The Random Writings of Rachel: A Dress Bought in Harajuku

A Dress Bought in Harajuku





In was pretty much inevitable that I'd return home from Japan with a new dress (in reality, I actually brought home two, because Angel and I each had a favorite, this one was mine). I did a wee bit of shopping in Harajuku--which is known for its fascinating fashion culture. The dresses of Harajuku, one might think, aren't necessarily the most 'wearable' in everyday life, but as soon as I reached home, I sought a way to style my new dress from Japan in a way that fits my lifestyle here. Since I was headed out to church, and later lunch and the mall for some grocery shopping (sometimes I forget that we didn't used to go to the mall for groceries back in the USA...), I paired this dress with pinstriped leggings, a paisley button-up shirt, and a comfy pair of t-strap sandals. All obviously choices for a floral print dress, right? The dress came with long ties so that you can tie a bow in the back--they are removable and I removed them for convenience since I was wearing the shirt on top.  In the future I plan to layer a t-shirt underneath, and then I'll add the ties back it because I'm usually quite fond of bows around the waist. My favorite feature of this dress is the pink ruffles at the hem.

What was funny was that twice over the course of this day, I was asked, "Rachel, do you ever wear sleeveless dresses?" The answer is: Yes, I do--even my wedding dress is sleeveless (although if I could have found one with sleeves I probably would have opted for it). But bony white shoulders never seem like the greatest look in the world so on the whole, I often layer with sleeveless dresses, unless it's some sort of fancy occasion (i.e. my own wedding) when a button-up top tied on over your dress isn't really appropriate. I did wear a denim jacket at my wedding after the ceremony was over, however...

Do you think I will ever grow out of my love for shirts tied in front? Would you go shopping for dresses in Harajuku?

19 comments:

  1. You look great! This outfit is super cute, Rachel :)

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  2. I have more dresses than any other item. It's a good problem to have!
    I love that Angel had a favorite, so you got two :)

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  3. This is such a fun outfit! It reminds me of something Cindy Lauper wore. I'm so envious! I've never been to Japan, but I do appreciate their colorful and fun culture. Maybe I'll make it there one day!

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  4. This dress is awesome! It just seems so fun and whimsical. I love how you put the different patterns/prints together in this outfit. So, so cute! Those pinstripe leggings look pretty epic, too.

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  5. Beautiful! Love the way you styled this.

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  6. That dress is adorable - what a fun outfit!

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  7. I love your style and I love this dress! I love getting clothes when I travel somewhere different because it's a fun reminder of my travels and because you can find things you can't necessarily get everywhere.

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  8. This is so cute! I love the mixing of all the different prints, it totally works on you!

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  9. You look beautiful! It's such a pretty dress and you really made it your own!

    La Belle Sirene

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  10. Really nice! I like it :))

    xox,
    Rosalyn

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  11. That is one seriously jaw-droppingly gorgeous dress. How lovely that two frocks followed you home from Japan.

    Many hugs & happy mid-August wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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  12. I love the way you styled this! And I think it's sweet that you bought two dresses because Angel had a favorite as well. You guys are adorable. :)

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  13. ...I lol'd at the bony white shoulders comment. Mine get like that in the winter, otherwise I tan up pretty nicely from being outside all summer. My tan was actually so intense last summer that it lasted through the winter, and now I think I'm building on it. Freaky. Any who, that dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love the print and the light pink delicate lace at the bottom. Pretty details!

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  14. I think that dress is really pretty! It's also really fun to get clothes from other places that you visit.

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