Gloomy economy = Poor dress sense

There is no lack of Japanese inspired fashion in Singapore and there’s no better place to witness that than at Far East Plaza. Nothing really caught my eye, maybe because there were too many of the same things.

When I got to Tokyo, I was appalled at the fashion display on the streets and in the shops. It felt like the gloomy Japanese economy has taken a toll on its fashion and people’s taste in clothes.

Summer is typically about light-weight fabrics, bright colours, sundresses, floral patterns, shorts, swimwear, straw hats, slippers, espadrilles etc. Somehow, the way the Japanese put it together just wasn’t aesthetically appealing.

The Bad…

Everything looks like some part of the fabric has been chewn off.

I don't get the whole T-shirt in a dress look. It's everywhere in Tokyo and hardly fashionable!

T-shirt, tube floral dress, tights and a printed bag just doesn't go!

There's something interesting about pairing shoes with floral dress, but this combination just doesn't look sharp or sweet.


This looks sloppy.

Maybe if they switch tops, it might work better?

These sundresses look like sleeping gowns.

The sales girls tend to wear the outfits sold in the stores. Floral jumpers is one of those outfits that is unflattering for most. It looks frumpy because you don't see the waist nor the hips!

All is not lost, it is a matter of finding the right cut and knowing if your body type is suitable. Much of  Japanese fashion is borrowed from Hollywood celebrities, modified with a twist of their own style. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Nonetheless, here’s what I found in the August issue of Japanese magazine “Gisele”.

A jumper can look flattering if the proportions are right.

Long sun dresses - without a T shirt inside.

If tube and spaghetti styles are too revealing, choose sundresses with sleeves.

The Good..

If it's too revealing, throw on a cardigan.

Or cover up with a loose fitting shirt.

Or just make sure you style your hair, put on make-up and go really cute with it!

I think this is nice, but I do wonder if having a belt might give her a bit more shape.

The Quirky…

There's something very pretty in this conservative get-up. Her hairstyle complements the look!

I like the way she is able to multi-task with ease and still look so stylish.

I think young girls look very good when they dress like that.

The blue patch of hair sets her apart from the rest!

We have a lot of fashion options here, and I’ve seen girls wear clothes better than some of the examples shown here.

What do you think? Can Singaporeans do better?

51 responses to “Gloomy economy = Poor dress sense

  1. The Japanese are more conservative dressers. Most don’t bare their shoulders. Actually I’m not even sure if it’s being conservative or just being scared of getting tanned.

  2. i think singaporean girls do betters, maybe not all, but i believe most of them. atleast i didn’t see much mismatch in singapore:)

  3. i kinda agree with u on their dress sense, i saw many of them was wearing t-shirts inside with floral jumper. The floral jumpsuit they wore, some look abit without shape as they never put on belt..
    & great advice on how to bring out the best in ourself!

    But i notice they like to do layering on their clothes..

    If i never remember wrongly, u wear studded legging with timberland leather shoes! nice combi! 🙂

  4. Thats Japanese fashion for you. layer layer layer…they have pretty much their OWN look…if you go into Muji, you get the idea (but of of course muji is the neutral colour version) 10 yrs ago and now ..almost the same. But Japan is still cool cuz there are still many individuals who dress in their own unique way. Singapore is just …erm …No style. improving but still lots are not putting any effort (and investment) to make up, wear in trend clothes. Just plain basics e.g same tee shirt and jeans 365 days in the year. Most singaporeans rather spend on food i think. and ah, so many getting so fat and lumpy.
    Hk is most trendy to me, they pick up the european catwalk/season trends very fast

    • as much as i wasnt really wow-ed by the folks in tokyo this time when i return during summer, its really their style.. n it does work for certain people. i totally agree with miki, singaporean are too erm… no style… to start commenting on other people. even celebrities, some looked like ghost during award presentation.

  5. Singapore Trend is always t-shirt and jeans or bermuda with slippers for most of the Singaporean (even in Orchard Road). Once a while will spot someone wear jacket and boots under the hot sun… while Singapore trends will also influenced by actor/ actress like you 🙂

  6. I felt that often Singaporean are lazy to dress up (same for me ^(00)^), as everyone else is causal and in comfort in jean and T-shirt, and often due to the weather/ seasons, it will be almost insane to wear layers and layers under the hot sun.

    I love to play with colour in my clothings, anyway what colour will goes wrong with Jeans… but sad to say that Singapore’s fashion colour is not of many choices, always with basic white, black, grey… recently with blue… and when a shop has blue, it will be in a series of blue of basic colour… -_-“” Where you usually find you treasures?

  7. I always thot Japanese are trend-setters. You’ve proved me wrong. Gosh! They looked terrible!

  8. With every city, there will be the best dressed and the people with major fashion faux pas. I do think however with Japan, their fashion is much more eclectic. If we were to dress like that in Singapore, we’d get stares from every corner. Singaporeans do need to up their style a notch. I know it’s hot, but it’s the effort that is needed to be put in. You could definitely wear shorts and a tee, but still dress it up. If anything, I’ve grown to appreciate different styles from all over the world. Might not exactly be something one might personally wear, but it’s original, and their own personal style.

    P.S Joanne I think you’re one of the best dressed Singaporeans to date 🙂

  9. Hi Joanne!

    I had a conversation with a friend who had just got back from Hokkaido. He saw a bunch of roadside sweepers(not sure if they’re sweeping as punishment or part of their job) wearing HIGH-FASHION! 😀

  10. joanne,
    yeah, u’re right!!! japanese if very advance in fashion but once a style/fashion is out, everyone tends to follow the same fashion!
    we have everyone in flower dreses or flower jumpers everywhere!!
    i dun wear them that i sometimes tend to think that i’m very outdated!

    japanese is very open-minded but when it comes to fashion, i found that like what elisia said, the’re more conservative dressers.
    They MUST wear a tshirt inside the flower dress,
    or even a spagetti strap, i hardly see anyone with a spagetti strap here without a white tshirt inside.
    I wonder how they can stand the hot weather..

    And they like leggings, they will wear leggings inside a hotpant. Well, quite nice, but once again i hardly see anyone with only a hot pant..

    I think it’s not whether the style is good or not here, but the good thing is no matter how you wear, people will not have any bias against you.
    I must say that in Singapore/Malaysia, once u wear “a little different”, ppl will start staring or whispering behind you, don’t you think so?

  11. I feel that you shouldn’t jump into judging so quickly especially when you don’t live here. And especially when you can’t see the fashion all year round, and when you’re only seen certain areas.

    Why do you feel a need to compare? It’s a sad thing. And it seems like you’ve really taken into putting us down. Push us down in order to make your country’s fashion look better? Maybe I am wrong. But I feel quite upset.

    If Japanese fashion is as horrible as you make it to be, then how to you explain why so many asian countries are all crazy on the Japanese fashion. importing, mimicking etc?

    And why are you focusing so much on people with bad fashion sense here in Tokyo when there are so many good ones? I feel perhaps you are visiting the wrong areas.

    And the t-shirt in the dress is because the Japanese people are conservative. There is something about not revealing too much, it’s considered rude.

    I apologize if I am being rude but I felt a need to defend ourselves.

    • Hi Sakurai,

      Thank you for reading my blog post.

      I understand your need to defend (cos’ trust me, we’ve gotten our fair share of criticisms of our dressing and image by the press and public to know how it feels) but I think it’s important to realise that there’s nothing personal. The bad is always part of the good. Nothing is always good, and nothing is always bad. Things always change. I have no intention of putting anyone down (so as to raise anyone up) and neither are my observations the gospel truth. But I would like to think that I’m at least entitled to my opinion (however subjective), on my personal blog.

      Though my question is, if not having a positive reaction to something is perceived by you as putting one down, then does that mean that there can only be positive reactions all the time?

      And if I have to visit the “right” areas to see good fashion, then that itself would already be a biased observation, isn’t it?

      No offence here, but based on my understanding of conservative, I’m not sure I would slap the term “conservative” on the Japanese just like that. Don’t get me wrong, I am fascinated with the Japanese culture and impressed by how organised the infrastructure is. Everyone is polite and respectful, and sure, most Japanese girls don’t wear revealing clothes on the streets, so they are conservative in that sense, but then again when I was there, I found soft porn movies sold in regular video shops, comic books about the romance between two young boys being widely popular with the young girls (according to a shop owner), and magazine covers of bikini-clad models displaying ample cleavage in convenience stores, so I don’t quite know what to think. That isn’t quite what I understand by the meaning of the word conservative.

      And in any case, if you notice, I did feature the ones I thought were good, but you chose to comment based on one part of my entry (which was the bad), so in a way, you’ve decided to zero in on the, (in your own words), “bad fashion sense” yourself.

      I apologise if you find this rude, but I think I need to make my stand so we can all learn from one another’s exchange of ideas.

      • Sakurai Miya

        Dear Joanne,

        Thank you for your reply. I do see your point of view and of course you are entitled to your own point of view, this is your private space after all.

        I’m not pin-pointing on the fact to visit the “right” areas, but just think you haven’t seen it all.

        And I apologize for zeroing on the ones that you like. After all the ones you picked are from a particular “fashion group/area”? I think this is the best way to put it.

        But even as a Japanese I find some fashion trends here very appalling. I guess living here I tend to focus on the good fashion and ignore the bad ones. Actually I find that your point of view is very refreshing. Most people idolize Tokyo fashion and you hardly find people critizicing it like you did and I was taken aback.

        Sorry my english is not very good so I think I was being very offensive before? I apologize.

        Actually, the Japanese people are mostly very conservative. And yes, the soft porn? and crazy stuff are mostly kept hidden. It is scarier this way, many people have crazy fetishes and I was talking to an American gf of mine saying how scary it is to date a guy who is all prim and proper but have some really messed up fetish. It happens. Japanese culture, the good, the bad, the crazy.

        Even Japanese are fasicnated by Japanese. Sometimes I do think we are bit nuts.

  12. I m sorie. Do u mean japanese have poor fashion sense, but i thought some of spore fashion is influence by them?

  13. I don’t think it’s that bad wearing a tshirt in a sundress.

  14. i was initially surprised by the t-shirt + summer dress look when i first came to japan but over time i came to realize that japanese girls tend to cover themselves more during summer to avoid getting tanned. in winter, however, you see girls donning skirts as short as hot pants!

    honestly, i hate to compare but i do think that the average japanese put in more time and efforts in looking fashionable. they are willing to experiment in different look and style, as part of individual expression. a large majority may be trend followers but there are many who are complete trendsetters in their own ways. in comparison to the typical spaghetti top + shorts/skirts look popular in Sg, there is definitely a wider range of fashion expressions in Tokyo, especially if you venture into different types of neighborhoods.

  15. Personally I think that fashion to everyone is different and subjective (like the recent Jolin’s case). And I think that this blog is not to put anyone down or up or to critise any “country” dressing. And personally I always looked forwards to Japanese fashion sense/ culture in certain ways. While sometimes the expectation is high, and you just can’t help feeling abit disappointed in “some” areas you see. Of course, there are also good fashion somewhere out there as shown in Joanne’s blog. @)—“—-

    No country had poor fashion sense, it only drills down to individuals, and very subjective. My personal view: Fashion is very individual, what may look good on you, may not look good on me.

    Also, I noticed “floral” pattern is a trend or fashion recently (even in Singapore), but not everyone looks good in it. And imagine!!! if MRT was to fill with floral dresses, OMG, it will look weird…. and boring….

    From the blog, I noticed current fashion is “floral” and everyone is wearing it and weirdly in the “same” way, their trend (with the T-shirt), yet somehow too many are wearing it the “same” way turned it to be boring, like Singaporean T-shirt, Jean and slippers. The above is solely my personal view.

  16. hey, how do u maintain such good complexion. especially with oil and pimple-free. any tips, recommendation… any comments 😀 thks

  17. I think Singaporeans dress a 100 times worse than the bad ones that you featured. lol. I guess in every country you see well and poorly dressed people but in singapore it boils down to laziness. I suppose as an actress its imperative for you to dress well but to the majority sgporeans this is but a matter insignificant. But one way or another the truth of the matter is that in terms of fashion hairstyles and anything else for that matter, japan wins us hands down and we actually copy and draw inspiration from their fashion.They are knee deep in culture and flowery motifs are part of it. at least they have a culture to follow.We kinda got nth la. lol. you

  18. climate change means basic tee, shorts and slippers for me

    what’s the point of looking good when you sweat and feel uncomfortable?

    • Hi Jayster,

      U’re candidly honest! Love it!

      • in the world we live in, i’m extinct like the dinosaurs.

        we live in an era where people hide behind their facebook and poke at their iPhone.

        life basically evolve around making money and wasting time.

        i thought you deleted my posting.

        you got guts, i like.

        tiger airways don’t seem to like you very much:

      • Hi Jayster,

        This is funnY!!!


  19. I think it’s alright if you perceive this as your own thoughts and blog about it. But as a celebrity, you should know what to blog and what not to.

    Then again, I don’t think you are in any position to take pictures of others and blog it when you have no permission from them. It’s all about mutual respect. They don’t bother you so should you. They feel comfortable with what they wear and it’s not like you are of any fashion designer or something.

    Trust me, you have stylists with you as a celebrity and more or less, you’ll learn how to dress and what suits you. But those people are at least making an effort to try out things on their own. Perhaps some are in a “lazy mood” or perhaps they think that that’s their style.

    Really, it’s not wise to comment as such though you did not show signs of looking down on others but even if you wish to blog about fashion thingy, at least try to mosaic their faces when you are taking random strangers because you’re a celebrity, thousands are reading your blog.

    I think as a celebrity, you failed at this. ’cause I’ve not seen any SG celebrities commenting about others’ fashion sense in their blog when they themselves are doing better than you.

    Of course, you can point out e fact that celebrities are humans and etc. but you should know that celebrities more or less will affect a person’s mind especially younger generation.

    Then again, don’t get me wrong. I like to read about your vacations and all but honestly, snapping pics of others without their permission is really wrong of you. Mosaic it, at least.

    • Dear Lynn,

      I just love a comment like “As a celebrity, you should know what to blog and what not to”.

      First, it seems to suggest that for non-celebrities, there’s concession given for when they don’t know what they should or should not blog about. This prejudice in this context is unjustified. And that should not be the case, because there are far too many cyber-bullying cases that is the result of irresponsible virtual communication.

      Second, how the work celebrities do put us in a league where they “should know what to blog and what not to” eludes me, because it’s certainly not something we learn on the job.

      It’s so convenient to target the public figure isn’t it?

      It does not make sense to me that we have to be professionals in a particular field to voice opinons about something, in your case, I would have to be a fashion designer to be able to verbalise my opinion about clothes and fashion. If I’m making comments about the cut, the quality, the use of fabric, things specifically related to the technical expertise that a fashion designer would possess, then perhaps it’s more valid to have a professional make that critique. Then again, Heidi Klum isn’t a fashion designer but seems like nobody has an issue with her judging the contestants’ work on Project Runway. In a creative industry, if professionals only listen to the professionals, it will breed ignorance and close-mindedness.

      Again, please reserve your judgement on my “success” or “failure” as a celebrity based on a comparison on what my counterparts write on their blogs because this judgement of yours is coloured by your personal opinion on our fashion sense (because as an anonymous person commenting on a blog, no one knows for sure what your background is and if that credits what you say). Besides, as you said, we have fashion stylists working on us, so my question is, are those SG celebrities you’re talking about doing better than me, or are their stylists doing better than mine? How much do you know to be qualified to say?

      I respect that you think I should mosaic their faces, because that is your opinion, but I don’t appreciate your “parenting” approach of telling me what is right and what is wrong when no one here really knows who you are to pass such a sentence.

      I’m glad you enjoy reading about my vacations and thank you for taking time to compose your comment.

  20. Hey Joanne,

    i was in Japan probably around the same time as you and i beg to differ that the gloomy economy is taking a toll on the Japanese dress sense.

    we have to acknowledge that everything, there will be hits and misses and one’s man foot is another man’s poison. furthermore, when it comes to fashion it is a very subjective view. the Japanese do take alot of their style from Americans but they also improvise into their own styles which makes them unique dressers. and one thing for sure, layering is a staple in their style (hence the t-shirt + floral romper).

    i don’t its all that bad as long as one dresses to one’s comfort even if its an oversized tunic w jeans. and talking abt sgporeans, having berms/shorts and slippers as our staples is really not much better than those pics u posted. we need to learn to dress better and also be more adventurous with our styles. =)

  21. Hello , why you keep on saying what people wear? 🙂 They let you take their pics . 😀 pretty stuffs .

  22. Personally, i heard that my friends who went to Japan told me that not many of the Japanese are as fashion as we had saw on the magazine, those of cute side or “rocker” looks but in some areas that they went, you are able to find some of them hanging out around.

    Generally, they told me that Japanese are really good in making up and i believe that girls who knows how to make up stands are better.

    In Singapore, i believe with the weather that we are having almost all year long, it is hard to cover most of our skin with clothings, even for me as a guy, i wish i could wear lesser because i am afraid of the hot weather here.

    Generally, i believe it is good to compare the good and the bad to make ourselves to improve. 🙂

  23. The t-shirt and sundress trend seems like a normal summer trend to me. This post did seem a little harsh on the Japanese girls (esp because their faces weren’t covered.)

    “衣服不喜欢,只说不适合自己,不用说衣服难看。东西不喜欢吃,只说不合胃口,不用说难吃。看了一场闷电影,只说不懂欣赏,不用说难看。人家送你礼物,一定要笑着感谢” – Gigi Leung

  24. to the japanese, wearing just a spaghetti strap or tube is appalling AND boring. be it afraid of being tanned, or conservative in dressing, i think the japanese girls take more time in choosing their fashion than the average singaporean girl.

    anyway, it’s pretty cute to wear a t-shirt inside a sundress, or a cardigan over it.

    the average singaporean fashion sense is the true appalling one.

    • @bishbash: I agree. I think the writer of this blog has never lived in Japan before and cannot understand or appreciate Japanese fashion sense. You are so right in saying that to the Japanese, wearing just a spag strap or tube is appalling and BORING. “Layering” is key in Japanese fashion, why do you think they sell so many lace camis and little cardigans etc. Singapore girls follow a more western and you must admit, sometimes sloppy dressing style. We are also not afraid of getting tanned but Japanese girls value their fair complexion. You may see people wearing “sleeves” to protect their arms from the sun’s exposure. It’s very common. So wearing a t-shirt inside a sundress is not a strange thing. I think it’s cute. I particularly disagree with the picture in which the writer states that the sundresses look like sleeping gowns, I think it’s common in Japan and if you have a nice fashionable hairstyle, everything will end up going pretty well together.
      I don’t know which “fashion” areas the writer visited and I am not saying that you should go to the “right” places, but I don’t think these pictures give a fair representation of the fashion scene in Tokyo. If someone goes to suburban areas like Clementi and Tanah Merah (instead of Orchard or Raffles Place) to snap pictures of girls and then say “Oh Singapore’s ailing economy is taking a toil on people’s fashion sense. ” How would you feel? If you go to Harajuku, you see even more outrageous displays but that doesn’t mean it’s ugly, it’s just different. “Slegna” who posted Gigi Leung’s quote is right. You not liking it doesn’t mean it’s bad. Why don’t you take pictures of Singapore girls with our boring hairstyles (everyone has rebonded hair or hair permed in the same fashion) and sometimes drabby clothes? At least Japanese girls bother to put make-up and keep up with the latest fashion trends, they are trend setters while we are merely followers. What’s wrong with floral prints anyway? It’s sweet and I believe Japanese people wear it differently because they have their own style. It is ironically us Singaporeans who will just follow fashion trends wholesale and wear similar stuff if everyone else is wearing them. If Japanese fashion is so ugly, how do you explain the hordes of Taiwanese girls eager to lap up each season’s trends? We don’t have to accept Japanese fashion totally, but the writer’s blog entry here really is an unfair critique of Japanese fashion, it’s no wonder Sakurai-san finds a need to defend it. Even I a fellow Singaporean, feel a need to speak out against this blog entry. If you never lived in Japan before, don’t jump to hasty conclusions.

      • Dear Ash,

        It’s baffling how your comments focus on the bad, and completely disregarding the remaining blog entry. Words such as “ugly”, “boring” were not used in the entry and please do note how the word “appalling” was used, as a personal emotion, not as a description. If you think that a blog entry as casual as this is a claim to suggest a representation of the fashion scene in Tokyo, then you’re giving me too much credit.

        And here’s something to think about. You wrote “At least Japanese girls bother to put make-up and keep up with the latest fashion trends”, are you implying that ALL Japanese girls put on make-up and keep up with trends? If you’re not, then please apply the same standards in reading this entry. If you are, which I highly doubt so because the fact that you talk about not “jumping to hasty conclusions” suggest that you wouldn’t make a claim you cannot back up, then you are clearly contradicting your intention of this entry.

        Nonetheless, thanks for reading and I’m glad you bothered enough to comment.


  25. I think japan fashion is consider good. At least the way they match are still acceptable. The colours are not off. They are daring to try new stuff. i shall see how you wear the next time… see whether you have a good fashion sense….

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  27. ive always seen really fashionable people in street-style photos everywhere. this is a first! lol.
    ah well!

    it’d be interesting for many, im sure, if youd do a post about the kind of clothes you wear/ the kinda style you really like.

  28. iThug on the Loose

    Hey Jo,

    Interesting post.

    Looks like you stirred the hornet’s nest with this one though. Lotsa raised hackles all around… but hey, it makes for a fiesty discussion, and besides, I love the smell of a heated controversy and JP-4 Jet Fuel in the still morning air!

    Speaking as a man (strictly heterosexual for the record), I’d go one further and propose that in a general sense, the standard of dressing is one gigantic ‘fail’.

    The days when us men understood the ‘rules’ of classic style are long gone. And those of us who keep the flame are regarded as dinosaurs in reasoning, if not physical age (I’m only in my thirties after all).

    Look around the streets of Sydney and you’ll see ill-fitting black suits, garish stripe-on-stripe combinations that make would make a zebra go cross-eyed, pants that turn grownup guys into little bitty girls, and corniche pastie-like shoes that though ugly, are all the rage.

    Our style icons have gradually morphed from Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant to androgynous males who wear too much makeup and sport pointy-toed shoes ala Peter Pan and lil’ Tinkerbell. We’ve gone from knowing the difference between Gingham and Prince-of-Wales check to doing up every last button on our baggy suit jackets. From understanding how to ‘bull’ a pair of Crockett and Jones handgrade shoes to worshipping the square-toed monstrosities from makers like Cole Haan.

    Go figure everyone.

    It’s a brave new world.

    But enough ranting for today. It’s getting late and this Dinosaur needs to return to his cave.

    iThug over and out.

    BTW: Love the way you write. Confident and clear-headed. Frank and unapologetic while remaining reasonable and gracious. Have fun and keep it up, Jo. Be seein ya around…

    • Wow, iThug, always love to have someone on my side. Haha, who wouldn’t? Thanks for sparing the time to write!

      • iThug On The Loose

        No Prob, joanne…

        I just calls ’em like I sees ’em.

        Thought you were great in The Little Nyonya BTW, and as much as I think the world of Jeanette, that Best Actress award was definitely yours, lady.

        See ya!

  29. Hello Joanne,

    Have you checked out sites like ‘The Sartorialist’.

    Almost makes one believe that all Milanese and Neapolitans are born cool and classy.

    Hard to pull off in SG though; weather’s too hot and humid for anything but linen or maybe lightweight fresco…

  30. I don’t think it’s fair to say that girls in Japan wear t-shirt in floral dresses because I’ve seen people in Taiwan and Singapore wearing that too. Perhaps it will be better if you wrote that – you don’t think it’s wise to wear a t-shirt in a dress – without mentioning the Japanese girls’ part. Because I think it’s a little harsh. 🙂

    FOR EXAMPLE: if somebody took a picture of some places in Singapore that are filled with rubbish then blogged about it saying Singapore isn’t clean. Does it mean Singapore is very dirty? Singaporean will naturally feel offensive about it. So it is understandable that Japanese might feel upset after reading your post. 🙂

    I think it’s fine to wear t-shirt in floral dress if the girls wearing that is petite as they look cute in it. It’s just that that style isn’t suitable for every girl, I think. 🙂

    • Hi Beh Beh,

      Actually, the Japanese lady I saw who wore a T-shirt in a floral jumper was pretty tall and curvy. She looked good in it, so you’re right, it’s not suitable for every girl.

      And yes, sure, somebody’s bound to be unhappy, but that doesn’t mean the thought shouldn’t be shared. In fact, I like that there are people for and against it, because that’s what everything in life is about. Imagine a world where everyone is for everything? The absence of polarity would make everything meaningless.


  31. Hey Joanne erm… tshirt in a dress is nice than loose shirt over the dress. At least to me

    Its quite hot to be wearing a cardigan? 🙂

    • Hi YouEE,

      Actually, I saw a Japanese lady in town today who looked pretty good with a T-shirt inside a floral jumper. She carried it off very well, so like I say, it’s really how you pair and wear.


  32. I don’t think this is an appropriate expression towards Japanese fashion sense. Every country, states etc etc.. have their own fashion statement. Whatever that you or other singaporean thinks it is fashionable in Singapore may not be fashionable else where. For instance, Sydney and Melbourne. We are in the same country but we have our own fashion statement and we don’t critise each other. Melbournian dress more creatively I would say. But not everyone. So we do respects each others fashion sense and dressing taste. Therefore, I think it is very important to respect each others fashion sense and others country culture. Some people just like to simply underdress and vice versa. Travel more and you will notice that not every country resident dress like singaporean.

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  34. I’m surprised. Japanese are known for their good dress sense. What happened??

  35. Dear Joanne,

    It’s my first time commenting although I might have read your blog for a few times already. And, about the way the Japanese dress, personally, I feel that, Yes. They are known to be good in fashion etc. But somehow, I agree to your point of view. Frankly, I was really awed to see t-shirts and sundresses together. it’s like ‘omg what just happened’. Also, if you were to ask me about Japanese Fashion, I would rather pass because not to be annoyingly skeptical, I dont quite adore their fashion as I dont see them to be dressed sophisticatedly. They seem to ‘act cute’ alot. Maybe it’s just not my sense of sophistication or elegance. Oh well, i guess that’s why the world is so unique, because everyone is different.

    I really think Hong Kong has the best sense of Fashion. Taiwan is a total uh uh too.

    I did read some of the initial comments and some do claim that ‘celebrities shouldn’t write like this etc.’ but honestly, I dont really like the idea of that because, it doesn’t mean that you’re a celebrity, you are bounded to express what you feel. As long as, you sound professional and not personal, I don’t see an issue to it. Of course, to me, you sound really mature and professional. In fact, people like me would love to hear how celebrities like you feel. It’s from an entire new point of view. Why not?

    Oh btw, I never thought dressing in flip flops, shorts and tank tops a bad sense of fashion. In fact, I’ve always thought that it’s the most honest and simplest way to be beautiful. Plus, you wouldn’t want to dress in all kinds of bling bling like a bloody Christmas tree under such a blistering weather in Singapore with your make up melting under the scorching sun. that would have been ridiculously hilarious! LOLL.

  36. Hi, there are always good and bad about a certain situation, just which is more i.e. more good or more bad. Likewise, in a city, if generally the people on the streets dress well, and only a sprinkling not so, then we can say the city as a whole dress well. So I don’t know why some people get offended and personal here.

    Back to fashion, Singapore is limited as we do not have seasons, it is hot and humid, thus limiting the fashion variety. If let’s say, we plant a Singaporean in Japan, I am sure he will dress more fashionably, having the environment to influence him and availability. For e.g., because of their cool weather, they can dress with suits, stockings, boots, wool, hat, scarf, gloves. But having said that, not all suits or boots or scarf are in good taste. So again to compare in context when we come to that.

  37. first ever entry i’d like from your blog. keep up the good work. did u mention that floral jumpsuits or maxi dresses are for leggy 1.7+ girls like you. majority of japanese girls are short so such dressing doesn’t work for them at all.
    just a qn, what camera device did you use to take their frontal pics?
    i had tried with my cellphone -mute- but it still makes a snapping sound.
    u must have felt like a paparazzi then. 🙂

  38. Hi joanne,

    Though what you replied to Lynn very much made sense, i think many would agree that it is rude to have those pictures of the Japanese published on your blog without the mosaic on their faces.

    I am a pretty avid reader of Xiaxue, and i realized many a time, she mosaic the faces of strangers she captured on photos. Although it might be fair to say that it unfair to compare you with her, but Xiaxue as a professional blogger, must have her reasons for doing that, right? I am not taking the ‘parenting approach” here in case you get offended. Just giving my 2 cents worth.

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