I went to the mall a few days ago with my friend, and of course took the opportunity to dress in kimono. While it took me longer than usual, about 30 minutes, we both were pleased. She thought it quite amusing, my athletic dance in silk.
I tried carefully to match a fukuro obi to my blue/gray kimono, but decided I needed to hurry, so I grabbed a black geometrical Nagoya obi. Not thinking about the obiage and obijime, needless to say I didn't think it matched. While I still received some interesting comments; "are you Japanese?," "did you study Kitsuke?" and "oh! So 'chanto chanto!!!(proper)," I didn't feel quite put together.
It's one thing to grab a tee and jeans, then instead of boots adding heels, but I feel I need to be careful when I wear kimono. For me it's a personal matter of not wanting to offend, and also respecting nature, traditions, and not being a cosplayer.
Otherwise the day went well. After 4 hours of meandering and drinking coffee, I had a blast with her. When I got home I switched obi and took a picture. The Last 3 are what I wanted to wear...