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 – Fall 2014 Coordinate #2

IMG_2562

Hello everyone! I am back with another Fall Coordinate post, and this time is with a Fall Dress!

This fall, another trend is vintage looking flower prints. I personally love flower prints on dresses so I was instantly hooked on this dress from the start just because of that. It’s another outfit from Noela, and can you blame me? They have amazing clothes! This particular dress I bought in their Autumn set Fair, which was a dress and a cardigan for 16,000 yen. I chose a navy blue cardigan with the dress for the set, which is not shown in this post.

What do I love about this dress? First up is the collar and the coloring of the dress. This dress came in a few different colors, but the other colors were a bit too vintage looking for me (and in my opinion, a bit like “grandma’s old couch”), but this white was perfect! The base of the dress is white and the flowers are shades of grey, with the collar being a really dark brown color. As always, I love collars on dresses so this was a perfect match for me. 

SAM_0508Lastly is the cut of the dress. Noela dresses always have amazing cuts and this dress was no exception! It hits my waist at the perfect place, cinching it in. The sleeves are sleeveless, but there is still a bit of a cap to it, so it’s easy to wear with a cardigan!

noela-dress-3

This dress was actually my graduation dress from my MBA program at the end of September, so this is a full length shot of me to give a better idea of how the dress fits. I paired it with a pair of black tights and a pair of black pumps, but to make it a bit less formal, I wear it with flats instead.

What do you think of Floral prints? Let me know what you think of this dress in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram @nihonchique to see pictures of other outfits I wear, as well as things going on in Japan!

Noela Website

 

Japanese Fashion – Fall 2014 Coordinate #1

Hello Everyone! September is finally upon us, which means Fall Fashion! This year there are so many nice trends in Japan, but I am starting out with one in particular that seems to be one of the more popular which is the The “British” trend;  Stripes and Collars and Vintage style Midi-like skirts.

Noela-Fall-Outfit-1

This outfit is a Short sleeved collared top that is a sweat-type of material,  paired with a striped vintage-like midi skirt topped off with a set of cotton pearls.  I love navy blue and white, as well as red as an accent in the stripes of the skirt. This whole Outfit is from the brand Noela, that is one of my favorite brands in Japan!

Noela-Fall-Outfit-3

I love collars on shirts, so I liked this shirt a lot! I also liked how the top was a sweat type of material that can be transitioned to wear during the winter you can layer a heat-teck shirt from Uniqlo under it to still wear it.

Noela-Necklace

The cotton pearls are so beautiful! Pearls are a trend that I love this season (Never goes out of style in my opinion though!) The cool part of this necklace is that it actually has more to it than it looks, it has a second strand that you can attach to it, as well as bow that you can take off and on and coordinate it any way you like!
Noela-Fall-Outfit-2Noela-SkirtNext up is the Midi-skirt! I love the stripped pattern on it, as it give is a bit of an a-symmetrical feel to it while walking. Now, many of you may be wondering why I decided to get a midi skirt when I am short (only 4-’11 or 150cm) Well, this skirt isn’t as long as the other midi-skirts that I had been looking at, landing at just above my knees, and I wanted to go for that vintage look this season.  As I said before, I love the red accent of the stripes. I am not a fan of red by itself, but in stripes as an accent I love it and it give it a pop of color.

I would wear a pair of navy or brown loafers with this during the fall and then a pair of heeled boots and tights with it during the winter when it gets colder.

If you would like to check out the store that I bought these clothes from, please see the websites below! They only sell and ship inside of Japan.

Noela Website

Online Store

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I love the fashion this season and I hope that you do too! Please let me know what you think in the comments below!