Fashion Forward or Fashion Faux Pas in Shibuya?

Mar 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Shibuya Style Stars and StripesAn aimless stroll though the windy and hilly streets of Shibuya led me towards the entrance plaza of Yoyogi Park where the street fashion that the area has come to be associated with is ever present.  The area is well known for it’s youthful vibe and funky fashion sense.  From a western perspective the fashion is very funky indeed!

A Japanese version of little red riding hood was out and about with her polka dot hair bow and heart shaped purse. At the Hachiko Statue, located just outside of Shibuya station, a young woman attired in leather and lace with red and black striped tights was checking her keitei (mobile phone) messages while toting a piano-themed messenger bag.

Red seemed to be the color of the day as a young woman wearing a bright read sweatshirt emblazoned with “NAVY” completed her patriotic look with one leg boasting stars and the other stripes!

So you be the judge…what do you think of these Shibuya street fashions.  Fashion forward or fashion faux pas?

First the girls…

Shibuya Style Red Bow

Shibuya Style Red Stripes

How about the guys?

Shibuya Style Blue

Shibuya Style Psychadelic

And how about this young woman?  A bright fuchsia stripe in her hair and a katakana tattoo on her cheek.  I sure hope that tattoo is temporary!

Shibuya Style

Image Credit:  Personal Collection

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  1. nice photos Shane. Looks like you had a good time. I like the Nodame piano bag the girl has. Not sure about those red and black zebra stocking though. As for the guys, I don’t want to even think about what you call that fashion look!

  2. If wearing clothes like that made me as happy and confident as Red Riding Hood seems to be I might even do it myself! Lovely capture getting that smile, Shane. She’s definitely got it down right down to the amazing boots most of the others seem a little more haphazard but I bet they spent HOURS lol!

  3. wow, looks like Shibuya is quite the fashion powerhouse 😀

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  5. Shane – thanks for sharing these photos. People watching must be pretty amazing here.

    I have to admire these folks who wear such bold and creative fashions, because I wouldn’t have the guts to do it.

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