Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete"... Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
So post photos of your beautiful imperfect, worn in, beat up pieces!
Don't ask me, ask Japan. I think it's chill as fuck, and I'm objectively way happier than anyone else I know into fashion, especially friends who come to fa. It's a good way to live, and a good way to look at style.
Oh and inb4 edgy monochrome streetwear teens calling ppl poor
OP I am into what you're getting at. Long time fan of Japanese culture here, (inb4 weeaboo,) been getting very into DIY clothing related stuff. Always been big on thrifting, altering things myself, messig around with deconstructing and reconstructing old military clothing and vintage pieces. Lately I've been heavy into natural dyes and have been getting interesting results with traditional Japanese dyes and treatments like sumi-e ink and especially kakishibu, (persimmon tannin).
If you have similar interests it might be worth giving this guy's blog a look,
The post in the link shows the progress over time of some of the things he has dyed, (or technically coated,) with kakishibu and various modifiers which can effect the color.
He's an American dude who lives in Japan and is tight with the guys who run Kapital, which is a Japanese brand you should definitely look at for a very deep appreciation of concepts like wabi sabi and shibui and other very Japanese ideas about aesthetics.
I have a pair of favorite jeans that have had a coating of kakishibu and could use another, the depth of color and the change over time and with the use of modifiers is beautiful and fun.
It also has added benefits such as adding slight waterproofing qualities and strength to textiles, similar to waxing, which is also really neat.
His particular way of dressing is not for me, but I love a lot of the concepts behind the things he likes, and some of the pieces he cops are cool. LOVE Kapital, I just go for a simpler and cleaner aesthetic than he does, less color, more elements of prep and military influences, less hippy shit. But his blog is great.
Some stuff I have worked on. From left: Levis grey selvedge jeans- 1 year of wear plus one kakishibu coating, several washes, Vintage French army parka, altered to fit slimmer and waxed, vintage Woolrich parka, no alterations, just cleaned and sitting in the sun.
I'll post some better pics of the jeans' progression another time maybe, you can't see the effects of the kakishibu as well here, as it is somewhat subtle and in this photo it hasn't really set in and started to darken yet, but it's too late to take a good pic under natural light where I am now.
You can see the variation in tone here a bit better. The kakishibu adds the reddish brown tones, plus waterproofing (somewhat,) and stiffness/strength, and the color deepens and changes with time, wear, and exposure to sunlight.
There is also a light coating of wax along the seams and at a few other spots on these jeans, but not all over. Added after kakishibu, but you can see how it affects the way it catches light and how it has changed differently than the other spots over time.
Sadly an unavoidable part of the raw denim game my dude, if you plan to actually wear them or not take them off every time you sit down.
I don't really get all the hate around knee bagging either, it only looks weird when they're laid out flat like that. When you're wearing them it just looks normal, like they conform to your body.
Been wearing this sweater for 3+ years.
really fucking comfy and soft.
has a nice worn in look