Denim jackets, vests and shorts, biker boots and tanks, military jackets. A few worth mentioning on my current style staples or wants list. Worn just as much on my #1 style icons in the Japanese fashion scene as in the western fashion world. And the tattoos, aw man. Wish I has the nerve to decide!
1st collage left to right: Maiko Sano, Maya Mori, Yui Minemura, Nicole Abe & Rena, Yui. 2nd collage, mysterious tat girl (anybody recognize?), Yui Minemura, and a shot from Japanese women’s oraora style magazine. Middle collage Nuts magazine models. 4th collage some for accessories and items to get, and oh, RiRi’s hair. Last collage favorite makeup looks, with the annoyingly gorgeous Russian model Alena Shishkova, and fellow Japanese gorgeousnesses.
These past months I’ve been dressing quite casual. I haven’t sported big fancy hair do’s and my outfits have most definitely not represented those in magazines like egg or Popteen. Those of you more into Japanese gyaru fashion might have; I get asked if I’m not into gyaru anymore.
A few words on Gyaru and my relationship to it now;
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This one goes out to all the GAL people out there!
NOTE: If you are not familiar with the Japanese Gyaru subculture the following will most likely hold little value to you. Some of it may open up if you scroll back on the blog to older entries. Feel free to drop questions if you get curious. Hope you enjoy the read!
The question on whether or not I’m into GAL nowadays is a tricky one to answer to. As you can tell from the above inspiration collages I still look mostly into Japanese street style for inspiration. But whether or not those styles above are GAL or not is a whole another ordeal.
I’d like to share my pont of view on the topic!
Back when I first fell for Gyaru or GAL style I thought the style was all about being extra feminine with a twist, being stylish strong and independent with an almost tomboyish attitude. There was the hassle with hair bleaching and hair do’s, nails and makeup, but you could tell if someone was “gyaru” already from the way they were dressed.
The GAL I first got to know wasn’t about coating on layers of false lashes and trying to look innocent and 12-year-old, such as most of the GAL nowadays looks to be to me. Myself being in a point in my life where I want to enter the normal office working world and be taken seriously in my own field regardless of my already babyface looks -
You don’t really expect me to want to look like something like this, am I right? (Photos Popcutie ♥)
I know there are other gal styles too these days but the only one that really gives me somewhat the same vibes as the good old gyaru is the ORAORA style;
Something I totally adore, but also something I don’t want to sport to the last detail. Maybe if I my current goal in life was to make a career as a tanning or tattoo shop keeper? That sounds pretty great actually, but I’ve already set my dreams somewhere else for now!
Now that the Gyaru style has evolved for this long and several sub styles have emerged and developed, the styles I mostly relate to and feel like I could wear myself hardly fall under the genre GAL. I mean think of those look in the above collages; I could be wearing the same exact items in the same exact way as Nicole or Yui above, and nobody would think me Gyaru.
I think the ladies in the above collages of mine are just young Japanese fashionable women, and trying to be stylish as much as any girls, without caring about the label “gyaru” which is starting to sound old-fashioned the more I talk about it. Think about magazines like Nuts or JELLY; they are trying to set style examples, yes, but have they even mentioned the word “GAL” for the longest time? I think they’re just magazines for young trendy women!
Conclusion being; I don’t think GAL exists in a way that I could relate to anymore, and quite frankly, It doesn’t make a difference if my style inspirations are drawn from specifically GAL styles or not. That being a big reason to why it doesn’t make me sad if I don’t present a certain style genre now.
I enjoy the freedom to draw inspiration from wherever and whenever, and mix and match things the way I like as I go and grow with time!
GAL people, what do you think?
Are the looks in my collages above Gyaru? Do you see where I’m coming from?
I would honestly love to know what you think, so don’t hesitate to drop comments!
DISCLAIMER: None of the photos used in this post are mine, they all belong to their owners. You can view all the photos used in the above collages on my Tumblr and track them back to where I’ve found each one from there.