ALL JAPANESE FASHION STYLES~*

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I've made a list of all Japanese fashion styles and it's substyles. Hope you enjoy it ^^

Lolita Kei

Lolita is a fashion movement that started in Japan in the 1980’s. The fashion is influenced by Victorian fashion and the Romantic and Rococo art movements.
The Fashion has many different sub-genres, styles or themes. Some of the more common include:


  • Gothic Lolita - Popularised by the musician Mana, Gothic lolita is one of the most common styles. It is characterised by its gothic romantic style. 

  • Sweet Lolita - Very cute, very popular style of lolita.
        


  • Classic Lolita - Lolita that is more to its influences, with more “natural” colour schemes, such as creams and browns.


  • Punk Lolita - Lolita influenced by Punk fashion

  • Hime Lolita - “Princess” Lolita


  • Guro Lolita - A “gory” style of lolita. Usually added to another style of lolita (often Shiro) by adding eye patches, bandages, fake blood etc.


  • Sailor Lolita - Lolita inspired by nautical clothing.





  • Wa Lolita - Lolita clothing with traditional Japanese elements.


  • Ero Lolita - Erotic Lolita



  • Kuro Lolita - All black coloured lolita outfit. 


  • Shiro Lolita - All white coloured lolita outft. 
                                   
                       





Fairy Kei

The feature of fairy fashion style is light, soft, pop and cute. 


It has a distinctive color use. There are lots of combinations of the pastel 

colors, or pink  and red, pink and white and pink and black. 

Fairy Kei is like a pastel version of decora fashion,but less accessories and 

bigger more colorful hairstyles. 










Decora Kei
Decora-Kei means "decoration style". You wear as many accessories and layers as possible. For example: A bunch of necklaces, bracelets, hairclips (and other hairaccessories), a few layers of socks, perhaps 2 shirts and skirt.. etc


  • Pink Decora - uses only pink colors or the dominating color of the outfit is pink


  • Black Decora - uses black colors mixed with white,a bit of pink and colorful accessories 

                   

  • Red Decora - uses a lot of red color with colorful accessories



  • Rainbow decora- uses as many colors as possible..A walking rainbow :)

                      





Visual Kei

Visual Kei is a movement amongst Japanese musicians. The visual style of these musicians has influenced many fashions as well as being directly emulated by many.
The fashion has elements of glam rock, as well as gothic, punk and cyber influences.
Hair and make-up are a big part of the creating the look. Hair and make-up are often big, bright and bold.






Oshare Kei
A Japanese music and fashion style, translating to "fashion conscience." The bands of the oshare kei genre, unlike those of visual kei, are bouncy and bright, their songs focusing on happy and positive messages like friends and relationships. Their style is colorful and vibrant, sometimes similar to decora, but usually much more toned down. Other than occasional eyeliner and colored contacts, they rarely wear alot of makeup, also unlike the visual kei genre. Oshare kei started to appear around 2001, and was said to have been started by Ryo of Baroque in their PV "Anakuro Film".






Dolly Kei
Dolly kei, also known as "dolly style" or "antique doll" fashion, is a Japanese style that looks slightly creepy and antique. Wearers of the fashion choose vintage clothes and layer them to achieve this striking look. This fashion also has an obvious ethnic feel because of all the traditional Scandinavian and European looks incorporated in coordinates.Accessories are all vintage or reconstructed vintage pieces-- some whimsical, some a little disturbing or mystical.Dolly kei can be short or long. Short looks are worn with solid-color or pattern tights.
Wearers of dolly kei often use interesting vintage bags with embroidery, tapestry, and quilting on them.The hotspot of dolly kei in Japan is a store called Grimoire that sells vintage clothes and accessories. You could go in with nothing and come out with a complete outfit! The store's blog is a fun read because it not only discusses fashion and recent additions to the store, but also art, literature, and movies.Even though dolly kei originated in Japan, almost everything used in the fashion has been imported from vintage stores in America and Europe. So Americans and Europeans have an advantage over Japanese people because we have access to more thrift stores and flea markets where vintage 60's and 70's clothes can readily be found.








Mori Gal
"Mori girl" (forest girl) is a fashion genre that started in Japan circa 2006 which combines natural-kei with the style of Ura-hara. This style got it's origin from a mixi community. Started by choco* after someone described her outfit as "a girl who came from the forest". Mori girl is fast becoming a well-known trend due to features in television and magazines such as SPOON, FRUiTS, CUTiE and Zipper.What does the mori girl style look like? In short, a girl who looks like she lives in the forest. Combining soft natural colours, layering, lace, and hand-made items, an aura of a girl living in the woods is the essence of a mori girl."








Cult Party Kei

Cult Party Kei is much like Dolly Kei in that it uses vintage clothing, layering and OTT accessories. But it is also different in it is less of the dolly style ethnic prints and patterns and more on solid colours and sheer fabrics. There is also an abundance of gingham prints, ruffles, suffolk puffs and pompoms. 
Like Dolly Kei was born out of Grimoire, Cult Party Kei was born out of Cult Party (now moved to The Virgin Mary) http://the-virgin-mary.com/
The colour pallette seems to be pastel colors and red with darker colours only really seen on shoes, tights or bags. (I have though seen a pic of dark cult party kei and it is cool!)
If I had to put it alongside other fashions I would say it is in between Dolly Kei, Fairy Kei and Mori. 
It is a girly style. Outfits are light, soft and playful. Ribbons and bows are often used. 
The main colours are pastels, red and white. 
Patchwork clothing/accessories.
Gingham prints, usually in red.
Chunky knits.
Fluffy accessories.
Sheer layering.
Bed jackets and robes are often used as cardigans/coats.
Anime characters/toys on bags, accessories, t-shirts etc.
Red crosses and old style nurse hats are often seen incorpriated into outfits










Pop Kei/Spank! 
Now a lot of people mix Fairy Kei and Spank and think that it's the same thing,but it's not..Fairy Kei kinda did originated from Spank but also mostly form Decora kei style..Lets explain it like this: Fairy Kei is more childish and almost always wears skirts and tons of accessories,while Spank is really colorful too but it's more serious.Spank can wear pants,dresses,tights,skirts and cute jumper suits.It's also does not includes a lot of accessories but if someone wear at least one accessorie it's going to be super flashy(well at least most of the times :P)..What's different between Spank and Fairy Kei is this: If you live in a country where people dress normally and would look at you weird if you are slightly standing out because of what are you wearing you would be more "accepted" as Spank than Fairy Kei (now i don't wanna offend anyone,i love both styles,but it's just how people who aren't into harajuku would react) because Spank girls wear casual clothing but much more flashyer and retro from the 80's..Here's a short history of Spank!  Spank is more Barbie like and i think i could even say more feminine.Sayuri Tabuchi, aka Tavuchi, is a well-known fashion figure in Tokyo. For years she’s been running Spank!, a hugely influential store and brand based in Tokyo’s Koenji neighborhood. Spank! and its Shibuya sister store Spank me! are perfect for those interested in 80s candy-coated pop culture. In the stores, you can find items such as vintage Vanilla Ice and Madonna t-shirts, Care Bears and everything a spank follower needs to keep in style.












Otome Kei
Otome means "young lady" in Japanese. Otome-kei is a Japanese street 

style that focuses on details like bold colors, unusual mixing (but not 

necessary- can match) of colors, fabric ruffles, embroidery, and ribbons. It 

can be classified as a substyle of lolita. A  lot of the clothing can be used with 

lolita, but the silhouette is a little different. Petticoats are often unnecessary. 

The look of otome is romantic and girlish; it can even 

be described as the more mature version of lolita. Unlike lolita, there are no 

strict guidelines for this style. Typically, the look one tend to want to achieve 

with this style is a "refined  young lady"; most often, you get the late 1950-

1960's feel from  the clothes. Some have  even called this style as casual OL 

(office lady) style. 






Natural Kei
Just like mori girl, natural kei is also a fashion that is very close to nature. While mori girls are imagined to live in the forest, a natural kei girl may be imagined as one who resides in a village close to the forest living in a cute little cottage. Layers are still seen, but an abundance of more colors and patterned fabrics tend to appear because a girl living in a village would have more access to such things in her daily life. There are often less layers in this style then there are in mori girl since she is not exposed to the elements as much as a girl living in the forest would be. The layers are still there, though. While this style focuses on loose clothing too, it often appears a bit more fitted then mori girl does. Edges seem to be more finished, while frayed edges are popular in mori girl fashion. Natural kei takes influences from many storybook characters from Little House on the Prairie, The Secret Garden,  and Anne of Green Gables. It also is inspired by many 1970s styles such as the prairie looks of Gunne Sax and Young Edwardian dresses. 

While a person looking at a mori girl would say she looks like she belongs in the forest, a person looking at a girl dressed up in natural kei style would say she looks like she walked out of the prairie or a little cottage during the 19th century.







Angura Kei
Angura is a shortened form of the english word 'underground'. This is a cultural movement in Japan that dated back to the 1960's and had a great expression in independent theatre. 
It is a movement who influenced many manga artists who tried to find a unique identity for their own cultures. 





Uchuu Kei
Uchuu Kei is a style branching off of fairy kei that features outer space (uchuu) and space alien (uchuujin) motifs. Neon and cool colors are more common, mixed with black, metallics, and even futuristic elements can go into an outfit. Basically anything you put on within the fairy kei / pop kei spectrum that makes you think “I feel like I came from outer space!” would be uchuu kei. Unlike Spank! that is inspired by the 80's,Uchuu Kei is inspired by the 90's...And now what I think based on the informations this style will look like in the nearer future when people will know about it: The basic outfit would consist of metallic,silver or neon tutu skirt,some cropped shirt with some cute spacey pattern,big messy colorful hair with space accessories (like space rockets,alien heads,stars,planets,etc..),rings on shoulders or at the end of the short dress or skirt,sneakers and even high heels are wearable(as long as they are wacky and bright colored),glitter clothes,knee high pattern socks that matches the style





Pastel Goth
Pastel Goth is a relatively new style and becoming increasingly popular in Tokyo. Blending elements of gothic fashion and pastel colours together in a perfectly creepy and cute way, this style is to die for! It uses dark colors such as black and pastel colors. How to wear it? Well, all you need is to be creative, mixing edgy clothing with cute pastel tones. Lots of accessories like eyeball hair bows, skeletons and crosses and adding studs to collars and cuffs. Creepers and Doc Martins are popular shoe choices and for those who like to play with their hair, a nice pastel tone in lilac, silver or mint would be PERFECT! 







Gyaru Kei
Gyaru fashion is a type of Japanese street fashion that originated in the 1970’s. Gyaru is most commonly referred to as ganguro, but ganguro is actually a subculture of gyaru. Ganguro was popular in the 1990’s, but shortly died out in the early 2000’s. Gyaru is a girly-glam style, breaking away from traditional standards of beauty. Dwelling on the man-made (wigs, fake eyelashes, fake nails, etc). Gyaru fashion does not fit with traditional, and media portrayed ideals of Japanese women. It is often identified as a sign of rebellious youth.Gyaru fashion is typically characterized by dyed hair (which is often lightened to varying shades of brown or blonde), excessively decorated nails, and makeup. This makeup typically consists of dark eyeliner, and dramatic fake eyelashes; gyaru sometimes wear cosmetic circle lenses as well to enhance the size of their irises, to add more width to their eyes. Brands cater to this particular trend by producing fake eyelashes, circle lenses, and other cosmetics. Typically Gyarus are known for being tan, but that is not always the case.

Types of Gyaru:

  • Agejo/Kyabajo: Agejo is a very glamorous, and sexy style. Generally worn by your typical hostess, not limited to hostess. The ideal is to be flawlessly glamorous, and desirable . Emphasizing on enlarging, and enhancing the eyes with circle contact lenses, with several sets of false eyelashes. Hair style is always styled as in updoes, curls, extensions, wigs etc. Very common for agejo's to wear a couple wigs at the same time. This style is very feminine. Two steps away form being Hime-Gyaru. Agejo is a little more skimpy, but classy.






  • Amura: A girl who chooses to follow the look of Namie Amuro.
  • Bibinba (ビビンバ): This look usually includes a lot of gold, and jewellery. Similar to b-gal.


  • Banba (バンバ): Is a lighter form of manba. Banba wear less of the white makeup than manba, also use more glitter, and have a less neon hair colors.Banba's use more extreme-looking types of false eyelashes, and colored contact lenses. Some thing that banba wear a wear more darker colors(healthy amounts of color still just not as dramatic as manba though),and Club wear. The most respected Gal-cir is Angeleek; there are 22 members in their Tokyo group, and they have many other groups throughout the country.




  • Baika / Bozosoku: Biker style is characterized by lots of black/bright colors, leather, chains, and plaid. (Similar to Rokku Gyaru)




  • B-Gal: A gyaru who dresses in the Hip-hop style.






  • Coco-gyaru: A Gyaru who loves Cocolulu, and often drapes herself in cocolulu logo brand from head to toe.




  • Gaijin gyaru: foreign girls who follow gyaru fashion.


  • Ganguro (ガングロギャル): a gal with an artificial deep tan and bleached hair. This style was popular in the late 1990's, and early 2000's.



  • Ganjiro/Shiroi Gyaru: Any gal who chooses not to tan but follows all other gal trends. They even go above and beyond the call of duty to remain bihaku(beautifully white) and apply sunblock. Some ganjiro choose a light bronze skintone but NEVER EVER tan religiously.

  • Gyaru-kei (ギャル系): Is the modern general gyaru style. It has many substyles such as Amekaji(American Casual), Goshikku(Gothic), Saike(Psyche), Bohemian(Hippie), Rokku(Rock/Metal), and Haady(Punk/Cyber), which a creation of Egg magazine that includes bright, wild prints tied in with a raver/punk style fashion.



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Bohemian



Rokku 


  Haady



  • Gyaruo (ギャル男): the gyaru's male counterpart.
  • Himegyaru (姫ギャル): girls who dress as princesses. Hair colours vary from blonde to black and is usually very big and teased. They wear expensive clothing from brands such as Liz Lisa and Jesus Diamante.
  • Himekaji : Casual Hime wear's things like silk camisoles, mini skirts and shorts, blouses, etc. More tone down hime gyaru.
  • Kigurumin: wear kigurumi, a type of pajama-suit that resembles an animal and sometimes cartoon characters.
  • Kyoba bo-i: the male banba. The make-up is similar to Sentaa-gai's, but the eyes can be made up to look bigger. They accessorize excessively and commonly don bangs.
  • Kogyaru: generally a high school student (高校生kōkōsei).
  • Rasuta Gyaru: Gyaru who listen to reggae wears Jamaican flags, red-green-yellow, Bob Marley, and lots of straw handbags or hemp clothing.
  • Romanba: Hime Manba seen in early 2000's.
  • Mago gyaruo(中学校chūgakkō): A middle school gal.
  • Manba (マンバ): deep tan and contrasting white make-up. Their hair is usually pastel-colored or blonde, and very long and back-combed. Their clothes are neon and layered.
  • Miruteri/Yanki: This style is typically military themed clothes.
  • Marin-Marine: Blue/Red/White stripes, anchors etc.
  • Oyajigyaru (オヤジギャル): from oyaji and gyaru. A gyaru who behaves in a masculine way, who drinks beer and uses rough language.
  • Oneegyaru (お姉ギャル): a gyaru who has graduated from high school, and thus become a more mature onee-san (literally "elder sister" but, here, "young lady"). The style is more sophisticated.
  • Onii/Oniikei (お兄、お兄系): is the male equivalent (older brother), can be confused with Visual Kei style. Onii Kei, can also be worn by women also. More sophisticated Visual kei, and Gyaru-o look.
  • Ogyaru (汚ギャル): a dirty or disheveled gyaru who may forsake daily baths or takes little care in her behavior and dress, even by gyaru standards.
  • Tsyuome Gyaru: Like Banba, but lighter than banba. More normal looking dark tan.
  • Tsyuome Manba: Darker than Manba, extreme amount accessories.
  • Yamanba: Like manba, but nose stripe goes past eyebrows.













































NOTE!- I DID NOT WROTE THE DESCRIPTIONS BY MYSELF (EXCEPT FOR FEW FASHION STYLES). THE DESCRIPTIONS ARE TAKEN FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT SITES,SUCH AS LIVEJOURNAL,TUMBLR,FASHION BLOGS AND DIFFERENT FASHION SITES. I ONLY NAMED ALL THE STYLES AND RESEARCHED WHAT STYLES EXIST.
P.S. IF THERE IS ANY STYLE THAT I HAVEN'T NAMED PLEASE BE FREE TO INFORM ME :)

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