Ines buys...

Ines buys… hair accessories!

Spend a day in Japan and you’ll notice that women here rarely leave the house with messy hair. It’s either worn lose and straight or with perfectly executed waves, or it’s tied up. However, Japanese women don’t merely tie their hair up with a plain elastic. Oh no, they accessorize. And how!

The sheer variety available is overwhelming! From giant hair clips to fluffy hairbands, there seems to be no apparent end to the amount of options you can choose from. Just for you to have a small idea, here’s a picture of one display of one of the many accessory shops around my flat.

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Amazed, I slowly started buying some clips and hairbands, just trying them out. I’m not one to spend a long time getting ready in the morning, so I was never one to accessorize much, especially not my hair. But the more I wore them, the more I enjoyed it, and the more I realised that it wasn’t as time consuming as I had imagined. So, in the end, here are the ones I got:

What do you think? Would you wear any of them? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Ines

Ines buys...

Ines buys… socks!

So, a big thing here in Japan is a big Western fashion no-no: socks and sandals!!!

I know, I know, it’s one of the worst things in the world EVER! But Japan has managed to make it look cute and even classy. Japan is a great country to be in if you’re looking to buy yourself a cute pair of socks! And no, I’m not just talking about these:

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Although, I must confess, I have bought a few… mainly to wear at work to make my students laugh.

But they also have a huge selection of classy and cute socks, not just to wear with sandals, but with any kind of shoes! Here in Japan, socks are a really important accessory, especially because you have to take your shoes off in so many places just to get in.

I’ll definitely write a post later on showing you how they style socks, but today I just wanted to talk about a big hit over here: sheer socks!

Sheer socks are just so cute! They wear them here to jazz up a sandal look or just with flats or classic heels. These are the ones I bought on a recent trip to Shibuya’s famous clothes shopping center: 109 (ichi maru kyuu). I still haven’t tried wearing them, as it’s winter and quite cold, but I just love the pineapple socks!

What do you think? Was it money down the drain? Would you wear these socks with a pair of cute sandals? Let me know in the comments!

Ines