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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.


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


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!


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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 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 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?