If you’ve had chance to read my dissertation you’ll know how important Japanese Street styles are, especially in the Harajuku district. Over the last few decades the styles have changed and developed as well as women’s roles.
As there are so many street styles I am going to publish separate posts about each fashion and over time I will add more details and pictures. Feel free to comment or get in touch with any views and opinions.
One of the most recognisable styles in Japanese Street Fashion; within its boundaries it has many different styles and themes. Now gaining interest worldwide, Lolita is seen as one of the many different styles that brings the “cute” in Japan. The more well-known styles within Lolita fashion are:
- Gothic Lolita – is Lolita with a heavy
influence from the Eastern and Victorian Goth style. Often characterized by dark colours, crosses, bats and spiders, as well as other popular
gothic ‘icons’. Victorian iron gates and architectural designs are also often seen in dress prints. Skirts are usually worn knee length with
petticoats beneath for volume. Blouses or shirts are lace-trimmed or ruffled in the Victorian style. Knee length socks with boots, bonnets, brooches, and a parasol finish out this style of Lolita.
- Sweet Lolita – is the most childlikestyle, mostly characterized by baby animals, fairy tale themes and innocent, childlike attire. It is inspired by baby dolls and Hello Kitty, and is popular among the SweetLolis. Pastel colours are used, as well as other muted colours like black and dark reds and blues. Large head bows, cute purses, elegant parasols and stuffed animals are popular accessories for Sweet Lolita.
- Punk Lolita – An experimental style, mixing the influences of Punk with Lolita. It can sometimes look
deconstructed or crazy, while keeping most of the ‘Lolita silhouette’.
- Classic Lolita is very traditional. It is
very mature and business-like and focuses on light colours such as, blue, green, and red.