Want to get into japanese-esque fashion but not really sure where to look since it seems the only options I'm aware of are either really expensiv…

Want to get into japanese-esque fashion but not really sure where to look since it seems the only options I’m aware of are either really expensive or random drop shipper scams you find on instagram ads.

Mainly looking for like those turtle neck type shirts, harem/balloon pants or wide pants (pleated or sleek)

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      • Anonymous says:

        Okay? If you can’t afford something, you can’t afford it. Simple as. No one goes to a Ferrari dealership, looks at the prices, then goes to a sketchy used car lot asking if they can do a good price on a Ferrari they don’t even have in the lot.

      • Anonymous says:

        there’s no cheap way to dress like this unless you go reps/used. import fees from japan are high and ensure that. wearing uniqlo and muji items out of the eu and us catalogue isn’t "japanese fashion" or even close to it. all that stuff is meant to be like the gap.

      • Anonymous says:

        yohji and y-3 go below retail on sale right now, for the first time in like a decade of it being trendy, and you’re still complaining?

    • Anonymous says:

      >poorGODs managing to make silverspooncels seethe for the umpteenth time
      Top kek indeed, my fellow anon. Tip top tippity toppest of keks!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like Adidas Y-3 and Cav Empt. Get some good measurements of your body and a few of your favorite clothes if youre going to be shopping online

    • Anonymous says:

      Know y-3, almost snagged some pants but opted for more outwardly techweargay shit because I need zipper pockets for the shit I’m usually doing lol, will look into Cav Empt. never heard.

      • Anonymous says:

        >Mainly looking for like those turtle neck type shirts, harem/balloon pants or wide pants (pleated or sleek)
        You’re describing カラス族 or ‘crow tribe’ which is basically dressing in a mishmash of CDG – actual CDG, not Play or CDGCDGCDG – Yohji etc. tl;dr wear alot of clothes in a bunch of thin layers and make the entire outfit black with a small amount of white, probably as your shirt. Simple. You’re going to look like a fashion victim if you dive in head first though so look for flexible pieces you like and buy them over time.

        There are a couple of Taobao brands that produce good quality stuff for relatively cheap, but at that point you’d just be better off buying used CDG.

        Have you been living under a rock for the past 10 years?

        >japanese-esque fashion
        what the heck does that even mean stupid, most people in japan dress like bugmen slobs same as in the west, if you mean yohji yamamoto just go browse Yahoo Japan and Mercari like a normal person

        man you sound so hecking gay
        >le epic secret japanese fashion brands
        heck off

        […]
        because the designs are pretty shit, think of the kind of person who can afford Y3 at retail, are they buying y3? or are they buying an actually good brand?
        […]
        i do lol, maybe you just don’t get out much
        […]
        lmfao

        This is a pretty good post but I don’t take kindly to not keeping YJ, Rak and Mercari a seekrit klub.

        https://i.imgur.com/LxAGIap.jpg

        All the best japanese designers have almost zero mention in the english speaking internet. You have to read japanese, google translate-fu, or have a friend over there to get into it beyond the stuff that makes it over to the west.
        you also kind of have to be short and slim and built like a japanese guy to wear most of it.
        its a lot cheaper to direct buy with rakuten/shopee/etc or on vacation than going through importers.
        my best recommendation is if you want to actually get into jap fashion learn japanese or make a japanese friend and travel to japan at least once. i wish i had better advice i’m fortunate enough to have a friend who’s an importer of japanese designer shit, and although his store doesn’t cater to my look, he nabs me whatever he thinks i’ll like when hes in japan.

        >shopee
        stupid

        there’s no cheap way to dress like this unless you go reps/used. import fees from japan are high and ensure that. wearing uniqlo and muji items out of the eu and us catalogue isn’t "japanese fashion" or even close to it. all that stuff is meant to be like the gap.

        With the rate at which used clothes drop in price after one or two seasons I cannot fathom why you’d buy anything other than shoes brand new, unless it’s a specific item you love from a very small brand. The bulk of my wardrobe is used but in good condition with the ‘brand new’ purchases reserved for independent designers.

          • Anonymous says:

            That’s not true at all. Archivebeasts are discovering Japan’s reuse market for the first time every day; the variety is much narrower than it was 5 years ago, and the prices are massively inflated. If everyone actually did know about that market, various Grailed meme items like the IS sport bomber would’ve never taken off.

            https://i.imgur.com/rE7anLL.png

            >but at that point you’d just be better off buying used CDG
            i can’t afford that shit heck. not OP but I want to do a wardrobe update to a wider more flowy look but it feels like my options are cargo joggers or just cope with how boxy cheap uniqlo can look.

            Give me a rough estimate for how much you’d spend on a shirt, pants, shoes etc. Unless you’re actually from a third world country or something you’d be surprised for how low some of it can go for. Uniqlo can be a fine source especially with alterations like the other anon said, remember however that different materials will make the clothing work in different ways. For example polyester pants will be more rigid (I don’t mean 32oz denim stiff) and have more structure compared to wool pants which will be heavier and appear more ‘flowy’

          • Anonymous says:

            budget for bottoms is like $300 and I want to get as many as I can. Not sure how I’d alter uniqlo stuff besides just hemming but idk how much you can change a shape with alterations. tops are just thrifted shit or whatever looks ok when i venture into an outlet so i’m not really considering a hard budget for those, just whatever I run into i pick up

          • Anonymous says:

            $300 USD should be enough to get you 2-5 pairs of second hand CDG pants. The pants I’ve worn the most in my entire wardrobe are 9k yen ‘basic’ wool saruel ones and you have a budget of about 45000 yen. If you go to Rakuten, Mercari or YJ and search "comme des garcons パンツ" you’ll have thousands of listings to choose from. Be aware of measurements and dont feel afraid to buy one pair once to try something and if you dislike it, just onsell them and try something else.

            You can cheap out on a shirt by just buying something good quality and a few sizes too large from a ‘fitted’ size. Pic related is from the first season of the Uniqlo+J revival and fits perfectly into this style of dress. Or, you can once again find cool shirts on YJ etc. Again, my most worn shirt is a 8k yen worn once CDGH+ shirt from 2 or 3 years ago in near-new condition. But there’s nothing wrong with just buying an oversized Uniqlo, Muji or even thrifted shirt.

            I’d recommend Zenmarket or Japonica for proxy. The latter is better but slightly harder to use because they do almost everything through email. Don’t forget to account for proxy fees (500y per item + local shipping + international shipping). If you have any questions feel free to ask. I should point out that what I’m writing is different to the Yohji style of clothing in the OP but in a similar ‘mode’ vein. Yohji stuff is generally more expensive than CDG on the second hand market and there is less in circulation overall. This is just a different entry point that’s more budget friendly and a bit easier to get into due to availability. You can start here and start to buy into Yohji later.

          • Anonymous says:

            >talking about meme shit from 2016 as evidence these sites aren’t known quantities
            clueless lol, utterly clueless

            https://i.imgur.com/rE7anLL.png

            >but at that point you’d just be better off buying used CDG
            i can’t afford that shit heck. not OP but I want to do a wardrobe update to a wider more flowy look but it feels like my options are cargo joggers or just cope with how boxy cheap uniqlo can look.

            why are you so poor?

          • Anonymous says:

            You aren’t even giving a metric to define how well they’re known. Everyone on Sufu knew about the markets and proxying Kapital or whatever so you didn’t have to pay ridiculous markups at local stores and had access to the full range. But the wider internet didn’t know about it which is why Grailed reselling took off in 2015 and why the earliest resellers aggressively bidwarred Japs for anything and everything they could get their hands on. If everyone knew could just go buy the IS bomber for 10k yen as soon as it started being hyped up it would’ve never reached the prices and popularity it demands now, to the point where China is producing fakes of it.

        • Anonymous says:

          >but at that point you’d just be better off buying used CDG
          i can’t afford that shit heck. not OP but I want to do a wardrobe update to a wider more flowy look but it feels like my options are cargo joggers or just cope with how boxy cheap uniqlo can look.

          • Anonymous says:

            Remember that they do minor alterations for you at many Uniqlo stores. Buy cheap stuff, get it tailored, profit

    • Anonymous says:

      y-3 goes on sale right now and has zero hype. which imo means its time to buy.
      y-3 and yohji mainline shoes in particular are slept on and can be swooped up for pennies on the dollar deadstocked on grailed. leather insole, some have leather midsoles, no plastic coating on the leather, etc. i will never understand why y-3 shoes get no hype when they’re literally just better quality and better styled adidas.
      case in point these y3’s are so old that adidas and yohji no longer have the art code on their website, they were that far ahead of the off white/cream suede with white leather trend virtually all zoomer sneakers are these days.

  2. Anonymous says:

    All the best japanese designers have almost zero mention in the english speaking internet. You have to read japanese, google translate-fu, or have a friend over there to get into it beyond the stuff that makes it over to the west.
    you also kind of have to be short and slim and built like a japanese guy to wear most of it.
    its a lot cheaper to direct buy with rakuten/shopee/etc or on vacation than going through importers.
    my best recommendation is if you want to actually get into jap fashion learn japanese or make a japanese friend and travel to japan at least once. i wish i had better advice i’m fortunate enough to have a friend who’s an importer of japanese designer shit, and although his store doesn’t cater to my look, he nabs me whatever he thinks i’ll like when hes in japan.

    • Anonymous says:

      >japanese-esque fashion
      what the heck does that even mean stupid, most people in japan dress like bugmen slobs same as in the west, if you mean yohji yamamoto just go browse Yahoo Japan and Mercari like a normal person

      man you sound so hecking gay
      >le epic secret japanese fashion brands
      heck off

      https://i.imgur.com/iYlfkvk.jpg

      y-3 goes on sale right now and has zero hype. which imo means its time to buy.
      y-3 and yohji mainline shoes in particular are slept on and can be swooped up for pennies on the dollar deadstocked on grailed. leather insole, some have leather midsoles, no plastic coating on the leather, etc. i will never understand why y-3 shoes get no hype when they’re literally just better quality and better styled adidas.
      case in point these y3’s are so old that adidas and yohji no longer have the art code on their website, they were that far ahead of the off white/cream suede with white leather trend virtually all zoomer sneakers are these days.

      because the designs are pretty shit, think of the kind of person who can afford Y3 at retail, are they buying y3? or are they buying an actually good brand?

      its been forever since ive been to japan but on the west coast i never see japanese americans wearing uniqlo and muji. but ALL the younger chinese and korean guys wear it like a uniform.

      i do lol, maybe you just don’t get out much

      >oh look its the i want good stuff for cheap thread again
      i hate poorfags

      lmfao

    • Anonymous says:

      https://i.imgur.com/iYlfkvk.jpg

      y-3 goes on sale right now and has zero hype. which imo means its time to buy.
      y-3 and yohji mainline shoes in particular are slept on and can be swooped up for pennies on the dollar deadstocked on grailed. leather insole, some have leather midsoles, no plastic coating on the leather, etc. i will never understand why y-3 shoes get no hype when they’re literally just better quality and better styled adidas.
      case in point these y3’s are so old that adidas and yohji no longer have the art code on their website, they were that far ahead of the off white/cream suede with white leather trend virtually all zoomer sneakers are these days.

      https://i.imgur.com/UPL6eqU.jpg

      >Mainly looking for like those turtle neck type shirts, harem/balloon pants or wide pants (pleated or sleek)
      You’re describing カラス族 or ‘crow tribe’ which is basically dressing in a mishmash of CDG – actual CDG, not Play or CDGCDGCDG – Yohji etc. tl;dr wear alot of clothes in a bunch of thin layers and make the entire outfit black with a small amount of white, probably as your shirt. Simple. You’re going to look like a fashion victim if you dive in head first though so look for flexible pieces you like and buy them over time.

      There are a couple of Taobao brands that produce good quality stuff for relatively cheap, but at that point you’d just be better off buying used CDG.

      Have you been living under a rock for the past 10 years?

      […]
      This is a pretty good post but I don’t take kindly to not keeping YJ, Rak and Mercari a seekrit klub.

      […]
      >shopee
      stupid

      […]
      With the rate at which used clothes drop in price after one or two seasons I cannot fathom why you’d buy anything other than shoes brand new, unless it’s a specific item you love from a very small brand. The bulk of my wardrobe is used but in good condition with the ‘brand new’ purchases reserved for independent designers.

      Just go to Japan and walk around harajuku, shimokitazawa, and koenji. It’s cheap af to visit right now.

      Also you can pickup some of their fashion magazines, Popeye is a good 1 to start with.

      This is an echo of the yohji yahmamoto and rei kawakubo 1981 look if that helps you in your quest. Their shit is expensive but i know yohji has a few more accessibly priced sub-labels that his team works on, i got a few weirdass drapey garments from them over the years and they’ve always delivered

      Thanks for actually giving this newgay actual replies and yes I have been living under a rock, just now actually care enough about fashion to research it but I know I won’t actually know how to "correctly" navigate this shit

      The rest of you have a nice day

    • Anonymous says:

      its been forever since ive been to japan but on the west coast i never see japanese americans wearing uniqlo and muji. but ALL the younger chinese and korean guys wear it like a uniform.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know Japanese Americans, but Japanese Japanese wear a LOT of Uniqlo, GU, some Muji. The thing is they don’t necessarily wear the clothes as they are marketed, so OP needs to learn to think outside of the box. Also don’t be afraid to accessorize and get hair done regularly. A lot of the style is just oversizes stuff and well-kept hair.
        If we’re naming brands, shoutout to Christopher Nemeth. I love those trousers.

        • Anonymous says:

          >Christopher Nemeth
          Looks dope, thanks for mentioning it.

          yohji and y-3 go below retail on sale right now, for the first time in like a decade of it being trendy, and you’re still complaining?

          What sale? There’s none on the yohji website.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You can kind of approximate it on the cheap with stuff from GU, which is a Uniqlo diffusion brand aimed specifically at a more fashion-forward demographic. Lots of oversized stuff. It used to be Japan-only but there is a shop in NYC since 2022. Also look into diffusion brands for Comme des Garcons like Black and Shirt, and Y’s for Men for Yohji. You can sometimes find bargains on Yahoo Auction if you don’t mind using a proxy. Finally, try women’s pants from places like Zara, Muji and Uniqlo. Womenswear tends to have more adventurous silhouettes and as long as the pants fasten left-to-right you’re good to go.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just go to Japan and walk around harajuku, shimokitazawa, and koenji. It’s cheap af to visit right now.

    Also you can pickup some of their fashion magazines, Popeye is a good 1 to start with.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Where are you from ?
    Cause if yoûre european thrifting will get you pretty far, îve got multiple yohji pieces this way (mostly y’s even tho i got a few mainline pieces) and some cdg by jun. but i happen to bd french which seems to be the best country to thrift in excluding japan.

    Anyway you should use second hand site, especially those with a high presence of white bourgeois women, they arr the one dressing their husband with designers and then sell them once they’re bored of it. Or better give it to charity, thus charity shop are more likely than regular thrift shops to contain cdg etc…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why do the japanese love oversized clothing so much?
    Was looking at reviews for a parka on the uniqlo site and even the tiniest of manlets went for at least size L, with only women buying M or smaller.

    • Anonymous says:

      They don’t, it’s just one particular aesthetic. If you get into Japanese-made American heavy-duty-inspired shit you’ll find it’s all significantly more compact and slim than anything made here just as a baseline

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s the opposite. You have to be tall for it to look good. If we’re considering oversized length-wise, of course.

        This is an echo of the yohji yahmamoto and rei kawakubo 1981 look if that helps you in your quest. Their shit is expensive but i know yohji has a few more accessibly priced sub-labels that his team works on, i got a few weirdass drapey garments from them over the years and they’ve always delivered

        I’m literally you. Mind sharing which ones you got? I’m also buying from their sub-brands.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is an echo of the yohji yahmamoto and rei kawakubo 1981 look if that helps you in your quest. Their shit is expensive but i know yohji has a few more accessibly priced sub-labels that his team works on, i got a few weirdass drapey garments from them over the years and they’ve always delivered

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