If you’ve been keeping up with the happenings of international fashion weeks, then you are well aware of Tokyo’s status as a hub for style and culture. From the playful use of color to exaggerated proportions, one thing that most Japanese trends have in common is that they’re centered around self-expression, community, and, most importantly, taking risks—think mixing and matching prints or kitschy accessories. When it comes to re-creating some of the locals’ best looks for yourself, it’s a lot simpler than you may initially think.
With brands like HARE and TAAKK offering complex layering of tactile materials and dramatic silhouettes, Tokyo talent is known for its grandiose interpretation of everyday personal style. As reflected both on the runway and in the Harajuku streets, sometimes it’s less about what you’re wearing—though key pieces are important—and more about how you put your look together. Styles like sporty track pants and your average crew-neck sweater are being reimagined on the streets in ways that may seem feasible for only the fashion bold. But if anything, these more daring ensembles just prove that the secret to truly nailing Japanese style is all in the outfit accompaniments.
So for those looking for a bit of outfit inspiration to give their wardrobes the seasonal refresh it needs, just ahead is a cherry-picked compilation of Japanese fashion trends to get you started. Plus, a curated selection of styles available for purchase on the market.
A combination of a coat and a cardigan, the coatigan is heavier than your typical sweater but lighter than outerwear, making it perfect for bundling up without covering up your look. Balance the oversized fit with free-flowing pairings.
Get the look: The Elder Statesman + Will Gaynor Vortex intarsia cashmere cardigan, net-a-porter.com.
The Jogger Refresh
Give your go-to track pants an instant refresh by styling them with a well-tailored trench coat and trendy flat-form boots.
Get the look: MSGM contrast-panel track pants, farfetch.com.
The Slouchy Statement Jacket
Take notes from the Tokyo street style set and opt for an oversized statement jacket over an all-black ensemble.
Get the look: Gucci GG-Check tweed jacket, neimanmarcus.com.
Trade in your classic fedora for a rounded knit style this season. The key to pulling off the unconventional shape is to keep the rest of your look pared down with relaxed separates.
Get the look: Lauren Manoogian Bell wool and linen-blend hat, net-a-porter.com.
Elevated Heritage Pieces
Take your classic trench coat to the next level by layering it over structured coveralls. Similar timeless accessories like a silk scarf and pearls will complete the look.
Get the look: Alexander McQueen trench coat, farfetch.com.
Known for mixing and matching prints, the Japanese style set just further proves that there’s truly no such thing as clashing. Just so long as you opt for pieces with complementary (not competing), colour stories.
Get the look: Blazé Milano Rembrandt Everynight double-breasted corduroy-trimmed checked wool blazer, net-a-porter.com.
This season is all about the square-toe boot. Show off the geometrical design in your everyday look by pairing it with straight-cut trousers and a free-flowing top.
Get the look: Y Project square-toe boot, farfetch.com.
The Edgy Shearling Jacket
For an updated take on the shearling jacket, try a style with faux leather accents and moto-inspired details.
Get the look: Stand Studio Kristy faux shearling jacket, mytheresa.com.
One quick and easy way to dress up Tokyo’s graphic athleisure trend is to add elevated accessories. Consider taking it a step further by experimenting with pops of color.
Get the look: Off-White crewneck sweater, farfetch.com.
The key to pulling off the cropped blazer trend is to opt for a pair of high-rise cargo pants that will manage the overall proportions of your outfit.
Get the look: Danielle Arma leather blazer, farfetch.com.
The Deconstructed Trench Coat
Fans of the traditional trench silhouette will love the dress, shirt, and jumpsuit iterations just as much. Splurging on a deconstructed style will ensure you’re polished at all times.
Get the look: Staud Jacklyn topstitched cotton-blend twill wrap dress, neimanmarcus.com
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US