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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:


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!


The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Part 5

Hey everyone,

It’s Saturday and, as you know, it’s time for another fashion sketch! I must confess though, this is my least favourite sketch so far, and it took me such a long time to finish because I just wasn’t happy with it.

In the end I was able to finish it, but I just don’t love this kind of look, and maybe that’s why I couldn’t quite enjoy it? Either that or trying to recreate the pattern on the kimono! Anyway, here’s the original kimono that inspired this look and the look itself:

So, what do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments below!


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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 wants...

Ines wants… a Chesterfield Coat!

Yes, I know, it’s not really a new style, but I’ve been seeing them everywhere! Especially here in Japan, they love them! They’ve completely sold out of baby blue chesterfield coats (they call them チェスターコート, che-su-tah coh-toh).

I pinned so many pictures of women looking fabulous with their coats on Pinterest that I don’t even know where to start! Let me share a few with you:


I especially like the idea of a moss green chesterfield coat, but they seem to be a bit too difficult to find, or a bit out of my price range (which isn’t very high, to be completely honest with you, remember I’m a teacher!). I might have to settle for a cheaper option.

Here are two I’ve been considering:










So what do you think? I’m leaning towards the orange one, as it will match most of my clothes. But the one on the left is better fitted. Let me know in the comments!


The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Part 4

Hey everyone, how’s it going?

Here it is people! Another kimono series sketch! This one I quite enjoyed because the kimono itself has a very unusual combination of colours. At least to me, they are colours I’d never put together ever! Check it out:

I decided to use a shirt dress, as I am in love with those (check out my post on the subject here) and to match it with a top on top. That is such a popular thing to do here in Japan! Put a spaghetti strap top on top of t-shirts, dresses, shirts, anything! I’ll definitely write a post on those at some point.

So, what do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments!


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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!


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Japan Style 3: Dungarees

Hey everyone! So, here’s another post on something that I had been wanting for a while, even before coming to Japan: Dungarees! They’ve been a big thing for quite a long time, but I always felt a bit unsure about them.

As my previous post of me trying out velvet trousers (click here to check it out!), I’m a bit insecure as to my hips and legs. Whatever I wear has to not make them look bigger or flat. So when I found out about dungarees these were my first thoughts:

“Oh my god! They’re so cute! I gotta have them!!! But … I’ll probably look like a big baby. With a huge butt. And no shape. I’ll look like a potato….”

Anyway, it was in Japan that I finally made a decision when it came to dungarees, and here is a few examples of what local magazines showed me:

Aren’t they adorable? That’s exactly what made me rush online and get myself a pair just for me! And of course I got too excited and made the mistake of deciding on a pair too quickly. I accidentally got brown corduroy dungarees thinking they were block cotton (don’t judge me, the website was in Japanese!).

However, when I put them on, I immediately loved them!! They’re so comfortable! And I actually like the colour now, it’s quite a dark shade of brown. I’ve worn them a few times and I’m quite happy with the purchase. The only thing I will say is that corduroy does attract a LOT of lint. So always have a roller ready!


What do you think? Adorable? Would you wear corduroy dungarees?

Let me know in the comments!


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!


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!


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!



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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 does fashion on Instagram!

Hey guys! If you’ve rolled down my blog you’ll see that I have an Instagram account of the same name! I created it as part of my “Find My Own Style Project” and I post on it everyday. The reason why I created it wasn’t because I wanted to get followers (although if it helps me I won’t complain) but because I wanted there to be an account that just shows the reality of everyday life.

So, on my account you’ll just see my honest everyday outfits, even if they’re repetitive or just bad they’ll be there. I also add no filters whatsoever and so far haven’t worn any makeup at all. I’m not saying that I’ll never wear any, it’s just to show you what I’m trying to do with this account.

And to give you an even better idea, here’s the pictures that I’ve shared so far.

One thing I did find doing this project is how hard it is to take a picture! Especially when you’re on your own and all you have is your phone and nothing else. And it’s so embarrassing posing! I have new found respect for Instagrammers. They must take so many pictures before getting to the one they post! I’ve told myself that I wouldn’t be one of those people that takes 500 pictures just to get the perfect one, but it’s difficult.

I’ve taken 5 pictures at most to get one I like to put on Instagram, but recently I’ve tried to post the first one. I think this will be a good exercise on lifting my self esteem. We have to learn to accept ourselves and the way we look. That’s why I’m loving this project, and hope more will join me!

Love yourselves! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more embarrassing pictures!