For years the outrageous fashions of the Harajuku district of Tokyo, with their candy coloured frocks paired with fetish accessories have become synonyms with Japanese Fashion. Quite the antidote to pretty primness of the traditional Kimono.
I went to Japan with no expectations of fashion, I mean, aside from Uniqlo, Harajuku and Kimonos. However, as I walked the busy streets of Kyoto I had started to stare – Japanese ladies have nailed casual city dressing. I found myself coveting culottes. Lusting over clean white t shirts. Minimal dressing but with shape, flare and texture. I was inspired. Summer doesn’t just mean boho. I was imagining what I might look like strolling the streets of Glasgow in loose jumpsuits or floaty midi skirts paired with Stan Smiths (box fresh white of course!). The clothes were classy, and classic. Pretty but functional. Loose tailoring, soft and chic to see you from Office to Evening, all while keeping cool in 30+ Degree humid heat. Also, not a sweat patch in sight (how do they do it?!)
I’ve put together my Japanese Fashion look-book (Courtesy of ASOS… you really can’t beat them for choice). How does this fit in with my new shopping habits? Well these clothes are classic, so my Buy Less, Wear more mantra is applicable here and I definitely will be Re Loving my Stan Smiths when I clean them up with some sports whitener and nail polish remover (a miracle worker for getting black marks off white leather!) I will also be raiding my wardrobe for those loose trousers I put away when I was sure all I would ever wear again was tapered.