What I Love about Tokyo Street Fashion

I have been doing heaps of research for my upcoming trip to Tokyo and one of my favourite finds is the amazing website Tokyo Fashion dedicated to Tokyo Street Fashion. 

Street Fashion in Tokyo is unlike anything I have ever seen. You could only get away with fashion like this in Tokyo and I admire these rule breaking trend setters for their originality and quirkiness. Sure this fashion is not everyone’s cup of tea, and I doubt I would have the confidence to pull off most of these outfits but you have to at least appreciate the time and effort it would have taken to put together outfits like these. I personally love all of these looks and here is why. 

All photos are sourced from the website Tokyo Fashion.

Mixing patterns and colours is totally fine

Usually mixing a large array of colours and patterns would be a fashion sin, but these little style wonders show that the look can actually work if you are quirky enough to pull it off! Theses street style examples truly believe that more is more when it comes to layering up on the patterns and colours, and somehow it works! Or does it? It’s up to your own personal taste I guess!

I am a Rainbow

Now there is mashing up a bunch of colours and patterns to try and look edgy and then there is having the ability to look like a rainbow. Whoever dares to take on this trend literally covers themselves in colours to create a fantasy look that replicates a rainbow. The look is often accentuated by layering up on colourful clothes, jewellery and hair clips. When you dress like a rainbow, you will not be lost in a crowd.

Dressing like an animated character is a normal outfit choice

Many members of the youth in Tokyo love dressing up in costumes, and not just to attend Disneyland to blend in with the characters or anime events where they can blend in with their fellow fans. They may not even have a favourite animated character to emulate and instead they take on the look of an animated character in their own right. Any excuse they can find to dress up in costume, they will take it and they will look fantastic while doing it too.

You don’t need to dress your age

This term is taken literally by some girls who enjoy dressing like a little girl, literally! It’s as if these ladies are stuck in the body of a child as they attempt to share the likeness of a toy doll with frilly dresses, stuffed toys, plastic jewellery and other child focused accessories. Despite this odd drawback to childhood, I actually think it is very cute!

Anyone can be a California Girl

Another very popular trend at the moment is the tanned blonde bombshell look, which shows that anyone can be a California girl. These ladies layer up on the fake tan, add in some blue contacts, bleach their hair so it as blonde as it can be to replicate this all american beach girl look. I think it is quite fascinating how other cultures try to emulate American trends and this is the perfect example.

Get some colour in your hair

I secretly would love to colour my hair some bright, crazy colour like pink, blue or purple but I would be too afraid that it would ruin my hair and that I would draw too much attention to myself. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for many young trend setters in Tokyo who don’t mind going all out to colour their hair any crazy colour they like and they can really pull it off! I think this colourful hair trend looks so edgy and fantastic.

The Hippie is Strong in This One

I love the hippie / hobo / hipster look that is being sported by the Tokyo youth. This casual, laid back look is very much an opposite in the corporate, busy city lifestyle that you find in Tokyo and it is refreshing to see. Surely a lot of effort most go into many of these outfits but somehow they make it look effortless and care free.

The Punk Look

These would have to be some of the cutes punks I have ever seen. Despite the dark outfits, chocker collars, and the steely look in their eyes, I think they look super edgy and well yeah cute! Yes I guess they do look kinda bad ass with the punk look but I love how even the punks in Tokyo can’t help but add a bit of colour and flair into at least one piece of their outfits, or throw something odd into the outfit that doesn’t quite fit the stereotypical punk decor.

Pastels Rule

If you can’t decide what to wear, you can always turn to Pastels. I love pastel colours myself and I enjoy wearing them quite often, but some Tokyo street stylers take the pastel obsession to the extreme. Every inch of their body will be covered in peach, light pinks and cream colours for the perfectly girly and feminine look! It sure does seem to be the colour palette for every season!

Nerdy Casual

When has nerdiness every been stylish? Well it is now and nowhere is it more evident than in Tokyo! Pull over jumpers, knee high socks, pigtails and wide brimmed glasses are totally cool and cute! Not fitting in with the crowd is hailed in Tokyo and the geeky girl or nerdy boy epitomises this ideal.

Goth Tokyo Style

If you are a Goth in Tokyo, you go all out to live up to this trend, with black platform boots, corsets, top hats and a lot of black. Despite the deep and dark reputation of the goth subculture in Tokyo, many who sport this trend do their best to show off their elaborate take on this unique style and they end up looking somewhat elegant rather than scary.

Romantic Vintage 

The romantic vintage look is a lovely style that draws inspiration from yesteryear. Piece of this trend draw back to the elegant lacy feminine outfits of the 1800’s which is combined with modern comfortable flowy materials which add to the whole romantic feel of the overall outfit. It is quite unique and adventurous yet more subtle than some of the other more colourful trends being sported around Tokyo.

You can find all of these amazing pictures and more at www.tokyofashion.com 

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