|Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation|
Furisode are worn by young unmarried women. The "swinging sleeves" of a furisode may vary in length from 105 cm (full length, ōfurisode) to 90 cm (midlength, chūfurisode) to 75 cm (short, kofurisode).  Shorter sleeves are less formal and are often seen paired with hakama for a Meiji school girl look.
- Worn nearly exclusively by young, unmarried women
- Long, "swinging" sleeves
- Elaborate, youthful designs and vibrant colours
- Range in formality from casual (komon kofurisode) to very formal (kakeshita)
Formality & TPO
The formality of a furisode is determined by the length of its sleeves, the design, and the presence or absence of mon. A kofurisode with a komon pattern would be appropriate when a semi-formal komon could be worn. Chūfurisode are most often worn paired with hakama for graduations, although ōfurisode are also an acceptable option. An ōfurisode without mon but with designs that cross the seams would be appropriate for a formal occasion such as a Coming of Age Ceremony. The addition of mon would increase the formality further.
TPO - Within Japan
|Hotel Wedding Reception||Yes|
|Restaurant Wedding Reception||Yes|
| Yes - Acceptable to wear. |
OK - OK to wear if no suitable alternatives.
No - Unacceptable to wear.
Relevant Threads / Discussions
- Yamanaka, Norio. The Book of Kimono. Kodansha International. New York. First paperback edition, 1986. p.54.
Authors & Contributors
Author/s: Diane Quintal (Moonblossom (IG Username))
Contributors: Naomi Graham Hormozi (Immortal Geisha (IG Username))
Contributors: tzippurah (IG Username)