I am seriously a hapa through and through. Maybe that doesn’t make sense, since the true meaning of “hapa” is “being partially of East Asian, South East Asian, or Pacific Islander descent.” Even though I’ve met different kinds of hapas, I still think half or part-Japanese mixes are the most common. So what I really meant was, I am seriously half-Japanese through and through. I’ve lived and grew up in Southern California in a bicultural household, and now I live in Tokyo, experiencing the Japanese way of life. I am literally split down the middle, in terms of how I think, how I speak, how I behave, and how I dress. As Lisa and I were walking around Ginza on a busy Sunday evening to take these photos, I realized, wow, I look totally out of place here, but the juxtaposition of California surfer girl style meets Tokyo city night life is so… hapa. And that is something totally unique, if I do say so myself.
The reason why I styled this particular outfit was to be able to sneak in one more summer outfit in with this sweat skirt that Harajukuii so kindly sent me. Harajukuii is an affordable, cute, fashion-forward Japanese online clothing store, and I was immediately drawn to this brand. This skirt is the most comfortable thing ever, and is the perfect length- not too short or too long. Then I just added the most casual pieces I could find in my closet. And boom, you got yourself a Cali-Tokyo girl.
I’m glad I got to squeeze in one more beachy, California-reminiscent outfit before it really cools down. What are your opinions on this sweat skirt? Yay or nay? Be honest 😉 Let me know in the comments!
(skirt: Harajukuii; top: Topshop (similar here); clutch: Dezso by Sara Beltran (similar here);
Photos by Lisa from Paint with Stars
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Yay to the skirt! Great outfit, the pictures are amazing! 🙂
Love this look !!
You rock it, my friend.
what a cool outfit girl
you look great
love the shirt
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I love your outfit! And these pictures are amazing! I am not not half anything but Korean American and I came to the US when I was 7 years old. So I felt like I had my feet in two worlds!
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Great outfit and the city looks beautiful x
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I think you have a very cool urban style. You're the mix of two things, and the result is awesome. I really like that skirt and love the top! I and my mom (who was looking at the post too) really like this outfit 🙂
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SUPER LOVE THE OUTFIT 🙂 YOU ROCK THIS STYLE DEAR <3
YOU ARE SO PRETTY
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Such a great outfit.
Lots of love.
You are so gorgeous!! So jealous that you live in Tokyo. My boyfriend and I are planning on going to Tokyo at the end of the month (hopefully) and seeing this makes me really excited!
I live in Hawai'i (but I grew up in LA until I moved to Hawai'i December 2013) and one of the local words I learned was "hapa". It's used a lot here since there's a lot of hapas (and a lot of my friends are hapas). Hapas are so beautiful!
You look so cool!
nice outfit, and the pics are spectacular
I think it's so amazing to grow up with mixed cultures, it's such a great opportunity for personal growth. 🙂 Love the Californian fashion style, it's nice to see you rocking it in Japan. I've always been a huge fan of sporty-urban look. 🙂
Take care always, love Christine ~ xx
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I can see both worlds in your style and you Sam. That's what makes you so unique. Love your skirt!
You look cool in this outfit! Love the combination of outfit and sneaker! Kireiina 🙂
I like the sweat skirt and this entire outfit, but isn't sweatshirt material hot? If it's as hot in Japan as I think it is, I'd save the skirt for the fall, though you wouldn't be able to wear that cute top with it. I have a similar crop top and I love the way it flares out and looks so DIY haha.
I kind of feel the exact same way. As someone who was born and grew up in California who moved to Hong Kong, I am so torn sometimes and I don't really feel like I fit in either place. I'm full Chinese, but man the culture is so different here and I constantly feel like I stick out because of the way I dress and the way I carry myself. Maybe in the future I'll embrace it but right now it feels like a bit of a bad thing. Trying my best to keep those negative feelings at bay.
Great look, love the tied up shirt, it looks amazing with crop top and cap. 🙂
you look so stylish! 🙂
this look is super stylish! love your style, its so inspiring! thank you for sharing <3
keep blogging! 🙂
Such a cute photos! <3
Fab look! Love that tied up shirt
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AMAZING look! Really I love this combo. Looks so great on you! 🙂
So cute! Love the clutch! Actually that's what I wanted!
Bitch hurry up and go back to LOOKBOOK!
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Fabulous!!! Love this edgy casual look…like you just stepped off a catalog babe! That beanie is the perfect topper, so haute!
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I'm loving the Tokyo streetlife in the background! gorgeous look too, love the urban grunge vibe! 🙂
I love it your style is so pretty and great!
I love it the the photographs!
Every time I visit your blog is like reading a magazine even better!
I love the laid back street vibe of this look. It's so awesome to experience two different cultures in a lifetime <3 you're so lucky
Love the look! xx
love this look! its one of my favs from you <3
You look marvelous! and I know what it`s like to live in a bilingual and bicultural household, it`s my world to be somewhere in the middle not isolated in anyway, I just really enjoy it. x
So simple, yet chic look. love the hat too.
You look good girl! I don't think I could ever pull this off. Love it.