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Harajuku Street Style

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hara-1Over the last few years, I was vaguely aware that some extreme teen fashions were coming out of Japan, but it took Chelsea Handler to make me realize how huge a trend Harajuku is all over the world. Of course, in true Chelsea fashion, she ruffled quite a few feathers, but I still found the phenomenon interesting, and it made me want to see more. (In a completely non-racist way. Please don’t write me angry letters. Thank you.)

Harajuku fashion is a street style which began in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. The style typically incorporates bright colors and a wanton mixing and layering of styles, including traditional Japanese clothing, schoolgirl uniforms, kawaii (“cuteness”), cyber, goth, and punk. Childlike or (what looks to me like) clownish clothing is frequently worn, and wild color and pattern combinations are also encouraged. Even the boys get into it. Makeup is often dramatic and doll-like. What Handler missed is that Harajuku style is a very personal form of expression, an art form, really, and the Harajuku girls she interviewed are artists.

I hope you get as big a kick out of their crazy, fun combinations as I did!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Harajuku Street Style

  1. Each person, child, artist is a walking canvas of their own art…really amazing and wonderful. Great post. ~~dru~~

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  2. Anything that makes you laugh like that when you are getting ready to go out (even if it does take two hours) can’t be bad! Thanks for sharing this, Love! xo

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  3. Remember collecting those Harajuku dolls from Gwen’s perfume line? Why, yes I did collect them–they were so darn cute!!

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  4. Fashion is not something I know much about but when I look at this style I think the explosion of colour and pattern must make the wearer very happy. I’m all for self-expression and being confident enough to dress how you want. More power to them!

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  5. I have followed Harajuku fashion and it’s many derivatives (Little Big Girl, Gothic Lolita, Fruits etc) for over ten years and it never fails to thrill me to see such artistry and attention to detail. Sugarpill Cosmetics, founded by Amy Doan (the very EBay famous Shrinkle, who used to sell handmade clothes to this community before starting her makeup company) supplies some of the best makeup for the genre (as well as the Drag community and theatrical application as well). She used to blog regularly and she is always dressed in amazing style even though now she’s over 30. It’s a wonderful little slice of self expression that I will always deeply appreciate.

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  6. I love this post and these wild Japanese fashion trends among the young! Goth Lolitas too are terrific!

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  7. Love it. Thanks for the information and the video.

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