Adventures in Harajuku: Outfit
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Harajuku is one spot in Tokyo that was pretty much a requirement to check out, as everyone who has been to Tokyo had told me to go. Even the person who cut my hair last week in Tokyo told me to go see it (more on that adventure a different day)!
I knew Harajuku is all about nonconventional fashion and fun street style. So, I figured this would be a good time for me to break out one of my more geeky, not-so-conventional outfits. Plus, I’m pretty sure it was 600 degrees Fahrenheit with 6,000 percent humidity the day I went…so, the name of the fashion game was to not turn into a human popsicle and melt all over the street! Haha.
This skirt and my fancy, Marvel tank top were the perfect way to stay cool, but still be a bit on the unique side for outfits. My Marvel tank top was actually a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law! I’m going to mention one more time how awesome they are! My sister-in-law is always picking out the best geek attire for me. (Click here, here & here to see her other awesome geek gifts!) I had been waiting for it to warm up before I broke this tank top out…and oh boy, I didn’t have to wait long in Tokyo! Tokyo is certainly warm and muggy in the summer! Something my Wisconsin-born self is having a hard time adjusting to. Haha.
(On a side note, I have no idea what the place was I was taking photos in front of with the graffiti and creepy mannequin. I just liked how the graffiti kind of matched my tank top. Haha.)
As for Harajuku, it was a bit on the crazy side. We went on a Saturday, and holy smokes – there were tons of people! And no shortage of places to shop.
However… I honestly am not a fan of shopping…at least not brick-and-mortar store shopping. I much prefer online shopping from the comfort of a couch with a cup of coffee (or wine, depending on the day, haha) and reading a whole ton of reviews before I purchase something. So, I feel some of the magic of Harajuku may have been lost on me in that sense. I did appreciate the street fashion (but I felt too weird being a creeper and taking photos of strangers).
With that being said, though. Now that I’ve sat around on a couch and did some research…I might have to head back to Harajuku to purchase an affordable Yukata or Kimono, as there is a highly recommended store over in that area that’s in my price range! (Or I might save that for Kyoto, we’ll see. Anyone who has a recommendation on this, let me know in the comments!)
My favorite part of Harajuku, by far, was stopping in the Tamagotchi store! Did anyone else have those when they were growing up? They’re the little handheld, egg-shaped devices that are digital pets. You had to feed it, play with it, etc. It made me so happy to see they are still being sold, and there are all kinds of merchandise surrounding it. You could even buy a Tamagotchi makeup case here! Haha.
Does anyone else prefer online shopping to instore shopping? And has anyone else been to Harajuku? Let me know in the comments!
Where to find it:
Tank top: Gift from my brother & sister-in-law (Similar here)
Skirt: Sold out (Similar here & here)
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals
Purse: Sold out (Similar here)
Sunglasses: c/o* Polette
Lipsense Lipstick in Blue Red: c/o* The Dusty Vixen
*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me the product to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review.
I too actually prefer online shopping. It is so much easier and I can take a look at the catalogue at my pace.
After so much of online shoppping, I know have an idea of how the sizes work.
First orders are mostly tricky but with great return policies it is not an issue.
But street side shopping has its own charm. Love your outfit too. The tee and bag are so cute!
Richa | Fancier’s World
Phew! One more person who enjoys online shopping! Haha. But I agree, there are times when actual shopping can be fun. 🙂 And thank you so much, Richa!
No online shopping for this girl 🙂
Haha, I’m starting to find out there aren’t as many of us online shoppers as I had thought! 🙂
Cute outfit – love the marvel top.
I prefer online shopping to instore shopping. It is much easier and nicer, and you have time and you can do it whenever and so on.
Also – the tamagotchi shop!!! I want to go there so bad!
Thank you so much, Mona! Haha the Tamagotchi store was so much fun to visit! I hope you get to see it one day! 🙂 Much love to you too!
Oh I agree with you about the online shopping! I almost never go to brick and mortar stores now a days. This does look like a pretty neat place to explore though! I’d most likely make at least one purchase while I was there lol. Loveeee this Marvel tank too! Tamagotchi’s! I had about ten of those growing up haha. That warms my heart knowing they’re still out there.
Phew, I’m not the only online shopper then! Haha. And thank you so much, Amanda! It is heartwarming to know Tamagotchis are still alive and well. 🙂 I should’ve bought one! Haha.
Super cute!! That’s so fun you got to see that district! It’s definitely on my list if I ever get to go. Haha, I had no idea they still made those toys let alone had a whole store for them!!!! XO
Thank you so much, Lauren! I hope you get to visit one day! And I was surprised they still made them too! 🙂
I prefer shopping in stores, because I never know if something is going to fit. And I like to see it on. That outfit was perfect for your adventure. My hubby told me how hot and humid it can get, and that there is very little air conditioning. YIkes! 🙂
I’m getting outnumbered on the instore shopping! Haha. Thank you so much, Laurie! 🙂 And oh yes, it’s very warm…and air conditioning is not always a given. This is taking a little getting used to! Haha.
Tamagotchi store, wow! I never had one, but I know people who did! Yes, Harajuku is always recommended, nice to see it here! I loved the top and I am biased to comment, I love pleats. Your bag is so sweet! Hope you have a nice week!
Aw, thank you so much for reading and the lovely compliments, Denise! You’re the best! Hope you have a nice week too! 🙂
The background is the perfect setting for your outfit and I love love love the red shoes! -julie
Aw, thank you so much, Julie! These shoes are the best! I’m so glad you like them…they’ll probably be featured a million more times. Haha.
I love that your shirt blends in with the graffiti! I definitely can relate on the heat… it’s so dang hot here!!
I actually really prefer shopping in person just because I have to try things on because I’m so short haha. also I don’t know if you’re planning on doing a post like this but I’d LOVE to see what/how you packed to live abroad! I love posts like that hahaha
Lee – leethrifts.com
Thank you, Lee! And oh yes, you get some crazy hot weather too! And I can see how that would be a reason to shop in person…I’ve taken my average height for granted! That is a good idea too! I will definitely start brainstorming how to put that post together, I basically just packed a lot of dresses and skirts and a few shirts to mix in with the skirts..and of course a few pairs of shoes. Choosing shoes to bring along was the hardest! And that’s why my Salt Water Sandals are going to be in just about every post from here on out, haha…they were some of the only shoes that made the cut! 🙂