Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Inspired By Japanese Street Style

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you one of my favourite sources of inspiration; Japanese street style. To some, it might seem a little whacky but to me it shows innovation, joy, creativity and imagination. The style displayed on the streets of Tokyo demonstrates fearless self expression. It shows that they're not afraid of holding onto their youth through their style and embracing who they are. Fashion trends in Japan seem to be set by the wearer which to me is so exciting.

On the top of my bucket list sits a trip to Japan to experience first hand the fashion scene on the streets. Harajuku is an area of Tokyo which was once a fashion destination for teenagers to parade confidently in their self expressed, on trend attire. Author and photographer Shoichi Aoki documents through photographs in his book 'Fresh Fruits' the quirky fashion scene in Harajuku. When questioning the fashionistas & fashionmistas he photographed on what they were wearing he was surprised to hear that they were not wearing the original brand items. In most cases they had customised and modified the original cut and look of the designer label to suit their desire. It was this that inspired him to put together his this book to share the emerging trends of Japanese fashion. I have Aoki's book Fresh Fruits and often look to it for inspiraiton and to remind myself to stay true to my style and dress for myself, my pleasure and not for anyone else. 

I felt inspired to put together the colourful and quirky look below. I know it won't be everyones cup of tea but to me, it makes me feel happy and vivacious. I have sourced some fun Japanese products for you below from popular Japanese labels. I encourage you to click on the links and navigate through their websites and experience these brands. 

Images Courtesy of Tokyo Faces

Images Courtesy of Tokyo Faces

Harajuku Street Style Images courtesy of Google Images

Thanks for visiting!!!


  1. Great dress, love it!!!

  2. Your posts always put a smile on my face my dear! Japanese streetstyle and just style in general is definitely very striking and inspiring, though I do prefer the more minimal side of it and especially when they play on proportions, as they always pull it off so incredible well! I think a trip to experience Japan for real would be an amazing thing for anyone to do. I love your outfit, the colours and print play has been done perfectly sweetie, you look amazing! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  3. You look just fabulous! Completely love the whole craziness!


  4. Love this outfit! I live in china and lots of my students love Japanese street style! It's massive here!

  5. Nice dress ! looking beautiful. Thanks for sharing
    Street Style


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