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What I Wore for an Evening with a Geisha

makemechic midi skirt

Planning an outfit for an evening with a geisha is something I never thought in a million years I would have to think about. The only way you can even spend an evening with a geisha is if you know someone who knows the geisha and they introduce you. (And I know a total of zero people who are friends with a geisha.)

However, I did a little digging and found a way to get around that this weekend while I was in Kyoto! So, what does one wear for an evening with geisha in Kyoto? See the photo above, haha! (Click here for more info on spending an evening with a geisha.)

Makemechic midi skirt

makemechic midi skirt

I had been waiting for a special occasion to wear my new midi skirt from MakeMeChic and this seemed to be as special of an occasion as it gets! And guess how much this skirt is…it’s just under $25! Isn’t that awesome? I love the design on it, and the full shape is fabulous. Another bonus, I can throw it in the wash at the end of the day and not have to dry clean it… and it still holds its shape!

However, the material doesn’t have a lot of give to it, so be sure to size up. I’m typically a medium, but I went with a large for this skirt, and it fits perfectly. (Also, a big thanks to MakemeChic for still shipping this skirt to me, even though I moved to Japan!)

makemechic midi skirt

makemechic midi skirt

And special occasions call for wearing heels! It’s been quite a while since I featured a pair of heels on here! Haha. My husband was so not impressed that I wore heels, as we had quite a long way to walk from where we were staying to Gion. (That’s where the geisha are!) But I was determined to wear heels!

And they looked lovely in the photos I thought…but silly me, I’m in Japan! The chances of me actually wearing my shoes at the place I was having a traditional dinner were rather slim. And low and behold, my lovely heels were left at the door, and I was barefoot the rest of the night! And my husband was right, I really should’ve just worn comfy shoes. (There that’s in writing now, hun.) 😉

Dinner with geishas

There’s the photographic proof that I did indeed get to spend the night with not one, but two lovely geisha! (A geiko and a maiko.) I’ll get into all the details of the evening and give a little history lesson on geisha in this post. (As many folks seem to think that geisha are basically high-paid prostitutes, and that could not be further from the truth!) I’ll even be sharing a video of me playing drinking games with them, haha. (Spoiler alert: I lose. Wisconsin, I have failed you, haha.)

What would you wear to spend a night with a geisha? Let me know in the comments!

Click here for more info on spending an evening with a geisha.

Where to find it:
Skirt: c/o* MakeMeChic (Similar here & here)
Top: c/o* NewChic (Similar here)
Heels: Old (Similar here)
Sunglasses: c/o* Polette
Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Fan: A 100 yen store. 😉 (Yep, the equivalent to the American Dollar Store, haha.)

*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me the product to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review.


  1. Found it! Love the way you styled it! 🙂

    And it would also totally rock with the red heels! 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Tassia! And wow! You had to go through a lot of posts to find this one! 🙂

  2. Akaleistar says:

    What a great look, and it sounds like it was a fun night!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much! And it was certainly a fun night! 🙂

  3. jenniferrzasa says:

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the addition of the fan too…so chic! Looks like you had a great time with the geisha. I think I would have worn heels too, even knowing that they wouldn’t be on the whole night.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Jen! It was a wonderful time! And I don’t regret wearing heels for a second…and my husband survived walking at a snail’s pace. Haha. 🙂

  4. Lauren-Blair says:

    You look super sophisticated and chic…even if the heels proved to be impractical (I understand, lady…I understand!). What a cool night and experience! XO

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you, Lauren! Haha, some days you just have to go for the heels! 😉

  5. Awesome!! This is so cool!
    I love love love your outfit, and would probably wear something similar if I were to meet geishas. Something elegant and graceful. You look so beautiful.
    Hope you are having a great week.
    Much love,

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you, Mona! You are too sweet! I hope you are having a great week too!:)

  6. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    I love the lace details in the top and pretty swirls in your skirt! Haha men! You look fabulous in heels. I would want to dress up for meeting a Geisha too. I mean, wow! You look chic as ever and that fan is the perfect touch.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Amanda! Haha – and thank you! Some occasions just call for heels! 😉

  7. richakamal says:

    Love the skirt and how you have paired it with the lace top!
    Even though you had to take off the shoes, they were good to take these pretty pictures , weren’t they 😉
    Would love to read more about geishas and your experience.
    Richa | Fancier’s World

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Richa! Haha, I’m still glad I wore the shoes…even if it was just for these photos (and a really long walk to the place). 😉 Come on back tomorrow for more on geishas. 🙂

  8. The outfit is amazing Lindsey! I am intrigued to discover more about Geishas as i have no idea what one is or what they do!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Kezzie! And yay – come back for tomorrow’s post! I’ll explain all. 🙂

  9. Laurie Duncan says:

    Beautiful skirt! I can’t wait to hear more about your evening! 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Laurie! And so glad you’re excited for tomorrow’s post! 🙂

  10. I love this outfit! Amazing skirt. Pretty heels. A home-run. I’m eagerly awaiting your post on geishas, whom I heard were not what our prurient culture says they are.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re excited for tomorrow’s post too! 🙂

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