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What does a 19-year-old Sophomore have in her closet?

Have you ever wonder how much or what kind of clothes your friends or people in your generation have in their closet? Well, I do, and in fact, I was quite shocked and horrified when I saw people literally have hundreds of clothes and still upload huge haul videos on youtube every month back in like 2013 and some still do. Luckily, the idea of a capsule wardrobe is becoming popular, and those type of video is getting fewer views in 2021. The other inspiration that made me figured out how many clothes I actually have is the book by Elizabeth L. Cline, “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.” If you are interested in balancing out fashion and sustainability or have loads of clothes but still feel like having nothing to wear, I highly recommend this book. It describes precisely the true cost of fast fashion and what is going on behind the sense. For a disclaimer, I’m not a fashion major nor have a strong passion for fashion and yet my closet is still in the process of glowing. I mean that I have no interest in runway fashion or temporary trends that flow around social media, but I’m interested in building my own style and figuring out how I can present myself in the best way by basking in the power of clothes because whether you like it or not, people gonna judge you based on how you look. As Michelle Obama once said

“Fashion for a woman still predominates how people view you and that’s not fair, that’s not right. But it’s true. And that’s when fashion isn’t just fashion; it’s how you turn it into your tool, rather than be a victim of it.”

Michelle Obama

Fashion is not just “fashion” once you step into the real world and especially when you become a First Lady of the United States of America. What you wear, how you style them tells a lot about you, and no wonder why highly successful people tend to hire someone to dress them. Still, I’m a student and have no budget to spends thousands of dollars on clothes but still, I have to practice my fashion to be successful after graduation. Enough for the intro, let’s take a look at my closest.

  • Tops

1.Banana Republic

2.UNIQLO×INES DE LA FRESSANGE

3.Alice & Olivia

4.MANGO

5.UNIQLO×Olympia Le-Tan

6.UNIQLO

7.American Eagle

8.Ozie

9.TopShop

10.UNIQLO×Olympia Le-Tan

11.Lily Brown

  • Bottoms

1. LEVI’sS

2.American Eagle

3.H&M

4.unknown

5.GU

6.LEVI’S 

7. UNIQLO

8. NIKE

9.Ameican Holic

10.UNIQLO×Hana Tajima

11. Stradivarius 

  • One-piece / Dresses

1.Banana Republic

2.Iris and Ink

3.ZARA

4.Yoox

5.Pinko

6.OTTOD’AME 

  • Coat / Jacket

1.Cole Haan

2.90’s ZARA 

3.Hollister

4.UNIQLO

5. American Eagle

6.Rish NY 8.Guilt

  • Shoes & Bag

1.CALPAK

2.Telfar

3.MANGO

4.Fjällräven

5.Vintage COACH

6.DEAN & DELUCA

7.RANDA 

8.Castañer

9.YOOX

10.RAG & BONE

11.RANDA

12.Kate Spade

13.Vintage Ralph Lauren

15.Vintage LOUIS VUITTON

  • Accessories

1.Gilt

2.Rish NY

3.Gift from grandpa (Takashimaya)

4.Gift from Rish NY

5. Le Specs

6.Vintage FENDI

7.Vintage BURBERRY

8.Levi’s

9.Natural Beauty Basic

10.Rish NY

11.SEIKO

12.Vintage Marie Claire

13.Vintage GIVENCHY

Yves Saint Laurent once said,

“Fashion fade, style is eternal.”

Yves Saint Laurent

I think it is true. Not everyone is fortunate enough to look like a model and look gorgeous in any type of clothes, including me, and to hide my flaws and accentuate my best features, I need to establish my own style that works the best for my unique body shape and features. Enough for the intro, let’s dive into my closet.

Ruka Saito

ICU Japan '24

Ruka Saito is a Sophomore studying business at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. In her spare time she enjoys baking, calligraphy and exploring nice coffee shops in Tokyo.
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