We know Japan through manga and cosplay. But beyond that, Japanese fashion is very attached to tradition, mixed with some influences of Western fashion. It is a good alternative, in particular to bring originality and color to your wardrobe. But on top of that, if you are going to or live in Japan, fashion is a lifestyle that you should not minimize.
An original style
Japan is a country of tradition, but also a very modern country. This can be seen in particular in the clothing and fashion on the spot. For those looking for originality and eccentricity, this is the ideal inspiration.
Contrary to the trend in France, in the streets of Japan, cosplay and lolita style is the norm. Many Japanese wear these clothes that look like a disguise every day. It is a way of asserting their personality. There is even a district: the Harajuku, which is only dedicated to these clothing styles, to say the least, avant-garde of Japanese fashion. It’s a cosplayer’s paradise.
Be careful, when we talk about Cosplay, it is not just about clothes. It’s totally a way of life. It is not only necessary to work on the costume, but also to take care of the beauty and the hairstyle. The goal being to look like a manga character, even if it means copying the original versions in full.
One would be tempted to say that cosplay is a tradition in Japan. He took his place for a few years. And what’s more, manga has been part of the country’s culture for a long time. The fact remains that this original and eccentric style does not appeal to all Japanese. Only a few young people wear them every day. As mentioned above, it is a way of life and a culture in its own right in the country. But that’s not the only style that’s available there.
Colors and patterns in XXL version
Japanese clothing is known for its colors and patterns. It is rare to see in the fashion of this country dark and sober trends like black or gray. In a pinch, they can be used as a basis for XXL motifs.
Fashion in this country perfectly reflects local tradition. We are talking about floral patterns, dragons, or even Manga. And of course, we always find the different colors on the drawings for optimal originality.
These accessories can perfectly match those of western fashion. It can be a particularly good idea to bring a little cheerfulness and freshness to your looks. You don’t have to go to Japan to get them. A few dedicated platforms can offer you authentic and chic items.
Various fashion events are organized on site for fashion fans and to showcase the product of the country’s new designers. Some major French brands are participating. It can be outfits or accessories. But in any case, there is nothing like it to discover the new fashion influences from Japan. Among these events not to be missed, there is in particular the fashion week.
An influence of western fashion and vice versa
In recent years, of course, Japanese fashion has also been influenced by Western fashion. This is felt in the new collections. The stylists rely a little more on classic pieces, plain, but still by keeping these bright colors that make the uniqueness of their fashion.
You can find in Japanese fashion stores, T-shirts, pants or even shirts and some pieces that are classic to say the least. You can even find shorts that don’t differ much from Western products. Like what, the fashion on the spot has also thought a little about those who appreciate sobriety and simplicity.
In recent years, Japanese brands have also increasingly entered a phase of standardized production. The pieces were produced in industries and on a large scale and became more and more classic and easier to wear. These same pieces would blend in perfectly with your wardrobe. And to further prove the influence of Western fashion in Japanese fashion, we also see appearing in the country thrift stores that offer the same vintage or trendy pieces as those in France for example.
The bags, as well as the fashion accessories, resemble those of France and the West. Moreover, it is not uncommon to see major French and even international brands setting up shops there or concluding contracts with resellers. Japanese fashion is modernizing.
And Japanese fashion has also had its influences in Western fashion. In particular, it is not uncommon nowadays to see big brands offering long t-shirts for men and more structured jackets for women. The kimonos which are very trendy nowadays in France and everywhere else, are from Japanese fashion. And few know it, but the boyfriend style or the fact of wearing wider outfits is also partly inspired by Japanese fashion.
Everything in the tradition
But Japanese fashion is also, again and again, anchored in tradition. And this is what makes its authenticity and its aesthetics. Besides the pieces that have been influenced by the fashion of other countries, traditional outfits are still on the rise in this country. We are not only talking about kimonos, but also dresses and yukatas, even Japanese pajamas, etc. The pieces focus on style as well as on comfort. The creators of the country use high-end and quality materials for their creation.
It’s hard to talk about traditional Japanese fashion without talking about the beauty that goes with it. Everything must be fine-tuned to the smallest detail. We are once again focusing on color and originality for the eyes and mouth. The whole thing is offset by a more sober hairstyle in a simple bun.
In the 90s, the tradition still deeply impacted Japanese fashion. Outfits were heavily regulated, especially for women. Skirts were mid-length, petticoats were compulsory, necklines as well as off-shoulders or styles that were a little too sexy were prohibited. We had to put on socks and wigs. It was the fashion of what experts called at the time: “the Victorian doll”.
Like shopping in Paris, shopping is a must when visiting Japan. It’s a way to enjoy the local atmosphere, but also to relax with friends and immerse yourself completely in the culture of the country.
If you travel to Japan these days, you will blend in with the crowd, whether you are a cosplay lover or a classic fashionista. But we still advise you to take the opportunity to bring a little more novelty to your wardrobe. There is nothing like traditional kimonos to liven up your outfit.