As most of you know, I am not an outfit posting kind of girl, but I got SO inspired while we were in Japan by the endless fashions. I couldn't help but share a few of the pieces I brought back.
While we were there, the thing I found most striking about the fashion was the classiness of all the women. Young and old, the look was never trashy. Muted colors, layers and nostalgic/chidlike looks were most common. I started writing out what I saw as we were there in a little note to myself. I saw women riding their bicycles to work in pumps, a skirt and blazer. I saw high school girls looking like they were ready for an interview just browsing the mall. Jeans weren't everywhere. For me, that is one of my only daily options. Sometimes I throw on a skirt or dress, but honestly, jeans is just what I wear. It's easy and I'm lazy. Plus I never really give two cents about what I look like at work (as my co-workers would easily agree). Just like yesterday morning, I woke up late and literally ran out the door with toothbrush in hand, hairbrush and the closest pair of jeans and long sleeve. It was gross.
But I DO care what I look like when I go home everyday. If you see me at work around 3:30, you will notice me re-applying my makeup and fixing my hair as I prepare to go home for the day. I never wanted to be one of those wives that completely stopped caring about my appearance. I don't want to be vain, but I am certain that making myself look presentable is a blessing to Grant and I'm not yet ready to give that up. Just like I want him to continue to be romantic even after we're married, I am going to continue to try my best to look good, just as I would when we were dating. I usually don't, but at least I try.
Wow, that ran off into another topic. ANYWAYS, what I was getting around to is that you can tell that the women of Japan genuinely care about their appearance. Maybe some do for the wrong reasons, but it was just an overall classy environment with clean, neat people. I couldn't get over how different it was from here.
So the other night, me and my husband went out near sunset to capture some shots of my newest purchases! What do you think? He's becoming one crazy awesome photographer!
I bought the dress/romper in Japan and the purse also came from a little shop in Japan. I was super excited to style this GORGEOUS necklace from Creature Comfort! She has so many similar arrow necklaces in her etsy shop like this one HERE.
I was pretty partial to the stone look of this arrow necklace and it paired so nicely with my black leather spear earrings.
It's so chilly here in Indy, so I had to cover up a bit too. I brought a jacket and a long cardigan just to try different looks. What do you think? I love this outfit. I am not accustomed to dresses/rompers this short, but with thick black leggings it works. The dress has built in shorts that attach to the dress, which in turn prevents the dress from flying up. Good idea I think. I wish more dresses had built in shorts or petticoats or something. I hate having to wear slips and all kinds of things to prevent underwear exposure.
Another SUPER popular trend in Japan is eye-widening contacts (reminds me of Blythe dolls). The goal is to have...doll eyes. So some contacts are fully colored or some are clear with a small widening edge. The pair I am wearing are clear contacts with thin black rim. My eyes seriously POP when I'm wearing them. Certain lighting it looks ok. And then sometimes I look in the mirror and feel like one of those creepy 1970s Stepford Wives. But I had to wear them for this shoot. You can probably notice them more in the next picture. They are subtle compared to others I saw. Much more subtle.
Jacket: Target (last year)
Cardigan: Forever 21 (3 years ago)
Leggings: Hot Topic (loong time ago)
Earrings: Handmade craft fair
Necklace: C/O of Creature Comfort
Purse: Pink Latte
Contacts: A store called G girl