Japanese Fashion- Fashion Diary: Spring Blues

The weather has been warming up over the past month in Japan and the Cherry Blossoms have all dropped their petals. Now that warmer weather is upon us, it’s time to break out the Spring Fashion! Blue has been my favorite color to wear this spring, and pairing it with lighter colors, like white and grey, I think is an amazing combination. Fashion-1 Coordinate 1: Top: Earth Music and Ecology Skirt: Noela Fahsion-2 This First outfit is one of my favorite to wear to work. I love the white color and the flower print of the skirt. The shirt is blue, giving contrast to the white, but bringing out the blue and grey flowers in the skirt. The shirt has a white collar and cuffs, which compliments the white of the skirt against the blue shirt. Fashion-3If you look closely, there is pink in the flowers of the skirt too! I have always been a fan of flower print, but this Spring and Summer Flower print is one of the major trends here in Japan. You can see it in dresses, skirts, and tops everywhere in stores recently.     Fashion-6 Coordinate 2: Skirt and Top: Noela Fashion-5I was never into Tule skirts until last Fall. I always thought that they were too poofy for my style and were hard to wear. That all changed with my first purchase of a tule skirt last fall, and now this skirt that I have in this coordinate. A HUGE trend in Japan right now is midi-length tule skirts. This top is a light sweater that is grey white stripped, which again gives a contrast to the navy blue skirt. Fashion-4This Tule skirt is so feminine, but conservative at the same time so that I can wear it to work. I am only 150cm, or 4’11, so this skirt may seem to be a bit on the long side, but it hits me right under the knees and the underskirt is just at my knees, making it the perfect length for this midi-skirt trend. Fashion-9Coordinate #3 Cardigan and Dress: Earth Music and Ecology Fashion-8This dress is actually one that has been in my closet from last year and was part of the Ray x NEWS x Earth Music and Ecology 3 way collaboration. Even though it is a year old, you can never go wrong with an A-line dress that is a bit longer for work. I think it is classy and a piece that can stay in your closet for years and never go out of style. The dress also came with the belt, and it cinches in the waist very nicely. It was also reasonably priced, at around 7000 Yen. For Japanese Fashion, Earth Music and Ecology makes good quality clothes for a reasonable price, compared to some other brands in department stores. Fashion-7The cardigan I also bought last year from Earth Music and Ecology, and it is also something that I reuse time and time again. I love stripes and it goes perfectly with this dress, or any other solid color dress or top in an earth tone (Brown, Blue, Green).   All of these coordinates are combined with black flats and black tights, as the night still get chilly. For work, I cannot wear heels, so I am constantly wearing these black Tory Burch Flats. When the temperature gets warmer, I will stop wearing tights and wear lighter shoes combined with these same outfits until around the end of May. All of these outfits are also conservative enough to wear to a work setting here in Japan, but of course check what your office clothing policy first! Fashion-10   I hope you enjoyed this fashion post! What are some of the trends in this post that you like? Press the like button below and let me know what you think in the comment section!

Japanese Fashion: Earth Music&Ecology Golden Week Set 2014

Golden week is one of the peak times to buy things in Japan because there are lots of sale! Since there are many public holidays at the end of April/ Beginning of May each year, many people take a full week off from work and travel, thus called “golden week” . This also includes shopping as well and A lot of stores have sales, and not just on clothes but almost anything you can think of!  This year was the first year that I have been into the clothing brand “Earth Music&Ecology”, so of course I had to check out what deals they had to offer!  Since August of last year, this brand has slowly creeped into being my favorite clothing brand here in Japan.

For golden week, they offered 2 different sets but I decided to just buy one of the sets, the reason being I don’t think longer longer skirts look good on me.

The set that I bought consisted of 2 pieces: A cut off sleeve polka-dot top and a high wasted skirt with ruffles on the pockets. The top has a mesh cut-out that looks like a collar so its easy to wear so you don’t have to wear any necklaces with it and the cut off sleeves are ruffled. The skirt comes with a belt already so you don’t have to buy your own and it is already pair for the right color that goes with your skirt. Though there are ruffles on both the skirt and the top, I don’t think its overdone and I think it gives the outfit a perfect girly feeling to it!

As you can see, I bought 2 of the same set but in different colors because I liked it so much! The first set that I bought is pictured below: It consists of a navy blue top with white polka dots and a mint colored skirt with a camel colored belt.

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I really love navy blue recently because I went blonde towards the beginning of the year, and navy contrast nicely with my hair color. Mint is also a very in color in Japan, and around the world in  general recently, so I have bought a number of mint colored items since the beginning of spring. I decided on a mint colored skirt because I thought it would go nicely with the navy blue and I had a few other tops in my wardrobe that would be able to with it as well.

Pictured below is the the second color combination of the set that I bough. This time I bought the the top in white with black polka dots and the skirt in a almost mustard yellow color.
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This was the original color combination that I fell in love with and was featured in the Earth Music and Ecology summer catalogue. I think for summer, a white top with black polka dots is a timeless piece that will be in your closet for a long time and and can paired with many things, including the mint colored skirt above as well!  Recently I have been into yellow pieces (yes, because of my hair again….) I wanted the yellow skirt because I didn’t have a yellow skirt in my wardrobe yet.

Normally the top and skirt are both 4,200 yen+ tax (Approx. 42$USD) each, but with the set deal that was offered during Golden week, it was 6000 yen + tax, (Approx. $60USD) which is almost 2000 yen off of the original price. That is the equivalent of about $20 USD off of the original price, which is great for a brand like Earth!

Though the golden week price is over, If you would like to see more about these items or are interested in the brand, please check out the Earth Music&Ecology Website and web-store! They offer the website in English as well (look at the bar on the left side of the screen to change it). On the website, they have The Summer catalogue to view that was released in the middle of April and this set is included inside of it.

Earth Music&Ecology Website

Earth Music&Ecology Web store (Only Ships inside of Japan)

*DISCLAIMER: I was not sponsored by the company for writing this blog post. I used my own money to buy these products*