Leather waist belts - particularly corset style!
Corsets are one fashion item that has a long history, first becoming truly popular back in 1600's Europe. They were seen as an indispensable part of women's fashion back then, and have been incorporated into all manner of clothing pieces since - from dresses to lingerie. Leather waist belts are popular this season, and many stores are really bringing back that corset, lace-up look to their pieces. A great way to incorporate them into an outfit is with a military styled green jacket like in the picture below - it maintains the casual vibe, but brings the chic! If you want to try out a waist belt yourself, Earth, Music and Ecology have a couple available right now, including faux leather and even chambray corset belt styles!
There is also the non-corset leather look waist belt, which are more of a wraparound style which you tie in the front. Interestingly, elsewhere in the world they're called Obi Belts - just like the sash that you use to tie around your kimono.
Go big or go home, right? On their way out are minimalist, dainty earrings - and in are the big, bold and dynamic pieces. Right now you'll see a lot of mixed colors, textures and materials being used on earrings, which makes for an eye catching statement piece in itself. The earrings below are paired with a simple, wire band beaded necklace, but you could honestly wear just the earrings alone and still pack a punch when it comes to interesting accessories.
Velour Clutches and Bags
When you think velour, you might think of bathrobes or your grandma's super retro curtains - but it's coming back in a much trendier way. Velour clutches and bags are becoming the next big thing in Japan, and you'll find them at a number of retailers right now. One example are the clutches below at Earth Music and Ecology, but they're definitely not the only store that you can snag a clutch or bag at.
The choker trend has been a bit of a worldwide phenomenon in the last couple of years, but these lace ones add a really feminine touch. If lace isn't your thing, there are still plenty of other choker styles at a lot of Japan's fashion retailers - from leather to velvet, velour and more. If you have your heart on a lace one, there is a similar style to the picture at Earth, Music and Ecology.
Stone-look jewelry is something that a lot of fashion retailers in Japan are into right now. Whether it be as a part of necklaces, earrings, rings or bracelets, these pieces are rocking right now (if you pardon the pun). This particular collection is at the Japanese clothing store Beams, and the pieces looks fantastic with a dark manicure!
Statement bib necklaces
In a similar style to the detachable collars, statement bib necklaces are also making it big at this time of the year. Some are simply made of fabric, others are beaded, but either way one thing is for sure - they are an easy way to accessorize a simple white shirt or tee. It's also great because you can dress up the same clothing piece multiple times just by wearing a different bib necklace, and no one will know that it's not a different shirt!
Faux metal jewelry is also proving to be popular this season. These particular earrings were from Beams - and they're also on track with the trend above for large statement earrings this fall and leading into winter. A range of colors are popping up, such as this beautiful emerald green, dark teals, and ruby reds. They're a great way to give a stylish pop of color to an otherwise dark toned outfit.
I hope you've enjoyed getting a glimpse into some of the interesting accessories that are popping up across Japanese stores at the moment. If you're game, give some of them a try when you're out shopping on your vacation - you'll know that you'll be right on trend for fall.