Extras, The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Ramen Girl

It’s been a while since I’ve made any sketches, so here’s an extra one I made just for fun. It was inspired by a very colourful (and delicious) bowl of ramen (Japanese noodle soup with Chinese origins) my boyfriend and I had in Oyama city, where we spent our year in Japan.

The minute the bowl was placed in front of me I had to take a picture because this look instantly popped into my head. As soon as I got home I drew it and it’s one of my favourite sketches so far. I would definitely wear this look anytime (if I could), and I’ve just purchased a short leather skirt so, if anyone knows where I can get designs printed onto sweatshirts please let me know!

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What do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll try and have some new sketches to try and keep this thing going.

Ines

The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Part 7

Hello everyone!

It’s Saturday and it’s time for another fashion sketch! This one took me a while to get right, especially the pose, but because I found the kimono itself fun and modern, I decided to leave quite light and fun too.

Recently I’ve written a post on oversized hoodies (click here to check it out) and it connects nicely to this kimono sketch. The minute I saw this kimono I thought “sporty”! That’s why she’s stretching and getting ready for a morning run in her comfy oversized hoodie and colourful trainers! Have a look:

What do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments!

Ines

Japanese Steals

Japan Style 7: Short A Line Skirts

By the time this post is published, I’ll be on a plane on my way back to London from Japan. For those who don’t know, I’ve spent the last 15 months living in Tochigi Prefecture in Japan teaching English to children. It’s been a wonderful year. I was able to travel and make amazing new friends and learn about a culture I had always been curious about.

It’s with a mix of happiness and sadness that I’m leaving Japan, but isn’t that always the case when moving countries? Anyway, I’m writing this two weeks prior to my flight, as I’m going to travel a little bit more around this amazing country before going and want to keep this blog on schedule. So, on with the actual post!

Short A-line skirts have been fashionable for a while, and I actually already owned one before I came to Japan, so today I just want to share the various looks that I was so excited about from my favourite Japanese magazine Mer. Hopefully they’ll inspire you guys as well.

Notice all the colour mixes, patterns and different fabrics used and you’ll see why Japanese people have managed to grab a now mainstream item into something more:

So, which look is your favourite? Which ones do you hate? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Ines

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

The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Part 6

Hello everyone!

So, it’s Saturday! That means it’s time for another fashion sketch! Now, this ended up being one of my favourite ones so far. This is definitely a look I’d wear. It’s fun and cute, and I love the pattern on the black.

I do realise that the pattern on her top is different from the original kimono, but I only noticed that after I finished it, so I’m leaving it like that. I still love it, though! So, without further ado, here it is:

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

Ines

Japanese Steals

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

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

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!

Ines

Japanese Steals

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

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:

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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!

Ines