Comic: Then VS Now (Fashion)

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So I showed this comic to one of our friends who was over for dinner. He also studied abroad at my University the same time as Ryosuke – so we were all friends. He just laughed and was like “Wow… This is so true!”

Rysouke used to be the stereotypical Japanese boy when it came to brands. He loved them. He had the designer jeans, tons of shirts with designer logos, and fancy shoes. I thought he looked so stylish and cool.

I used to dress very provocatively. Well, not “very” – but most of my shoes were several inch heels. I was really into fashion – and loves showing off my legs (because really, I have awesome legs). Ryosuke thought I looked so sexy and mature.

Then we just kind of… I don’t know. Changed. Together. I saw how much his brands cost (who pays $200 for a pair of jeans??) and he saw how limited my range of motion was in heels and skirts. Our big “thing” right now is matching. Matching shirts. Matching jeans. Matching shoes. Now we have fluffy matching down jackets.

It’s our own personal “fashion.”

What about you (if you’re in/have been in a serious relationship)? Did you end up changing a lot?

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14 Comments on Comic: Then VS Now (Fashion)

  1. So true! When we were still dating, same thing as above, OMG! Hahaha! Now that we’ve been married for 10 years, been together for 15, we became so much more comfortable with each other. (Btw, he’s pure Chinese and I am a Filipina) Now, we live in WI for the last 10 years, going on 11 years this February

  2. Tinker Black // 16 December, 2014 at 2:33 am //

    You should do a comic depicting the two of you five years from now. You will be wearing a mumu, and Ryosuke will be wearing a robe with sweatpants.

  3. First of all, you guys need matching onesies now. XD Second of all, you guys have a very Korean relationship thing going on with all the couples clothing. Couples things are SUPER popular in Korea as a way of showing that you are together (couples shirts/hats/rings/PJs/EVERYTHING XD).

  4. Interesting post :) That is so cute you and your husband wear matching outfits alot. I still dress up all the time like I did when I first met my husband , the only difference is I just changed the fashion style I wear, went from several different genres of fashion, now I prefer long/maxi skirts over short skirts, and I wear more darker colors and less pastel stuff. My husband was totally not fashionable at all when I first met him, in fact its the opposite of your story, now my husband dresses nicer than he did when I first met him and even his hairstyle has changed with the help of my sense of fashion, he gets compliments at work now and people call him an “ikemen,” and he said they never called him that before hahaha.

  5. Here’s a marriage tip: matching fleece pajamas are where it’s at! Tee-hee.

    We actually have the opposite trend going on…when dating in college we wore jeans and hoodies. Now as adults with a bit more disposable income we like to look good for each other^^ That and I hate feeling like the frumpiest person in the room here in Japan. I wear leggings and skirts, heels when we go out, he layers collared shirts and jackets, and pants are never typical colors. No brands though, yay for UniQlo!

  6. persephonebasilissa // 14 December, 2014 at 9:52 am //

    Yes, well. After almost 25 years together and raising a couple of kids, our style has changed quite a bit. As with you two and most other commenters, we have gotten much more casual. I wear more cotton and comfortable cuts, rather than the satin/silk sexy styles that I used to prefer.

    However, we still prefer the same colors as always, and I still follow the rules I established in my youth: only black bottoms (maybe the lefties can tell you why?), black socks & shoes, solid-colored tops in varieties of red, pink and purple, and scarves, vests and jackets in flowing prints. Plus a hat and gloves if I can make it work.

    The most dressed up we’ve gotten in the last decade was for our son’s wedding this summer; they had a steampunk theme! I wore an evening gown with beaded shawl, lots of jewelry, lace fan & parasol, hair in a high bun with a bright red streak on one side. Husband wore a suit with red dragon-embroidered vest, red silk cravat, octopus tie tack and top hat. It was so fun! And probably the most fancy we’ll ever look for the rest of our lives. LOL!

  7. Yes, well. After almost 25 years together and raising a couple of kids, our style has changed quite a bit. As with you two and most other commenters, we have gotten much more casual. I wear more cotton and comfortable cuts, rather than the satin/silk sexy styles that I used to prefer.

    However, we still prefer the same colors as always, and I still follow the rules I established in my youth: only black bottoms (maybe the lefties can tell you why?), black socks & shoes, solid-colored tops in varieties of red, pink and purple, and scarves, vests and jackets in flowing prints. Plus a hat and gloves if I can make it work.

    The most dressed up we’ve gotten in the last decade was for our son’s wedding this summer; they had a steampunk theme! I wore an evening gown with beaded shawl, lots of jewelry, lace fan & parasol, hair in a high bun with a bright red streak on one side. Husband wore a suit with red dragon-embroidered vest, red silk cravat, octopus tie tack and top hat. It was so fun! And probably the most fancy we’ll ever look for the rest of our lives. LOL!

  8. One of the most fun parts of marriage is watching how you both change and become more one as the years past. My husband & I will be married 12 years in March and we still get such a kick out of those incidents where we both move in sync without communicating because we have the exact same thoughts or idea.

  9. Hah~ I think once you get comfortable with someone, you kind of stop caring so much about looking REALLY GOOD, ALL the time… it’s refreshing, actually, to see people in their prime, totally chill with how you are, as well. (That’s when you know you found someone worth keeping around ^.^ <3)

  10. The longer you’re with each other the more comfort & common sense you should have. you realize it doesn’t really matter what style of clothes you’re wearing as long as you’re confident and happy you look gorgeous.

  11. I changed somehow. First of all I don’t go out with friends to drink anymore, I gave up my sport and I don’t go to metal festival anymore through which my hairs got shorter over the years :)
    These days I have probably much better taste in clothes / I adapted to my wife’s fashion sense…

  12. Hehe; When my fiancee and I met, we were fifteen.He always wore really nice dress shirts and nice jeans and shoes, and I dyed my hair random colors and always wore ONLY black.(Think the movie “The Craft”). I have stopped wearing ALL black at this point, and both of us dress much more casually. I haven’t quite managed to stop dying my hair though, though currently I shaved it all off. He is much more comfortable wearing t-shirts and slightly less nicer jeans. I tend to stick to weird t shirts and comfy jeans and sneakers. Our weakness is hoodies; we have about twenty that are interchangeable and that we both wear. I discovered recently during laundry that we actually have three of the same hoodie somehow. I WISH I could get him into couple wear for some reason I think it’s so so cute.

  13. Aww that’s so adorable! I actually feel like you both have more confidence now. Love that!
    I think that that is one part of a good relationship. ♡

    As for me, I think I haven’t changed much. I usually dress pretty casually or comfortable so ever since I started going out with my bf (he is japanese), the only thing that maybe changed is, that because of him I have more confidence to dress in lighter colors (white, pastels etc) :)
    I am rather happy about that. He is also staying true to his casual self (he’s not a typical japanese when it comes to certain things hehe)

    Keep up with the fun comics :)
    looking forward to your next post ♡

    Love,

  14. Hi Grace! I check out your updates when I have the time, and right now I just wanted to say that I have lots of fun with them, and I also use Keio Line very often (I pass by Bubaigawara very often).
    Actually, I am Latin American and I live in Tokyo, with my fiancee. I can relate to some of your blogs, because I also lived in the US, and I can get a bit of American culture (or I think so, at the least haha).
    My fiancé likes expensive stuff… sometimes, when he is out of my sight… he buys expensive stuff. Like the time he went on suit shopping for a wedding and got a really expensive wedding-suit which will be payed in ‘comfortable’ monthly quotes. I guess he still need a bit of time to get to Ryosuke’s ‘now’ point, right?
    This made me laugh, because I remembered when the other day, he confused that he got a 2000yen muffler before I came to Japan. He said it with such a pain in his voice, that I get the feeling that he learned a lesson from it.

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