(LA Guy @ May 06 2005,15:19) Are you kidding me? Â Japanese have the some of the coolest streetstyle ever. Â Change the dress code from "business casual" to "denim" and the Japanese will have a coolest attired office's from here to, well, Tokyo.
Are you kidding me? Â Typical Japanese salarymen and bureaucrats look far worse in casual clothes than they do in their weekday rumpled suits. Â The fact that a narrow band of mostly youthful people, geographically limited to mostly a few neighborhoods in Tokyo, have cool streetwear does not mean that a conversion to business casual will benefit the overall dress of the (stereo)typical oyaji/sarariman. A switch to business casual might increase the incidence of loud plaid pants worn with rumpled blazers on the Marunouchi-sen during the week, which I personally wouldn't view as an improvement over the status quo.
Well, the original post was sort of a joke, but we have a postdoc, a very reserved guy, in our group, from Tokyo, who definitely livens up the hallways with his plaid pants mixed with striped knitwear. He wears CdG (Comme des Garcons almost exclusively, with some Y-3 and some other Japanese brands thrown in occasionally. I wouldn't/couldn't/shouldn't do it, but he looks in his element. Gotta give the man his props.