Far East Meets Far Out

Cookie-cutter tuxedos. Dime-a-dozen black satin cocktail dresses. Predictable taffeta wraps.

You’re tired (try exhausted) of seeing the same old holiday formal wear. And that’s at parties as well as in the mirror, Nancy McNoChange.

So why not opt for something way different? Give Ozuki Salon a ring; the store practices the ancient art of kimono dressing. The hour-long process, performed by Norie Watanuki, is like having your own personal stylist (she even makes house calls).

You’ll have to B.Y.O.K., but the staff can dress you perfectly in any number of kimono styles. Take in a long-sleeve furisode with an elegant obi, for instance (your closet if full of them, right?), and they’ll get you ready for a fancy evening out. Or bring the traditional uchikake wedding coat, which is ideal for, well, a wedding.

Ozuki’s the only establishment in the area performing the service, and they’ll have you looking amazingly authentic. Just be sure to bone up on your Japanese manners before heading out.

Because with the reception you’re going to get, you just may need to take a bow.

Ozuki Salon, 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, between K and M Streets (202-342-7591 or ozukisalon.com).