...so I always end up wandering into the creepy corner with the kinky maid outfit shop:
Don't try to ask for directions. However deceptively simple they seem, they will all lead you back to this accessory cul de sac where the rings will MOCK YOU.
Right, scene-setting. I forgot there was a world outside LaForet or Island Beverley for a minute there. Both of which are 'youth' malls with some eateries (ice cream, pick'n'mix, pizza, sushi -- y'know, the essentials) but mainly 3-4 floors packed with tiny shops (we're talking cupboard-under-the-stairs here) selling ALL TEH THINGS what the youfs currently find cool
like blinged-out phone cases and danglies
...let's just call these accoutrements. Local designer-owned shop.
(There is a shop of cunning hats if you end up wintering here)
Clothes shops, which all cater neatly to a certain style niche, advertised in the windows e.g.
OL (office ladies)
There were quite a few bodycon clubwear shops as well as those specialising in different Japanese and Korean street styles. (I'll do a separate post on those in future.) As you can see, these shops tend to display and sell things in outfit-sized units. The 'layering' pieces are actually often sewn together and sold as one.
That's not to say you can't find some fun cheap thrills if you dig, some of which are even workable into a 20- or 30-something wardrobe. And of course, there are shops like this, which are just made of awesome.
And if you do manage to make your way to the exit and back onto a metro train, you're home safe. Sailor Moon is there to show you the way.