Tokyo has a well-deserved reputation for unmatched street style. Harajuku is a hub for eclectic, eccentric fashion. The neighborhood is known for spawning Lolita style (think Victorian, doll-like looks) and other theatrical ways of dressing. Locals set their own trends; they make their own rules and then break them in spectacular fashion.
Our friends at THE OUTNET found a handful of common themes popping up in street style snaps from around the city that are easy to recreate, whether you’re packing for a trip to Tokyo or just adding some whimsy to your late-summer wardrobe.
1. Playful proportions
Voluminous skirts, wide-legged pants, and boxy suits sidestep traditional proportions.
A high, cinched waist keeps these pants flattering.
Floral-print linen wide-leg pants
THE OUTNET: $258
Balance a ruffled, dramatic skirt with something fitted and simple.
Ruffled hammered silk-satin maxi wrap skirt
THE OUTNET: $341
The Tokyo take on a traditional suit: a roomy blazer and shorts.
Double-breasted linen-blend blazer
THE OUTNET: $255
Madison belted stretch-cotton twill shorts
THE OUTNET: $93
2. Striking pops of solid color
Go for bold blocks of primary colors.
Enter, this canary-yellow, crepe blouse with whimsical details that would look at-home in Harajuku.
Belted appliquéd crepe blouse
THE OUTNET: $157
A 90s throwback, right down to the old-school logo, that also happens to be great for traveling.
Logo-appliquéd leather-trimmed twill belt bag
THE OUTNET: $171
Maybe you can’t quite get on board with the belt bag trend, but how about an acrylic one?
Jean acrylic box clutch
THE OUTNET: $497
Tokyo locals are having fun with texture as well as color, and this Stella McCartney blouse checks both boxes.
Shaylee ruffle-trimmed cotton-poplin shirt
THE OUTNET: $298
3. Platform sandals
The single accessory that will give your summer basics a boost? Platforms.
An instant hit of Shibuya style.
Elyse metallic-trimmed denim platform sandals
THE OUTNET: $540
Classic tan leather sandals, bumped up by a platform heel.
Leather platform slingback sandals
THE OUTNET: $330
4. Punched-up trench coats
You’ll reach for these twists on the classic topper come fall.
This version—a timeless cut in an unexpected color—is from outerwear pro Walter Baker.
Leland double-breasted PVC trench coat
W118 by Walter Baker
THE OUTNET: $134
A drawstring adds a subversive touch to an otherwise classic coat.
Cotton and linen-blend gabardine trench coat
THE OUTNET: $354
5. Graphic black and white
These are neutrals, the Tokyo way.
Go ahead and wear this swimsuit with high-waisted pants and call it a bodysuit. We won’t tell.
The Malibu checked swimsuit
Solid & Striped + RE/Done
THE OUTNET: $84
Chunky, cat-eye shades are dramatic in black or white.
Iemall cat-eye acetate sunglasses
THE OUTNET: $259
Clueless meets Britney meets whatever late-90s reference your heart desires.
Denim-paneled pleated Prince of Wales checked cady mini skirt
Each x Other
THE OUTNET: $190
For some local shopping inspiration for your time in Tokyo and beyond, read up on the best souvenirs you can only buy in Japan.