Substitute for Jeans?
July 25, 2012 10:09 PM Subscribe
Clothing for Japan / substitute for jeans?
posted by DisreputableDog to clothing, beauty, & fashion (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Currently I dress in jeans (boot cut and sometimes skinny), tank tops, button up shirts that look fairly nice to go over the tank tops, rarely a t-shirt (no pictures), sometimes jean shorts, and either sneakers or hiking shoes.
I keep reading that jeans aren't a smart thing to wear in Japan, as well as cotton, due to the humidity.....which makes me a bit sad 'cause I adore my jeans. I've experienced some of that humidity in Virginia so far though this year and I end up having to peel my jeans off, no matter the style.
I've also read that Japan women don't normally wear low-cut shirts, so I'm planning to pick up some polos. I've read that the winters can be pretty cold, so I need to pick up some silk underwear at some point as well.
Basically, I'm wanting to respect the culture of my host country as much as possible while still being me. Casual, 24 year old me, fan of hiking and lots of walking and not having to accessorize every outfit I wear (usually just hoops or faux-gauge earrings). I'm the kind of gal that has a short hair cut for convenience first and fashion second; I often just rub my hand through it or use some sink water to flatten or fluff some parts and then I head out.
I'm not really a fan of skirts, though if I find one or two I like while in Japan I'll definitely try to integrate 'em. And maybe I'm just misinformed, but I feel like "chinos" are either too dressy or cut too high for sneakers. I need to be able to throw on a button-up and look good, or throw on a hoodie and go hiking with the same pair of pants.
So...um....what would a 24 year old casual chick use to replace jeans? Are there any other clothing items I should consider for a low maintenance, comfortable, temperature savvy wardrobe?
I'll be living near Yokosuka.
I'm also likely going to be visiting other Asiatic countries in the area, along with traveling throughout Japan.