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5 Tokyo Street Style Trends To Copy

Playful proportions, pops of colors, trench coats and more.
5 Tokyo Street Style Trends To Copy
Tess Falotico

By Tess Falotico

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.

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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
Zimmermann
THE OUTNET: $258

Balance a ruffled, dramatic skirt with something fitted and simple.

Ruffled hammered silk-satin maxi wrap skirt
Alexa Chung
THE OUTNET: $341

The Tokyo take on a traditional suit: a roomy blazer and shorts.

Double-breasted linen-blend blazer
Filippa K
THE OUTNET: $255

Madison belted stretch-cotton twill shorts
Filippa K
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
Pushbutton
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
Marc Jacobs
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
Edie Parker
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
Stella McCartney
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
Stella McCartney
THE OUTNET: $540

Classic tan leather sandals, bumped up by a platform heel.

Leather platform slingback sandals
Marni
THE OUTNET: $330

READ MORE: 3 Reasons Why You Actually Need To Plan In Advance For The Best Trip To Japan

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
Vince
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
Grey Ant
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.

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20 August 2019
4 min read

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