Haori: mid-length coats that serve as light coats to be worn over kimonos. Haori were originally meant to be worn by men as a component of the hakama. The original function of the haori was to keep the kimono from being exposed to the elements.
Wearing a vintage haori which I bought off etsy. It is the perfect outerwear for hot days, especially ones made of silky materials. However when wearing anything that is bordering on traditional costume that has plenty of historical references/popular connotations, I have to admit it can be rather tricky to not look like I just came out of a dojo or on my way to some Japanese arts performance, while at the same time making sure that I pay my respects to this historical garment. This is the first of many looks I will experiment with the beautiful haori, and as usual I will post successful (and maybe not-so-successful) attempts on this blog.