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Japan Style 6: Oversized Hoodies

Hello everyone!

Today I’d like to talk about something that a lot of instagrammers (both Western and Japanese) have been wearing for a while: oversized hoodies!

I always thought they made such a cute and comfortable look, but never had the courage to buy one myself. I thought it would make me look like a giant potato.

However, the cold winter in Japan made me yearn for something comfortable that I would just wear with some leggings at home, the kind of outfit you wear to binge watch Netflix. So I went back to my magazines and looked for ideas and this is what I came back with:

Needless to say, the idea of an oversized hoodie was growing on me. And on a cold day, as I was buying new socks in Uniqlo, I saw it. It was discounted. I didn’t even think twice before adding it to my shopping basket and rush to the till. It definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s soft, warm and long enough to cover my butt, which is what I wanted. I’ve worn it mainly at home, but have sneaked it into work on a rough day just to feel nice and cuddly.

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What do you think? Would you wear an oversized hoodie? How would you style it? Let me know in the comments!

Ines

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Japan Style 5: Stripes

Again, this isn’t new for most of you. Maybe I should just make it clear: most of these styles that I’m talking about aren’t different from the styles being talked about in Europe and America and so on. The thing is that Japan manages to take a step further.

Yes, that step isn’t always in the best of directions. There are a lot of styles in Japan that I just don’t like (check out my post where I try one of them here). But still, it’s refreshing to see how they layer colours and patterns. How they put the shirt dress over a hoodie or tuck a chemise dress into a long pencil skirt.

So, here are a few pictures of wearistas wearing stripes from my collection of Mer magazines:

These pictures and many others are what made me buy my striped top. I still want to get another one with thinner stripes, but for now this is what I got and I think it’s adorable.

What do you think? Would you wear these looks? How else would you style this top? What colours would you mix it with? Let me know in the comments below!

Ines

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Japan Style 4: Chemise Dress

Another week, another item that I was introduced to here in Japan: the chemise dress! You see these everywhere when walking around the street, in different colours and materials! I’d even risk saying that this is one of the current staples of Japanese fashion! You can wear it all year round and style it in so many different ways!

So, as usual, here’s pictures from the Japanese magazine Mer, which were really what pushed me to buy a chemise dress:

Be it opaque or see-through, velour or cotton, Japanese wearistas have taken something that has become popular all over the world and managed to take it a step further! I was so excited about all the different looks I could create with one of these that I went out and looked for the perfect one!

I tried a variety of colours and fabrics, but never really liked the options available. Mostly because the big majority were extremely low cleavage and I just didn’t like it because I have a long neck. But then Uniqlo came to the rescue once more!

They were selling velvet chemise dresses in three colours: pink, blue and black. I tried all three and just had to go for black. I know, I know, I always go for the easy colours, but I thought it would be better to choose this one because it’s something I’ve never worn before. Maybe one day I’ll buy one with a pattern but for now, let’s keep things simple.

I’ve also worn it in the summer with a t-shirt and loved it! I’ve got no regrets buying this piece and will definitely be wearing it when I get back to Portugal in December!

What do you think? Would you wear it? How would you style it? Let me know in the comments!

Ines

Ines tries...

Ines tries… velvet trousers!

As part of my trying to find my own style, I decided to try wearing things that I would never pick off the rack at a store. I wanted to try out popular fashion items (in Japan) before I finally leave to see if I liked them and if maybe they were worth buying.

Nowadays you see a lot of velvet items around, from blouses to jackets to trousers. In Japan they’re extremely popular and I see people wearing them every day. That’s why I thought I just had to try it out.

Let’s star with one of the most popular items: velvet trousers!

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As you can tell by my expression, I’m not too keen on these. I see people wearing these specific ones every day and can sometimes look cute, but they just look like pjs to me. I know I’m only wearing them with a basic top (which was just there for warmth that day) and that I should have spiced it up, but they just made my butt look flat and weren’t very flattering. So, no go for me, but if you’re interested they’re from Uniqlo and you can find them here.

But I wasn’t beaten yet! So I tried a few other trousers.

So, once again, I wasn’t quite convinced. These were still wide and pj like, but they also had a floral pattern and were pleated. But still, they made my butt look flat and I just couldn’t see myself walking around in these at home. They were from Honeys. I couldn’t find them online, but here’s their online store.

Ok so, this wasn’t going well, but I still tried one more pair!

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I seriously didn’t know I was making this expression when I took the picture, but it does reflect my feelings towards these trousers. This time I tried to copy the look from the pictures in the shop, and still didn’t like them, even though they were a beautiful colour. Anyway, they were from GU and you can find them here.

So, no success with the velvet trousers. Maybe I’ll be luckier next time I try something new. I still haven’t given up on owning a velvet piece of clothing!

What do you think? Would you wear any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Ines

 

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Japan Style 2: The Shirt Dress

Now this was a piece that I thought I’d love just on its own. I love long shirts, and I especially love flannel shirts. So when I found that there were shirt dresses I went crazy and immediately went online to find the best one!

However, I could never have imagined the amount of ways that you can style a shirt dress! And that’s what my first magazine showed me. So, here are a few looks from a Japanese fashion magazine so you guys can have an idea.

True, I don’t like all of the looks. And I wonder how comfortable the layered looks are, Japanese wearistas layer clothes in the weirdest of ways, but I did like a lot of them and have worn my shirt dress in a number of ways.

Here are a few photos of me trying out different looks.

You can tell that one of the photos was from a while ago (before I cut my hair), but what do you think? Am I doing it right? Which one is your favourite look? And which one should I try next?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Layer up! It’s getting cold!

Ines