A lot of Japanese fashion brands have started offering their next-season clothes via preorder online. Let’s take a look at some Japanese street fashion brands and what they’re offering for spring 2017. And deduce some trends while we are at it.
Trend 1 – The Long Midi Skirt
For summer and fall 2016, I swear, almost every girl in Tokyo was wearing the same outfit. A Uniqlo midi skirt (shorter than these though), high-rise, with a T-shirt or sweater tucked in. They mostly looked like these ladies except the colors were always more neutral. It seems like designers think the trend will carry on into next year. BUT they will not be as prevalent as our next spring trend:
Trend 2: Longer Hemlines
Hemlines are getting longer! So if you have to choose between two, probably get the longer one. You might be sick of midi by spring, who knows? Most are flouncy, typical “spring” items except Royal Party’s sweater-ish dress.
EDIT: long close-fitting setups (separate skirt and shirt) ended up being the more popular ones after all.
Trend 3: Long, printed cardigans
Trend 4: Culottes & Wide-leg Pants
Culottes were huge in fall, and the trend is continuing into spring in a pastel color palette. I have a culotte jumpsuit from Uniqlo and it’s one of the most flattering pieces I own. But wide-leg pants are trending in general, including denim, not just culotte cuts.
Some other (Otona Kawaii) trends to note:
– thick chunky chokers
– off-shoulder cuts
– denim beyond jeans
About these brands:
Most if not all of these appear in Sweet. For agejo Ageha girls, all Emiria Wiz, DaTuRa and Delyle Noir have yet to unveil plans to make spring fashion available for pre-order. These preorders are also only available for a limited time. The Merry Jenny and Evris campaign, for example, has already ended.
Liz Lisa (from the featured photo) released theirs on the 28th. Check it out here.
So, what will people actually be wearing? All I can tell you is that only Jugslitty’s office-friendly preorder of a dress and blouse combo is sold out online. That means people are probably not fully on board with the idea of deciding what they’ll be wearing on the street a few months from now – we’ll just have to wait and see.