I bought these striped blue wide legged pants at Cecil McBee in Shibuya 109, a popular department store for teen girls/young women in Tokyo. 109 used to be known as a mecca for gyaru culture back in the mid 2000s, but recently the trend has died out. Gyaru involved tanned skin, bleached hair, and heavy makeup, but there were many different gyaru styles within the subculture. You can still see men and women (the men’s version of gyaru was called gyaru-o) rocking the styles, but it’s much less common, and 109 has changed focus to keep up with the times.
When we were in Tokyo in April, wide legged pants paired with beige trenchcoats was very much the prevailing style. We saw many, many women in variations on this theme. The pants I bought are very flowy, almost like a skirt, with an elastic waistband and a decorative cloth belt. I love them because they make me look taller!
In this photoshoot that we did in Highlands, I’m wearing the Cecil McBee pants, a light blue shirt from Uniqlo, and my favorite pair of blue summer wedges from Michael Kors that I bought years ago. Typically I don’t go so monochromatic, but I think all the blue shades work well with each other!
The bag is another item I picked up in Japan. I’ve been wanting an Issey Miyake baobao bag for a long time, and when I discovered that they are much less expensive in Tokyo (and tax-free, too) than in America, I went ahead and got myself one. This is the “lucent” style, with larger geometric squares and a flat (rather than iridescent or shiny) color. I debated hard between the green and the blue, but in the end had to go for blue because after all, it’s my favorite color!
The tote is the classic baobao style, although there are tons of different options available in different colors and styles. The quirk to these bags is that they change shape when you put stuff in them and set them down. I just think they’re so unique and cool!
Issey Miyake, along with Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, and Rei Kawakubo, is one of the most influential Japanese designers out there. His designs involve interesting shapes and textures, and are always super cool. We looked in the Issey Miyake retail store in Aoyama, but unfortunately the prices are out of our range… The clothes are works of art, though!
My boyfriend also picked up some clothes by Japanese brands while we were in Tokyo. The shirt he’s wearing here is a linen shirt from Attachment, and although he didn’t buy these in Tokyo, he’s also wearing pants and shoes by Japanese brand Julius.
He found this shirt at a high end and streetwear thrift store called Kindal. Tokyo is the best city for finding amazing designer steals. I picked up a Rick Owens skirt for only $40!
We already miss Tokyo, and would love to go back. Will wants to live there for a year or so, but it’s hard to get a visa unless you’re an English teacher sponsored by one of the many English conversation schools. I did 4 years of teaching English in Japan, but if I go back, I’d rather be doing something else! We’ll see where the future takes us. In any case, we’ll definitely be back for a visit.