S'KAWAII—THAT'S JAPANESE FOR "S'CUTE" AND IT'S A WORD I MADE UP. I PUT THIS LOOK TOGETHER TO WEAR FOR THE JAPAN FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON, BUT I ENDED UP CHANGING INTO SHORTS AND A WHITE SHIRT INSTEAD BECAUSE IT WAS WAY TOO HOT OUTSIDE.
I drew inspiration from a few Japanese street fashion photos I've seen, and I wanted a clean, simple outfit for that minimalist look. I'm such a huge fan of mesh tops because it brings depth to an outfit and allows what's underneath to shine, too. What really tied this look together was this black, elongated bowtie. It felt very gradeschool to me, and I think it elevated this particular look. By pairing the navy mesh jacket with green chinos, I broke up my white shirt for a more casual look. I threw on my favorite pair of loafers and kept my hair in a simple and tidy style for further exude the playful "school boy" look, so I could look somewhat more k'awaii than everyone else.
I TAGGED ALONG WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE REALLY INTO JAPANESE CULTURE. I'M NOT AS BIG ON IT AS THEY ARE, SO I WAS DEFINITELY OUT OF MY ELEMENT. IT WAS MUCH BIGGER THIS YEAR, AND THE TURNOUT WAS MASSIVE, SO I WAS PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF MY COMFORT ZONE. I'M JUST HAPPY THAT JAPAN FEST CONTINUES TO GROW IN HOUSTON.
There was a lot more food options this year and everything smelled and tasted so good. We took a look at a few of the kimonos and my friend bought a fun dress that she is obsessed with. She loves pastel and fun colors, so her purchase was well-warranted. I ended up staying longer than I intended, which was perfectly fine, because we got the chance to stroll through the Japanese garden and get a few neat shots in for fun. There were a few cosplayers and it was really cool to see all the hard work people put into those looks.