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The 6 Best Harajuku Fashion Trends You’re Going To Be Seeing Everywhere This Year

Image by: Joshua Chun

From sheer meshes to race car motifs, these are the best and biggest themes we’re seeing in Tokyo fashion this year

The creative complexities and innovation of Japan has always been of intense interest to the rest of the world- especially in how it manifests in their art culture. In fashion, it’s already known that Japan dominates the world of street style, and one of the places that’s responsible for that dominating fashion influence is not only in Japan’s capital, but one of the sub-districts of Tokyo’s fashion centres, Shibuya, called Harajuku. 

Harajuku is particularly known for its youth culture and style, and the name is widely used in Western pop culture, but what is hot in Harajuku right now? Well, since buying a return ticket straight to Tokyo is a little less cost efficient, we did our own research to bring the biggest trends out into the spotlight- and most importantly, provide the ability to shop them right here at Bluewater.

Tip: this article goes great with a matcha latte and space to accomodate more amazing clothes in your wardrobe. 

Oversized Sleeves

Japan’s infatuation with extreme size contrasts often come in the form of teeny tiny objects, but they also seem to have an appreciation for the oversized. Mostly in clothing. Big sleeves are one of the most popular trends we’ve seen across Japan’s men’s and women’s 2019 fashion weeks. Wear it best this season in a trench coat and chunky brogues. 


We consider organza to be somewhat of the elegant evolution of mesh. It’s seen often layered over a bralette or a t-shirt, making it super versatile and a great transitional piece for the autumn. Note: the puffier the sleeve, the better. 

Sporty Sandals

These have been a popular summer trend worldwide, but in Japan it seems like they’re getting chunkier by the minute, and we love it. Paired with funky socks and wide leg jeans these sandals are some of the coolest things you can wear in this season.

Midi Midi Midi

Tokyo dwellers LOVE their midi lengths. Midi skirts, midi dresses... A retro plaid midi skirt serves as the perfect piece to layer on top of, and with a leather shacket and doc martens you’ll be vision of the lolita gothic look harajuku loves so much.

Checkerboard Print

Playing off of the Nascar vibes that were prevalent in last year’s micro-trends, checkerboard is still very popular as a print to incorporate in looks not just in casualwear but also mixed in with a bit of tailoring for an ultra-modern street style look. 

Pink Fantasy

From pastel to hot, and anything reminiscent of candy floss, in the world of Harajuku fashion, it pays to wear pink. Just pink. Seriously, this pretty shade favours ton sur ton.