For example, when a fad is big here... everybody wears it. Take the black tights and jean shorts aka 'jorts' combination:
The temperature Low most days is 35-40 degrees, but these ladies will sacrifice their gams for a solid fashion statement. My sneaky-sneaky photo also displays two more trends - puffy coats with fur collars and tall leather boots. Everyone's got 'em.
Here's another for ya, the thigh-high socks and tall boots ensemble:
Again, the cold outdoor temperature has no effect on this trend. Before I came to Japan, yours truly sported this look in Texas. But I was among the few. Here, it's almost like they sell the stockings and boots as a pair.
Pam wanted to show me the nitty gritty and took me to the famed Harajuku area of Tokyo - a delightful and bustling land where culture, costume and street fashion collide.
I take this picture in every foreign country I visit (I'm the only blonde girl with her arms up).
If you've seen or heard of a 'Harajuku' girl, what images come to mind? This? :
We visited a store in which you can actually buy this kind of clothing, your own fully-loaded Harajuku costume:
It was a treasure trove of bows and ruffles and miniature hats. They wouldn't let me take pictures inside the store, but I snapped this pic of the window display to spite them:
I had to buy something, so I purchased a schoolgirl bowtie and rainbow leopard print stockings. Booyah! Underneath this store was another that sold clothing with the British Union Jack flag printed all over them. I have to share this photo I snapped... can't help myself: