Sunday, 29 April 2012

Ouji/Kodona-Dandy Fashion Vs Formalwear

A heartning thing to see is the current upswing in the popularity of Kodona/Ouji/Boy-style fashion. After all, it's always nice to see something you love get more recognition. However, for a fashion to become popular, new people need to start wearing it, and this brings in a lot of people who don't quite get it right. But nobody gets it right first time!
A very common mistake with boy-styles is to just wear any suit, or formal masculine clothing and call it Dandy. Yes, you probably look great in a suit, but it's not Boystyle. Just the same as throwing on a blouse and skirt isnt Lolita.

There really is ONE KEY to Kodona fashion;  DETAILS.
You can start with any suit, and so long as you wear the right accessories, make it work.

The first "accessories" you really must have, are a hat, and waistcoat (or vest).
Or, if you can pull it off, a sweater vest. Basically, anything that is worn between your shirt and jacket.
Look at these two images, it is immediately obvious which is Fashion and which is just formalwear, right?



The key differences are the details. In this case, pattern is used to make to for a lack of accessories. The pieces themselves are detailed with eye catching buttons and unusual print But even with few accessories, the model is still wearing 
something on her head, and has arranged her hair. Hair is important - EVEN FOR THE GENTLEMEN - make sure it is clean and brushed at least. A great look for longer hair, is to simply tie it back (or better- braid it), and add a bow or ribbon at the top of the tail.

Easy accessories include;
A Tie Pin (any brooch or even hair pin across your tie could substitute)
A Corsage
A Brooch on your Lapel
Flowers or feathers on your Hat
A Large vintage-style Ring.
 
 Hats are important in boy-style fashion. By far the most common hat is a black topper.
BUT, a suit + top hat does not equal Kodona/Dandy.
Hats too, need details.


First thing's first - avoid party and costume top hats. A real, plain hat is easy to find online, and will not break the bank. But compare the ordinary top hat to those by Alice and the Pirates (shown). You need to add interest. This is very easy to do with feathers, flowers, or even just a brooch or pin on the band or ribbon. Or even just add a larger or longer ribbon in a colour that compliments the rest of your outfit.

Okay, I'm starting to sound like a broken record now, but the details really will make that much difference.
Look at these waistcoats;

 


 They're both unpatterened, black, waistcoats. However, the difference is obvious. I am not saying that the first one cannot be dandy, and the second one will allways be so. My point is how much of a difference the details make. An unusual collar, unusual length, a different fabric, interesting buttons. All of these aspects things help!
You don't have to have them all at all times. But allways have at least one aspect, keeping it interesting.


More posts on Boystyle Fashion Including the rest of The Kodona Code can be found here; http://lowdownanddandy.blogspot.com

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Tokyo Video + More Photos


















The clips I took around tokyo, compiled for your viewing pleasure! Sorry it's silent, youtube took issue with the sound.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

More Tokyo

We're gtetting settled into our stay here, the jet lag and travellers sickness are wearing off. It's proven to be even more of a challenge than before with the fibromialgia, but I'm still pcking as much as possible into each day.
We went to a steampunk meetup in Yoyogi park on Sunday, the photos from which are up on facebook. (I may cross post some here, if the opportunity arises).
I bought a rediculous amount of stuff in closet child, including a BABY handbag and Bolero that I'm wearing just now <3 I'll take pictures of all the things I've bought topost once home in the UK! The internet in the hotel is patchy, and we're mostly too busy to sit around online anyway, but I've been filming small clips and taking photos to spam up my blog and youtube with once we're home!
There was a massive rainstorm yesterday, it was typhoon caliber, although not technically a typhoon. It blew away all the clouds and the sun is strong and bright today! The forecast is good for Disney tomorrow too <3

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Arrival in Tokyo

My long anticipated return to Tokyo has finally arrived! Only for a visit though, but we still have plenty of time to soak it in an enjoy being here.
Traveling is nearly always very stressful, and coming from Glasgow to Tokyo was an immense journey. After hardly sleeping the night before, we took a short flight to Schipol, then had to transfer over to our 11 hour flight to Tokyo. This involved two sets of Security. Eek.
Upon arriving in Tokyo, I was informed that KLM had left my suitcase in Amsterdam, and it wouldn't arrive for at least 24 hours. It would have been extremely irritating if I hadn't been completely burnt out already.
It was another long while of navigating trains, through the notorious main tokyo station, and then a local train , to finally walk the last distance to our hotel. There was a mistake in the booking, but the staff managed to sort it out with no trouble which was a blessing.
We went out after ditching out things, to Family Mart to load up on snack food. I missed combini's SO much. I sincerely with the rest of the world had these types of conbini. We ate while watching some extremely eclectic panel shows and magical girl anime on the hotel TV.

Today, our first real day, has almost been worth the travel in itself! We decided to take it "easy" and only go places within walking distance. However, we're within a stones throw of Akihabara and it is Saturday! So we went to take in Electric Town and nerd-out over figurines and manga. The Big News series right now are deffinately Madoka Magica and Dragon Quest (because it's on it's 25th Anniversary?)
Shopping is exausting, so we took a break at DonK's @Home maid cafe. It's layout has been changed since I was last there, there seems to be more seating than there was before. Our maid was Sakurako-san, who was, of course, adoreable. So we had our pictures taken with her. She was so swet, and pesonalized our souvineirs for us by drawing Scottish flags on them!
Sakurako-san drew scottish flags on out athome cafe gifts! on Twitpic
The package includes candy, a sticker and chopsticks.


Due to jet-lag, we'd been up since 4am, and went back to the hotel for a nap before dinner. After dark, we went to Yodobashi's restraunt plaza for sushi. I'm ashamed to say, I'd almost forgotten just how good real sushi is, and how inexpensive.
After dinner, I spent a silly amount of time wandering the toys and games floor, looking at the gachapon machines, I have a terrible weakness for gatchapon. A series that seems to be advertised everywhere right now is "Maison de Ayakashi" (I hope I have that right?). I don't know it, but it's very aesthetically pleasing to me, so I got a gatcapon locket from it.

It's been an action packed two days. Here's hoping the next two weeks are just as much fun as today :)
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