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His & Hers: What to Wear in Japan

His & Hers

Japanese fashion is CHIC. If you dress in an American tourist’s typical ensemble of a t-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Instead, take our suggestions to appear confident and at home on the posh streets of Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka. We will let you know what to pack for your upcoming trip to Japan!

Spring/Summer

His

  1. Lightweight and light-colored collared button up shirts. These will help you look put together as you visit attractions and restaurants. Most Japanese men will be wearing something similar.
  2. Tailored shorts. Stay away from jeans, and go with khaki.
  3. Nice slacks. Again, stay away from jeans.
  4. Comfortable dress shoes OR stylish sneakers.
  5. Cardigan or sweater  (for evenings or chilly restaurants)

Don’ts: Big logos, casual t-shirts, holes, overly baggy items

Hers

  1. Structured lightweight blouse.
  2. A-line skirt.
  3. A-line lightweight dress.
  4. Comfortable wedge sandals.
  5. Stylish yet comfortable sneakers than pair with  dresses
  6. Cardigan or nice jean jacket (for evenings or chilly restaurants)

Don’ts: Big logos, holes, gaudy jewelry, very low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, leggings

Everyone:

Wear items that are quick drying! The humidity in Japan can be stifling, and you’ll be sweating without a doubt. Plus, unexpected rain storms can unleash their fury at any moment, and you might end up drenched.

While on the note of rain storms, you’ll also want to carry an umbrella or a very lightweight rain jacket.

Also, try to wear socks whenever possible. You’ll be asked to take off your shoes in people’s homes AND sometimes in restaurants. You can also carry socks in your bag so that you are always ready.

Fall/Winter

His 

  1. Solid or patterned collared button up shirts. These will help you look put together as you visit attractions and restaurants. Most Japanese men will be wearing something similar.
  2. Nice slacks. Stay away from jeans.
  3. Comfortable dress shoes OR stylish sneakers.
  4. Crewneck sweater (to pair over your button ups)
  5. (If winter) Heavy long wool coat OR warm yet fashionable puffer jacket
  6. Stylish scarf & knit hat

Hers

  1. Dark skinny jeans
  2. Crewneck sweater over collared blouse
  3. Large fashion sweater
  4. Circle scarf with slightly oversized sweater
  5. Long sleeved dress with tights & scarf
  6. Leather flat or modestly heeled boots
  7. (If winter) Heavy long wool coat OR warm yet fashionable puffer jacket
  8. Stylish scarf & knit hat

Everyone:

Warm socks!

Of course, if you want to be sure your look will hold up in Tokyo’s fashion scene, you could just pack very light and visit one of the many  huge Uniqlo stores as soon as you arrive. Uniqlo is very affordable and you’ll be able to pick up a few seasonally appropriate outfits that you can wear through your trip and continue wearing back home!

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