I was thinking about trying an otoko poi coord. I admit I'm new to the style, but here's what I've found out so far:
As a style, otoko poi borrows a lot from men's fashion styles, however it's not cross-dressing. It's been described as taking a lot of influence from Meiji era styles. As a first try this is nothing awesome yet, but I've already an idea for the next - I love this little substyle so you know to expect more.
To better explain the idea behind the style, an otoko poi look can include for example:
- obi tied lower than usual, depends on the wearer how low - I've seen some amazing coords with the obi practically around the hips!
- ohashori is therefore not necessary for this look
- kaku obis (most often worn by men although there's nothing that would stop a woman from wearing one either)
- hats, in particular men's hats
- a western type shirt underneath the kimono
- western style shoes or boots
- very tones down kimonos or men's kimonos
- simple designs
- colours usually associated with men's kimono: beige, brown, black, navy/indigo blue, dark green, gray
- western accessories f.ex. scarves and gloves