Harajuku style originated among teens on the streets near Harajuku Station in Shibuya, Japan. It may have been brought to many people's attention by American singer Gwen Stefani, but the evolution of the style certainly didn't begin with her and it certainly won't end with her. Like many "street fashions" it is difficult to characterize, both because it is constantly changing and because it has many manifestations. There is no cookie-cutter approach to the style, but if you want to dress in Harajuku style, here are some guidelines to get you started.
Steps Mix and (mis)match different fashions. What is now known as Harajuku (like Halloween in Japan every Sunday) style started as teens in the district began to integrate traditional Japanese attire, especially kimonos and geta sandals, into their dress. Before, they wore primarily clothes that were influenced by the West, but by mixing the traditional with the modern, they created a new style. Other examples of mixing and matching including the punk look with the schoolgirl uniform or a goth look with designer clothes. In Harajuku, mixing different styles and mismatching colors and patterns is encouraged--you can do anything you want, as long as your outfit is a thoughtful expression of your individuality (see Tips).
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# 2 Become familiar with variations of style in the Harajuku district. It's impossible to pinpoint one "Harajuku style." Many styles have originated or developed on the streets of Harajuku, and many Harajuku girls (and boys) integrate one or more of these somewhat more defined styles into their outfits.
* Gothic Lolita involves wearing gothic, feminine and elegant clothes, to the extent that you look like a living Victorian doll. * Japanese punks, inspired by the punk movement that began in London in the 70s, magnify rebelliousness with over-the-top clothes, accessories, makeup, and piercings. * Cosplay entails dressing up like your favorite cartoon/anime or computer game character. * Decora style favors bright colors, flamboyance and accessories from head to toe. You decorate yourself with plastic toys and jewelry, and it's not uncommon to have so many that you can hear them click together when the person moves. * Kawaii (literally translating from Japanese to "cute") places an emphasis on childlike playfulness--anime characters, ruffles, pastel colors, toys, and so on. * Wamono refers to mixing traditional Japanese attire with Western fashion.
# 3 Dress in layers. One of the hallmarks of Harajuku is layering. Sweaters, vests, or jackets over blouses over t-shirts, dresses worn with leggings, and so on. Layering clothes (or giving the appearance of layering by wearing ruffled dresses, for example) allows you to mix and match a wider variety of different styles, and adds more dimension to your outfit. # 4 Customize your clothes. Secondhand clothing and do-it-yourself styles are popular ingredients in a Harajuku outfit. Like that flowered skirt but think it would look cuter with a ribbon pinned on it or with a more uneven, angular hemline? Get out the scissors and glue and make your store-bought clothes uniquely yours. Or, go even further and make your own skirt. Cutting the fabric to create bold angles and lines can make even a plain black dress appear remarkable and fun. # 5 Accessorize. Add any wild accessories you have, such as belts, earrings, hair clips, jewelry, and handbags. Remember, accessories can be colorful and loud, and they don't have to match your clothes. Speaking of loud, in decora, a particular Harajuku style, accessories embellish an outfit from head to toe, and objects such as bells are sometimes used to add an aural dimension to the wardrobe. # 6 Go wild with your hair and makeup. The Harajuku style doesn't have to stop with your clothes. Pigtails and other "cute" hairstyles are particularly popular, as is dying your hair. Creative, even theatrical makeup can be a fun addition. # 7 Wear whatever looks good to you. It's been said that the Harajuku style is not really a protest against mainstream fashion and commercialism (as punk was), but rather a way of dressing in whatever looks good to you. If you think mismatched rainbow and polka-dot leggings look good with a plaid dress, go for it! # 8 Smile and say chiizu! If you dress Harajuku style outside of Harajuku, you'll likely draw attention from people unfamiliar with your international fashion sense. If the attention isn't positive, just smile graciously and keep going about your business. But if people ask questions or want to take pictures, strike a pose! The people in Harajuku are proud of their style, so you should be, too.
* Many people mistakenly think that dressing Harajuku style is about just "throwing anything together." While the assembly of different styles and patterns might seem haphazard, it's important to put a lot of thought into your style. If you study how people dress in the Harajuku shopping district, you'll see that the intricate outfits are carefully chosen to convey a certain image that a random and thoughtless combination never could.
* Don't get carried away with brand loyalty. While it's OK to favor certain designer labels (especially since brand loyalty is big in Japan), Harajuku is about creating your own look, so if you appear just like the mannequins in the mall or the pictures in the catalog, you may be stylish, but you're not unique. Don't be afraid to mix that Calvin Klein dress with a used, torn and tattered pair of jeans and some combat boots. * Also, In many places Harujuku style is very uncommon, you can't just dress the part, you have to be the part. When walking down the street people will look at you. Hold your head high, be proud of what you are wearing or else you look like a poser. * Don't be worried what other people think of you. People might think your weird, Asian people might call you gaijin, but if you're happy, don't change for other people.
How to Be Kawaii Being kawaii is all about being as obnoxious as possible. It can be a little over-the-top, and is similar to Harajuku style, except that it is less extreme. edit Steps
1. 1 Keep up with the latest trends by doing some research on the Internet. Columns like Tokyopop's Kawaii Culture provide on the latest kawaii trends. You can also read magazines like Shojo Beat.
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* The word "kawaii" in Japanese has a broader definition than the English word "cute". When applied to pop culture, "cute" will suffice; however "kawaii" refers primarily to the affection of a parent toward a child coupled with the protectiveness for the innocent and weak. Thus a pop cartoon character is considered "kawaii" because it exemplifies the innocence of a child and evokes general protective, caring instincts in the viewer. Other translations of "kawaii" can include "precious", "lovable" or "innocent".
Ads by Google All Luxury Brands An Italian Luxury Shop On Line Buy Now www.leam.com * Don't be surprised if people make fun of you, since the kawaii style isn't exactly mainstream. Just shrug it off with a smile. * Unless you have a good reason to be sad, try to always be cheerful and optimistic. These kinds of people are often very kawaii. * Don't be mean to people, even if they make fun of you. * Doing any of the above makes you a weaboo * Pronounce Kawaii "kah-wah-ee". Here's why: The Japanese characters for 'kawaii' are カワイイ. カ is pronounced 'kah', ワ is pronounced 'wah', and イイ is a long 'e' sound. If you pronounce it like Hawaii with a K, you will probably sound like you're saying コワイ or Kowai, which means 'scary'.
* Don't change your whole self; make sure you are always true to yourself, and sort of merge this with who you are.
U ALL tentunya suka pakai jeans,kan?Tahu x,seluar jean kali pertama dperkenalkan oleh seorang pemuda bernama LEVI STRAUSS setelah melihat seluar pelombong emas yang cepat koyak ketika berkerja.Kemudian dia menghasilkan seluar yang tahan lama dengan kain utk membuat seluar tersebut ditempah dari Genova.
Trend memakai baju @ aksesori berwarna biru utk lelaki sudah wujud sejak zaman dahulu lagi.Pada masa itu ada kepercayaan yg mgatakan warna tersebut blh melindungi bayi drpd roh jahat.Warna biru dpercayai blh melindungi bayi lelaki yg dikatakan amat bernilai bagi sesebuah keluarga drpd roh jahat.Manakala bayi perempuan pula tidak mempunyai warna khas & biasanya dipakaikan dgn baju berwarna hitam.Trend warna pink utk bayi perempuan ini muncul pada abad pertengahan.
Setiap lipstik mgandungi SISIK ikan.
Mengikut pemerhatian yg dbuat,lelaki lebih gemar memakai kemeja yg berunsurkan warna hitam & putih.Ini kerana bagi mereka warna ini senang dpadankan dgn apa jua jenis warna seluar yg kamu pakai.
Elakkan dari memakai aksesori yg berbentuk bulat & besar.Kerana ia akan membuatkan wajah kamu bertambah bulat.Sebaliknya pilih aksesori yg bentuknya memanjang @ 4 persegi panjang.
Padankan penampilan dengan kasut bertumit sederhana agar tubuh kamu kelihatan langsing.
Pada 1985,saiz pinggang yg popular di kalangan lelaki adalah saiz 32 tetapi pada tahun 2003,ia bertukar kpd saiz 36.
Skirt yg paling sesuai utk si gadis yg memiliki saiz badan yg agak besar adalah skirt berbentuk span @ lurus dgn garisan pinggul.Biarpun bgitu,jika ingin skirt rekaannya kembang d bawah,kamu dnasihati memilih skirt yg rekaannya agak lurus d bahagian punggung kemudian melebar @ kembang d bahagian bawah.Namun,jika ingin nampak agak langsing,skirt model A-line & panjang sedikit d bawah lutut adalah pilihan yg sesuai.Walau bagaimanapun,skirt yg bkonsepkan 'layer' & renda sebaiknya delakkan,begitu juga dgn skirt jenis cerut.Ini kerana skirt junis ini akan menampakkan diri kamu ber+ besar.
Bukan sahaja gaya baju mahupun kasut mgikut musim,solekan juga mpunyai musimnya tersendiri.Kini remaja gemar menggunakan solekan yg mengandingkan warna2 asas spt coklat bsama jingga @ hijau pada bahagian mata.Selain itu,warna kuning & pink turut menjadi pilihan.xkurang ad yg berani mgenakan eyeliner bwarna hijau,biru & coklat bagi memberi kelainan pada bahagian wajah.Apa pun gaya pilihan mereka inilah trend semasa.
Trend HEEL kembali popular d kalangan remaja.Ia bukan sahaja sesuai utk dgayakan dgn jeans kegemaran tapi sesuai juga dengan mini skirt @ dress separa lutut & trend heel juga kini dperbaharui dgn hiasan labuci @pun reben yg tampak 'in' & ranggi utk dgayakan.
Berbanding wanita,aksesori utk lelaki memang terbatas.Selain jam tangan,kamu juga boleh memilih bracelet perak utk djadikan sebagai pelengkap gaya.Walaupun harganya agak mahal berbanding gelang detah berwarana warni,bracelet perak tetap menjadi pilihan remaja tampil bergaya mewah.Malah ia juga sesuai dgayakan dgn t-shirt & jeans.
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1.Beg tangan kegemaran... a)beg besar yang boleh muat semuanya b)sling bag bercorak batik c)xmenentu..ikut cita rasa pada ketika itu
2.Kasut @ sandal yg wajib u all miliki... a)xkisah,yg penting selesa b)ankle boots c)high heel yg dgemari para selebriti
3.Ketika bersantai d rumah,u all lebih suka memakai... a)seluar pendek & tank top yg seksi b)t-shirt dgn print band kegemaran c)baby doll dress
4.Gaya yg mjadi pilihan u all? a)lasak b)suai padan/mix & match c)stail selebriti
5.Selebriti yg menjadi ikon frsyen u all? a)ellen page b)gwen stefani c)audrey hepburn
6.Jualan murah impian u all akan dpenuhi dgn items berikut? a)cardigan yg selesa dpakai tiap hari b)t-shirt 80an dgn print geometri yg menarik c)xde yg worth it,kecuali gaun satin yg berjenama Gucci
7.Sebelum bsantai ngan kekawan,yg wajib menempel d wajah adalah... a)solekan yg natural b)shocking pink lipgloss c)solekan mata yg dramatik
SKOR! Jika a lbh byk:bijak bergaya bagi u all,yg penting adalah keselesaan.Meskipun menurut u all,sepatuU stiletto cukup popular & kelihatan lebih menarik,tetapi apalah gunanya jika u all terpaksa menahan kesakitan @ lenguh2.Lebih2 lagi pada saat u berseronok/hang out ngan kekawan.Adalah lbh baik memilih kasut flats @ sneaker yg cute!
Jika B lbh byk:tampil unik selain mgikuti trend terkini,u all memang terror utk tampil fashionable tanpa menjadi mangsa fesyen.Daripada memaksa memakai pakian yg kurang sesuai,adalah lbh baik jika u all membongkar almari mama utk mencari vintage yg xkurang hebatnya drpd jenama yg sedia ada
Jika c lbh byk:si gadis glamor u all nie memang mempunyai selera yg tinggi & tahu betul harga sebuah kualiti.Meskipun tpaksa mengeluarkan wang yg lbh,u all telah membayangkan brand2 fashion terkenal kerana kualitinya pasti sudah terjamin & mempunyai nilai2 prestij yg tinggi