As flowers are blooming right now, so is this year since everything is going back to normal, giving us positive vibes, and the best way to express our optimism is by dressing up with the summer trends that are all about being bold, fun, and lively.
Ph. Sheryl Ann Dicman
Japan’s summer trend is all about chasing the pastels of blossom petals and embracing lace.
This summer's trendy colours are canary yellow, cotton candy blue, light pink, and pastel colours. It perfectly describes the beautiful flowers that bloom and the warm weather. It is as well a soft, soothing shade for a feminine style.
It is best to style it with trending materials such as sheer, lace, and crochet. This kind of material always stays as a trend, and as a woman in love with a feminine style, these are a vital ingredient in a wardrobe because they can work in all kinds, from dresses to trousers paired with eye-catching details. Channelling your inner feminine with the trends
Lace is constantly in style and requires little accessorising, while a sheer top creates a perfect look for summer because it is light and airy. Pairing the pink top with a lace skirt gives a romantic, beautiful vibe, and layering it with a blazer creates a classier look or a leather jacket to make the look feminine yet edgy. Puff sleeves are also in trend right now, whether it's a dress or just a top.
Wearing skirts in Japan is also very popular. You'll come across many people everywhere you go wearing skirts, usually paired with rubber shoes and a plain blouse or shirt. When choosing a skirt to wear, go for a crochet material since it is very trendy this summer; crochet also kind of reminds us of a vacation on the beach.
If you are thinking about how to accessorise your look, mini bags are in trend right now, a lot of things won't fit in, but it definitely will be a huge statement in your style.
Styling with bright and bold colours as nature sees fit
Ph. Sheryl Ann Dicman
"Because It's summer, it's time to wear lots of white." Wearing white reflects the Sunlight, making your style look refreshing, and combining it with a simple piece of clothing with bold colours is also great for a stylish idea. For example, you can pair a white sheer see-through blouse with a bold shade of bottoms or a skirt.
Also, choosing a couple colours that complement each other such as a bold with bright colour, elevates your look making it unique. Some of my favourite colour combinations that are trendy right now are kelly green and pink, which reminds me of a tulip. I like to style these colours with a green dress and a pink blazer, you will never go wrong with blazers, it does guarantee to make you look fashionable anytime.
Start stepping outside your comfort zone this summer by trying all of these trends.
Japan’s summer is so colourful right now and what better way to celebrate a return of normality than book a ticket to Tokyo and walk through Yoyogi park wearing lace and delicate petals of pinks amongst mother nature.
A little about Sheryl: Sheryl is a writer based in Japan specialising in travel and culture highlighting the beauty of Tokyo where she lives. It is her belief that style can be expressed through the mood of the city and the constant joys each season brings. Stay tuned for more fashion and lifestyle pieces this exciting destination delivers, which you will be pleased to know is now open to tourists.
Planning the perfect Christmas party outfit can be tricky. Here are fashion trends from the runway to spice up your Christmas party look.
Ph. Cottonbros, pixels
The inspiration for your next Christmas party look comes directly from the catwalk. Get ready to shine with these playful and glam trends.
Fringes became a popular trend in the 1920s, the flappers' era, and they have been trickling in and out of fashion. Fringes made their huge comeback in 2016 but eventually faded away. In 2021, the trend has returned from the rise of social media. Celebrities and influencers such as Tess Holliday and Bella Hadid have adopted fringes in a glamorous and appealing form. Pick fringes made of pearls, rhinestones or beads and pair them with a simplistic outfit to add a glamorous touch. To channel quirky vibes, find a fringe jacket, skirt or purse.
The balloon sleeves trend popped up in Spring 2018, on the 2020 runway, and it has carried onto 2021. There is no denying this trend adds a romantic and regal look without you even trying to. Experiment with different balloon sleeve shapes and size as they are an excellent statement piece to spice your wardrobe up.
Sparkles and glitter made their way onto the runway and shops. Versace SS21 and Tom Ford SS22 flaunted sequins, exaggerated metallic ruffles and shimmering fabrics. Search for a sequin and glittery co-cord if you wish for a dazzled look. For a subtle disco look, buy glittery shoes or a sequin top.
The cheeky, sexy and attention-seeking 1930s backless trend made its way back to the mainstream by celebrities such as Beyonce and Hailey Bieber with jaw-dropping backless gowns. Backless garments are a subtle statement that creates a long, elegant silhouette. There are endless ways you can style your backless dress. For an elegant look, add jewellery to cascade down your back. If you want business at the front and party at the back, find a fully open back.
Fishnets tend to spring up on the runway season to season. In 2016 fishnets started to appear frequently. This construction, rather than pattern, has transformed from simple fishnet tights to layering over clothes to add texture. Look for a fishnet top to layer under dresses and tops. Decide if you want to add fishnets to add an extra edge to your ensemble.
Silver and Metallic
We have seen silver in many designer runways for the last ten years. Think, for example, at Chanel and Louis Vuitton FW21 collections. This trend gives us a luxury vibe combined with mystery and retro chic. The silver trend encourages us to mix colours, patterns, and textures with silver. Silver captures the attention, so make sure you pick out a good quality silver. Opt for a silver dress for a total glam look or a silver mini skirt, belt and shoes for a modest version.