OUTFIT: Japanese Streets #42
This outfit is inspired by this image of Akane in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan. Since I'm covering "how to wear lace" this week, I wanted to use one of many great Japanese street fashion photos that features lace. More information on styling after the images.
This photo of Akane from Tokyo Fashion shows a feminine lace blouse with a flirty contrast skater skirt, envelope clutch, wedge booties, and floral tattoo print tights. This outfit is completely on trend, but features pieces that can last for seasons if you change up the styling.
We already covered a few weeks ago that skater skirts are in style now. I have a thick cotton knit one and a PU one, but not a contrast one. I love this contrast skater skirt from Topshop. It's a nice take on the trend without being dated. I can see this piece lasting for many seasons.
This frilly lace and chiffon blouse by Alice Temperley can be amped up for a more dolly kei or mori kei look. When paired with this smart contrast skirt and a blazer, it's suitable for the office.
I've been wearing patterned tights for many years, but when I saw the tattoo tights trend from France and Japan, I knew I had to get in on it. I have a few more costumey pairs (the machine gun, the veins, and the universe/planet ones) but these floral prints one from Bebaroque (made in Scotland) can be worn with non-costumes. They are different than the ones that Akane is wearing, but the black contrast ones are easier to find. If these are too expensive for you, check out Ebay. They have many pairs in different prints available for under $10. So far, the quality has all been surprisingly great! If you think this is a trend you want to wear but not spend much on, then the low price is worth the season or two of wear you will get. I know I'll get a lot of wear from the costumey print ones, but to me florals never really go out of style.
Booties have been in fashion for years. The ones that Akane is wearing are from Tokyo Bopper, a Japanese company. They can be hard to get in other countries, to these black faux suede with gold studs wedge booties are a good alternative. Wedges can be easier to walk in than their stacked heel and hidden platform counterparts. I like the gold detail on these booties, as it adds a bit of foot jewelry to the look.
Envelope clutches are something that I come across every few years. Since they do show back up constantly, I would consider it a classic piece that can be used without going out of style. This piece by Ann Demeulemeester is actually a leather wallet. I'm not a fan of leather anything, so definitely check out trendy shops and ebay for non-leather and larger alternatives.
The jewelry I included is similar to what Akane is wearing. The necklace is from Vivienne Westwood, and is very close to the Vivienne Westwood one she is in fact wearing. The earrings are close. You can check out Etsy for hand made faux spike earrings and many stud earrings. I'm hoping the weather is nicer this weekend, as this is something I'd love to wear to a party I'm going to. It's sophisticated and a little sexy.