Want to Try a New and Refreshing Look? Here are 5 Quirky Harajuku Fashion Trends to Try!

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  • Want to try a new look that’s new and refreshing? Then let’s take a closer look at several aspects of Japanese fashion! Stay up to date with what’s ‘cool’ among Japan’s fashionistas by checking out the hip Harajuku area in Tokyo. Being a popular fashion district in its own right, Harajuku has inspired a lot of Japanese street fashion. Here are 5 Harajuku looks to consider incorporating into your new look!

    1. Visual Kei (ヴィジュアル系)

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    This is a popular look that was inspired by Japanese musicians. Visual Kei fashion is based on a fusion of punk, rock and metal fashion. Also, straightened hair appears to make this style easier to pull off. However, you can go for the shaggy or spiky anime look as well. And don’t forget the finishing touches with the right makeup and accessories.

    2. Gyaru (ギャル)

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    Gyaru is translated into English as ‘girl’. The inspiration for this look came from the French actress, Brigitte Bardot, who has tanned skinned and blonde hair. To achieve this look, you may need to bleach or dye your hair, where a shade from dark brown to blonde will do. For makeup, use a dark eyeliner, fake lashes, and you may even want to add a bronzer to give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Last but not least, don’t forget to paint and decorate your nails so they stand out too.

    3. Lolita Fashion (ロリータ・ファッション)

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    If you love to dress like a princess, you may opt for the lolita look. Lolita fashion is inspired by Victorian and Edwardian clothing. All you need is a frilly dress, preferably a knee-length one, and a petticoat underneath to make the skirt shaped like a cupcake. To complete your look, wear knee-high socks or stockings and don’t forget to add a pretty headdress to match your cute ensemble.

    4. Cosplay (コスプレ)

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    Cosplay, also known as costume play, is the act of dressing and acting like your favorite anime character. You may get some inspiration from video games, manga, and anime. To create your costume, you can order clothes and wigs online or even make your own accessories.

    5. Punk

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    Want to look tough? Why not try getting some piercings? Not into piercings? Not to worry, you can just wear a studded leather jacket and get a cool hairstyle by creating spiky hair and using color hairspray.

    There is no limit to what you can wear with Harajuku fashion. Its popularity has gone viral and has inspired fashion-seekers all over the world to experiment and express themselves fully. You can always switch from one style to another until you find the one that suits you. As the saying goes, “the secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear”.

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