Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

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Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

Aesthetic ideals have always been important in Japanese culture, far more than in the west. Art circles that formed around certain aesthetics helped shape current culture and its rituals in Japan. As the world as a whole became more integrated, all sorts of influences came to act upon each other and that’s how in pop culture, kawaii aesthetic takes the reign these days.

How does that translate into modern aesthetic fashion? If you are fond of Japanese aesthetics but not really into pop culture, then this post is meant for you.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

Soft Japanese aesthetic is a trend that has been popular for far longer than the imagination stretches. People who like this trend appreciate simplicity and minimalism, as well as natural materials and soft colors, which makes it fairly accessible to almost anyone.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

The softer sides of Japanese aesthetics express a sense for elegance and polish. Anything without these qualities would not meet up to par, the goal was to eliminate anything coarse or vulgar from yourself as well as your aesthetic.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

That sounds pretty strict, and in a way it is. In another way though, the aesthetic is a way to express oneself in simple, sophisticated and unselfconscious ways. This makes the soft Japanese style perfect if one desires an effortlessly elegant look with high maintenance but at the same time minimum fuss.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

In another instance though, the term “aesthetically pleasing” means something totally different than its original definition: With the soft Japanese aesthetic, you will not shock and awe anyone. I know that for some of you, this kind of grace will be way too subtle to be interesting - and that’s fine, to each their own.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Etsy: NezaStudio, 2-pc Kimono and Hanfu dress
Etsy: linenfairytales, Japanese linen dress
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Etsy: ComfyFitStudio, Thick kimono coat
Etsy: womenlinendress, Soft knit wrap sweater

Last but not least, it is worth noting that the sensitivity towards how we look not only includes our physical features but also those things such has manners or diction, so the soft Japanese aesthetic will not look genuine on absolutely everyone.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

The soft Japanese aesthetic has been gaining in popularity in recent years, as people have become more interested in simplicity and minimalism.

This trend is characterized by a focus on natural materials and soft colors, as well as an appreciation for traditional Japanese culture. While the kawaii iteration of Japanese fashion has been popular among indie-minded people for some time, this post is about going back to basics with the soft Japanese aesthetic.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

Aesthetic ideals have always been important in Japan culture, far more than in the west. Art circles that formed around certain aesthetics helped shape current culture and its rituals in Japan. As the world as a whole became more integrated, all sorts of influences came to act upon each other and that’s how pop culture, kawaii aesthetic takes the reign these days. But as you see in this post, kawaii is not all there is.

Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history
Modern Soft Japanese Aesthetic: Soft minimalism with history

The softer sides of Japanese aesthetics express a true sense for elegance and polish - anything without these qualities would not meet up to par. In another way though, the aesthetic is a way to express oneself in simple, sophisticated and unselfconscious ways.

Japanese sewing pattern books shared here are for sale on Etsy from the following vendors: LivingInTokyo, Pomadour24