Japanese street fashion is quite different from what we may be used to seeing in Paris, Milan, all across America, and in so many other Westernized places. Different is exciting and can help us make space for the things that we still need to learn in the Western world.
Although some of these trends may seem strange, they might be less ‘out there’ than initially meets the eye. Inspiration can come from so many places, after all. The question is, which Japanese street fashion bandwagon will you be jumping on?
You might think it’s a joke at first just because it seems so out of the box for what you might think of as ‘fashion,’ but gigantic pants are actually one of the Japanese street fashion trends that is very on-trend with the ‘anti-fashion’ movement that we see especially with celebrities in America nowadays. Gigantic pants are surprising, roomy, comfortable, and strange. What’s not to love?
If you’re not convinced, look up what Justin Bieber wears all the time, what he sells on Drew House, and how Hailey Bieber reps the brand. It’s not quite gigantic pants, but at the same time… it’s totally gigantic pants.
These Specific Shades
There are many versions of these specific shades, so don’t get overly attached to the seller you purchase them from. Just make sure that they have that futuristic vibe that is somewhat Matrix-y and glam without being the actual sunglasses you see in the film. They will complete all your high fashion looks and keep you looking like you’re ahead of the curve (except if you’re well-versed in Japanese street fashion, of course).
If we’re being honest, these are also a major upgrade from the total dad sunglasses that Neo and the other main characters wear in the film. It would come as a surprise to hear that no one else found those dad shades incredibly distracting.
MASSIVE Squadding Up
A Japanese street fashion trend worth jumping on board with is the massive effort to squad up not only with your outfits but with your vibe. Whether with friends or lovers, natural or planned, stepping out with the right people is both fun and a confidence boost. Plus, you’ll create a great photo op together. Who wouldn’t want to cherish their incredibly stylish memories full of love and friendship?
There is a whole lot of plaid going on in Japanese street fashion and in this article. Dresses, skirts, suits, pants, tops- you name it, we got it. Plaid is old, but the tartans being chosen in Japanese street fashion aren’t always the punk or the flannel prints that might first come to mind (although those certainly make an appearance as well). Instead, think grandma and grandpa, but ~chillin’~. It’s a vibe, and I’m here for it.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people are trying to shuffle outside of the social categories that we put them in. For the most past, people love to do exactly the opposite of what they are told to do, just for fun.
Harry Styles is starting to bend the gender norms in the U.S.A. and I’m sure that you have heard about it by now. Well, the truth is that people have been gender-bending the rules in all sorts of directions for a long time, and it’s about time to introduce more of it into the world.
In particular, skirts and heels need to span genders more because clearly, as seen in these examples, there can be some truly incredible outcomes. Women have been borrowing from the boys for a long time, and everyone knows that that is viewed as quite fashionable. The whole idea of women wearing ‘menswear’ is a gender-bending practice, so this Japanese street fashion trend really isn’t strange at all. Plus, skirts are comfortable and convenient. Everybody deserves to enjoy and appreciate wearing them.
This Shade Of Neon Green
You might have seen this color come around and never hopped on the bandwagon, but clearly, that was a mistake. It’s time to sift through the clearance sections of your fave stores until you find the right neon green additions for your wardrobe. Sporty and bright, neon green has just the right dose of ‘anti-fashion’ to make it truly cool. I guess that’s only true if you make it work as well as these Japanese street fashion outtakes though.
Although the black, white, and neon green thing really has it together, there are so many other ways you can style neon green. You could do some really interesting looks with neon and jewel tones, earth tones, pastels, and other neons. I am especially supportive of neon green and deep blues. Neon is here to provide a little more contrast to life, after all.
Body Bags Like Body Armor
This Japanese street fashion trend feels very much like cargo pants for your body. Not overalls, that’s different. This is something you could wear with a bathing suit or a cute little dress, and you would still have plenty of space for all your personal items. Maybe it seems strange at first, but I feel like this one really hits. Not everyone likes the fanny pack idea anyway, so you may as well try cargo pants for your body instead!
The real fashion innovation will come when more brands start making these…
It would be surprising if you’ve never tried wearing overalls before, but please notice that the overalls of the Japanese street fashion scene are not the same a the fashion overalls you see in many a fast-fashion store. These overalls are baggy, casual, and gender non-conforming. They are styled intentionally, yet casually. They are not here to define your figure or highlight your ‘assets.’ If you wore both straps on your shoulders, these overalls could easily be practical and worn to work.
Which of these Japanese street fashion trends do you resonate with the most?
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