Photo by Samuel Thomas

Photo by Samuel Thomas

Tokyo street fashion may not be defined by its fashion tribes of late, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t identifiable looks sweeping the streets—they just don’t have the handy handle associated with the likes of gyaru or visual-kei from generations past. This season, without a doubt the most recognizable look on the street is the “soft and hard” look as seen above, broadly defined by layering soft sheer or lace layers on top of opaque fabrics, with fashion pros going for up to four or five alternating layers in a single outfit. Novices should start with a single oversized sheer layer over a close-fitting base and take it from there.