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Here are some hints about the sizing of yukata kimonos, Japanese kimonos and shoes.
If you are having trouble with the sizing, whether you have already brought the item or not,
please read this information.

Yukata Kimono and Japanese Kimono

The main difference between yukata kimonos or Japanese kimonos and Western style clothing is that you don’t buy the size that fits you, but after you buy the kimono, you should adjust the sizing by using a belt. That’s why kimonos generally only come in one size, and generally, they are all long and wide (「Why Are Women's Yukata Kimonos & Japanese Kimonos So Long?).

Customers often tell us that, "None of the kimonos are my size!" or "The size I ordered is too big!" but please don’t worry. Whatever your size, you can use a kimono cord (koshi himo) to adjust the size to something that suits you.

  • * Please note: regular size yukata kimonos (not Plus Size yukata kimonos) can be worn by people whose height is between 4’9”~5’9” (150cm~180cm), and whose waist is up to 50” (127cm).

Here are some simple hints for choosing the right size.

Sizing Hints

How to check whether the length will fit you:
  1. Check the kimono length of the items you want to buy.
  2. Measure length from the base of your neck to your heel.
  3. If (kimono length) minus (length from neck to heel) is;

Over 11.8 inches (30cm);
wear the kimono by tucking it up quite far at the waist.
Between 7.8 inches (20cm) and 11.8 inches (30cm);
wear the kimono by tucking it up a normal amount at the waist.
Around 3.9 inches (10cm);
wear the kimono by only tucking it up a tiny bit at the waist.
Almost 0 inches (0cm);
wear the kimono without tucking it up at all.

How to check whether the waist will fit you:
  1. Measure your hips.
  2. Check the clothing width of items you want to buy.
  3. If (clothing width) minus (your hip size) is;

Over 15.7 inches (40cm); the item will fit you well.
Between 9.8 inches (25cm) and 15.3 inches (39cm); the item will fit but may be a little tight.
Less than 9.8 inches (25cm); this item won’t fit you. Please choose another size.

How to check whether the sleeves will be long enough:
  1. Check the sleeve length of any items you want to buy. The sleeve length on a kimono is measured from the center seam on the back of the kimono (at the base of the neck) to the end of the sleeve.
  2. The sleeve length should be long enough to reach between your elbow and wrist.
  • * Unlike Western clothing, the sleeves on yukata kimonos and Japanese kimonos are made to be a little short.

Hints For Adjusting Your Kimonos

How to adjust the length:

When you wear a yukata kimono or Japanese kimono, you should use a kimono cord (koshi himo), which you tie around your waist and then fold up with the kimono fabric (this is called ohashori) until the kimono is the perfect length.

  • * For more detailed instructions, please see our "How To Wear" tutorial video.
How to adjust the width:

Wrap the kimono tightly around your hips and waist to make sure it’s the right size when you wear it. It might help to imagine you are putting on a bath robe.

  • * For more detailed instructions, please see our "How To Wear" tutorial video.

Geta Sandals and Zori Sandals

If you want to wear them in the traditional Japanese way:

Please choose a size 1 inch (2~3cm) shorter than the length of your foot.
It may feel a little uncomfortable and your little toe might slip off the edge, but this is the traditional way to wear them. In Japan, the sight of a woman wearing little geta sandals, making her way as her small steps click clack on the ground, is considered very beautiful.

If you want a comfortable fit:

Please choose the correct size for your feet. Geta sandals made for women are quite narrow, so if you have wide feet, we recommend you choose the wide size type.

Size Chart

    Women's US Women's UK Women's EU Women's JP (cm)
Geta
Sandals 
Medium  5 - 7.5 4 - 6 36 - 40 24 cm
Length 9.4" (24cm) / Width 3.3" (8.5cm)
Large  7.5 - 8.5 6 - 8 40 - 43 25.5 cm
Length 10" (25.5cm) / Width 3.3" (8.5cm)
X Large
(Wide) 
8.5 - 9 7 - 8 42 - 44 26 cm
Length 10.2" (26cm) / Width 4.1" (10.5cm)
Plus Size
(Wide) 
9 -10.5 8 - 9.5 44 - 47 27 cm
Length 10.6" (27cm) / Width 4.1" (10.5cm)
    Women's US Women's UK Women's EU Women's JP (cm)
Tabi Socks Medium 5.5 - 6.5 4 - 5.5 36 - 39 23-24 cm
Large 7.5 - 8.5 6 - 7.5 40 - 43 25-26 cm
XLarge Over 9 Over 8 Over 44 Over 27cm

Here are some hints about the sizing of yukata kimonos, Japanese kimonos and shoes.
If you are having trouble with the sizing, whether you have already brought the item or not,
please read this information.

Yukata Kimono and Japanese Kimono

For the length of a men’s yukata kimono or Japanese kimono, choose one that matches you own length. The waist can be adjusted freely, so you do not need to worry about it. If a yukata kimono or Japanese kimono is a few inches too long, you can adjust the length by using a kimono cord (koshi himo) and folding it over at the waist, so if you cannot find one in your exact size, you should choose one that is slightly longer.

Also, if you are wearing it together with hakama pants, the hem of the kimono will be hidden inside the hakama pants, so you do not need to worry about the length.

Here are some simple hints for choosing the right size.

Sizing Hints

How to check whether the length will fit you:

Basic Check (with Ruler)

  1. Measure length from the base of your neck to your heel.
  2. Check the kimono length of the items you want to buy.
  3. If the length of the kimono is nearly the same as your length from neck to heel, the size is correct for you.

Quick Simple Check

If you want to wear it at a normal length
Yukata / Kimono length = your height minus (12-14 inches /30-35cm)

If you want to wear it at a shorter length
Yukata / Kimono length = your height minus (14-16 inches / 35-40cm)

How to check whether the waist will fit you:
  1. Measure your hips.
  2. Check the clothing width of items you want to buy.
  3. If (clothing width) minus (your hip size) is;

16 inches (40cm) or more; the item will fit you well.
10 inches (25cm) to 15 inches (39cm); the item will fit but may be a little tight.
10 inches (25cm) or less; this item won't fit you. Please choose another size.

How to check whether the sleeves will be long enough:
  1. Check the sleeve length of any items you want to buy. The sleeve length on a kimono is measured from the center seam on the back of the kimono (at the base of the neck) to the end of the sleeve.
  2. The sleeve length should be long enough to reach between your elbow and wrist.
  • * Unlike Western clothing, the sleeves on yukata kimonos and Japanese kimonos are made to be a little short.

Hints For Adjusting Your Kimonos

How to adjust the length:

Yukata kimonos and Japanese kimonos made for men are not long enough to reach the floor, unlike kimonos made for women. However, you can still use the kimono cord (koshi himo) to adjust the length of your yukata kimono or Japanese kimono. Tie the cord around your waist, then fold up with the kimono fabric until the kimono is the perfect length.

  • * For more detailed instructions, please see our "How To Wear" tutorial video.
How to adjust the width:

Wrap the kimono tightly around your hips and waist to make sure it’s the right size when you wear it.
It might help to imagine you are putting on a bath robe.

  • * For more detailed instructions, please see our "How To Wear" tutorial video.

Geta Sandals and Setta Sandals

If you want to wear them in the traditional Japanese way:

Please choose a size 1 inch (2~3cm) shorter than the length of your foot.
It may feel a little uncomfortable and your little toe might slip off the edge, but this is the traditional way to wear them. In Japan, wearing small geta sandals and making clattering sounds when you walk is considering attractive.

If you want a comfortable fit:

Please choose the correct size for your feet. If you have wide feet, we recommend you choose the wide size type.

Size Chart

    Men's US Men's UK Men's EU Men's JP (cm)
Geta, Setta
Sandals 
Medium 7 - 9 6 - 8 40 - 44 26 cm
Length 10.2" (26cm) / Width 4.1" (10.5cm)
Large  9 - 10 8 - 9 44 - 46 27 cm
Length 10.6" (27cm) / Width 4.1" (10.5cm)
XLarge  10 - 11.5 9 - 10.5 46 - 49 28 cm
Length 11" (28cm) / Width 4.1" (10.5cm)
    Men's US Men's UK Men's EU Men's JP (cm)
Tabi Socks Medium 7 - 8.5 6 - 7.5 40 - 43 25 - 26 cm
Large 9 - 10.5 8 - 9.5 44 - 47 27 - 28 cm
XLarge Over 11 Over 10 Over 48 Over 29cm

Here are some hints about the sizing of yukata kimonos, Japanese kimonos and shoes.
If you are having trouble with the sizing, whether you have already brought the item or not,
please read this information.

Yukata Kimono and Japanese Kimono

Hints for choosing sizes and adjusting yukata kimono and Japanese kimono for children are the same as for adults.
Please consult the “Women” section for girls and the “Men” section for boys.

Geta Sandals

If you want to wear them in the traditional Japanese way:

Please choose a size 1 inch (2~3cm) shorter than the length of the child's foot.
It may feel a little uncomfortable and your little toe might slip off the edge, but this is the traditional way to wear them. In Japan, the sight of children wearing little geta sandals, making their way as their small steps click clack on the ground, is considered very cute.

If you want a comfortable fit:

Please choose the correct size for the child’s foot. Choosing based on the traditional Japanese style may cause the feet pain, so we recommend choosing a more comfortable fit for small children.

Size Chart

    Kids' US Kids' UK Kids' EU Kids' JP (cm)
Geta
Sandals
Small 5 - 10 3.5 - 9 20 - 26 16.5 cm
Length 6.5" (16.5cm) / Width 2.9" (7.5cm)
Medium 11 - 13 10 - 12 28 - 30 19.5 cm
Length 7.6" (19.5cm) / Width 3.1" (8cm)
Large 1 - 3 13 - 2 31 - 35 21 cm
Length 8.2" (21cm) / Width 3.3" (8.5cm)
    Kid's US Kid's UK Kid's EU Kid's JP (cm)
Tabi Socks Small 8 - 9 6 - 8 23 - 25 14 - 15 cm
Medium 10 - 11 9 - 10 26 - 28 16 - 17 cm
Large 12 - 1 11 - 13 29 - 32 18 - 20 cm
 
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