Sunday, October 30, 2011

On my radar: Classic shirts or Blouses with fun details

We all know the big trends for this Fall, Winter season: heeled loafers, felt hats, maxi pleated skirts, retro style dresses... I am in love with almost all of them even if I find some trends a bit too cute for my taste. However, there is another trend that is snicking up on me: classic blouses with fun details

- Animal printed blouses:

Animal printed blouses unlike animal printed shirts, are more ladylike. The shirt or blouse is printed with some tiny animal such as doves, dogs, giraffes and elephants.  In Japan, with the whole Halloween thing being blown out of proportion (you would think that they invented the thing), you can even see some ladies wear crow and cats printed blouses. It can be nice but a bit over the top.
I would like to have one blouse in beige or rusk with cute animal prints such as birds. I do not want the thing to be over the top because after all I want to keep on wearing the blouse even after the trend passes. That is why the tinier the print, the better. And if from afar, the print can be mistaken for a dot, I could not be happier.

Brushed bird printed shirt available at for 2580Y

Giraffe printed blouse available at for 1780Y

Dog Printed blouse for 8990Y at

- Peter pan collared shirt (and other removable collars)

Peter pan collars have been huge lately in Japan. You can find them in pretty much any kind of blouses or tops, even dresses. They are some that are removable, that you can add to any kind of item with a round collar. Those removable collars can be in lace, beaded or even with sequins. I am not absolutely sure that the trend is for me. I think it is too cute for my person.

Peter pan collared top available at for 8990Y

Removable sequined shirt available at for 6993Y

- Mutliway shirts

I think this item may be my favorite on the list. It is called a multiway shirt. It can be a simple classic shirt, or if you use the buttons differently another type of shirt such as a skipper shirt. Actually this item has been on my radar since last Spring. Nissen had some great selection but I wanted the shirt to be longer. I think the one below will belong to me as soon as it is on sale.

Multiway shirt available at for 2990Y

3 way shirt available at for 2990Y

- Bow tie or neck tie

Ties are back, incorporated with shirts. I am really into the bow ties when it comes to shirts. I like the fact that they are attached to the blouses. But some come separately. The basic color is usually black to contrast with the the color of the shirt. However we can also find other fun colors (stripes anyone).

Shirt with dotted bow tie available at

- Men's shirts (checked and military)

The military trend is not dead yet. And all over Tokyo, trendy ladies like to coordinate men's military shirt with feminine dresses or skirts. It is very hip. Checked shirts are also a hit, even if they had been for the last 2 years or so. The ladies like to combine them with short shorts even in Winter.

Mimpi checked shirt available at for 3990Y

Military shirt available at for 2190Y

This does not complete the list of trendy shirts/ blouses of this season. I left out the uneven hemmed shirts, the dotted shirts, the see through shirts, the horizontal striped shirts, the shoulder cut shirts and some more. Shirts/blouses will be big this season and they will even transition into the warmer seasons next year. As far as I am concern, I really enjoy this trend because it is more modest and very feminine. Moreover, a good shirt will never be outdated so purchase a nice one in good quality and keep it forever...

Some bloggers in the trendy shirts:

Kendi everday has a great collection of shirts and blouses but I absolutely adore these two below

Stella of J'adore fashion rocking the see through shirt.

Yentina of My edit in checked shirts

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Simple is best

Simple is best

This was part of a challenge from H&M using polyvore. All I had to do was to make a set using items from the highly anticipated Versace for H&M collection. I chose this following pieces because as bold as I like to be, I find some of the items of Donatella a tad overwhelming. Well, that is Versace for you. So here I chose this dress in black, this fur vest (I am starting to believe that I could go for a fur vest someday, it is so blogger or stylist like), this crazy printed bag and the killer shoes. They remind me of a pair I used to own in pink but gave away because they were a bit tight.
Yesterday, I went to my fave H&M shop to ask them when the collection will be on sale. They said in the middle of November. However they were not sure whether or not the shop will provide those items or not. Online, it is said that the collection will be sold on November 17th. The things I saw online are not bad, but I will not wait in line for hours to get them. And it also depends on the price. I will have to get more information to proceed.

On other news, Zara can be shopped online in Japan now. Check it here

(seriously with all the buzz that the bloggers are giving to brands, the later do not need to invest in advertisement anymore! I am just saying! You would think I would get some discount for mentionning H&M in my blog, like Kanye West does when he mentions Louis Vuitton, but no!!!)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Latest cravings: military green shorts!

Well it has been a while! If no one reads my blog then it is not a complete lost. Then again if some of my readers have been waiting for a new post, let me apologize. Life was hectic in a good way this last month.

Anyway, I want to talk about my new fashion craving: Military Green Shorts.

Why? Why on earth would I crave shorts when we are in the middle of Fall and temperatures are dropping?
Was it because I saw them on my friend Emily and she looked fab in them?
Was it because my husband tempted me with the idea of going to Hawaii for the Xmas holidays? (well it ain't happening anymore...sniff! Sniff!)
Was it because I think I can pull them off?

I have no idea but I do think that military green shorts for Fall/ Winter are not a bad idea.

I always thought that by trying to be modest and all, shorts were out of the question. But after seeing so many Japanese mothers wearing them with tights and leggings, I am starting to believe that they are not out of my league. I could make them work. I already have great leggings in black. What I need now are a pair of shorts that are knee length, not too tight, not too wide and in the perfect military green color.

I did look at Shimamura because I knew it would be the only place where I could find military green shorts this season (I found the green cargo that I love so much there). They had many styles but none of them were in my size or long enough. Needless to say that they did not have green shorts at H&M or Zara. So my last resort is to try 390 Mart. I have never seen shorts there but maybe if I check the boys section I may get lucky. How sad is it that I have to look at the men's section to find shorts that fit me in Japan? Well I can't complain. At least now I get to have pants in my size compared to some 6 or 7 years ago.

Here some styles that I like

This one is from Nissen on sale at 1990Y (I could not copy the pic of the green one)

This one is not bad and seems long enough for 3990Y at

This one is not bad but I want the green to be darker and the length a tad longer

 available at for 3990Y


This one is by far my fave. If it was a bit longer and my size! 
Chino style shorts with belt available at for 1990Y

I think that Japan is getting to me. By living here  I am starting to like things I would have normally hated. When I came back here a year ago, I thought Japanese ladies were crazy to wear shorts with leggings. But now, it is somewhat appealing. And yesterday I saw a mother having a paired look with her 3 year old daughter. The mother wore a dolman sweater over a checked shirt, denim shorts, leggings and Ugg boots. Her daughter wore a white tee, cargo shorts and Ugg boots. And they even had the same chouchou (scrunchy) on their pony tails. They were so cute. I looked at them and wondered why I had boys instead of girls. Well, one of the reason why is that I may ruin myself (and my husband) buying outfits for them and myself because the pair look would have been a staple in my life. Oh, well....someday or in another life!


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