Being a girl of neither the height nor shape for clothing in Japan, I have never known much of anything about contemporary fashion there, not even the everyday looks. And the more extreme things? Well, I’m not one for standing around in four inch heels, lace, or neon colors. But over the top fashions are often considered to be the “iconic” looks of modern Japan, and looks like the “lolita” fashion, with full skirts, lacy trims, and doll-like aesthetics are probably what immediately come to mind for many others.
Over at Haikugirl’s blog, Haikugirl Japan, she put up a really neat guide to Japanese street fashion back in June that caught my eye and I had to bookmark for later. A couple months after attending Hyper Japan, a festival in London celebrating Japanese culture (particularly pop culture, it seems, with lots of events on for things like fashion, cosplay, anime, contemporary films, etc.), she put up rough guide to some of the more common fashions today’s Japanese light up the streets with. Honestly, I had no idea there were so many sub-sections of the “Lolita” type fashion (Gothic? Classic Gothic? Punk? Otome Kei? Wa?) with such specific distinguishing characteristics. Even if fashion isn’t your thing, take a quick look through this article and see some of the really interesting outfits people put together. Haikugirl does a great job of giving brief introductions to each distinctive style. More images from her visits to Hyper Japan can be found on her Flickr account. Maybe you’ll start recognizing them the more you wander around Tokyo!
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