Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On the Street…Harajuku, Japan


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    April 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I love the cream pnats on the last picture! Wish I could go shop in Japan right now, but I heard it was expensive though!

  2. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    they forgot the Dries Van Noten shop on that map…

  3. kukla

    April 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I love fashion also for the entertainment value and I wonder how do older people look in Japan? How do women and men dress for work? The cartoonish style is so super familiar Japanese.

  4. lumikha

    April 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    A+++! those pants look do comfy!!

  5. Cosima

    April 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I don't like one thing in any of these outfits.

  6. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    love the hat

  7. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    All of the looks on the men are so meticulously flamboyant. My first thought was that these fellows make BryanBoy look pretty conservative, actually! (Yes I know he's not from Japan, but he's my gAsian reference for fashion) LOL

  8. O Bernas

    April 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    i love those pants !
    i want them..

  9. Jason laucht

    April 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Harajuku! the coolest street on earth!

  10. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    they have some balls, i dont like the look, but I think its wonderful they push the envelope. (or perhaps i dont get japanese fashion!?)

    I imagine there are some wonderful characters there wearing clothes that bring them to life. Ryu hadoken!

  11. Paulina

    April 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I'm not too crazy about the girl – the hippy chic Japanese thing in Japan is getting old, IMHO.

    The boys, however, are mod & original (I would call their look "Cyber Newsboy")

  12. M

    April 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    ahh my dream trip! luv their confidence, from your pics I gather some degree of steam punk influence in japan's fashion at the moment (in men)

  13. pinky

    April 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    i am totally in love with both of these guys.
    How can these outfits not bring a smile to your face and open your heart?
    Fashion is FUN!!!

  14. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    i think this is pushing it too far. the result of the outfits are not amazing at all.

  15. Lisa Petrarca

    April 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The Japanese really know how to have fun with fashion and not take themselves to seriously.

  16. e

    April 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Oh wow, those pants are FANTASTIC. I would wear those so hard.


    April 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Japan always was and is very stylish, love their creativity so comme de garcon!!!! great photos, i so wanna go, it will be a great inspiration, and now it's the blossoming period lucky you!

  18. Haltrup

    April 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Like the first one!

  19. Gil

    April 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    YEP! More proof, if any were needed that TOKYO IS THE COOLEST CITY ON THE PLANET!

  20. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    too messy looking, fugly

  21. Angeles Almuna Design

    April 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    SO unique, love the photos!

  22. Tracy

    April 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Love those guys with the crazy pants. Very Charlie Chaplin – The Kid. The clear umbrella is a nice touch.

  23. Style Scanner

    April 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    They both look absolutely incredible. superb.

  24. Sam

    April 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    the guy on the left- cheap looking jacket, pants are too overpowering from his outfit. however i like his shoes

    guy on the right- i like the color combination of the pants and jacket. i like his outfit better than the other guy.

  25. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Wow. Is this some Eatable of Many Orders?

  26. Le 21ème

    April 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Love the gentleman's jacket!


  27. Cassandra

    April 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I love all these outfits… and all your posts from Japan!

  28. Vernon

    April 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for finally showcasing some Japanese talent in the street fashion world! I absolutely adore eastern fashion culture, especially in Tokyo, ESPECIALLY in the Shibuya ward.

    Oh, did you visit Shibuya at all? Or are pictures still on their way up?

    Anyways, great photos Mr. Schuman. This excites me to no end!

  29. sev

    April 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Those pants are incredible, where to find them? I Love!!

  30. Louis

    April 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    i love the trousers…..

  31. Masha

    April 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Ha-ha! This is so cool! The pants! Love it love it love it!
    And I just realized that I like all the pictures with the bikes!

  32. notsurebut

    April 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    i think that the point of japanese youth is the diversity of looks, its every reference ever, it is it the last hurrah before they become salary men and women the frivolity of youth in a very controlled society because even these kids belong to a clique

  33. Marina e Camilla

    April 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Wow… Love that pants! *_*

  34. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Finding street fashion to photograph in Japan (especially in Harajuku) is like shooting fish in a barrel. It's so curious that a culture so reserved in many regards is so outlandish in others.

  35. Sara

    April 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Her skirt is fantastic!

  36. melissa

    April 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    That two last guys melted my heart. The trausers, the shoes, and the smiles.
    G, japanese people is unique.

  37. threequartersleeve

    April 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    i love how much texture is in each of these outfits. very inspiring.

  38. Takeru

    April 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Great styling!

  39. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Sorry. Those pants just look stupid!

  40. Sarah

    April 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Scott —

    I am really enjoying your series from Japan. It is refreshing to see a style perspective outside of Europe and the States. I hope your trip is as inspiring for you as your photographs are for me. Thank you, as always, for sharing.



    April 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Love the hat and skirt! x

  42. So... ya.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    This is so cool! Japanese style always makes my day. LOVE LOVE LOVE

  43. jennifer

    April 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE these tokyo photos! it's almost as if everyone who is born japanese and lives in japan has some innate sense of uber cool style!

  44. Yve

    April 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    words cannot express how much I LOVE japanese street style.
    Really loving the Tokyo posts!

  45. farra

    April 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    hey, i'm in japan! let's meet! =)

  46. dodz

    April 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    hey i love your outfit and the umbrella

  47. Christine

    April 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Japanese style is so completely different from style anywhere else in the world!

  48. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    So happy to see you snapping in Japan. For me this is the true home of innovative style – sure, there are many style cults (gyaru, gothloli, visual-kei, etc), but there's so much originality happening outside these too.

    Would love to see you picking up some of the trad dressers – kimono wearers (they exist!), Christopher Nemeth fans and the rest.

  49. Reynolds Still

    April 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Who gets the street cred for those boy pants?! Refreshing images as always Sartorialist!!!

    Best regards,
    Reynolds Still

  50. lintmag

    April 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    These two are like some modern version of the two baseball playing kids you had in the vintage photo!

  51. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I think for some people who are not familiar with Japanese fashion, they think all these look are ridiculous or ugly. But, if you often see Japanese fashion magazines or live in big cities (NY, LA or Paris, etc), you will appreciate and love Japanese style. Everybody in Japan dress individual and unique. These are just some shots from the famous funky area called "Harajuku". People dress like cartoon or manga character, wear black lipstick, etc, just have fun with themselves and express who they are. Scott, U should check out Shibuya/Shinjuku (more like Soho mix w Lower East Side) and Ginza (Upper west side or more conservative well dress ppl). Each areas have different styles. Personally, I'm more Shibuya girl :) Nice shots!!! Have fun in Japan and pls EAT A LOT of great food there from street foods, etc.

  52. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    April 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm


  53. Rebecca

    April 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Ah, Tokyo! It's been too long; need to go back! Much fun and entertainment to be had wandering the streets. Such a unique sense of fashion that, for some reason, can only be pulled off by Japanese!?

  54. ANNA K.O.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    your japan posts are SO GREAT. The textures, mixes, and fabrics are just totally different from what I usually see. I love the girl on her bike…truly interesting and there's no "chic" or "vintage" hype…just an interesting mix of clothing. loves it

  55. Nick

    April 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I love the exaggerated 1920's American newsboy look in…a Japanese street. Can't imagine seeing this in Shibuya though…some neighborhoods are more adventures in terms of fashion…

  56. cociolph

    April 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    The white pants are fantastic. I can't look at them without thinking of the very full drapery of Heian era clothing. The cuffs are killing me!

  57. AnastasiaC

    April 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Some great shots Scott…id love to see some 'older' woman/men too….when are you in Sydney next??

  58. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Love it or hate it, Japanese clothing style is really like none other. Anyone interesed in seeing more should frequent this great site –

  59. Average Fashionista

    April 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I lived in Japan for part of high school and college and picked up a lot of fashion that was cool there. When I moved back to the US, I felt REALLY out of place with my outfits. Now I can totally pick out Japanese people that I see around the streets of Seattle just by their outfits.

  60. Nadine2point0

    April 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    This is one of those photos that needs some context I think – are these students, are they friends getting home from a really late night party? It just doesn't seem fair with these two creative and unique guys to know so little !? :)

  61. Emily McGuire

    April 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    The proportions and pant silhouettes are brilliant!

    Inspiring, as expected from Tokyo!

  62. Adelaide

    April 22, 2010 at 12:51 am

    They look like clowns…all of them. Tell me this isn't "in"…?

    On the other hand, the outfits are interesting, and have so many different components you can look at them for a long time and still see something else quirky you hadn't noticed…

    also, you're photographs are wonderful :)

  63. cheap prom dresses

    April 22, 2010 at 1:38 am

    What do you think they are dress???i never been to Japan.

  64. Lauren

    April 22, 2010 at 1:48 am

    This photo reminds me of the vintage photo that was posted a week or two ago of the little boys in their baseball uniforms. Ugh! I miss Japan SO very much. Such wonderfully welcoming people and such an amazing culture!

  65. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 1:49 am

    they are crazy…anyone agree with are out of their little mind too. come on sartorialist!you can do better

    feels like i am in the zoo viewing animals

  66. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Is Tokyo (except the Harajuku neighborhood) really that different from New York, London, Paris and Milan in terms of how people are dressed? Or are we, the westerners, simply drawn to these different, innovative, weird or ethnic – what have you – styles? How representative are they of street fashion in Tokyo? Are there globally stylish people that aren't such a novelty act but more like those Chinese ladies you photographed at Hong Kong's Lane Crawford in 2007? I'm curious to know.

  67. scarebaby

    April 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Oh these pictures are awesome! So unique!

  68. Kazuko

    April 22, 2010 at 2:39 am

    the map – haha, so great. the japanese…

    i truly love your japan pics!

  69. AnAzevedo

    April 22, 2010 at 2:45 am

    I love this photo! they look incredibly great!

  70. .Polly Miau

    April 22, 2010 at 2:57 am

    so far all of your tokyo posts are so inspiring!i absolutely love the fact that they dress so theatrically!

  71. San

    April 22, 2010 at 2:58 am

    What is it with asian men that they always have such beautiful hands?! *Sigh*

    I just love the style of those too. So unusual but really fitting and interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Stephen

    April 22, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Harem, drop-crotch, genie, M.C Hammer, whatever you want to call them kind of pants are predominantly everywhere in Japan it seems. And somehow I think they're extremely flattering and we should see more of them over 'west'.

    Enjoying contrasting these posts with those from New York and Paris.


  73. jkgagnon

    April 22, 2010 at 3:40 am

    The pants on the men almost look like a caricature of the pants Japanese construction workers wear passed through steampunk filter

  74. MELISSA Z.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Love the colors of the Japanese people! Great pics as usual!

  75. Sara Bentley

    April 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Japan looks so vibrant and everyone looks like a true individual — thanks for letting us see it through your eyes!

  76. Hugo Hase

    April 22, 2010 at 5:21 am

    You told your Berlin audience that the only city where it's really easy to take pictures of great looks is Milan.
    I bet the city (or at least parts of it) to take get the coolest looks of all is Tokyo. I love those Japanese teens – their creativity and self-confidenc is beyond!

  77. la señorita

    April 22, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Me gusta el sombrero, la falda, la bici, en fin, me gusta todo.
    Un beso

  78. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:01 am

    What type of bike is that? It is really cute for commuting.

  79. Alice

    April 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

    If you're going to go back to Harajuku there's a really nice menswear shop called Le Globe ( The shop itself has been designed by Noriaki Okabe, it's a really nice place to go. It's off Gaien-nishi Dori, not far from Harajuku and Omotesando.

  80. Sweet bee

    April 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    nicely done! I absolutely adore Japanese fashion. They really have no boundaries when it comes to expressing there way of life through there clothes. I wish I could see more of that in our western society.

  81. Sunshinemom

    April 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I have read fashion comes first in Japan and then to the rest of the world and these pictures are proof to it! These people are truly fashionable. They break norms and make it look cool! I love the skirt the girl on the bicycle is wearing. I like a riot of colours in dresses when others are wearing it though I tend to stick to rust, brown, beige, white and black!

  82. mabelmabel

    April 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Re the huge pants: I've got to love any ensemble that makes me think, "Hmmm, must be fun to be wearing that." Makes me want to go to my closet and find something that will swish as I go through my day….

    Young men, I love your eye.

  83. The Haute Hoosier

    April 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

    There are so many Harajuku street photographers but you make it more class than kitsch. These pics are gorgeous.

  84. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Oh what I would give for that two toned brown jacket! Seeing people who obviously have fun with fashion is such a delight too. I wish my day were brightened by seeing people like this.

  85. Gervaise

    April 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

    they're wonderful!! i love their trousers

  86. mel waz here

    April 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

    the outfits are very characteristic. they remind me of studio ghibli movies. i like!

  87. Melisa

    April 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I just LOVE how the Japanese make it look so effortless. I've worked on summer schools for Japanese students whilst a student at Cambridge and the best part of it was hands down how beautifully turned out they are all the time – even/especially the boys – and just how amazingly polite and lovely they were.

  88. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Remind of the 20's with men wearing knickers and truly a romantic period. Love it!!

  89. Patricia

    April 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I think they look like one of the vintage photos. Shoes and all.

  90. proletarian Great Gatsby

    April 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    THE GIRL. You don't need to swear that you love bicycles.A bicycle is the umbilical cord -for some generations- to our childhood.
    Bicycle could also means sports,health,Amsterdam,China…famine of war or postwar times…
    THE BOYS. Oh…their trousers!…near to those we see in old pictures of the las century and..Tintin(HergĂ©)

  91. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    April 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Ah! I am all for experiments, and I think the 2 gents get it right, if for no other reason than because they present a different silhouette, I mean this is different even than those Bottega Veneta men's wide leg jeans, which also made it into your blog weeks ago. And I agree with the posting above, that even these original guys belong to a "clique." That may be so, but they are still a breath of fresh air. I wont even go near trying this style, but thanks for the great visuals! Jorge from WPB

  92. saradowle

    April 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    What a great skirt! And great trousers too!

  93. The Cupcake Stand

    April 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    why are bicycles with baskets in front of them always so dreamy?

  94. NeNe In Style

    April 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    so individual! funny bunny!

  95. Kathleen

    April 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    These two guys are great! They take me back nearly thirty years when I first saw the creations from Yohji Yamamoto. Wow, time flies and cycles of fashion repeat themselves. I feel a good deal of the photographs you have presented us over these past few weeks have a very special retro quality to them, fashion wise. Berlin, Russia, and now Tokyo. I don't know if you are doing it on purpose as in "A Theme" or there's a return to certain looks that in my opinion were very beautiful. Maybe in these parts of the world, fashion evolution is slower or more steadfast. Not sure how to put it, just know I love it! I also see Kenzo here as well. Thanks Scott!

  96. Prutha

    April 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    am loving the pants…asian men r quite forward when ti comes to fashion…i must say!!

  97. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    It's funny– Japanese style to me is all about being the same. If gold buttons on coats are in, everyone has gold (or at least silver) buttons on their coats. If black boots are in, everyone is wearing mini-skirts and black boots, or substituting with black shoes and knee-high black socks. Even when you are trying to stand out, you follow a trend– If you're part of the Yamamba trend, you go all out– dye your hair blond (or white), get the fake tan, wear the matching clothes etc. etc. Japan is a place for standing out while fitting in, or fitting in by not standing out– depending on your preference.

  98. kagitsune

    April 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    It makes me happy to see all the excited comments. Tokyo really deserves a good look from the likes of you, Sart. :D

    The two young men represent my favorite things about Japanese fashion. The flawless combination of old and new, cheap and high quality. And they're so comfortable in their own skin… look at those smiles! :D

    Always a pleasure, Sart. ^^

  99. Gianluca Senese

    April 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  100. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    i cant totally see these guys in a cartoon riding some airship, stuffing food in their mouth and going "huh?? whattt???" maybe it's cos i just watched princess monoke.

  101. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    why is the hippie girl style "old"? it's ok, not everyhing needs to be some new invention or look to be appreciated. she looks cute.

  102. designer t-shirts

    April 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Wild pants them!

  103. phd in yogurtry

    April 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    What are these pants called? They look like a cross between golf knickers and wide flare bell bottoms.

  104. Cosmo

    April 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    These guys are awesome

  105. Lenka James

    April 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I like the girl on the bike her style is nice…there is a whole hippy movement going on in tokyo now, there was an article about that..I think its cool

  106. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    i think a lot of people who are commenting are missing the points of these outfits. the japanese culture focuses on different aspects of dressing. they may not be something you wear, but to them is more than standard. besides the personal style that's coming across in these pictures is the play with proportions and cut. it's something you see in comme des garcons for example. so maybe we should all calm down on the prejudices. they probably think you're style would be strange.

  107. Sow 'n Sow

    April 23, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I love love love these guys, the shoes, the pants, the fabrics… ahhh

  108. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 3:33 am

    The guys look like Dickens characters gone post-apocalyptic. Excellent!

  109. kristine

    April 23, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Love the girl on the bicycle – fantastic!

  110. hippypoptimus

    April 23, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Ι adore your blog, it makes me see another point of fashion view.Please help me with sth: How do you tell to people to take them a photo? For me it's really difficult, i believe that everyone is afraid of it.

  111. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 4:26 am

    i am so glad you have finally landed in japan! i lived there only for two very short years and was constantly impressed with the courageous ensembles donned by the lovely locals. tanoshimini! xx

  112. Bright Light Warrior Nika

    April 23, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I hope you stay in Japan for a while because I'm loving the fashion and vibrant faces! Beautiful

  113. Biel Carpenter

    April 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

    love her bicycle

  114. Naomi

    April 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

    What most non-Japanese probably don't realize is that those voluminous pants in the bottom photo are actually the pants worn by construction workers. They are very traditional and are worn with split toe shoes on construction sites throughout the country.

    So although they may look strange to western eyes, the truth is to the Japanese they just look like work pants – like Carhartts in the U.S.

    I would also like to mention that these are not typical "Harajuku" styles – they are actually quite simple for that neighborhood.

    I find them to be wonderful.

  115. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    There is no such thing as pushing it to far in fashion. fashion is what you make it, just do you.

  116. minca

    April 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    wow, those are some cool construction pants!

  117. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    So they dress up as cartoon characters as a way to "be themselves" because these characters mirror them best? Are we speaking aesthetically or some other trait, like telepathy (because it's such a common quality)? I'm obviously missing something here.

    As for the clothes, these pieces would work best separately instead of all mashed up together. Each item has its own uniqueness. Pairing them up with a classic staple would make it work better for sure.

  118. BIGTROUBLElittlephoenix

    April 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    This is such an amazing mix of so many styles from so many eras…I am totally inspired.

  119. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    only in japan!! It's like another universe in tokyo…sooo inspirational.Love it!

  120. Sarah Keller Murray

    April 24, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I was reminded by this vintage picture: the first one under "The Fellas" posted on March 29th. See the Mary Janes!

  121. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    The girl's style takes me back to the 70's, when I wore ankle length denim patchwork skirts and long hair and feather earrings. Hitchhiked too!

  122. Mercadotecnia

    April 25, 2010 at 4:48 am

    they look like they have fun dressing! love that!!

  123. Joanne

    April 25, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I have just come back from Tokyo and was so surprised at how well the men dress, they are great for the eye! So much better than the women…I loved it there:)

  124. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

    These two guys are probably wearing the clothes of Christopher Nemeths, and he is from the UK.

    I would also reccomend you to go to Shimokitazawa, and Koenji!

  125. Sognatrice

    April 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    made in japan:) great, I love it!! specially the first photo.
    The (im)Perfect Harmony

  126. Caylie

    April 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    so amazing..


  127. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 6:23 am

    love the 2 guys – especially their smiles…melts my heart! hmmm, yum!

  128. Ashburn Eng

    April 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    love what they are wearing!

  129. Kristin

    April 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I love any pic with a bike! They make any pic just that much better…

  130. jorge

    April 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

    love what they are wearing!

  131. bertjing

    May 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    original & cool,

  132. NoLa Prz

    September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    love the pants

  133. maria

    December 22, 2011 at 2:50 am

    don’t realy like any of these outfits

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