This is the best example I've seen yet of how this trend could work on a fashion-forward American man. Pictures I've seen before tended to make this style look a little more effeminate/experimental than I feel American men usually tend to dress, but I could totally envision this look replicated amongst the Williamsburg hipsters. This man clearly knows his body and what proportions work the best for him.
This is a great look, why not for men too? The people of the Orient seem to be very comfortable with their sexuality and this is what makes them so worldly. Many would be quick to label these young men you've been featuring for the past week gay, and I will be the first to say "Wait, you are probably wrong". There is a very strong unisex thing happening in so many of these photos and I find it extremely sophisticated. Maybe these young people are the Kenzos or the Yamamotos of the future? I made a comment about fashion here kind of being stuck in a certain time line, but I think I'm going to retract this statement. The more I think about it, the more I think they are ahead of us. Much more youth oriented, or maybe this is what you've chosen to capture, or maybe this is what you've seen on the street more than anything…. The kids. They are sending a very strong message and I love it. I must repeat what comes into my mind when I see these photographs, joy! The joy of self expression through fashion. The colors, the outfits, the strong themes, the unisexuality, the utter beauty of it all. They are incredible, love all the photographs Scott!
As I think more on this look, I see it going so many different ways. One could make it more urban by pairing it with a dope cap or light straw short-brimmed fedora. Or one could make it preppy with a patterned silk scarf, thin tote and tasseled loafers. If you can't tell, I'm really loving this outfit.
I love the look, especially the Afrofied neck piece, African no? I recently launched my footwear collection inspired the a pop beat box Ndebele tribe in South Africa, all made in Africa under thecanvasconcept.com/ blogspot/ facebook want to move collection into Tokyo yo :0
And well, I think the beauty isn't just in Tokyo, Paris, or Sydney. So, why don't you come here, and take some pictures of us, in BRAZIL. And I have to say. I'm completly in love with your photos. They really inspire me. Ya, they relly do. And the way you do it. The simplicity an' sincerity. Well, I loved it. So, hope you will come once. Xoxo.
i like this look, not to sure if every guy could pull it off but its certainly unique. I would love to go to Tokyo. Shibuya Tower is one place I would deffinetly have to stop. Lovely blog. and lovely photographs
I am learning that slightly unflattering U.S.-style nutty kitsch (I know this look has a name in Japan but it's not coming to me right now…) is in vogue, while in Sydney, a flattering updated Euro-American classic look (like old Ralph Lauren) is emerging.
It's not uncommon for some bike messengers I've seen to rock tights under shorts in colder weather. Because it carries a utilitarian connection, i.e. tights are more function than style, no one gives it a second thought.
What I find most interesting about this guy is how he's kept it masculine.
On bike couriers it's utilitarian. Here, it's fashion. I think you need utility and fashion in synthesis for an enduring trend. I think leggings took off with women because they allow us to simultaneously flaunt and cover our legs, and they also extend the season of lightweight dresses, skirts and shorts. I doubt leggings'll take off with men because men's legs aren't as sexualised as women's (the flaunt/cover part) and most men don't wear dresses or skirts. But plenty of men wear tights under their jeans in winter, tracksuit pants – a super-loose legging – and supertight stretch skinny jeans. If designers could accommodate these men then they'd be onto something.
If it weren't for the character on the road, I would've totally believed if you said this was in Brooklyn or So. CA. I love the fact that carefree and fun youthful outfits like this are roaming around Japan. It does look like a really androgynous outfit – I can absolutely imagine a female blogger sporting it as an OOTD.
not on men, not on women but it's better than bike shorts :-)
I love the Indian churidar pants as an alternative, long, soft and flowing. Toast Uk does a good line in them but they seem hard to find otherwise. Stock from India, via internet at least and in one shop I looked in only has them as part of a pair, the uninteresting part. Churidar need to be part of mainstream fashion right now!
Well…. i see many brazilian comments about this one…. first of all… no matter where u live..what u do… when ur bold ..u always find a way out the box… there are many possibilities and acceptancies for women..but when it comes to men… its all about suit…. and this is not cool anymore… there are many ways to wear the same garment…. sometimes we please more than others… but there is no such thing as wrong or right… fashion is language…so what r u tryin to say when u do this? women took their part by wearin mens clothe…so…even if im not into girl clothin on me.. i say…why not?..its not the case..but..once again…why not?
I had this conversation with my friend about Japanese men being more feminine. I think some of them are really brave to express themselves through fashion. I don't hate it or like it but think it's interesting
What's the difference between wearing leggings and shorts? Both are really the same. I wonder what psychological or social forces make men (and women) uncomfortable about this. Are we all THAT controlled by these simple and ultimately meaningless gender and social codes?
I can't get behind this at all. It just doesn't look good for one. Secondly, he looks incredibly contrived. Most of you can talk yourselves into thinking that this is pleasing to the eye, but it just isn't no matter what angle you look t it from. This look screams of "look at me, look how avante garde I am, I'm so cool" . I'll pass.
I have been to Tokyo a couple of times (always in the winter) and i have noticed that Tokyo-ites love to layer short over long. Like they are still wearing their summer wardrobe in winter. Fashion in Tokyo is wonderful though isn't it?
I LOVE this look. The layering is so interesting. The shape and tone of the outfit goes well together. The Japanese are so fashion forward, it's just a shame some people are not. If someone were to ask me what the next step for menswear is, I'd recommend a look at the Japanese.
Professional skateboarders and artists Mark Gonzalez and Jason Dill used to rock this during the winter months in New York while skating, a couple years back. They both have a fairly large fan base in Japan.
I used to see this 10 years ago in Tokyo under gramicci climbing shorts with a patagonia storm jacket and nike air mocs. Looked cool then in that utilitarian hiking way but I dont get the guy pictured, looks like Robin Hood or something.
I think he looks incredibly cool. For all those guys who want to try this and are nervous, I'd just say do it. I often dress like this in London and I don't look like a catwalk model, but people either ignore it or quite often compliment me. It feels good just to express yourself and stop with the censorship.
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