Japanese Fashion

16 Feb

This article is a guest post by Liam, on behalf of FeelUnique.com, selling beauty products and gifts.

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Along with Italy and Britain, Japan is known for setting fashion trends throughout the world. Tokyo is close behind London, Paris and Milan as a trendsetting capital and the Japanese population spend more on fashion than any other nation in Asia. Young cutting edge designers have been emerging since the early ’90s and have made names for themselves in the western world.

Even with the recession still hanging over the Japanese, their sense of fashion is lively, up to date and fun, yet a rather unknown entity to the westerners who, seem oblivious and blissfully unaware of much of the fashion and culture of the far east.

Currently a ’70s theme seems to be doing the rounds with flared and wide leg trousers very popular and checked shirts and hats being worn with chinos and lace-up boots. Earth tones also seem to be very popular, especially over the winter with coats and jackets in either browns or beiges, while tights are being worn with woolly skirts.

There is also a huge craze at the moment for oversized ponchos, wraparounds and woolly jumpers, perfect for keeping the cold temperatures at bay. These items also overlap with the ’70s trends as they are brightly coloured and feature huge vibrant patterns or pictures

The classic tote or clutch is also big this season with again, earthy colours being the most popular. All handbags are small and fit in the palm of your hand easily, so makeup and loose change needs to be at a minimum! Both men and women are walking around wearing boots, either ankle or shoe styles and all are laced up in the style of old fashions school shoes. For people who want to be a bit more daring lace-up nude or black coloured boot but with bright coloured laces are popular and help make a mini fashion statement. If wanting to blend into the crowd then nude boots with a similar colour clutch is a popular look.

Japanese fashion is quirky to say the least and, although individuality is a number one priority, there is one style to which a great many Japanese have taken. Dyeing hair from native black to a strawberry blond has taken the country by storm, and is one of the main fashions statements of 2011. It is a very European look which has been adopted and worn boldly alongside the usual unique fashions.

Although the Japanese love their chain fashion stores they are more likely to be found in little boutiques and individual shops putting together outfits which are in line with the popular trends of the moment. The Harajuku region of Tokyo embraces boutique fashion more than anywhere else in the country and is known for its weekend fashion get-togethers. Every Sunday many young people, all dressed in different styles of clothing congregate and enjoy the day socialising and buying more clothes. This event reflects the important fashion has on the young Japanese population.

===This article was contributed by Liam===

Kirin’s opinion:
Fashion trends change so quickly, which is why I sometimes refrain from shopping some unique items in vogue. Dolman is a good example. I’ve seen many kawaii dolman knit or one-piece but on second thought, I wonder if I can wear them next year… Dolman or poncho style is really kawaii, but I’d feel so embarrassed to keep wearing them when the trends have gone and it’s so apparent. ^ ^;; Well, maybe after several years, when people forget about such trends, it’s OK. I’ll mix them up with other unique items and plain items to enjoy something unique. What do you think? What kind of fashion item do you like or dislike? As for myself, I really hated the trend colors and dots in this autumn-winter, which I saw everywhere…

Oh, one more thing. What do you think of us dyeing hair color from native black to light brown or blonde? We think it’s cool and more fashionable but I also hear western people’s saying that black hair is cool.

At the end, here’s a sample picture of poncho coat…so kawaii<3 ^ ^

*Photo credit: Hug Me Online


18 Responses to “Japanese Fashion”

  1. Lill February 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Japanese fashion is one of the most interesting in the world. The sense of individuality and freedom is amazing in youth's fashion. And I love Rei Kawakubo, too. I think she's genius.

  2. Miuko February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    For me, fashion trends are not very important. When there is a season with a style which I love, then I buy all the clothes and I don't care if they aren't still popular in the next season. I think most people are not really well dressed so if the have a problem that I wear the trends from last year, I tell them they should look in the mirror first before commenting my outfit xD But I can understand, sometimes when there is something really strange it feels weird wearing it when nobody else does it. For me, I hate the new trend with leggins and UGG-boots (they are sooo ugly and expensive, but nearly every girl in Germany wears them O_O).
    i think it looks stylish when Asians dye their hair. But their natural black hair is also very pretty, because several people in Europe also want to have black hair but it never looks realistic when they dye them black!

    • kirin February 18, 2012 at 5:14 am #

      What I try to do is to get something that is not too characteristic or too unique…for example, like I mentioned dolman and poncho or maybe sarrouel pants. But chino pants, boots cut jeans, one-piece, tunique, parka…such items will be OK because they can be worn any time regardless of trends. I don't like to follow fashion trends so much.

      As for UGG boots, everyone wears them in Japan, too! I have no idea why they can afford them. But I personally like leggings. I prefer them to tights.

  3. Jeanne February 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    I am rather curious, does the companies in Japan allow their employees to dye the hair blonde? not those earthly brown but colors like platinum blonde/ strawberry blonde?

    • kirin February 18, 2012 at 5:18 am #

      No, most of the companies do not allow us to dye the hair light color. Even if it's brown, light brown is not appreciated. However, if we work at a fashion industry, it's highly possible the dress code is not that strict. But at most of office work, sales work, and service work, Japanese companies normally set a strict dress code. We are not recommended to wear a nail color except for pink and beige. No bare feet or stockingless legs, no no-sleeves, no mini-skit, no jeans, no boots, no high heels, no casual sandals or sneakers…No, No, and NO! (x _ x)

  4. winnie February 17, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Kirin,

    For my case, I will buy those clothes which I will look nice.
    If Keep following Trend, I will be too tired and the clothes will be so pitiful.
    I am the one who wearing the clothes, Not the clothes wear me.
    I hope you understand what I mean. 🙂

    I also think black hair is cool! My hairstylist keep bugging me to dye my hair, I always say no. Hahaha..

    • kirin February 18, 2012 at 5:20 am #

      Oh, I always wanted to tell you how your hair looks so beautiful! Every time I saw you, I was impressed how you keep your hair beautiful in spite of that length. If I were you, I would also say NO to dye it. You should be proud of it. 🙂

  5. Yuthika February 17, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    kirin, nice blog. And to my opinuon Tokio nr 1 in fashion! I come there ones a year and buy a whole year of cloting:-) And moste of the time a few years later it is on sale at here at H&M or RiverIsland. Frends and people on the street ( I live in Amsterdam) keep asking me where I bought my clotes:-) But one qwestion are this pics old? I dont see those harijuku cosplay that often it was big 10 years ago. My opinuin HJ changd this year comparing to the last but I thingk in the good way:-). And Im so in love at al those littel desinger stores in HJ
    already plannig my next shopping trip to Tokio:-)

    • kirin February 18, 2012 at 5:28 am #

      The post was contributed by Liam, and I'm not sure if the pictures are old or not. I was working in Harajuku around 2007-2008 time, but since then I don't visit there often. So I haven't checked how the place has changed. :p

  6. Salma February 18, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    As for me, I'm not a very up-to-date fashion follower because of two reasons:
    1- As you said, Kirin, fashion changes so quickly and every season.
    2- Not every modern trend in fashion suits me! I only buy what suits me usually regardless modern trends.
    About dying hair, surely, it makes a girl attractive, especially when the new color of hair suits her a lot. ^_^
    However, I believe that what's natural makes one unique! 🙂 I think changing hair styles, but not color, is the best…in my opinion! ^_^

  7. Genesis aguayo February 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I don't follow trends and people constantly compliment on my edgy fashion sense so you should just wear what you like and not worry about what others think (^O^☆♪

  8. denny February 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I agree that Japan has such an unique sense of fashion! Sometimes I get inspired to dress up and follow the Japanese trends but then I realize how out of place I'm going to look where I live at! Nobody really gets the uniqueness of your fashion style. And sometimes it pisses me off that things that were trendy in Japan are not acknowledged elsewhere but when a brand outside of Japan displays those items everyone is head over heels for them.

    I think that unless you live in Japan you can't really go all out and dress as amazing as Japanese people because you seem like the only ones who will understand and accept it.

    As for fashion items I buy, well I always buy my clothes coordinated on what I already have in my wardrobe (which is not much), because I want to be able to wear it in a lot of different combinations. I also look for items I can always wear, no matter what trend it is. Like t-shirts, (baggy) sweaters, jeans, etc. 🙂

    • kirin February 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Yeah, I think I don't care much about what I'm wearing outside Japan. I mean in Tokyo for example, everyone is dressed nicely and fashionably, I feel that I'm so ugly and uncool if I don't care about my own appearances.

      Oh, same as you, I also think of the items I already have when I buy a new piece of clothes. I think of some ways of coordination and if it works I'll get it. 🙂

  9. Genesis aguayo February 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I don't follow trends and people constantly compliment on my edgy fashion sense so you should just wear what you like and not worry about what others think

  10. Rebekah February 19, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    I love how he says "the usual unique" XD total contradiction…

  11. jessy February 19, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    to your earlier comment,
    if a foreigner applies for a job
    would they have to die their hair black?
    i try die my hair black…it looks a little fake..

    • kirin February 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Oh no, you don't have to. (*0*)
      For the foreigners working in Japan, Japanese companies wouldn't tell them to dye their hair black. But at the same time you shouldn't dye it orange, green or blue for example. Don't worry. ^ ^

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