Now a LOT of people have analysed Japanese fashion and culture far better and more in depth than me (as well as a lot more recently!). However, my main observation at the time were lots of different ‘tribes’:
- the school girls in their crazily-short skirts and white leg warmers;
- the office ladies in their black or navy ultra-conservative suits;
- the surfer girls with their bleached blonde hair, fake tan and reverse-panda painted-on white circles round the eyes;
- the Victorian-style goths in black or pink frills and lace;
- the Manga girls... amongst others.
Despite the wildly varying sartorial offerings, all these girls seemed to be united in the overriding common theme of Japanese style - KAWAII!! (That's 'cute' if you didn't already know... by this I mean cute like a kitten, not cute like American for 'attractive'). 'Cute' I can work with, it's one of my Japanese hangovers. Now I LOVE cute... show me an outfit that looks like it belongs on a 5-year old and I'll be wearing it!
Take this outfit below, for instance. This Primark shirt has My Little Ponies on it, surely it was made for me.
Shirt: Primark (Size 8)
Skirt: American Apparel (Size XS)
Ankle Socks: Topshop
Boots: Primark (Size 4)
In case you're interested, I've found a couple of examples of the fashion 'tribes' I was talking about..
|Victorian Goth... that's what I call this look, anyways|