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Trend We Love: Japonica

Designers have always looked to far-off cultures for inspiration. And this season, we’ve landed in Japan.

From fashion icons like Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kuwakabo, to the world famous reputation of Japan’s exceptional street style—the western world has always looked to the Japanese for trendsetting style.

With looks from Gucci, Jill Sander, and Albino Teodoro to name a few, the Spring 2018 runways were studded with elements of traditional Japanese dress: the obi sash cinched at the waist, and kimono silhouettes with iconic geisha prints. There’s no doubt that Japan’s ceremonial dress has become an elemental aspect of contemporary fashion. And yet this year, the trend dubbed as “Japonica” is taking a slightly more traditional approach.

While the runways are depicting this look in a head-to-toe fashion, you can give this look an everyday touch by implementing bits and pieces of Japonica into your wardrobe. So gather your inspiration from the east, and try out this trend just in time for cherry blossom season.

Have fun with it!

Go Kimono

The kimono came onto the trend horizon a few seasons back. But there’s no time like the present to give this stylish robe a try.

Monochrome Minimalist

No one does minimalism quite like the Japanese. Opt for a simple structured piece in black and white for a clean, crisp look.

Eastern Ties

A far east fashion staple since the early 1900s, a mandarin collar has a sleek unisex style.


Cinch It

The obi belt is a sash for traditional Japanese dress. We love it over a cute mini dress with eye-catching accessories.

Need more Japan-inspired outfit inspiration? See how kimonos are taking over style on the street.


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