Tokyo is one of the greatest places to draw fashion inspiration. Since I’ve been here — and since I’ve stopped heading to an office everyday — I’ve been reexamining the way I dress and trying to determine what the heck my style is at this point in my life.
When I was growing up, I attended private Catholic school through eighth grade, then made the leap to a public high school. I went from one end of the spectrum — beige and cookie cutter — to the waaaaay opposite end of the spectrum.
Upon first seeing senior pictures that captured my hair dyed a combo of black, purple and blonde with charcoal-rimmed eyes (it looks like I used a Sharpie) and my layered graphic t’s and studded belts, my husband dubbed me an “alternateen.” Fair statement.
In college, I still wanted to look unique but tried to work in some feminine, mature elements. After that, I moved to Chicago and New York City and dipped my foot in the hipster pool. Those efforts ultimately failed — I couldn’t justify buying $200 raw denim under the pretense I would “like, totally never have to wash it, live, ever.’
Now, I’m most comfortable in clothing that is minimalistic and a bit edgy. I can run a little grungy when I dress casually but always want to look classy when dressed up, not girly. With all that said, this girl has been doing some serious closet purging and shopping.
Fast fashion allows you to try new trends to see how they suit you. You can develop your own style, and Tokyo is home to some of the best. Here are a few of my most recent purchases and one item on my wish list from my favorite fast-fashion retailers.
- I wanted to add some cozy flannel shirts to my closet for the colder weather. I bought this shirt from Uniqlo three sizes up for a baggier, borrowed-from-my-husband look.
- Converse All Star Chuck Taylors are my absolute favorite sneakers. I’ve been wanting this parchment pair with the red and blue details forever. I love wearing them with some cuffed skinny denim.
- A black pencil skirt is a staple wardrobe item, but this faux leather one from Zara has a bit more edge to it. It looks just as great with a blazer as it would with a dressed up crewneck sweatshirt.
- I have tiny wrists, so bracelets are something I don’t normally wear. But when I spotted this chain one from H&M, I knew it would be great for stacking with watches and other wrist gear.
- This jacket from Bershka is on my wish list for winter. I love the faux leather accents on a more structured jacket and the burgundy looks very luxe.