Fashion Lovers Guide To Tokyo

As promised here is part 2 of my fashion and beauty guide to Asia. If you missed part 1, you can find out about my adventures in Seoul here. In this instalment, I'm going to take you through my favourite fashion moments in Tokyo. 

1. Go Designer Crazy In Ginza

Ginza Tokyo

Our beautiful Airbnb flat was actually located in Ginza and I couldn't believe our luck! We were round the corner from world famous designer brands all housed in gorgeous iconic buildings. Everyday I walked past the Bulgari window and wished myself richer.

2. Harajuku Duh!

I completely missed the white tee and black trousers memo - such a tourist. 

I completely missed the white tee and black trousers memo - such a tourist. 

I don't want to state the obvious but Harajuku is a must visit for any fashion loving tourist. While it makes sense to head straight to Harajuku, you really need to explore the whole area including nearby Shibuya. Go down side streets - you'll be surprised what you stumble upon. 

3. No Shoes In The Dressing Room

When shopping in Tokyo, be sure to wear slip-ons because you are going to be taking those bad boys off every time you head into a fitting room. While it may seem a little inconvenient, it's actually nice knowing that you aren't coating your feet in filth every time you step into a changing room. 

4. Head Under The Arches In Ueno

Start here and follow the locals till you find gold. 

Start here and follow the locals till you find gold. 

If you are shopping on a budget, head underneath the arches of Ueno station. This was one of our last stops on our trip and was perfect for picking up cheap and cheerful gifts. You'll find everything from clothing to shoes and even beauty products. Wandering through the stalls, we found a vendor selling cult favourite Baby Feet  (seriously google baby feet exfoliant). I'm full of shoppers regret that I didn't get any.

5. Shop Like A Pro Not A Tourist

With all the chill holiday vibes, it's easy to forget to be a savvy shopper. Like any tourist destination, you will find lots of similar designs on the same street  and for wildly different prices. Shop around for the best price and don't be wooed by sale signs. We found a skirt on sale in one store that was cheaper at full price in another store halfway down the street. 

6. Go For Quirk Over Chic

Behind that bah, I'm grinning like a maniac. 

Behind that bah, I'm grinning like a maniac. 

You can find a plain white tee and skinny jeans anywhere - go for the unusual which there is plenty of in Tokyo. I fell in love with this Popcorn Bag which I picked up on Ameyoko St. Perfect for a cinema date, no? I also picked up great graphic print tees that have already become wardrobe staples. 

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