Holey jeans are hot
WITH large holes and striking abrasions, "crushed jeans" are a hit fashion item.
They are a more extreme version of conventional distressed jeans, which are made with holes and other damage in them.
I saw many people wearing crushed jeans recently in the Omotesando area in Tokyo. My attention was first drawn to a female nail artist wearing jeans with large tears in the knees.
"Crushed jeans have a wild, hard image, so I can incorporate masculine elements into my clothing," the 36-year-old woman said.
A 17-year-old high school girl in denim shorts said: "I expanded the holes (my jeans originally had) by myself with scissors." She said she enjoyed treating and customising the jeans to be different from other people who wear similar pants.
Coordinating crushed jeans with other clothes seems tricky, but a 29-year-old hairdresser who matched his with a white T-shirt said: "The point is to accentuate your jeans' processed elements by wearing simple garments on the upper half of your body."
I saw many people wearing their crushed jeans with white or black upper garments that had few ornaments. Make the upper half look simple while the lower half of your body stands out - this clever pairing seems to be the key to cool fashion involving crushed jeans.
Crushed jeans look new and fresh, as simple slim jeans were the dominant fashion for a long time.
Fashion journalist Rie Miyata said: "People tended to avoid wearing striking clothes in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. But four years have passed now since the quake, so people have begun enjoying the essential diversity and free expression of fashion again."
Another reason for crushed jeans' popularity may be their functionality - many people say they are cool in the burning heat.
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK