Comic: Japanese women are famous for their fashion

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I’ve never been a “girly-girl.” I enjoy wearing makeup (it’s kind of like painting my face!) every once and a while … but putting on makeup more than once a week seems like a pointless waste of time.

Ditto to nice clothing. Sure, silk and satin feel nice on your skin and look chic – but they also tear incredibly easily. Wearing a short skirt means you always have to be careful how you sit and stand. You  just don’t get a break.

I guess I got lucky because Ryosuke likes me much better without makeup. And he thinks sporty (yoga pants and a sports bra) looks way better than sexy (short skirts and pushup bras). I also like his style – plain shirts and fashionable jeans – much more than the typical “Japanese men’s fashion” (pointless layers, chains, accessories, etc).

We like to call our style “effortless chic.”

It doesn’t work for everyone – but it works for us~

[Then again, there are also days when I’m halfway to the grocery store before I realized I forgot to put on a bra. Again. The joys of working from home during the fall/winter/spring~]


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15 Comments on Comic: Japanese women are famous for their fashion

  1. I’m 64 years old and I have met very few women who are satisfied or even content with how they look. My wife and I have been married over 28 years and almost every week she asks me if I would like her better if she lost a bit of weight, or her D size boobs were a little smaller, or some other point of self dissatisfaction were different, though the first two are most frequent. Why?! I’m not at all dissatisfied with her in any way and I don’t want her to try to change because it doesn’t matter; I like her and love her just the way she is. Since your husband is happy with you the way you are, be happy the way you are and don’t worry about it.

  2. I’m not girly either. Makeup only at church. Boys shorts and a t-shirt most of the time. Except i never forget to put on a bra. You can’t forget with D-cup. blah. haha

  3. Well you are lucky to be able to forget to wear a bra :)

  4. Grace, you said it in the comments — Those Uniqlo tops with the built in bra are the beeeest. <3 YJ and I probably look like the scummiest pair when we wander around Shimokita in sweatpants and t-shirts, but it works for us. XD

  5. Ahahaha. I am a tomboy. My husband always says he likes it. And I am so comfortable in my body and mind. I’d never change this to be more sexy or fashionable. You rock girls! :)

  6. Makes me wonder how underdressed I will feel when visiting Japan… I really seem to lack any fashion sense so I only got normal jeans and a variety of shirts to chose from. My wife on the other hand is a bit different, I guess mostly because she had to work as a beauty consultant several years until we moved to Germany, so usually I feel like a toad next to her :p

  7. Once I broke down in tears, “I’ll never be as pretty and cute as a Japanese girl!”
    Husband (boyfriend at the time) was like huh?? “But when you take your makeup off, your eyes are still big and your face is still cute. You win!” Um thanks honey lol

  8. Rich K. // 7 April, 2015 at 9:55 am //

    My wife is 5’2″, 95 pounds, and a natural A cup, and I LOVE it! But, she’s always been self-conscious about her slight figure. Ever since she swam in high school and was a cheerleader, she got teased about it non-stop (by other GIRLS). I just thought about this, when you mentioned “forgot to put on a bra.” My wife couldn’t believe that I found her attractive when we first started dating, because she thought that most guys preferred full-figured women. I’ve always loved petite pretty women!

  9. Anonymouse // 7 April, 2015 at 9:24 am //

    When I started wearing skirts (which I still don’t wear more than maybe once or twice a month…), I figured out early on that if I don’t wear biker shorts underneath them everyone gets a nice look at my underwear. I mean, I still try to be careful, but at least now if I flash people all they see are shorts that I would have no problem showing them anyway.

  10. Yeay, twinsies! I much prefer that way of wearing my clothes (and face) as you do!

  11. LOL! “And then there’s me…” HAHAH!

  12. My chest makes it impossible for me to go without a bra, but other than that I agree with you completely haha
    Here’s hoping I find a guy who also likes the “effortless chic” look :p

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