Splurge, Steal or Something Original: Japanese Infusion

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Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 RTW, Louis Vuitton (Look #1) Spring 2011 RTW, Philosophy (Look #30) Spring 2011 RTW. Thanks to Style.com for all of these images.

You may have noticed a slight Japanese infusion on the runway this spring. Many designers took Japanese fashion themes and infused them into other trends like ’70s boho chic or 1920s flapper. Japanese fashion is easy to incorporate into your spring wardrobe–it’s fun, flirty and colorful. Try one of the three following infusions to start.  And consider donating to Japan Aid before you buy your next fashion accessory. Happy Shopping.

Infusion #1: Obi Belt

Splurge

Halston Heritage Metallic Leather Double Sash Obi Belt, SALE $136.50 from Bloomingdales.

Steal

Glam Obi Belt by Lilly Pulitzer, $38 from simplysoles.

Something original

finethreadz’s Leather Belt Japanese Obi Style Genuine Leather Gold Croc, made from leather and inspired by the Japanese Obi belt. $45 on Etsy

Infusion #2: Kimono Dress

Splurge

Leifsdottir Kimono Dress, $428 from Neiman Marcus.

Steal

Black Lace Long Kimono, $110 from Topshop.

Something original

bayousalvage’s Mystery Train… Rococo Kimono Lace Dress, $175 from Etsy. Just search for ‘lace kimono’ under both the VINTAGE and HANDMADE categories in the Search box.

Infusion #3: Bright Satin

Splurge

See By Chloe Mini Skirt in Purple, $175 from YOOX

Steal

Pied A Terre Pleat Front Skirt from House of Fraser, about $27 on sale.

Something original

Search for ‘blue silk skirt’ in the HANDMADE category of Etsy. Try tripot‘s $99 royal bluee silk satin skirt, AliceCouture‘s $78 (handmade in Venice) cobalt blue tulip skirt (shown below), or this $37 Handmade 1960s-inspired pink valentines satin full knee skirt from RetaBoutique (shown below).

While we enjoy Japanese style and the influence it has on Western fashion, take a moment to consider donating to Japanese Earthquake Relief. There are even fashionable ways to do so (not that you need a reason). Try this Red Cotton Cord Bracelet ($12, 100% to Japan), Speratus Corroboratus ring ($40, 100% to Japan), Bright Loops Paper Quilted Earrings ($12, 70% goes to Japan).

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