When it comes to fashion, putting together pieces of clothing would bring out the best in you. But it's not just about the clothes, accessorizing is a must because it enhances your overall look. In Japan, it is no different, in fact, some of their well known fashion subcultures are noticeably using an excessive amount of accessories, like the decora style. There are actually some distinct way to identify a fashion statement belonging to the Japanese Harajuku street style and we're here to give you all the details you need to know about everything involving accessories.
Let me just say it first that the accessories you will need to choose will depend on the Japanese subculture you are trying to incorporate for yourself, but we'll still give pointers and which ones you need tp prepare and add to your accessories collection. This list will give you an idea and head start on what to look for because that really depends on the style you are passionate about, a long as you know what you want and which one you're most comfortable with.
Let's start from top, hair accessories is one thing Japanese street fashion really take seriously, specially on the kawaii side of things, like sweet Lolita, Fairy Kei or Decora fashion. A wide range of hair pin or hair clips collection is one thing you need to consider, it actually depends on the fashion style that you are embracing. For example, if you're into kawaii fashion, you need to collect accessories that are quite childish, something that a 5 year old would wear. Let's get into it much more further so keep reading.
1. Hair clips / pins
This is the pretty basic necessity. Hair clips and pins are not only able to hold your styled hair in one way or another, they are pretty to look at. You can choose from anything you like, if you want something more elegant and mature looking, you can, or maybe something cute and colorful. Decora style is known for using a lot of hair clips.
There are lots and lots of types of headbands you can have on hand, from plain and simple, to really extravagant ones like unicorn horns or bunny ears, there's no shortage of headbands to go with your street fashion look.
For some subculture in Japan, they wear wigs specially if they want to look as decorative as possible, sweet Lolita fashion is as example of a subculture that mostly wears wigs of bright or pastel colors. Others use human hair wigs if they just want to change their hairstyle for the day without all the fuss.
4. Caps / Hats
This could range from anywhere between baseball caps (plain and those with cute little ears on them) to beanies, knitted or not. This can be worn whether on a casual look to something more elaborate, like Japanese punk style. Berets on the other hand can be worn with something more on the kawaii side, or just something really casual and girly at the same time, like casual Lolita. Berets and cute dresses look so great together, as always.
Of course, the essentials. Jewelries can go from just fancy to real ones and Japanese street fashion cannot live up to its expectations if you don't accompany your look with the correct type of accessories.
This jewelry is worn by both sexes and they go with just any design you can think of, from simple, elegant looking pearls, to even cute polyester clay animals, cartoon character or fruits. There is really no limit in choosing that right pair of earrings for the look you're going for, like this one on the photo below, just how cute is that? I know you want that tiny little dinosaur biting on your earlobes.
The more the bracelets you have, the better so you'll have a lot of options that you can mix and match. It really depends on what kind of fashion statement that you chose, like if you're more into the gothic side, like Gothic Lolita or maybe punk, darker pieces would go perfect, something with studs, for gothic Lolita, something with black laces, ribbons and dark colored flowers.
On the other hand, pastels and charm bracelets can go with kawaii looks and you can go crazy with all the cuteness of these bracelets.
Photo: DH Gate
There are many variations for necklaces that you can go for, like the typical ones, long or short in length with a pendant of your choice. These are the ones you can put on together in layers as long as they go well along with your style. There are also chokers which comes in many types and colors.
There are many options for you to choose from, there are studded ones for a more darker look and some laces and flowers for a soft, cute look. You just have to find the right ones that would suit you the best.
Backpacks had been known to be part of a fashion statement for years, it can never be a nuisance when it comes to styling your outfit for the day. After all, you need something to carry all your stuff, right? If you have the right style, color and design, there will no problem in incorporating these bags into your look.
Like this cute hedgehog backpack that is so kawaii! He can go with you anywhere, anytime if you want him to.
10. Shoulder bags / Purses
Shoulder bags can also be a cute choice for your Harajuku street look because there are a lot of cute and unique shoulder bags or purses designs out there. You can go for plain ones if you don't want anything too overwhelming, to cute and sometimes unusual ones. You can also accessorize them with some button or character pins, some keychains as well, for a more personalized touch.
These glorious kitty paw shoulder bag is just glorious and I know you agree.
Let me just mention other accessories that you can consider in having aside from everything that is listed above.
- Socks (Laced, printed, knee high, thigh high or ankle socks)
- Stockings (Patterned, fishnets, sheer)
- Shoes (Mary jane, enamel, boots, platforms)
- Nail art
You can never go wrong with accessorizing your style the way you want to, as long as it works, especially if you are incorporating Japanese street style or your look is inspired by it in some way. If you are still confused on which look you would want to go with, why don't you try reading about Harajuku fashion style so you'll have an idea where you'd go from there. We also have a guide on how to dress kawaii if you'd want to go to that direction.
Good luck in finding your accessories, I hope you'll make it a fun experience.
Which ones are you looking forward to getting your hands on? Tell us in the comments below!