When it comes to clothing it always somehow reflects the time and mood and even emotions of the wearer and the designer. This is why there are seasonal clothes that not only have the best seasonal fabrics and materials but they also have the right colors and designs for the specific seasons. Clothes are an expression of who we are and it is a representation of what our likes and dislikes are. Seasonal changes affect our clothes just as much as emotional preferences. Some day you might be feeling bright and sunny and would wish to wear something flowery while other times you might be looking for something more plain. This is the same thing with the amazing Japanese kimono dress designs.
Since so many kimono style dress designs are really in these days and many designers have designed some amazing outfits in that influence, it is a good idea to learn a bit more about kimono dresses and see what exactly the patterns on the Japanese kimonos represent. When it comes to patterns in the kimono, they are pretty much dependent on the seasonal changes. They are designed in a way that the design reflects the different seasons and the clothing actually compliments it. Bright ad vibrant colors for the spring along with some floral patterns are the reflection of the warm and sunny weather. The fall designs on the other hand are completely different and have those typical autumn colors like russet. For winter they have designs including pine trees, bamboo and plum blossoms which are known to bring luck in the winter season and reflect the cold weather.
The Japanese culture dictates that if clothes are worn according to season they will bring good luck and lots of prosperity to the wearer. This is why they make it a point to keep the spring clothes ready when winter is fading away and then keep the fall clothes handy when the season begins to show change. Patterns in the kimono designs also change due to the level of formality of a certain event. Some design features represent lesser formality and others reflect very formal attire. Generally it is the woven patterns and dyed repetitive patterns that are meant for the informal and casual events and for everyday use. For something more formal which is worn at special occasions, the design become more free style and are present along the hem or even on the entire kimono surface.
Historically multiple layers of kimono clothing were worn which created an effect of color and vibrancy and sometimes they would even wear up to twelve kimonos in different colors! Although that would give the layering effect, after a while it became usual to simple wear the kimono along with an undergarment of sorts known as the juban which is like a slip worn inside the actual kimono. Another part of the kimono pattern is the varying length of the sleeves for women that specify whether a woman is unmarried or married. Unmarried women wear kimonos with sleeves that are much longer.