Dress Up Like Your Favorite Glee Character

Oddly enough, the inspiration for this post was a Glee photoshoot gone wrong for Vogue. I thought they weren’t dressed representative of their characters in both on and off-screen so I decided to write about how to steal their signature Glee styles. These aren’t tips on how to copy their looks, but to serve as an inspiration on how to put their clothes and your personal style together.

Kurt Hummel

They always say that Mercedes is the diva and the fashionista of the Glee Club, but that is seriously up for debate. Kurt Hummerl played by award-winning actor Chris Colfer, with his fitted double-breasted jackets, bow ties and impeccable layering, is arguably the true fashionista of the show. I clearly remember him mentioning his jacket was Alexander McQueen in one episode and removing it before he was about to thrown in the dumpster by the school’s bullies.

The key to getting the Kurt Hummel look is layering. You cannot be just wearing a shirt, you have to be wearing a shirt with a knit vest on top of it and a double-breasted coat over the whole thing. It’s also about accessories, Kurt always wears a necktie or a bow tie with his button down shirts. And instead of sneakers, wear proper shoes, maybe some boots or brogues.

Rachel Berry

Lea Michelle never fails to impress in all her red carpet appearances, but her character in Glee is a far cry from the fashionista that she is in real life. Mini skirts, mid-calf socks with lace ruffles and every color cardigan there is to be bought. But there is a certain Catholic school girl vibe in how she dresses, which reminds me a little bit of a hodge podge of Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Liv Tyler in Empire Records and Lindsay Lohan after joining The Plastics in Mean Girls.

To get the look, we’re going to update the classic school girl look meaning the short pleated skirt and the white button down shirt. Let’s start with the short pleated plaid skirt, which is like the foundation of any Rachel Berry outfit, now instead of pairing that with a white button down shirt go with a white t-shirt with a large graphic print instead. A long gray cardigan that reaches just about the end of the skirt and keep the socks, but instead of just wearing flats, trade those in for some t-bar shoes.

Tina Chang

A little Goth Lolita that can tap dance just about sums up Tina Chang’s style on Glee. Goth Lolita or Goth Loli is a type of Japanese street fashion that takes inspiration from Victorian dolls. So it’s basically a knee-length poofy skirt, socks, Mary Jane pumps and a lot of lace. A lot.

But let’s make the Goth Loli look work for everyday life by making a few tweaks here and there. Because the lace is an integral part of the whole look, we’re going to keep it but not in the form of a voluminous, knee-length lace skirt with peplum underneath. You can wear a tiered lace mini skirt instead and pair that with a tank top and a cropped leather jacket. Finish the look with some eyeliner, make sure it’s smudge-proof especially if you plan on wearing it the whole day. My advice is to just put a little bit during the start of the day, because as the day goes on and you’re going to be re-applying it, it’ll pile up.

Kids’ Japanese High Fashion – How to Make it More Affordable

Japanese high fashion is known for being audacious, loud, and bold. But it is also creative and awe-inspiring. These descriptions are not exactly the ones you’d aspire for in kid’s clothing. A look at the popular Japanese or Japanese-inspired kid’s clothing pieces, however, would reveal that it works. The playful and colorful spirit of Japanese high fashion suits the aesthetics of kid’s clothing fashion quite well. For instance, the popular school girl uniform fashion of the Japanese is perfect for little girls because it becomes surprisingly conservative and expectedly cute when worn by a toddler.

There is one catch, however: Japanese kid’s clothing is deemed to be expensive. This is true especially if you aim to buy authentic fashion pieces from Japan, as the country has the high cost of living (which means items from the country are pricey). Still, there are ways to achieve that Japanese look without spending too much.

Instead of buying kid’s clothing pieces from Japan, consider buying Japanese-inspired clothing from various brick and mortar and online stores. You do not need to buy clothes from Shibuya or Harajuku (two major fashion and shopping destinations in Japan) to achieve that oriental look. Concentrate on the look, not the product.

Ironically, most of the Japanese fashion concepts people imitate now was influenced from American fashion. The street fashion popular in Harajuku, for instance, stemmed from the Japanese youth’s attempts to emulate American fashion. This is why you can still create a kid’s clothing fashion ensemble from pieces you can buy in the country, whether online or offline.

You can also create an affordable Japanese-inspired kid’s clothing ensemble by using just one piece of Japanese clothing. Use this piece as the centerpiece of your kid’s apparel. This way, the Japanese inspiration remains and you wouldn’t have to spend tons of money.

For instance, Japanese high fashion is marked by a put-together elegance, a distinct combination of high fashion and homemade ensemble. Use a Japanese trench coat (in colors such as grey or beige) to cover a more basic shirt and jeans apparel.

Avoid expensive designer brands when putting together a kid’s clothing Japanese high fashion look. A look at the Japanese children’s clothes for girls would reveal that while most Japanese-inspired dresses are colorful and unique (such as the Lolita-inspired dresses, complete with the white frilly collar and the attached apron for effect), they are also deceptively simple. Choose moderately priced brands over designer ones; no one would see the difference.

Of course, you can also find stores that sell affordable Japanese kid’s clothing to help you put together that amazing oriental look. Online stores usually offer the most comprehensive kid’s clothing catalog; take advantage of it. And since online clothing stores offer discounts and low prices, they are the most practical option for creating a look that could be expensive if assembled elsewhere.

Japanese kid’s clothing looks expensive and elegant, but that doesn’t mean it has to be pricey. Focusing on select pieces and knowing where to buy these clothing items can make that amazing Japanese look affordable.

Erotica and Roleplay

In Japan, where cosplay is seen as the embodiment of a character and acting out specific roles, it is not uncommon for its practice to be explored in most adult relationships. Considered a sexual fetish, many embrace the ideals of either cross dressing – where the males take on the roles of females and vice versa – or seeing their partners in maid, nurses or high-school girls’ uniforms. The latter two roles seem to be the most popular as the fantasy of having subservient or helpless females at their bidding, gives the male a sense of authority and power during sex. The adult industry, in Japan, do not shy away from exploring such ‘taboo’ situations and cater to specialized hotels or facilities that provide cosplay options for their visitors.

The term hentai, which refers to sexually explicit or pornographic material, is a genre all of its own in the sex industry. Explicit adult video games, or Japanese eroge, typically have themes that reflect the weak female (maids, nurses or school girls) at the mercy of their male torturers. These are quite popular among the male population and earn millions of yen annually.

Another genre that’s all the rage in Japan is the role of the AV (adult video) girl. Unlike the Western culture where porn stars are not treated with much respect, the same could not be said for their counterparts in the East. Some famous actresses (many in dramatic movie or TV roles) today got their starts as AV girls, or some end up becoming AV girls when they can no longer find work in mainstream television. With these girls earning as much as four million yen a year – in a market that makes up almost 30% of all Japan video rentals – the industry is definitely one that’s taking its place as a staple in society today.

The use of toys, in addition to cosplay roles, adds to the excitement of the relationship. If the female takes on the role of a student, the most common used toys are whips or bondage-related props; the ultimate idea of subservience between partners. Another theme is the doctor-nurse relationship, where the use of some actual medical devices like the speculum is used during the act. Some even find pleasure with more traditional themes, choosing to role play feudal lords and mistresses of the court with more elaborate costumes. For creativity breeds more entertainment.