What is “hosei”?
“Hosei” means smoothing your bumpy body line.
Kimono looks like one sheet of cloth because all parts are stitched straight.
There are no buttons and zippers, so you use a few strings and sashes to put it on.
The bumpy body line is not suitable for kimono. That’s why you need “hosei”.
Usually towels and ready-made pads for kimono are used. Fill the dents and flatten the bumps. By doing so, your body line becomes straight, and you can put on kimono smoothly and dress up beautifully.
You should use some padding according to your figure, if necessary.
In contrast the western undergarments, such as corsets and girdles make curvy lines.
There are other good things about padding. The padding as a cushion prevents the string from digging into your body and absorbs your perspiration well.
In my case, I use some padding when wearing a formal kimono, but I don’t use any when wearing casual kimono.
I recommend you use some padding if necessary.
Do I need to adjust my body lines?
Are there any dents and bumps on your body?
Where are they?
Pink parts are dents where should be added pads. Blue parts are bumps where should be flattened.
Also pink parts are dents where should be added pads.
This is an ideal body line to wear kimono beautifully!
At first, adjust with underwear
For bust, there is a brassiere called “wasou” brassiere.
It is helpful to smooth your bust line.
You can get it online.
Also “susoyoke” plays a role of padding and a girdle.
Refer to : Underwear for kimono and yukata
This dress form is wearing a “wasou” bra and “susoyoke” or a wrapped petticoat.
How to fold towels for padding
When wearing yukata and kimono, padding is required at least around the waist or back.
a. Place a towel with the long sides up and down.
b. Fold into half.
c. Place another towel with the long sides up and down.
d. Fold both ends toward the center, leaving a little space in the middle.
e. Fold it into half.
f. Put b. on the lower part of e.
g. Fold down the top part of the e. Pinch the folded “wa” part with a clip.
How to put towels on your body as padding
1. Put the towels with a clip on your back and…
2. Wrap the towel around the waist, pinch the center of the pink string and the towel together.
3. Cross the string behind.
4. Make two loops at the front.
5. Cross the ends and tuck them in.
6. Take the clip away. This is the view of the left side.
Padding for the decollete part
Use a pad or cotton for the dents.
In the photo above, the pads are attached with a double-sided tape.
In the case of self-dressing, it is difficult to put the towel on because it will slip off.
Fold a mini towel into a triangle and put it in the dent of the chest to make it even.