Last month, I shared with you one of my #ootd's using a Japanese garment called a jinbei; which was traditionally used in households or during errands. Just like this, the haori is another traditional Japanese garment that is used in street fashion today.
During my time in Tokyo, I wanted to find pieces I wouldn’t get back at home. There’s a store I looked up called Chicago Inc., known as one of the consignment retailers in Harajuku who sells curated traditional Japanese fashion. There was a vast finds of beautiful getas, hair accessories, yukatas, obis, kimonos, and haoris - all made in Japan! After going through many options, I left with a mauve purple with subtle embroideries on the outside. The inside of a haori usually has a colorful or contrasting printed lining. Mine has a white lining with a light gray print. I chose this piece because 1) I don't have a lot of purple in my closet, and 2) I wanted something that I could easy style with - versus a novelty.
Haori: Japanese formal coat
Just a little bit of history....
Originally, men fashioned the haori and used the style as an overcoat during cold weather in battle. This was paired with a wide legged pants called hakama, and together this outfit was used by men who would ride horses - typically the middle class and up. At some point, women adopted the haori, wearing it as a jacket over the kimono. To this day, people have used this kimono-style jacket in other ways, just like how I have with my black and white striped jumpsuit and oxford heels.
I've taken a liking in the way people, especially local Japanese folks I observed on the streets of Harajuku, integrate cultural garments with street style. The haori is a really cool piece because of how functional it is besides being awesomely fashionable. It's a great coverup, keeping me warm and adding layers I don't mind the sleeves, but I try to be careful in the way I move my arms about.
I went around Bishop to shoot this look with my friend, Flynt and his friend Tony. I've been working with Flynt for a while and he's great in his craft and is amazing to work with! Check out more of his work on his Instagram page as @flyntphotos.
Tony and I just met, but I already know how cool and friendly he is! He too does amazing work, and his editing style is beautiful. Check out his work on his Instagram, @tonybodega_.
I haves hopes to travel again next year, but unfortunately not to other countries. Perhaps an opportunity will come up and I'll be able to collect more cultural pieces that I can tie into my wardrobe. Do you have any pieces in your closet that represents your ethnicity? Let me know if you do and how you wear it in the comments! :)