Kimono Shirt Guide 2024

Wandering the streets in an Akashi-Kama Top

So you want something a bit Kimono, but not too Kimono?

You want the vibe but, don’t want to commit to the full six feet of flowing robe?

Well, let’s get you half decked out in kimono with a kimono shirt!

I’ve been experimenting with wearing different Japanese clothes for over 25 years, both living in Japan and outside Japan. In putting this post together I’ve consulted mostly with Japanese language sites, translated and synthesized a lot of the information here. I’ve also written articles on the closely related Japanese clothing types including hanten jackets, kimono for men, jinbei, Japanese minimalist fashion that might be worth checking those out as well.

What is a kimono shirt anyway?

You’ll find that quite a few different garments get lumped under the term “Kimono shirt” (Kimono literally just means “clothing” in Japanese, not a particular type of clothing). There are free flowing, split at the front, cardigan shaped garments that would more commonly be called a Happi or a Hanten in Japan. These variously get called a kimono wrap shirt, cardigan or jacket across different places across the internet. Some places will use the Japanese names for them. 

For women, these may look like this:

And for men, like this

Seidarise Men's Haori Jacket Kimono Cardigan Yukata Noragi Happi Coat L

Wearing a Kimono shirt as a wrap around

These types of Kimono shirt are commonly worn over the top of other items of clothing, most commonly a simple white t-shirt, singlet or tank top.

They can also be worn over something more skimpy, such as a swimsuit or underwear (ooh la la!).

Or you can do something like this:

SweatyRocks Women's Tassel Kimono Fringe Cardigan Beachwear Cover up White S

Kimono Theme Shirt

There are also more Western-shaped shirts that are made from materials or patterns that are often associated with Japanese kimono such as this:

Zestion New Men's Long-Sleeved Shirt Regular Fit Retro Style Patterned Printing Medium

Other options to a Kimono Shirt

If you are looking for a light Japanese style wrap-around, it may be worth considering getting a Jinbei, which is a wrap-around top and bottom combination. The design of these garments are essentially unisex, but are often given more masculine of feminine patterns and colors.

Hanten Wrap Around for Winter

There are also warmer versions of Japanese wrap-around, such as the cotton filled Hanten jacket.

Cat Print Hanten (Cotton Jacket Made in Japan Kimono-Style) Japanese Clothes Size Ladies (Medium, 1)

How much does a Kimono Shirt cost?

There is a really wide range of price points for kimono shirts and kimono wrap arounds. There are some great high-brand items from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ambush, Visvim, Haider Ackermann that will easily set you back more than $1000. 

There are some really interesting hand made shirts on Etsy at around the $1-200 mark.

Or you can get something on Amazon for anywhere from around $30 up.

High End Kimono Shirts

Visvim Indigo Denim Happi style kimono top

Ssense have some amazing high-end kimono-inspired clothing, but you pay for it….

This one is a half-sleeve garment-dyed non-stretch denim kimono-style shirt in indigo. Shawl collar. Open front. Welt pockets at waist. Partial cotton twill lining. Contrast stitching in white.

  • High end fashion piece
  • Classic Denim
  • 100% cotton.
  • Made in Japan

NAKED & FAMOUS DENIM SSENSE Exclusive Khaki Rinsed Oxford Kimono Shirt

Long sleeve cotton twill shirt in khaki. Shawl collar. Integrated self-tie fastening at waist.

  • High end fashion piece
  • 100% cotton.
  • Made in Canada

Mid-range Kimono Shirts

There are highly original, sometimes hand made, items on Etsy from the 1-300 range, such as this:

They also have some nice muted tone stuff:

Bargain Kimono shirts

You can easily get something decent from a range of merchants for below $50 on Amazon:

Women's 3/4 Sleeve Japanese Shawl Kimono Cardigan Tops Cover up OneSize US S-L

Summer Cardigans for Women Lightweight Floral Swimsuit Kimono Cover Ups Maternity Tops Beach Boho Chiffon Sheer Hawaiian Shirts Blouses Wraps Shawls Deep Blue Large

If you are after a bargain, you can find some great stuff at low prices at Newchic.

If you want some super bargains, and are willing to wait a little longer for postage, you can find some outrageously inexpensive items at Aliexpress:

Kimono Shirts I Like

I’ve had a look around the interwebs for some kimono tops. I’ve also put links to kimono shirts on the various platforms.

Women’s Kimono Shirt

Johnny Was Reversible Onyx Kimono - C44819BD (XXL, Multi)

Men’s Kimono Shirt

ZEMIN-kts Men's Japanese Fashion Kimono Japanese Shirt Men's Samurai Kimono Summer Kimono Cardigan (Color : White, Size : Large)

In conclusion, kimono shirts are a great way to show your love for Japanese culture. Besides being fun and trendy, they are also comfortable and easy to wear! I hope you enjoyed reading about kimono shirts and I hope it’s given you some ideas.

Kimono shirts are very popular with people who want to show off their love for Japanese culture. They’re fun and trendy, but they’re also comfortable and easy to wear.

Kimono shirts can be worn at school, work, and almost anywhere to show off your personality and style. You can also wear them with jeans or leggings and a jacket.

Give them a try!

Other options in the world of Kimono shirts include a warm Hanten style jacket top, or a Jinbei with matching top and bottom. You could even try making your own using kimono fabric. If you’re after a full blown male kimono, look here.

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Who is behind this site?

I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records.


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