What is formal Kimono? -Women-

There are lots of types in Japanese traditional Kimono. The primary difference between Formal and Casual is its pattern.

Formal “Ebane” pattern

“E” literally means “pattern”, and ”bane” literally means “(spread) wing”.

point 1)  The pattern should be designed across the seam.
point 2) All motifs faces up.  

Casual patterns

The patterns are cut at the seam and  some of them faces down.