Shibuya is only one stop away on the JR Yamanote line. It's a super busy shopping mecca and the place to go when I realized I was standing out like a sore thumb. Wardrobe adjustment needed!
- heels or wedges all the time (whether pumps, slingbacks, or sandals)
- no cleavage
- dresses and skirts rule
- shorts are for tourists
- ruffles work
- tailored & form fitting
- no spaghetti straps
- nylon tights are still appropriate in the middle of sweltering summer
- men can wear towels and washcloths on their necks to soak up sweat
- hats and umbrellas for ladies
- no sunglasses (what?)
- super skinny females (I'm literally 20 lb overweight for my height over here)
- yes, there are Harajuku girls but they are definitely not the standard
It's a little hard for me to take footage of people on the street without looking super obvious but here's my attempt as I'm walking across Shibuya Crossing.
above: Photos of some Harajuku girls, and a few of the crazy accessories you'll find at Shibuya 109, the high school girl's dream store. Eight levels of super trendy, "disposable fashion", as they say. Wish I could've taken more photos but they have NO PHOTOS signs all over that place.
Of course I have to include Hachiko here. His statue is located right outside of Shibuya Station and next to Shibuya Crossing. If you haven't heard of him, go look him up! He represents loyalty to the nth degree.