vrijdag 5 juli 2013

There's always something under everything. Pt 2.

So the thing I spot the most, always being worn under other things, is tops. I really disliked this at first because it's extremely un-sexy and sometimes it really ruines the line of the garment, and sometimes it still does..but I find the shirt/tank-under-top thingy a lot more acceptable recently, and I think it's being excecuted better. The undertops are more suitable with the top or dress over it, and the over top/ dresses have a neckline that goes well with an undertop.

A trend that has been doing well since..I guess last year, is the trend where tops and dresses incorporate a transparent or lace section in their design. It's hard to explain but some examples of what I mean:
(Pictures from Ank Rouge, Pinky Girls, Royal Party, Mercury Duo and Miia. In no specific followorder because the pictures scramble every time I try to complete the post :/)

Now that we've gotten used to this, I guess recreating a similar effect by layering tops isn't as hard to imagine anymore, right? This is a set of dress and under-top promoted by Spiral Girl:

But I think it can be done cuter with a lace top or something, but it's been a real pain finding examples.. I hope I can give you an example myself sometime soon~

I've really come to like it though, because it enables me to buy things that I considered a little too revealing, or of which I didn't particularly like the top as it was.

Yet, there's some things I still really don't appreciate very much..

How do you call these tops? The kind of..sexy pin-up tops..in the previous pic it wasn't so bad yet but then this:
(Pics from Wego, a really fun and cute shop btw~)

I'm really sorry about it~ but these kind of tops are formed to the torso and, respectfully, to a girl's bust.. I don't like how undertops make it look a little pointless..same goes for these kind of dresses and tops:
(Slightly random example from Ma*rs)
Why I don't like it is because these triangle top dresses anticipate the shape of someone's bust, even if there's very little there, it kind of assumes a slight...valley in the middle Σ( ̄。 ̄ノ)ノ yeahhh well you know what I mean, wearing a shirt under it kind of pulls the shape out of the dress and I don't think it's very flattering (well not on the people I've seen it on). To make sure no misunderstandings happen, I've seen this on girls in Japan only so if you happened to have tried to wear a dress like this with an under-top..I haven't seen that, but it might be really cool on you..who knows?

I think in the case of these kind of garments, it might be better to wear something over it when it's too revealing..
Anyway yeah :)

What do you do when a garment you really like is too revealing for your taste or a certain occasion? 
Would you try to layer like this? Wear something over it? Not wear it at all? 
Or is there no such thing as too revealing for you? ;)

maandag 1 juli 2013

There's always something under everything. Pt 1

When I say there's always something under everything, I mean there's always an under- or inner-wear for everything here in Japan.
Where I'm from we tend to do it differently, in Holland, there's always something over everything. If something is too sexy, you might choose to wear a cardigan or jacket over it. The convenience (or inconvenience depending how you look at it) of this being, you can (or must) take it off when it's too hot or when you want to look sexy afterall~ (like changing from day to night wear o/s).

At first, I was very bothered with Japanese women always wearing something under everything. It was contra-sexy to me and often tampered with the line of the clothes the way they were designed (In some cases it remains like this and it's such a pain to look at :( I'm sorry~).
Especially when the under/inner wear is often white or beige, and doesn't hold any relation to the garment..like wearing a white tank under a strappy top..or pantyhose/sheer socks in sandals (Well, I could be caught wearing black stockings in sandals before so in the end I really can't complain :X ).
Eitherways the granny-like-ness of the white or beige tops, socks and the like under otherwize cute girly clothing put me right off ...

And to an extent it still does, but something has changed. It's either global fashion playing with textures, me becoming more prude (No I don't think so) or me just getting used to it after a few months here, but I'm starting to appreciate how there's always something under everything :)

I've previously written an entry on mise-bra and mise-pan in gyaru fashion, that covered how there's always something under everything, in a sexy way. Now I'd like to focus on how there's always something under everything in mainstream Japanese sartorial convention. (This may sound like I'm doing something very cool and profound, but in fact I'll just give some pictures as examples and suggestions, and blah blah around it so it's really nothing amazing, just gotto warm up to le blogging again~ )

(Pictures from Tutuanna, Cecil McBee and Uniqlo)

I'll split this up in several short entries, covering
  • Sheer or lace t-shirts, tanks and camisoles under tanks, strapless and spaghetty strap tops and dresses.
  • Socks in pumps and sandals
  • Coloured or patterned tanks and camisoles under sheer blouses and dresses (opposite from topic 1).
  • Possibly more, but so far this.
This all may seem boring to you, but I find that it's quite interesting, it opens up a new dimention in your closet, where you can still wear those slightly too sexy dresses and tops, during the day, when you're uncomfortable about your chest, shoulders or arms. You can still wear sandals out even though you know you are going to a house/restaurant where you're required to take off your shoes, and you can wear sandals even though you're not too fond of your toes.
And it just adds a bit of cute modesty and more detail to your look!