im going to try my hand at making another blog post! hopefully, it doesnt dissapear.. this post is actually from my amino, but ive decided to tweak it and put it on my blogspot too!! enjoy!
without further ado....
I bring you..
"Kawaii" fashion styles that arent over the top
From the outside looking in.
When most people think about kawaii fashion, they usually either think about Lolita, Fairy kei, or Decora since those three are most popular. Theyre also probably three of the most intricate and over the top styles as well, so when many people think "KAWAII FASHION" Theyre gonna think pastel colors and ribbons and stickers and headbows! Which can be a lot for someone that wants to try the fashion out but is used to seeing themselves in jeans and a t-shirt. Its almost a bit scary I imagine.
Well fear not guys c: The good news is that theres a whole slew of different j-fashions out there that arent over the top at all and actually look really effortlessly cute!
You think everyone overseas dresses like theyre straight out of harajuku all the time with bright colors and tutus and stuff? No. c: In fact, even in harajuku these days casual fashion is becoming more popular. Theres been a lot of arguing about why this is happening and if this is bad, but thats honestly so confusing that im gonna save it for another class.
Also, Depending on where you live, some jfashion can get really hot and uncomfy to wear in the summer! No matter how cute the outfit looks, if it threatens your safety then its a nono. period. (NOTE: If you have a lolita meet up on a day thats so hot that you fear that you'll have to break lolita guidelines to feel safe, DONT GO ;-;) You shouldnt ever risk heatstroke or passing out ever! Please stay safe ):
Sometimes less is more.
The truth is, you dont always have to walk around wearing over the top sweet lolita, or hardcore decora to look cute! If you want to, do it! But on days when you just wanna be casual, not draw attention and go to the store or hangout with friends, theres definately better options.
SUBTLE & CASUAL KAWAII STYLES THAT STILL LOOK CUTE!
Korean Fashion/Ulzzang fashion.
This casual cute and airy fashion has recently gotten a lot more popular in the west because its casual, playful, and subtle. I admit though, these pictures are a bit old. lately, korean fashion is verry minimalist. I like to call these pictures "classic" ulzzang fashion.
Ulzzang is a korean term thats been popular for a while online. it roughly translates to "Best Face" and was given to net idols in the early to mid 2000s who would gain popularity by looking attractive.
there are also western Ulzzangs v
K-fashion is known for its use of comfy oversized shirts and sweaters, high waisted skirts, and natural pastel colors in spring and summer. Theres actually an amino community about it! Before I was into J-fashion, I was into K-fashion!
NOTICE: Now a lot of people are going to look at this and say "oh this is just toned down lolita" And i can see where someone would think so (I did for a long time) But it actually isnt. The first lolita nono that is common in otome is the lack of a petticoat. Unless youre going super duper old school lolita (70s-2001) you should ALWAYS be wearing a petticoat with your dress.
take a look at this chart I found comparing and contrasting the two styles!
Otome kei and Lolita are two similar LOOKING styles with different points and coordination. Both styles have dresses that can work for both and are often made to cater to both styles.
while otome shouldnt be called lolita, it gives off a LOT of lolita-ish vibes and has less guidelines, giving the wearer more freedom. It also stands out less and is still cute, which is why some Lolitas choose to wear Otome on their days off.
Otome in japanese means "Maiden" and got its start way back in the 1970s. the goal is to look dainty, put together and feminine.
Colors range from soft pastels to muted browns and blacks. dress prints consist of forest animals, candy, biscuts and books!
In spring and summer, light airy dresses and oxfords are mostly worn under dainty straw hats. In fall and winter, the signature otome beret hats and cardigans come out and are layered over solid colored tights.
I really enjoy this look. I think its really subtle and charming. what about you? :3
This last one is kind of all over the place tbh.. Its the newest style on the list and was made very popular by tumblr! (PSSST follow me at alexy-plexy.tumblr.com!) Its also the easiest to wear out of the three!
This style is very wide range and can be enjoyed by everyone. I dont know if it has a specific name, but ive seen a lot of people calling it Aesthetic fashion, so lets do that!
This casual style is simply based on what the wearer finds Aesthetically pleasing. its very similar to vaporwave but much more toned down most of the time. Most Aesthetic outfits are minimal and offer only one to four colors in a choord, but i promise theres something for everyone!
Jeans can be worn with this style, but i love the look of a tennis skirt with these.
Pastels like pink and blue are reeeallly popular, but so are white and black!
Grid patterns are also really popular. (double points if it has a sports logo like adidas)
And Japanese text.
Ill tell you what, its 4 AM and listing every single aesthetic style would take forever, so ill just talk about what youll typically see in the fashion.
-Small text on shirts
-over the knee socks
Over all, Its a nice casual fashion that looks effortless but pleasing to the eye. it fits loose and comfy and is so simple, anyone can wear it. The style has becone so popular and mainstream that you can easily find some of these pieces at your local forever21 or H&M! you should go check it out!
WHEW THAT WAS A LONG READ
You dont HAVE to shell out loads of money on jfashion or pile on heaps of pastel things to look cute! there are a lot more casual, sweet styles that are easier to wear and look just as nice! ^_^ Dont ever feel pressured! Try out a few different things to see what you like best. c: Also, check out himekaji fashion. Its pretty much dressing like a princess off duty.