Spring, trenchcoats and Japan is a culture.
I've been to Japan twice and both times around spring season. Temperatures were between 10 and 20 degrees. I traveled to different cities, but Tokyo was always on the plan. Shibuya crossing. Shinjuku avenues with street works which seem more like cleaning works, but just more noisy. Harajuku stars fighting to be the most original among the fauna. No matter where you go in Tokyo that you'll see trench coats everywhere.
I don't usually make any statement, but here I'm raising one. Tokyo is the Paris in Asia. Tokyo girls have that je-ne-sais-quoi for styling their clothes. We all know that they are the target of basics. Uniqlo and Muji are their Meca. And trench coat is in the list of must haves. Don't think about vivid colors nor abnormal lengths. Go to the classic style and there you have an army in beige, navy or black.
Tokyo girls pair their trench with flats. Heels are not common. If you see some on the streets they'll never go above 5 cm, unless you ended up at Harajuku where platforms mix with Lolita style dresses. Skirts are never shorter than the knee-length and pants stay at the ankle.
I had never considered before a trench coat in my closet (too boring) until I got crashed by this nippon fever. I thought seriously about too late and I will have to wait for my next visit to Tokyo to get a vintage Burberry trench. Meanwhile when I was at Muji to buy markers and paper, I ended up with a navy trench coat on my basket. It can work. It answer to that simplicity, but I'll never get to nail that Tokyo girl je-ne-sais-quoi.
|Inés de la Fressange x Uniqlo|
Pictures: Pinterest, Muji, Uniqlo, Moussy, Burberry (The Art of Trench).