So far, if you listen to the Japanese style of dress, maybe what comes to your mind is the Harajuku style which is full of colour and extravagant, even though they often dress in a casual style. In fact, if you pay attention again, Japanese people are now increasingly happy to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, including the clothes they wear. So don’t be surprised when you enter Uniqlo, Muji, or a similar Japanese clothing store, you will find more plain clothes or only one colour.
Uniquely, even though they only wear minimalist clothes, many of them look stylish and of course feel comfortable. If you are also interested in dressing minimalist like the girls there, let’s see how to choose items and mix and match!
1. The first principle of minimalism is applied with a pattern that must be as minimal as possible, plain items or stripes can be selected
When talking about the concept of minimalism, the idea is to wear something plain, but it turns out that in its application it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can still wear clothes with simple patterns that don’t make you look too flashy like stripes, plaid, gingham, or houndstooth.
If you have chosen a patterned item then you can reduce it with a plain blend. For example, if the top is a gingham patterned shirt, the bottom can be plain pants or a skirt, it can also be combined with a pattern-free jumpsuit.
2. Color is also one of the basic elements that will affect your overall appearance concept
Even though choosing plain items does not mean you can apply bright colours like red or green highlighter if you want to appear in casual Japanese style. However, you also don’t have to always wear black and white clothes. Instead, neutral colours or what are often called muted colours can also be applied. Muted colour means colours that have low saturation such as grey, beige, yellow, and green, but remember these colours are not bright.
3. Say goodbye to clothes that fit on your body, now is the time to wear ‘oversized’ clothes
If you want to follow the minimalist trend in Japanese style, then you must first save clothes that fit perfectly on your body. Because the Japanese clothing style that is currently trending is loose clothes and oversized items, you can choose a loose baggy style for pants. No need to be afraid that your body shape looks straight because you can also choose high waist pants that will accentuate your waist shape. If you don’t want to wear pants, then you can replace them with a long shirt or t-shirt dress. The reason is apart from being stylish, this style also prioritizes comfort.
4. Who says minimalist style makes you unable to layering? How come as long as you follow the trick
A pile of clothes will usually give an extra impression even though it doesn’t really matter, in fact, this can be done to reduce the boring impression that it might cause. The principle remains to use minimal motifs and muted colours to stack. You can add a vest outside the plain shirt worn or outer like a jacket and cardigan.
5. Remember! Your minimal outfit is viewed as a whole from head to toe so socks and shoes are also important
If you want to add a little colour then you can show it on your socks. This one item can give a stylish impression without being overwhelming even though your appearance from above only uses basic colours. If the top you wear has a cool tone, then a warm colour on the socks can be added. To complete it, open sandals can be selected. Other shoes to choose from to compliment this style are those that go well with a variety of situations, such as white canvas sneakers and brown or black short boots.
6. Calm down, you can still wear a large bag and accessories as a compliment, but choose the right material
Most Japanese people will wear clothes made from linen, hemp, corduroy, to canvas. To compensate, a bag that is also made of canvas can be used. You can still use a large bag in the form of a tote or backpack, but you should adjust the colour with a minimalist design. Apart from tote bags, you can also wear fanny packs with neutral colours. If you want to wear accessories as a compliment, then you can add a plain scarf or bucket hat.
Even though it doesn’t look as flashy as people think about Japanese fashion, this Japanese girl’s minimalist style of clothing can still make you look more stunning among others. Plus, this style can be worn every day. You also don’t need to have a large number of clothes in your closet.