Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Men's kimonos - an introduction

Parts of a man’s kimono, with explanations of both formal & informal wear

Thanks for the opportunity to add to your blog, Artesia! I’m going over some men’s kimonos, as it isn’t a topic that is often touched upon. Most guys who arrive in-world, and want to involve themselves in a Japanese/Martial Arts/Oriental background and/or rp will usually look for a good weapon (mostly katanas – at least to start)… and then realize that they need to look the part, not just have a good-looking weapon (your skills, on the other hand – that’s your problem)! There are plenty of flashy anime-type uniforms (no, I’m not knocking them – I have plenty of them myself), but for those who wish to indulge in a more authentic-type Japanese background, you’re going to need a kimono.

Display of a man’s tiger kimono

There are essentially two main groups of men’s kimonos in SL, formal and informal. Formal kimonos tend to be really sharp, but … expensive. Informal kimonos are the opposite (lol), they are really basic (muted colors), but cost little to nothing. Yes, there are freebees out there, but… you get what you pay for! If you go cheap, it’ll show (generally speaking). So, if you want your ninja/samurai/monk to impressive or have more intricate detail to his garments, you’re going to have to spend some money.

Man wearing black kimono with incense

ChaosSun Woebegon has provided really inexpensive kimonos for men, in white and black, for $L1 each – you can go to slexchange to obtain one…

Example of Men’s black kimonoAnd… a couple articles on rl mens kimonos – just so you know how it really works (lol)!
If anyone knows of other locations for inexpensive (under $L25) kimonos, topical requests on men's garments, or any (constructive) suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment!

1 comment:

Grendal said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I gotta Plug ;D
~Chaossun Woebegone