You can’t have failed to notice that we are in the midst of economic doom and gloom right now that has sent the reliable Yen sky high, making this an awful time to be buying in Yen from outside Japan (sorry!). Mercifully for those in Japan there is a lot you can do by going down the second-hand route or shopping sample sales and outlets, but that is not a huge help for those outside Japan so I thought I would take this opportunity to give you an idea of how good you can look for very little.
My example case will be the unbelievably cheap, international order accepting and award winning “Jiggys Shop” that is a huge hit with readers of Mens Egg and Knuckle and also where you can occasionally find me hoarding basics come sale season. Needless to say there are a wealth of budget shops on Rakuten and I have to say that ironically enough the cheaper you go, the more you have to be very cautious about extra details. Nothing makes an outfit fail like cheap details, bad plating, Engrish slogans or rhinestones that will fly off leaving you with glue marks. My advice is keep it simple, focus on silhouette and add the details yourself with quality accessories. Yes, most budget shops will always stock some stuff that no human ought to wear, but if you just focus on the positives, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Straight in there with the first example from Jiggys. This whole outfit including postage from Japan will come in around the 150 dollar mark (damn yen!), a perfect look for this summer and including some epically on trend boots. The only negative I see is that those PU boots are only going to last for a year, but for around 5000 yen you can’t complain and you can always enjoy refreshing your style knowing that you didn’t spend a fortune on them.
On the subject of boots, you can get these for between 5000-6000 yen:
All three of those are approved by me and come in at less than a sixth of what you would spend at Fuga or Buffalo Bobs. Even after the international shipping that is pretty much the same price that you would pay on the high-street.
Next up, seasonal shorts:
You really can’t go wrong with these either, and in terms of materials these are all cotton (and in my experience) good enough. If you want cashmere shorts you are in the wrong place, but for something to chuck on and not worry about the bill – you are.
A couple of other selections from me:
Tsunagi are a big hit right now.
Fun jeans for around 6000 yen (maybe lose the blinged buttons…)
Nice little snake print leather corsage.
And cropped suit jacket, perfect for the late summer evening heat.
Now, even if you would not wear any of that, what I can try and seduce you with is the cheap basics. Oh yes, if you are after a nice tank-top, t-shirt or drape you need not spend over 3000 yen, which is a price point I am happy with.
Nice deep drapes for around 3000 yen, yes please!
This is available extra long as well. I approve of the shaped unfinished hem although the similarities to a certain designer are a bit naughty.
I know it is difficult to talk about this kind of lower-end stuff on a site that focuses on the big names of JFW. But on the other hand I know that is not accesible for an awful lot of people right now and I would not like anyone to think that your average Japanese consumer isn’t relentlessly looking for a bargain the same way you are (and the same way I am). So pick and choose, think about the basics of fit, layering and colour and there is no reason that you cannot get a quintessentially Japanese fit on the cheap no matter where you are in the world.
All pictures are taken from Jiggys Shop and on top of the attractive pricing they are always running some kind of 3 for 2 offer on something so go nuts. Failing that just go browsing Rakuten by brand name (link in our sidebar above) and enjoy your shopping safe in the knowledge that your credit card statment won’t be that bad.