
Here, Naomi is dressed in a full ro ensemble, featuring: a ro Taisho era purple lily komon, ro Taisho era mandarin duck juban, ro Hakata obi, and ro embroidered haneri.
Her kitsuke at 15 weeks
It was love at first sight for Naomi with this Taisho meisen komon, even though it was far too short for her to wear. Her growing belly also made it impossible to achieve even a small ohashori in the kimono.
Instead, Naomi modified her kitsuke by using a safety pin and adding a lot of padding under the bust. She also kept her collar higher than usual due to the length of the kimono.
I’m sure you’ll agree that Naomi looks gorgeous in this outfit – and the numerous compliments she received that day are no surprise!
Her kitsuke at 27 weeks of pregnancy
By this stage, Naomi’s juban no longer wrapped around her as much as it previously did, and her himo and datehime were significantly shorter than before.
As she did from the start of her pregnancy, Naomi tied the himo directly under her bust. She also wrapped her sarashi over the kimono bra and around her belly for additional support – which made Naomi feel extremely comfortable. Naturally, she also had to double the padding used to fill the gap between her bust and belly.
To achieve this beautiful otaiko, Naomi used a ‘biyosugata‘ – which some describe as a ‘magic obi aid’. In fact, Naomi thinks that this should be every pregnant woman’s best friend!
Her kitsuke at 30 weeks of pregnancy
In this later stage of her pregnancy, Naomi decided to go for something bolder instead and opted for this eye-catching number:
This tachibana meisen kimono is exceptionally wide and long for a Taisho meisen, which suited Naomi’s figure perfectly. She also needed a haori for the cold weather, and went with this shibori haori from her collection which best suited the ensemble.
Throughout her pregnancy, Naomi found kitsuke to be rather easy. In fact, Naomi mostly did kitsuke as per normal, apart from a few adjustments in finding kimono, juban and himo that fitted her growing figure.
As you can see, Naomi’s pregnancy kitsuke looked quite effortless, so rest assured that you’ll be able to look as stunning in a kimono as always while pregnant – Naomi most certainly did!
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