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26 November 2010 @ 10:59 pm
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.  
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! =^-^= (to all of my American friends) ♥ It was technically yesterday here, but Japan doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving as such (obviously), so I didn't do anything. My party is this Sunday... I'm really looking forward to it!! =^-^= Before then, a lot of work to do! =D

Speaking of work!

Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.

Oh god, where do I start? If one thing can sum up Tokyo, it's "fashionable"... Or maybe "unfashionable". Or maybe "unique" would be better. LOL, I guess there really isn't one word to describe Tokyo. But it definitely is full of different types of fasion!! This is going to be random and disorganized, but I think that's the way to get my writer's block out of the way! ^o^/

* I live in the suburbs, so.. the fashion here is pretty.. unfashionable! ^-^;; Mostly mother-types and old ladies, who wear Mom jeans and expensive (but look cheap) sweaters, and these days, giant coats that add 25 pounds. In other words, they look like Americans from Anytown, minus the sweat pants. XD;; Since I don't have any jeans that fit anymore, I rarely wear them and I stick out even more in my little miniskirts and dresses! ^o^; Kids here are actually the most fashionable in their bright colored jersey shirts =D

However, I am less than a half hour from Shibuya, where you can see any kind of fashion that you'd ever have imagined!! (Well, except for Taylor Swift romantic-gorgeous-style fitted dresses. If anyone knows where to buy those, let me know because I'm going to for sure! I need to make a mannequin yes yes...)

* Fur socks/boots! This winter is ALL about fur fur fur!! Fur and knits. But especially fur! These socks (or boot variations) are all over. At first I thought they were cute, and I still think they are. But I don't think that I'll give into them. It would just feel weird. Also, it depends on the outfit, too. I saw a girl wearing them with a giant knit poncho, and one of those hanging tails, and I thought "you have no sense of personal fashion *headdesk*" All she did was pick what's "in". There was no soul to her outfit choice, if that makes any sense?

* The aforementioned fur tail.. err, fail. Come on, seriously? ^^; If it was like, sticking out of a bag to make it look like there was a cat inside, it would be cute. But the way that it is? I don't really get the appeal...... Speaking of not getting the appeal, see the model on top left? Japan LOVES to wear giant-sized clothing. Therefore making their mostly-skinny population look fat. WHY? That is just something that I can never, ever, ever, ever, ever understand or come to terms with. I've worked really, really hard to get skinny (anad am still not quite there imo), and I would never want to cover up that with giant-sized clothes. But everybody here does. Maybe people who are naturally gorgeously skinny think differently..

* I'll give ponchos a pass though. This season, ponchos are EVERYWHERE. I have one too =D I like them because they don't cover up your waist, and so if you pull them around your body they can make you look skinnier than a coat. Yay =D Of course, nobody here seems to care, except for me. Note the models not-formfitting dress. *head shake* I don't get it. It's so cute but she is probably half that circumference. WRY?

* See these shoes? Not too bad on their own. But imagine those pointed long toes about twice as long. So long that they kind of started curling up at the end. THANKFULLY they are out of fashion now, but five years ago nearly everybody was wearing them (nobody I know, thankfully!!!) I never understood these. I still don't understand them. Where was the appeal of having elf-shoes? If you're going to have elf-shoes (like for cosplay or something), then why not make them look like elf shoes? I mean.. err..

* So, let's talk about fashions that aren't short-term trends. Like Ganguro! Suuuuuuuuper dark skin and white-racoon-eyes. And colors galore! I think it's a cute look as long as the girl takes care of her hair. I've seen a lot of ganguro girls (though the trend is dying out a little now) who have the rattiest, most damaged hair that I've ever seen. T_T Poor things.

* Decora fashion. It's so colorful and.. colorful!! So busy! I don't know where to look!! I think it's really cute, although not for me =D It really depends on the specific person. Some people know how to put together really great fashions, and others totally miss the mark. Though it's a little hard to go wrong with this kind of thing, lol.

* Kogals! The school-girl look similar to ganguro. I think it's cute. ^^ Much cuter than a regular schoolgirl. The slouchy socks are key!

* Gothic lolita (on the goth side). LOVE the second image! I would totally wear that! But the other dresses, while I think they're nice and all, they're not for me.

* Sweet lolita. Iconic Japan, ne? It's cute as hell, though I would never wear it myself. You've gotta be tiny to pull it off, I really think. Not that I would feel comfortable in it anyways.. it's not me. =D But it's cute!

* Mori girls are kind of a new concept, sort of. The idea is that you look like you live in a forest. I LOVE the naturalness of it. The details and the natural colors and fabrics are really, really flattering! But I hate the baggy look. I'll never be a mori-girl because I just don't like anything that makes me look bigger than I am. I don't really understand that. I Know I've said it like, 600 times already, but other than that flaw, mori girl is great. ^^ I like a lot of the clothes myself. The form-fitting ones at least!

* Japanese punk. Most of these people look like they really, really love England. Though it may or may not be the case, lol. That's just what I think of when I see people dressed this way. Well, that and Nana. =3 I have a feeling people would say that this style looks great on me, but it's not my style at all.

AAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDDDD! The #1 most popular style in Japan:

* Salarymen! Boring. Stupid. I hate this. It's totally necessary because most companies require this kind of ensemble. But when I see tons of men all dressed the exact same it makes me depressed. No individuality or sense of style at all. I would rather die than become a salaryman (sorry)!

That seemed a little negative at the end, didn't it? I didn't mean it that way! ToT/ To be honest, I love how Japan (or at least Tokyo) is so open with fashion! It's kind of an anything-goes place! You can wear anything and not look out of place, in Tokyo. It's one of the things that I've come to appreciate the most about Japan. =^-^=

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.

Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
超ちゃ人: cute food: 顔(`・ω・´)弁当chochajin on November 26th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
I read about "Yamagirls" which seems to get quite popular lately, too. Kind of also started with the hype of climbing Mt. Fuji this year. Young fashionable girls dressed in cute, but proper hiking wear, well, go hiking and stuff XD

This was a really interesting and colorful entry.
I like Japan's fashion. I should buy some clothes, but I rarely get to go anywhere where I have the chance to XD

Haha, salaryman fashion! *orz* XD
I know what you mean (x___x'')

*goes back to studying*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Ooh, I haven't seen any yamagirls yet! Though combat boots, as always, are rather "in" ^^

Do they have any good clothing stores where you are? I find that even though Tokyo is really large, there are only a few areas that really have any young-looking clothing. The rest caters to the aging population of obaa-sans!
(no subject) - chochajin on December 7th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
☆: IH - 竜theidolhands on November 26th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
You are going to have to accept that you are tall and slim, young lady. Even when you thought you needed to loose weight, I'm telling you, you were very pretty!!

Yup, I'm naturally tall and slim. Baggy clothes are fine by me, don't always want to be body conscious. I like the way a person feels smaller in bigger clothes, like a kid and maybe less attention seeking.

I would think furries would be gleeful for the fur fashion there! I like how you said you'd like them if it looked like a person had a kitty inside their bag. he, he!

I snorted at the last pic. ha, ha! But what's saddest to me is how tired the poor guys look.
akibareakibare on November 26th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Heh. At the first mention of tails I thought she was saying they were WEARING them, which made me too think furry, particularly if you're gonna wear furry leg warmers at the same time!!

As it is, they really just look like giant rabbit's foot accessories, which were a pretty huge thing in the US back in the 1970s. But those were real feet (with bones!) and I always found them gross.

Of course I wear jeans, sweatshirts and sneakers every day (programmer, yay) so I'm probably not the best to talk about fashion advice...
(no subject) - hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Aureakalong_chan on November 26th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I think it's because most asian girls are small and short, that's partly why they like to wear baggy clothes, to have the 'boyfriend shirt' effect? A bit cute to see a small girl in a baggy shirt, I guess? I'm Asian myself but I'm not skinny, so I can't really wear those kind of clothes. OTL
astaldoia on November 27th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
I'm Asian myself but I'm not skinny, so I can't really wear those kind of clothes. OTL

This :
(no subject) - hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
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akibareakibare on November 26th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
In some strains of the "ganguro" thing, the ratty hair is part of it. The idea was to look like you ruined your hair swimming and surfing at the beach in the perfect "beachy" lifestyle. Often this went with the weird faux-Hawaiian accessories.

Not a fan...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
OMG tha'ts just sad. I thought that it was lack of proper care!!
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patty1943patty1943 on November 26th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for all the pictures. Fashion is funny. Things go and come back.
My opinion about huge clothes and skin tight clothes is that they both send the same unconscious message: I have no boundaries.
Clothes that fit but aren't skin tight are both more comfortable and less of a come-on to victimizers.
Of course this is from studying trauma, especially childhood trauma...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh, I was thinking more of the formfitting, but not skin tight. As in they hug your skin, but they're not umcomfortable (unless it's a bathing suit, that's obviously skin tight or not on right XD)
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barakiellbarakiell on November 26th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Girl, like everyone else says you ARE slim and beautiful... you look like a model already. This is something I have encountered throughout my life... beautiful people obsessing over their skinniness while you look in the mirror and think something like "Well, that puts me somewhere in the cow area." I get it, but seriously it's all in your head O.O
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
This is why I don't show my problem areas. Because models don't have stomachs and thighs like mine. Time to join a gym! I just dress to hide the parts that I don't like.

Emilyludicmelody on November 26th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
In order of appearance in your post!

- I like how fur boots look on models. As something to be worn in real life, not so much. I guess I'm a little biased though, since Canadian weather would never treat those boots well.
- don't get the tail thing either, but I actually think the oversize shirt style is cute ONLY IF paired with a skinny pair of jeans or something form fitting at the bottom. (also a nice slouchy bag or a cute over-the-shoulder purse)
- never really liked ponchos, but I think capelets are the cutest things ever. And they're like, cousins to the ponch so I don't know why I have such a distaste for ponchos.
- shoes are pretty. At least the bottom pair.
- aaaaaand I like none of those street fashions except for maybe the mori style. But only depending on who's wearing it and what's being paired. by which I mean, I like how the style looks in the second pic but not the other two.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 27th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
I know what you mean on the model thing. There are some things that look great in pictures, but would never work in real life! Kind of like those nails with 3D things stuck all over!
Francesca {フランチェスカ}: Fran chibifantasy2004 on November 27th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
I know a lot of people here like to wear the Sweet Lolita style and a few in the Gothic style. This entry is very informational which is a nice thing.
pipu_com on November 27th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
that was a really funny and interesting entry! I like following your blog a lot. Japan feels very real if you describe it so detailed. ^^
neofeliss on November 27th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
To be honest, the ganguro fashoo trend really, really irks me. XD I'm not sure if it's the gaudy make-up or the dark skin, but the combination of the two bugs me terribly. The clothes themselves don't bother me (albeit they are really bright), but I don't like what they do with the skin. Are the tans spray-on or tanning booth? Because that much of either CAN'T be good for you. >>;

Mori-girl sounds interesting...and I've always loved the bright Decuro girls. Is it radically different from the Harajuku style? (Is that even around anymore?)

And I love the ponchos and fur boots. :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 28th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what you mean by Harajuku style. Most of these styles you'd see in Harajuku on any given day. Do you mean like Lolita style?
(no subject) - neofeliss on November 29th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
heroine-dreams photographyleikela4 on November 29th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Do you really see Ganguros around? I always though they were some weird myth. :P Maybe I just can't understand going outside with that intense of makeup.

This is one of my favorite posts of yours, btw.
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on December 1st, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Salarymen!! Every time they show generic Japanese, it's always salary men. Discovering Visual Kei, gothic lolita, and ganguro was a total shock to me because I used to think Japan was so straight-laced.
Those fur boots though make me think those girls are half yeti, to be honest. But ponchos are awesome.
Joedoedoejoedoedoe on December 3rd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
loved it
This has got to be one of my favourite meme entries! Not that i am all too concerned about fashion trends but it gives me a feeling of understanding a bit better the craziness of street fashion there.
Maybe i should make an article about all the (arguably less) crazy fashion trends we see in Europe!
Hentai Tenshihentaitenshi on January 20th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
I've been slowly reading back on your meme entries and this one made me shake my head cuz I see this ALL THE TIME here in LA LOL I went to Chicago for New Years Eve and EVERY GIRL I came across, was ganguro. Every one of them. I was kind of confused for a while... especially when we went to the blues club and sitting there is a group of ganguro girls and they were who we were going there to meet LOL

Anyways, the fuzzy boots/socks, lolita and decora are especially popular here in LA. So is the punk, but punk will never die LOL

Glad to see your doing so well still in Japan! Been fun reading your posts (though it's been forever since I've checked LJ so I'm really behind LOL)