Inspiration from Japan

Japan is an ideal destination should you ever need fashion inspiration. I got the chance to spend a bit of time there. Each time I leave, I can’t help but reminisce over the great clothes. The only sad thing is that I’m too tall to buy most things there.

Implemented with such poise, Japanese fashion is tailored and put together. Most days in August were unbearable with high temps and humidity. Yet, I never saw people flashing too much skin or looking disheveled. I didn’t ask to take pictures of any people I encountered (maybe something I should think about for next time), but have found some images that encapsulate some noteworthy fashions¬†I encountered.

 

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Mesh t-shirt, spotted in Kyoto. The original wearer, had a mesh shirt that was integrated over a white t-shirt. It was really subtle.

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Source: pinterest. I dug up an image of a classic skater boy look. This doesn’t really encapsulate some of the cool skater boy styles I saw around Tokyo. But trust me, they styles were mean.

 

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This image is a shout out to b-boy style and a cool bartender named Kaz who we met in Niigata. I’m still sad that I lost his business card. ūüė¶

 

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Another shout out to bboy style seen in Kyoto, Tokyo and Shizuoka near Mt. Fuji.

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I got the chance to hit the club scene, and saw some cool trends. Mesh, especially black mesh, seemed popular.

 

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So many women were wearing olive pleated skirts. SO MANY.

 

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I got there during the August festival season and saw plenty of nice summer kimonos called yukatas.

 

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Shout out to the hair game of one English teacher I met. This picture doesn’t come close to capturing his fashion and flair and he didn’t have a beard like this….but it’ll do for now.

 

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Lastly, I leave you with this image. Most of the time, I’d see pretty convention styles that were taken to the next level with an unexpected addition or a detail that brought the entire look together.

 

Next time I visit Japan, I’ll take some actually pictures of the fashions I spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally! Long and Flattering Jeans

Alright. This blog has been inactive for a while, but I’m back at it.

After a year of traveling, I totaled three pair of jeans…they had rips everywhere. So I went out to find some new jeans. I was pleasantly surprised to find long inseams at New York and Company.

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I purchased two of their long, high waisted soho jeans. These jeans have to be some of the best I’ve ever bought. They fit well..all over.

 

 

UPDATE: These jeans have stretched to the point of being a bit awkward to wear.

 

 

Memory Foam Pants

The high-end fashion industry thrives off of our innate desire to show off our individuality. The higher the cost of the item, the greater the implied rarity. As a result, price points become a way to ensure individuality. But its bigger than that, right? (and bigger than my simplified economic logic…high prices don’t always guarantee sparsity or even quality –> cue the cynic.)

There so many brands on the scene that assure consumers that they have a one of a kind item or that some part of the manufacturing process causes each piece of clothing to have its own flair and differentiation. Its great and scary at the same time. Sometimes people just want what’s in the picture/presentation. Anyway…INDIVIDUALITY REIGNS SUPREME.¬†

I talked this over with a coworker the other day. I was shocked by a rather interesting question posed during the commute:

What if our clothing was made out of memory foam? And it molded into our shape upon contact and just stayed that way?

I chuckled a bit after hearing this. I sleep well because of memory foam, but the material itself is pretty bulky…has a bit of a chemical smell when first purchased.¬†Still… the question prompted¬†me to google “memory foam pants” like crazy. I didn’t find any, but I came across this funky fashion project:

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More about them:

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Their bio is serving a lot of things at once and¬†I really hope I don’t see anyone walking around like these models.¬†But…there’s something about this project¬†that’s worth¬†thinking about.

On the Hunt: A Winter Coat

Maybe it’s because I’m cold and the winter just won’t let up….but I really want a winter down coat that keeps ALL of me warm. Not just my upper body.

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Now you might be thinking, “Is this a bear? The wolf eating Red Riding hood? An Eskimo?” Well it’s my attempt at drawing a concept design for a winter coat. One thing I haven’t included in the drawing is an inner pocket or two. I think that’s incredibly important for commuters. But even coats with that feature tend to make the pockets too small or oddly placed.

For now I’lll make due with go-to down black coat that has an inner pocket (great for stowing away my valuables) and hits below my hips. Also I do love my new acquisition from J. Crew. The zipper’s ability to zip from the top or the bottom is a lifesaver when I want to get my Subway card out fast.

 

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J Crew, Stadium-cloth Hooded Zip Coat in Colorblock, 35 1/4″ Body length