Today, Hong and I went to the Charlton Depot to get a parcel of mine that got caught up in taxes. We were actually supposed to meet in Shadwell at 10am, but I kind of overslept (was ill the night before... No, it wasn't the courgette thing :P) so we ended up meeting at nearly 12 ^^;;;
Anyway, we went to the depot, collected my parcel, went to Misato for lunch (we shared some salmon sashimi and I had tonkatsu rice! Yummm), stopped by Claire's for hair accessories and popped by Cinnabon for some delicious cinnamon buns, and finally came home.
When Hong came over on Saturday, she'd brought me this magazine that was posted in the IG forums (click here to see!). This style of dressing always reminded me of Komagata Yumi from the anime Rurouni Kenshin (click here for a nice but slightly indecent picture), who is someone I've always wanted to cosplay, so I was willing to try it out.
So Hong first had a bit of fun trying to style my hair in a nihongami hairstyle (traditional Japanese hairstyle). Of course, we couldn't really figure out what to do from the really sparse instructions in the book, so we just fudged it around till it kinda looked alright from the front.
The hair was really a horror to do, especially since my hair is really fine and smooth and very slippery ^^;; We also didn't use any gels or hairsprays because I'd just washed my hair a few hours before, and really really didn't want to have to wash it again! So...... Now you know why it looks really messy and kinda funky :P
Oh, the reason why it looks so full is because we used stuffing in it to give it volume :P
Once my hair was "done", I took off the hadajuban and kimono bra I was wearing, and instead put on a susoyoke and used my new sarashi to bind my chest and the towel I was using as padding. Dressing in the yukata in oiran style is actually really easy! A little more fiddly than usual, and I really recommend a datejime on top of your himo to keep everything from moving around, but other than that, it's really as easy as usual :)
I chose to wear my tsumori chisato "designer" yukata that I got at the end-of-summer sales last year for cheap (about 90% discount!) and an obi that looked relatively well with it. I didn't have a heko obi, so we fudged the look with a child's heko obi that I got in a pile of remake fabrics. The coordination isn't the best, but I think it's relatively decent :)
So... Finally! Pictures!!!
I had broken a pair of geta just before the Tokyo City Promotion, but we thought it'd look cute if we pretended they just broke :P
In this one, we added an umbrella, and I'm supposed to be reaching down to grab the thingy
Hong really likes this one! She calls it the "come hither" one XD
And this one is the "bitch" one! XD
I kinda like how this one turned out, although it's a little risque
Hong's candid shot turned out looking not-so-candid! :P
^_^ How did you like it? I must say, it was really fun doing all of this! Hahaha. I may be tempted to wear yukata in that manner again :P But maybe only in the May MCM Expo.... Maybe :P