Many people think that the way Japanese men dress is full of personality and style, and that they really understand the philosophy of dressing well. From hairstyling and accessorizing, to mixing and matching colors, they seem to have good fashion sense. Japanese men’s great taste in fashion can even be compared with Japanese women’s.
When coming to Tokyo, people are often amazed by the fashion of young Japanese people on the street. Even shop clerks and old men in bars look extremely stylish! This might be due to the fact that the men’s clothing market in Japan is not only diversified but is also catered by many designer brands.
Moreover, shop clerks in Japan usually share fashion tips and teach their customers a thing or two about how to dress well. And when you enter a bookstore in Japan, you will find a plethora of various men’s fashion magazines.
If you want to learn how to dress like a stylish Japanese man or you are simply interested in fashion, read on and discover the key features of Japanese men’s fashion for spring 2018!
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If you are someone who loves food, you will know that there are certain types of Japanese food particularly suitable for each season, such as nagashi somen (flowing cold noodles) for summer and nabe (hot pot) for autumn. And just like food, clothes are also seasonal! You wouldn’t want to wear clothes that will make you feel too hot, too cold, or uncomfortable, right?
Pay attention to the colors of the year and you are less likely to make a fashion mistake. The color for men this spring 2018 is khaki, which can range from khaki brown, yellow-brown, khaki green or olive, etc. Slightly darker oranges and pinks are also good colors to match for spring. Basic colors like black and navy blue work as well. You can also add some white accents to your outfits!
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Fashion trends come and go. If you can keep up with the latest trends, then you are good to go. Just check fashion magazines and fashion shows to stay up-to-date!
For 2018, the popular fashion trends in Japan are genderless (ジェンダーレス) and asureja (アスレジャー).
The genderless trend is all about gender-neutral fashion – not overly feminine and not overly masculine. Wearing clothes that perfectly fit one’s body is popular for this trend.
Meanwhile, asureja is a combination of two English words: athletics and leisure. This popular Japanese trend does not focus on wearing “fashion” and instead emphasizes comfort and simplicity.
If you are unsure of what clothing items to wear this spring 2018, here’s what we recommend:
Spring weather is notorious for being fickle; it’s cold in the early morning and in the evening, while it can get pretty warm in the afternoon. Therefore, we recommend that you bring a light outerwear with you to keep you warm if it gets a little chilly.
You can opt for a basic jacket with a simple and clean style; be it a blazer, a denim jacket, or a knitted cardigan in the colors of brown, caramel, or olive. If you are in or going to a particularly windy place, you can also try a windbreaker or a bomber/military jacket. Another option you can try is a leather jacket.
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In spring, you might notice that many Japanese men choose to wear simple, mostly monochromatic, shirts, sweaters, and knitwear. The classic black and white striped shirt is a no-brainer!
If you are looking for basic casual clothes, you should try the Japanese brand UNIQLO. The clothes they have on offer are very easy to pair with printed items so you don’t have to completely skip out on wearing patterns or designs. Just remember that basic pieces are key to balancing your spring outfit.
If you want to change the usual color palette you wear, you can try interesting colors such as pastel pink, salmon pink, and light camel. These colors are very popular in spring, especially among young Japanese people.
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If you are wearing a top or jacket in a neutral color, you can jazz up your outfit by wearing bright-colored pants. As for material, denim is always a good choice. If you want something light, you can opt for soft stretch pants. Khakis are also a smart choice! Just remember to choose a pair of pants or bottoms that fits your body and highlights your features well.
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Generally, Japanese men’s daily bags are in dark colors. However, in spring or summer, you can choose bags made of a lighter material or replace the dull black with a shade of gray. If you’re after that cleaner and fresher look, you can also choose a bag in a cream white or beige color.
Your choice of bag, of course, depends on how you plan to use it and for what purpose. Most young men in Japan go with a backpack, a sling backpack, a tote bag, or a sports bag, while Japanese businessmen use two-way briefcases.
As for shoes, you can never go wrong with a pair of the ever-so-popular sneakers. Bright-colored running shoes and the classic black or white are trendy during the spring season.
Although many Japanese men like to wear Converse this time of year, there are also some who wear boots that can be easily transitioned from winter to spring.
Regardless of the type of shoes, just make sure to wear a pair that is appropriate for the occasion or place you are headed for.
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Japanese fashion is not just about dressing up and being fashionable. On top of style, the Japanese also pay attention to the following things you might want to keep in mind:
It is very important to choose clothes and accessories that fit the etiquette for the particular occasion you are dressing up for. For instance, when going to work, wear an outfit that displays professionalism and respect. Be careful not to confuse “casual” with “sloppy”!
- Storage, cleaning, and maintenance
It is a definite must for one to be able to clean and maintain his/her own clothes. You can easily tell if a person knows how to take care of himself/herself by just looking at how they dress.
Instead of attracting attention through exaggerated and loud outfits, or by blindly following the trend, the Japanese like to integrate their own personality into their fashion. Even small details such as accessories can give a whole look that special touch and impress everyone’s eye!
- Life attitude
Of course, one’s overall appearance also includes the face and figure. As well as fashion, the Japanese give importance to hair care, skin care, exercise, eating habits, health, and confidence.
Plan what to purchase for each season ahead of time. Create a budget and stick to it. There’s no need to spend thousands of cash on a single outfit (unless you can afford to) just to look trendy!
- Environment friendliness
You wouldn’t want to harm Mother Earth just for the sake of fashion, would you? In Japan, there are lots of second-hand stores, vintage stores, thrift shops, and flea markets where you can find pre-loved clothes for less. Buying from such stores reduce clothing waste, thus helping the environment.
The Japanese tend to avoid excessively unconventional clothes that create a barrier between the wearer and others. It’s important to cooperate with the local style and culture while still maintaining your own uniqueness.
- Knowing yourself well
When buying something, consider whether it suits your body type and your personality. Don’t buy something just because you “like” it. Learning about the colors and textures that flatter your complexion is part of knowing yourself. Whether you prefer a minimalist style or a Harajuku-esque street style, the ultimate goal here is to create your own unique style that conveys who you really are.
These tips on how to dress like a Japanese man are just that – tips. Take them with a grain of salt. It’s more important to base your fashion on your own living situation.
While it’s still the spring season in Japan, why not try out a few of the things we’ve mentioned above and see how you like them? Don’t forget to share your thoughts and opinions with us!
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