In Tokyo, there are no rules when it comes to street fashion. Current trends have little or no influence and you certainly don’t have to work in the fashion industry to throw down some serious looks. I stumbled upon the Tokyo Fashion Tumblr today, which has been faithfully documenting Japanese street style since 2010. From Lolita to Steampunk to Ziggy Stardust reincarnated, there’s something for everyone. What strikes me most about the fashion coming out of futuristic Tokyo, is that vintage cultural references and vintage clothing appear to have far more influence than the latest runway looks from Paris, Milan or London. I also admire how committed they are to each look, often taking it to the very extreme. Known as “Harajuku” style, named after the district in Tokyo that became a centre for Japanese youth culture and fashion in the early 1980s. This area as well as the red light district around Shinjuku Station are the hotspots for finding some truly unique style. So let’s do some style spying courtesy of Tokyo Fashion and see if it can’t lift us out of our own fashion funk…
Rumpa, 16, Miyabi, 18, Mash, 17, all students.
Kenji a zoot suit is by the Japanese retro brand Juvenile Delinquent.
Hiruma, a 19-year-old student, find her on Instagram.
Japanese high school students Yui, Hinako, and Rion on the street in Harajuku.
Millna, the creator of Japanese fashion label Cold Sleep, wearing a gothic street style.
Left is Eiki, a Japanese office worker, Susumu also an office worker (he’s also on Instagram) and artist Aoba.
At the left is 16-year-old Soso, she’s on Instagram.
Tiru Obake demostrates Japanese steampunk fashion.
Nanako, left, works in a restaurant. She is active on Instagram, right, Fumiya is a 20-year-old student.
22-year-old Tan_Taa on the street in Harajuku.
Karin and Yuno, both 17-year-old students.
Beeyin and Li Fang are fashion designers from Malaysia who we met on the street in Harajuku.
Yukarin’s style is similar to the Japanese Dolly Kei subculture.
Browse more Tokyo street style looks right here.