I clearly had an EMODA hangover when I wore this a few days after I got back from Tokyo. I know I kind of retired this kind of MODE style for a while, but my trip to Japan made it all come back to me. Japan, just take all my money.
Now that I’ve been in the US for more than a week now, I’ve come to realize that I’m such a good girl here when it comes to shopping. 9 days and I’ve not bought a single item of clothing. My MOFW project has been on hiatus ever since I started working on my book, and the timing could not any better. It seems like my “ultimate vacation” mode includes taking a break from clothes shopping as well. The only thing I bought in New York was a new lens for my camera. Talk about my geeky priorities.
In other news, I’m on my way to Boston in a few hours to visit my aunt who’s been living there since the ’80s. She comes home to Manila every few years but it’s my turn to pay her a visit. I’m so excited because I can get to chill for a change (Chicago and New York were a bit stressful with all the touristy stuff we did), but also so scared because it was freezing in New York today and Boston’s weather is going to be so much colder!
Black and/or white with blue color accent is quite big nowadays. You see it all over the fall collections of high street fashion brands such as Zara and Mango, and even Forever 21 is crazy about this color combination.
Lucky for me, blue is my favorite color, and now is the perfect time to stock up on so many pretty blue things!
A light powder blue is one alternative to those who think bright royal blue is too bold. I’m also crazy about ultra light powder blue wash jeans, which I think is a very good compromise between pastel and normal wash denim.
I know I’ve worn this skirt like a hundred times already, but leather skirts are a must this season! Japanese magazines such as SCawaii, Jelly and ViVi are pairing all their cutesy tops with kickass leatherette to produce the most interesting results. Pair with an embellished or studded purse to add to that subtle rocker look.
Before I end this post, let me emphasize the pearls on the collar of my top! Isn’t it such a genius idea, especially for people who aren’t so keen on wearing accessories? One of the best things this season are embellishments attached clothing! It’s an effortless way to present yourself while still being practical and fuss free. I have this top in black also, and I wear it every time I travel!
Quick post! Pair something girly like florals with something badass like leather, and this is what you’ll get - two opposite things that surprisingly work well together.
Isn’t this brown leatherette skirt such a steal? I found it at a random store in Cineleisure Orchard one night, just before I headed back to my hotel to call it a day. Talk about luck! Now, all I need now is a black pleated version of this skirt. H&M released it a few seasons ago, but it got sold out before I knew it. I did, however, find a leatherette circle skirt at Forever 21 yesterday, so do go to the nearest store before everyone else!
If you’re wondering what MODE-kei/MODE-style is, it’s a sub-genre of Japanese fashion that focuses mainly on creating clean, mature, and “high-fashion” silhouettes with interesting lines and cuts. Well, I wouldn’t really say “high-fashion”, but for a sub-genre of gyaru fashion, this is definitely a step up from the usual cutesy material that we see. ViVi, JJ, Happie Nuts, SCawaii and Jelly are only some of the many Japanese magazines that are following this new style! As of this writing, some MODE elements consist of black, white, denim, metallics and tasteful floral prints in sophisticated colors like wine red and mustard. What I love the most about MODE is that it plays a lot with proportions, and it is very, very wearable compared to other styles like mori, hime, etc.
A little EMODA-inspired outfit that I wore last week, on a busy errands day. No time to fix my hair properly so I just left it straight and unstyled. I’ve always wanted to get my hands on the actual EMODA top ever since I saw it being worn and styled in different ways by Kinoshita Yukina and Matsumoto Ena in the pages of ViVi magazine, but I just got back from Fukuoka when this was released. Don’t you just love the semi-transparent sleeves? Coincidentally, just as I was about to give up trying to find one, this online store sent me a similar top as a gift for taking photos of their catalog. Talk about destiny! In true Ena fashion, I even paired it with a simple top with a cute cat print and my favorite leatherette shorts. The brand just opened their online store last week, so that’s good news to all you MODE lovers!
Chunky heels are the way if you still want that added height even if you’re always on the go. Think of them as alternatives to comfortable wedges. Thanks Comfit for these adorable shoes! My style is still super predictable - I can never get over injecting hints of yellow whenever I’m wearing black and white. I blame this on my blonde hair that matches yellow so perfectly.