The 80s and Beyond(Retro)

20 May 2011

It's been forever since I've done a Japanese street fashion post and feeling inspired, I spent a silly amount of time collaging away some of my recent finds from Drop Tokyo, Rid Fashion Street Snap and Japanese Streets. I love the bold colours or in some cases, the bold accessories. The coral and dusky purple combination in the middle is particularly striking.
Street style collage may 11
Some of the Japanese street fashion that I am most drawn to are the bold, 80s inspired looks. The outfits are fun and I do love a bit of acid washed denim. I'm quite drawn to the use of one colour as the base colours in the outfits (seen in the first 3 below) and I'm especially intrigued by the girl in the acid wash shorts and sheer blue skirt combo. I also have no idea what is on that guys head, on closer inspection it looks a little like a bird-hat....
japan street style collage 80s may 11
I thought that the collage above fit right in with the Acid House category on the Beyond Retro site. It is as you might have guessed, full of acid washed denim and neon colours. The website itself is also full of lovely vintage bags that I would like to call my own. Dangerous territory indeed! Aside from the genius of my post title (I know, I couldn't help myself), I found a couple of things inspired by the 80s collage above. I am very tempted to find myself a dark denim jacket and chuck a whole lot of bleach on it. Messy!
beyond retro collage copy
Not all the images were found in that particular category on the site, but they all look like they belong together and are all lovely vintage 80s items from the vintage emporium!

I must remind myself to have a rummage in their store the next time I am in London. The Brick Lane store is my favourite. It's humungus and even has a resident cat called Tiny. What's not to love?

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56 comments:

  1. This was so interesting. Some fun stuff.

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  2. I love the street style stuff!

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  3. I just LOOOVE Japanese fashion! This just made my day! haha!

    http://samalamode.blogspot.com

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  4. Doing it yourself is a great idea. You could even write 'Winnie' in bleach across the back ;) x

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  5. Japanese fashion is so innovative. Wish i had the skill to put these kinda outfits together!
    The panda bag is too cute!

    x

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  6. Japanese fashion is so innovative. Wish i had the skill to put these kinda outfits together!
    The panda bag is too cute!

    x

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  7. I love the fourth outfit in the top picture. I need those tights and that fluffy collar thing.

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  8. such a cool style
    great inspirations :)

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  9. Great post, I love trawling through japanese streets for inspiration so this post is right up my street! The denim jacket idea sounds great! x

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  10. I've been reading about subcultures in Japan lately. I'm rather taken by all the little codes and fashions. Still don't quite understand Ganguro, but it looks fun enough...if not a little weird.

    The 80s looks are so fun and colourful. Those Beyond Retro picks are rather nice. You should totally buy that black and red sweater.

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  11. WOW! Great selection! :)

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  12. Japanese Street style is just so amazingly fun! You picked some great looks, and some great items to capture a bit of that fun playfulness too!

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  13. I love the white with baby blue v patterned tights in the very first row! All of the oufits rock though:) xx

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  14. I adore beyond retro, I use to live in the one at brick lane ...it's a shame after Corben was born now a lot doesn't fit me :( still have some nice pieces. I adore these collages you have made, I love there style so much fun. I think we take fashion far to seriously here, everyone wants to be Miss Chung ...which is fine but when everyone's at it, it gets so dull.

    It's such a wicked area and now they even sale online so there is no reason not to love (or buy) from BR !!!!
    Rad post (like my 80's slang haha)
    need to throw on some high tops into the mix too.

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  15. erm, long time no comment! I love these choices though. You might like the prints and cuts used by Blond Cigarettes and Christian Void (maybe you already know them). I have a couple of pieces by them and they fit right in with this retro look!

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  16. the outfits are all so great! I love japanese street fashion too :) I've been looking for a transparent skirt to wear over things too, but with no luck. Thinking about making one now!

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  17. brilliant blog post - something a little different! I love the brick lane shop too, it feels like a treasure trove! xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  18. This is one of my favorite posts ever! I love Japanese street style..I went to Toyko when I was sixteen and absolutely fell in love with it and have ever since.

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  19. I love how colourful and creative each of the outfits are. I think if I ever went to Japan I would forever be standing around just gawping at the amazing outfits. Brilliant post. xxx

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  20. That is all so crazy and fun!

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  21. My dear Winnie!

    Japan is one of my dream trips for fashion! I do wish they can recover soon and I have enough money for the trip :)))) it's so far from here!!!
    about the 80s, I love it. I was born there!

    hope you are so fine,

    all my love, always,

    Kira

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  22. Another great post! I've also 'liked; your facebook page! xxx

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  23. I do love the bright colours of the 80s and that coral/purple combination is gorgeous! I have like you on Facebook too! :D

    Maria xxx

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  24. I am lovingg the collage you've put together- that blue/red leaf sweatshirt is incredible! Perfect for this stupid weather [wind?sun?rain?summer?winter? WHO KNOWS].
    x

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  25. Hi :) Nice blog you got there, I was wonderin if we could be friends and follow each others blogs? ^__^ Thank youuuu.~

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  26. Cute blog! I like the pictures you chose... So bright and different and loud, but in a good way!

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  27. Hi, love your blog, how about we follow each other?
    kisses ♥ Gabes

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  28. I love all the clothes! So colourful and pretty! <3

    xx Kartika
    http://kartikabrand.com/

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  29. i love japanese street style! tnx for sharing :)

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  30. I kinda lovin' acid wash denim too. Thanks for dropping by in blog.

    Please follow me if you like it..Thank you so much!

    *Diane*
    dianepancho.blogspot.com

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  31. I just adore Japanese fashion! This just made my day too!
    xox
    lila

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  32. love a bit of Japanese street style! my favourite is the second from the left in the first group - love the fur coat and the tights and matching shoes!
    your selection from beyond retro is pretty great too.

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  33. I love all the different styles you've selected to put in this post. Very interesting indeed.

    p.s. Yes, you were right, that's Kit in the first picture on my blog. 'It says I heart Josie.'

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  34. so cool & so inspiring aren't they. you picked some great images.

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  35. I love your street style Japan posts, Winnie! I wish I could be so... thorough (?) with my style whenever I see Japan street style. It seems so dedicated. They take trends a few steps further. How do they do it (monetarily and time wise)?!
    Oh and I've always wanted to go to Beyond Retro. Next time Cath and I are in the UK- we are totally going.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  36. love these moodboards! i wonder if i would've survived the 80s...so much hairspray..xx

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  37. It's fun to see the streetstyle there as it's so different from what it is in here!

    Juliet xxx

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  38. I adore those thick framed round glasses! I want some desperately!

    x
    www.lostinthehaze.com

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  39. Bloody good spots, my lovely x

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  40. They're working it in Japan. Love the outfit with the red tights. Thanks for sharing the photos and drop by me too, soon.

    Cheers.

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  41. i loved this post! there are so many japanese exchange students at my uni i should probably start a street style blog documenting their awesome style

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  42. Great post :)
    super informative and interesting!! x

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  43. awesome photos! I love the whole japanese street style harajuku trends! They look so fun and interesting!


    xoxo

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  44. funny post!! Love this styles and different point of view!! :D

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  45. Love all these images, I find japanese fashion so inspiring!

    Vintage shopping is my thing lately.

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  46. love what you put together! i'm inspired!

    -becca, www.temporarilybecca.com

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  47. nice, i like it. bue some of them i dont think i would wear it :x

    kisses, bia.

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