Harajuku fashion is about freedom of expression
Japan is still very good at consuming trends from the West, so if you walk down the boutiques of Takeshita street in Harajuku you’ll probably see a lot of teenagers wearing mod clothes. Harajuku is a mecca for artists, independent spirits, and burgeoning fashion trends that provides a space of free expression in what is ordinarily a rather conservative Japanese culture. But Japanese fashion isn’t afraid to take it one step further… dressing-up in costume is seen as a major element of fashions, so no-one will bat an eyelid at a pretty girl wearing a plastic fried egg round her neck as a fashion statement.
The nice thing about Japanese – and Harajuku fashion – is that it’s not a case of shops and brands (like Gap) dictating what people wear, but teenagers dictating what the shops will start selling.
There are now many clothes and websites that sell harajuku fashion and lolita fashion, but the spirit of this japanese style has arisen from teenagers not being afraid to customise and accessorise their own clothes, and to wear crazy outfits with a sense of humour to retaliate against social expectations of straight clothes, straight jobs, straight attitudes.
How to wear Harajuku Style
- Harajuku fashion is creative…
- And theatrical.
- Mix and match – harajuku style is about visually and mentally refreshing contrasts
- Look cute
- Never forget – harajuku fashion has a sense of humour!
- Be confident wearing clothes that mix genres and influences
- Be confident wearing clothes that have weird shapes and geometric structures
- If you go for bright colours, make sure you have unusual, fun contrasts
- If you wear make-up, wear it black
- Be confident in your chosen look – end of.
- Above all, be stylish!
If you’re into harajuku fashion your dedication to need only be as serious as you want it to be. You may choose not to have a regular job or attend school and be fully into the band scene, but essentially the look of harajuku style is based on clothes and make-up which can be removed as desired, so if you want to be a part-time Harajuku girl, that’s perfectly okay. Punks with mohicans and piercings have to be punk (to some degree) all the time, but harajuku girls and boys can wear normal clothes then dress up harajuku-style at the weekend. Pure pop fashion, but so much fun!