Japan is known for many things- anime, electronics, and of course fashion. Japanese street styles are some of the most awe-inspiring and edgy looks around. They’re known to be trendsetters all across the globe, and of course, that means that they’re getting more and more attention each year. But if you don’t follow fashion trends on a weekly basis, seeing one of these Japanese inspired street styles may make you stop and think a little.
But what are some of the trendiest Japanese inspired street styles? Let’s take a look.
One of the most popular Japanese inspired street styles, Gothic Lolita is a romantic fashion trend is similar to the Western Gothic subculture. This fashion subculture originated in Japan and is based on Victorian-era clothing. It has, however, expanded much farther than its place of origin, becoming very popular across the globe. They focus highly on petticoats, corsets, floor-length skirts, blouses, knee-high socks and stockings, and headdresses.
The Hostess and Hosuto style is an adaption of big-label love. They’re known for wearing branded clothing with big-name statuses and large labels. This Japanese street style is all about big hair and gaudy accessories.
Mori Kei, Mori girl, or Forest girl is a Japanese street style that first showed up around 2006. However, it’s become far more popular over the years. It is known for combining natural colors, layering, handmade items, and lace, which is meant to give the woman a look of living out in the woods.
Sweet Lolita is by far one of the most over the top Lolita styles around. It is known for a child-like allure that leans heavily on bows, ruffles, and light and airy colors. The predominant colors you’ll see are pink, powder blue, and white. However, it isn’t limited to these three as any pastel or plaid color palette would work.
This is another style of Lolita fashion that features traditional Japanese elements, such as kimonos and obi belts.
Don’t let the subculture or the name fool you- while this style of Lolita clothing is a little bit edgier, it is by no means any less modest. It is known for shorter skirts, corsets, collars, and is often embellished with lace or leather. This is a good Lolita look to pull out your fishnet stockings for.
Black, upon black, upon black, the Kuro Lolita street style is exceptionally monochromatic but easy to pull off for beginners.
The polar opposite of Kuro Lolita, Shiro fashion is an all-white Lolita look.
Also known as “Decoration Style”, this street style is the epitome of overboard. If accessories are your thing, this is definitely your street style to aim for. With Decora Kei, you wear as many accessories and layers as you can; such as wearing many bracelets, hair clips, and necklaces as possible. This is broken up into groups such as pink decora, black decor, red decor, and rainbow decora where you try to stick within your overall chosen color scheme.
Another music based fashion style, it translates loosely to “fashion conscience”. This style is much more upbeat and bouncy than Visual Kei featuring bright colors and many layers. However, unlike decora fashions, the makeup and accessories tend to be a bit more toned down.
Cult Party Kei
This street fashion in Japan leans heavily on vintage clothing and layering. The staples of this fashion trend are predominantly pastels, red, white, patchwork, chunky knits, and sheer layering.
Much like the Mori Girl, the visual kei is a fashion style that leans very close to nature. Layers, colors, and textures are all used to give a look of a woman who would reside in a village near the forest.
This is a relatively new style that has become more and more popular in Tokyo and around the world. It blends elements of Gothic culture with the use of pastel colors.