Japanese Fashion and Children – How They Match

If you’re familiar with Japanese culture, you may have a hard time reconciling the fact that Japanese fashion and kid’s clothing can match perfectly. Most Japanese fashion styles originated from cultural, economic, and even historical factors and deviances. Surely, these are things parents should not incorporate in kid’s clothing. Japanese clothes can be loud, flamboyant, and revealing.

However, when it comes to Japanese kid’s clothing, these factors do not apply. The more unorthodox styles such as Japanese street styles, Ganguro, Lolita, and Visual Kei do not appear in Japanese kid’s clothing as is, although their characteristics influence some of the children’s clothes of Japan-for the better.

For instance, there’s Ganguro, the style wherein girls wear school uniform-like clothes. On teenagers, this may seem unusual and even inappropriate. This fashion statement may have stemmed as a take on the Westerner’s perception of Japanese girls through Japanese animation (where the characters are always in school uniform).

But for kid’s clothing, it can be cute and adorable. Imagine a straight navy blue dress with its hem touching the girl’s knee and with a sailor collar with a white stripe for emphasis. It’s simple kid’s clothing that can be used for several occasions-and it is authentically Japanese.

Another unique Japanese fashion style is the Lolita style, named after the controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov. If you know your literature, you’d have an idea why this may not be the best idea for kid’s clothing. For Japanese kid’s clothing, however, it does the opposite effect. This style for children’s clothing still has a slight influence from the Victorian era. But by changing the patterns from dark and mature to mellow and colorful, it becomes an extremely appropriate kid’s clothing piece.

Japanese kid’s clothing is extremely unique. A usual attire for boy toddlers in Japan include a colorful scarf and colorful rubber shoes, a cap or a bonnet, jean shorts, and a shirt with an extremely creative design. These are simple descriptions-but once you see the actual ensemble, you’d know how it is different from anything you’d see from native fashion styles.

A common factor in Japanese kid’s clothing is its youthfulness and its creativity. The likes of young celebrities such as Suri Cruise, for instance, dress like adults with their penchant from designer brands. While this style isn’t wrong, it makes a child look like a miniature adult. Japanese kid’s clothing aspires for the opposite. It celebrates youth by using patterns, designs, and styles that complement the age of the wearer.

It should be noted that while a lot of the adult Japanese fashion styles are somewhat provocative, the Japanese culture in general actually cultivates timid, quiet, and shy people. These characteristics can actually be seen in the usual attire of the Japanese. The kid’s clothing of Japan that people see in the country is actually a combination of the bold and creative style of the youth and the conservative leanings of the adults. The result is a children’s apparel that is neither inappropriate nor boring.

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.

Nice Memory of InuYasha

I enjoyed myself in Chengdu cosplay convention last weekend. It is a nice cosplay party where I met some cool cosplayers dressing all kinds of fantastic cosplay costumes. The guys from Naruto, Kuroshitsuji, sailer moon, pokemon were catching my eyes there. They all look very attractive. I had some photo shoot with them. Now, I got the pictures and they all look cool. Great cosplay show, wonderful cosplayers.

Now, when I look at the cosplay pictures, I feel a little down. Facing nice pictures, I will recall all the good experience of the cosplay con, why I will feel lost? Maybe, I am very touchy. But I have to say I miss InuYasha, and I want to watch the classic anime, though there is no more new sequel since March 29th, 2010. InuYasha is over, not like Naruto or Kuroshitsuji.

It is a long time for an InuYasha fans. Sometimes, if you can’t get what you want, you only can recollect what you own. This classic Japanese manga series is written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shonen Sunday which is a famous manga magazine on Nov 13th, 1996, and concluded on June 18th, 2008. Because it is very popular, it was adapted as two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The whole series has a total of 167 episodes. I never missed any of the series. After a 5 years’ waiting time, the sequel was published on Oct 3th, 2009 which covers the rest of the manga series. It named The Final Act and it ended on March 29th, 2010.

That is not a long history for a Japanese anime. What I have to say, I didn’t see the whole of the manga, but I watched all of the anime TV series. So I guess all the plot of anime is as the same as the manga itself. This Japanese series’ protagonists are a time-traveling middle school girl who is a half demon, a lecherous monk, a fox demon, a demon slayer, and a nekomata.
They lived in Sengoku period and seek to find all the fragments of the jewel of four souls and to keep the jewel out of the hands of rebels, especially Naraku. I am not sure the anime’ plot is as the same of the manga’s, since I didn’t have time to read the classic manga. I am being a busy officer now.

So, anyone who have read the whole manga and watched the two anime TV series could reply me? Give me some different information about the manga.

However, I love the InuYasha anime which accompanied me for the school life. Because of the anime, I got a buddy Lee who has the same interest as me. Now, I think the InuYasha will be with me for another time, because cosplaying has been a hot hobby for me. And InuYasha certainly has become a nice choice for my cosplay costumes, though I have to wear a fake ear and a long wig. You know I have a big ear and short hair. That is a tough job for my dressing. Whatever, I like it, so I choose it.