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Keep Cool in Summer with Sailor Moon Yukata

Anime Sailor Moon Fashion Summer

Kimono maker Kyoto Marubeni has unveiled new yukata (summer kimono) designs that feature rustic patterns in Sailor Senshi jewel tones. Summer is the perfect time to show off your Sailor style, and head out to watch some fireworks!

First in the line-up is the relatively affordable yukata set, featuring six different designs of yukata. Each set retails for ¥18,144 including tax (about US$160), and comes with the yukata itself and a gorgeous embroidered obi sash.

Pictured above is the Jupiter print, fresh and crisp in springtime greens and pinks.

Each yukata comes with a complementary obi featuring an embroidered image of Luna the cat.

The Mercury and Mars yukata prints provide a lovely contrast in vermilion and aqua.

Venus’ yukata features an attractive lavender and periwinkle color scheme.

And since she’s the star of the show, Sailor Moon also gets a second yukata pattern.

If you’re willing to splash out some extra cash, the following prints are a bit more mature. With designs from Silver Crystal (in pink or yellow ) to Uranus and Neptune to Five Sailor Scouts (deep blue or monochrome) to Moon Castle (pink or off-white), you’re destined to find a pattern that fits your pretty guardian needs. Each of these yukata comes on its own without a sash, and costs ¥41,040 (about US$368).

Don’t worry, though—matching half-width sashes can be purchased to the tune of ¥16,200 (about US$145) and they come in stylish color pairs of red/black, yellow/purple, light blue/wine and pink/white.

If you’re hesitant about dropping a cool ¥57,000 (about US$510) on one outfit, there’s always the more economical option to stave off the summer: a simple, elegant hand fan. The fans cost ¥4,104 (about US$37) each, and sport the luxurious prints seen in the individual yukata sets for each Sailor Scout.

While the yukata are listed as “large free size," the measurements themselves are more stringent: the kimono spans about 165 centimeters (64.9 inches), meaning the manufacturers recommend it for fashionistas between the height of 155-170 centimeters (61 to 69 inches).

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