October 4, 2013

Street Style in Harajuku, Tokyo

From the moment we arrived in Tokyo, I wanted to visit Harajuku.  It's young, trendy and has an incredible energy.  The city is alive with people and fashion.  In the Ginza district which is very professional, I noticed many people there wore white tops and navy blue bottoms.  It seemed to be a uniform of sorts.  But in Harajuku, style was an individualized form of self expression, and completely ecclectic and cool.  It was as if they were way ahead of what's happening in the states (at least where I live) and yet, it came off effortless.  I'm talking New Balance sneakers, denim skirts, socks, a sense of 90's nostalgia and beyond.  Sure, I've seen tiny doses of it.  But no matter where I looked, or who I saw, they were pulling something off that seemed nonconformist back home, yet so normal here.  While there, I couldn't help but reflect on fashion in the US and came to this conclusion - it seems that in the States, there is this strong desire to be perfect.  Looking at beauty magazines, and blogs, movies, etc. it's easy to lose a sense of self, or individuality, and long for a "Pinterest" style life.  I know I am guilty of it.  In the States, it is as if style is like the uniform in Ginza.  Albeit, it's not a uniform of white and navy blue, but a uniform of conformity - people trying to be more or less, the same.  But maybe fashion isn't really what they're selling us of high priced perfection.  Maybe fashion is a few high end pieces here and there.  Something vintage.  Something borrowed from your boyfriend.  Something that represents you.  Maybe fashion is a trip across the world.  Or maybe it's tucked away in your closet.  But it doesn't require a depleted bank account, an infinite amount of shoes, or someone or something telling you who to be.  As in life and as in fashion, it is all about what you make of it.


Melanie Liliana said...

Absolutely LOVE this post! I agree, fashion should represent you! We put too much pressure on ourselves. I love how carefree everyone is in these photos! I'd love to visit one day! x


Hanna Lei said...

I agree with being different! -Hanna Marie

Jenny said...

What a fantastic post! This line really hit home for me:

"But it doesn't require a depleted bank account, an infinite amount of shoes, or someone or something telling you who to be."

Thanks for being an honest writer. Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

What's the quote...? "It's not the clothes you wear; it's the way you wear them." Anyone with the right attitude and confidence could pull off a burlap sack, cinched in at the waist with a colorful shoelace!

I really enjoyed this post.


Amanda said...

Right on! I think you're right - we're all too worried about perfection (and maybe a bit too worried about fitting in, too).

Anonymous said...

I've always thought it would be so fun to people watch in Harajuku - so of course I love this post! Those kids are too funny.

Ann said...

Just want to say thanks for sharing your travels. I love hearing which places are people's favorites and why, and it seems that Tokyo is indeed one of yours.

Holly said...

Great collection photos! I absolutely love the colorful and creative clothing styles, and wish I were brave enough to express myself like that.

Kayli Schattner said...

Love how all of these outfits are so creative and seem to represent the personality of the wearer!

Anastasiia Zakharenkova said...

Funny glasses:) 100% japanese style

Emmary said...

where did you get your booties? Love the color of the leather and how low they are!!!

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