Japan is known to house some of the most eccentric fashion styles. Some locals wear totally mismatched outfits, crazy hairstyles and out of this world accessories. But the great thing about it is that they can pull it off! However, if you are a tourist and you are about to go there in summer, I suggest you you think twice about going all-out eccentric and avoid too many extra layers and accessories. You can still have that ‘fashionista’ vibe even if you don’t go at par with the craziest (but undeniably fun) outfits modern Japanese women are known for.
So how do you do it?
Japan’s humidity can be suffocating for many, so I suggest that you wear light clothes. You can still put on some layers. But make sure you are comfortable and that your skin can still breathe. Otherwise, leave it! And since you will do a lot of walking, get your most comfortable flats instead of your rockin’ high-heeled shoes. You can save that for the night out with your friends in Japan.
Avoid wearing too skimpy or too revealing clothes as most Japanese are still conservative. So if you are planning to wear a spaghetti strapped top or dress, make sure you bring a light ‘outerwear.’ With that, you can tour Japan without being self-conscious about disapproving looks from locals.
You can also add some ‘wow’ factor into your outfit by choosing great accessories. Some chunky necklaces and bracelets will do just fine. Or perhaps, dye your hair a bit to match Japan’s street style fashion. Don’t worry if you don’t have the guts to go all out with hair color. You can buy temporary hair tints and just wash it off the next day.
And as in most places in the summer, make sure you hydrate! This isn’t exactly a fashion tip, but something which you should follow. What’s the use of looking chic if you’d be rushed in an emergency room, right? Drink lots of water, dress lightly and enjoy the land of the rising sun.
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