Japanese Steals

Japan style 1: The Accordion Skirt




I know, I know. It isn’t just a Japanese thing. Accordion skirts have been everywhere for a while now, but there’s a reason for it! You can wear them in so many ways and communicate so many different styles!

Wear it with a band t-shirt and you’re showing off your grundge side. Wear it with a fluffy sweater and you show off your romantic side. And don’t get me started with the range of colours they are available in! From dark to bright to mute to metallic. The opportunities are endless with accordion skirts.

So, to give you an idea of what made it Japanese for me, I’d like to share with you some of the cuttings I’ve gathered so far of accordion skirts from my Japanese magazines, have a look!

Such a versatile piece! I immediately set out to find the perfect accordion skirt! I went to different shops, tried different shapes and colours and… well, frankly I didn’t like the look of any of them!

They were too form fitting, too long. I’m not a person who is very comfortable with extremely bright colours or form fitting items of clothing, especially when they highlight my hips.

So time went by and I kept collecting clippings and pinning beautiful pictures on Pinterest of perfect outfits, all of them with accordion skirts. I especially kept my eye on metallic ones, there was just something so rock n’ roll about those that really caught my eye.

In the end, it was Uniqlo that came to the rescue! There were only three colours available: pale pink, army green and black. I went for the black one and I quite liked the fit. It still accentuated my hips in a way that I didn’t quite like, but I just took a deep breath and bought it.

I’ll be completely honest, the first time I wore it in the sweltering Japanese heat with a white Star Wars t-shirt, I was a bit uncomfortable. But then I kept sneaking a peak at myself on store windows and actually liked what I saw. Later in the day I actually got a compliment on it and that just shook all my insecurities away!

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of me wearing it on that day, but here’s a picture of me wearing it at Mashiko Pottery Fair last Sunday!


Just in case you are wondering: grey sweater from Wego, skirt from Uniqlo, tights from Uniqlo, Timberland ankle boots, yellow Fjallraven Kanken backpack.

What do you think? Was it a smart buy? Let me know in the comments.

And how would you style it? Any ideas?


4 thoughts on “Japan style 1: The Accordion Skirt”

    1. Thank you, it was a lot of work 😂 I also prefer the bright colours but I still don’t have the confidence to wear them! Maybe one day!


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