What to Wear: December in Japan

What to Wear: December in Japan

I’ve been working on what to pack for our trip to Japan. Lots of layers to keep warm and flat shoes for walking all day. Here’s one template:

Beanie – In ivory cableknit.
Sweater – A striped gold sweater from J. Crew.
Cardigan – Cozy layer from Topshop.
Puffer – A classic black down jacket.
Skirt – A wool mini paired with thick tights or leggings (or both).
Socks – A California girl, I really only own maybe four or so pairs of socks. I need to stock up on warm pairs.
Shoes – Flat shoes that can be worn with socks and can come on and off easily for all the no-shoe rules – not an easy thing to find!
Bag – A crossover handbag big enough for the guidebook and camera.

What do you think?

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  1. Miss L at 3:52 pm

    Dear Emily. I have a huge problem. I've started watching Downton Abbey. But as I live in Norway I cannot find the last episode in season 1 and the first in season 2. Please tell me; What happened to Mr Bates?

    And thank you so much for the "What to wear" advice you gave me in 2009. (Au pair moving to Chicago)


  2. Erin at 4:12 pm

    This may be the only cross-body bag I've seen that doesn't make me want to hurl. I've HATED that trend lately, but I really like this one. Thanks for introducing it to me! 🙂

  3. nance at 4:12 pm

    Perfect outfit. Practical and comfy yet cute and stylish. I went to Japan last fall and loved it. Hope you have an amazing time!

  4. Anonymous at 4:13 pm

    Kyoto/Koya are fairly cold in winter (colder than SF) and not a lot of places have central heating. Layers are the best idea. Have fun!

  5. Anonymous at 1:33 pm

    That's a really cute and practical travel outfit, but coming from a cold climate I would recommend at least one pair of wool socks (saw that the ones you linked to were cotton). Wool socks insulate much better than cotton, even when wet, which is important if you encounter rain or snow. Have fun in Japan!


  6. maija at 4:12 am

    I would second the comment about wool socks – the best for soggy & snowy climates. I highly recommend Smart
    Wool socks. They are a little pricey, but really are worth the investment. They hold up well, can go in the dryer, and aren't itchy like some wool socks. They come in different thicknesses & lengths & some have cute stripes or other patterns. You can find them at REI or good shoe stores.