Mainly I have been looking for rinzu and chirimen obiage and round obijime (easier to tie!) in lighter pastel colors such as pink, light grey, blue, lavender, and two-toned obiage as well as round obijime in solid colors.
A little shibori on a obiage is OK, but as a rule, I usually avoid the ultra textured full-shibori, since these are more formal and associated with young ladies wearing furisode. However, once I saw the striking vibrant green with the light pink, I knew it would be perfect for spring. It's a gorgeous color combination and I can't wait to see it in person.
This cute and basic-looking obijime is solid pink, in a nice classic color which should be really easy to coordinate to create multiple outfits.
These two together will be pretty awesome and the green/cream obijime I just bought recently in LA will go beautifully with the obiage as well. I ordered both of these beauties from Angie at Blue Moon Antiques and Vintage Kimono and should arrive in a day or two! I've bought from this vendor before and they are very nice to deal with and ship from Texas, so shipping is much less than coming from Japan, if you live in the United States.
I'm going to a Sakura Matsuri (in a mysterious city to be announced soon!) in April, so I wanted to create a nice spring ensemble that included a little light pink as a nod to the cherry blossoms which may already have bloomed by the time I get there! I will be very happy to say I was there, even if the warmer weather has caused the trees to put on their show a month early.