|Japanese society is obsessed with its
idols. It appears that every single
fashion trend in Japan appears to have been started by an
idol or a TV talent rather than a
fashion designer. It would not be an exaggeration to say that if a
Japanese idol were to start dressing in metal or paper or plastic dresses, half of
Japan will embrace it.
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The "amulrar" fashion, which was popular just before the
kogal boom came, was probably from the singer, Namie Amuro. The brown hair,
hot outfits, and weird kogal vocabulary were popular then. This is now apparently disappearing as women move on to other styles.
Office ladies (OL) rule the world
schoolgirls like to dress up in the most outrageous styles, they have certain restrictions. They have to use a uniform for the major part of the day and they can not always afford the
latest in fashion. On the other hand, the
office ladies (or
women who work in offices rather than manufacturing plants) have
plenty of disposable incomes and can dress up any way they want. Some
offices have uniforms, so
women can't wear
hot fashion there. But of course, not all of the offices have uniforms.
Women in offices that don't have uniforms can wear a little bit of
Japanese women working at an office usually
wear suits and pumps. This style has been made popular by an actress, Makiko
Show it off
trends in Japanese fashion are moving in a direction when it is perfectly fine to
show off as much skin as possible - something that was not common a decade or so ago. Some of the developments in fashion these days are mind-blowing since they have simply changed the very fundamentals of Japanese values.
Gigi's Closet lingerie)
rise pants or "Hip-hang"
jeans in Japan are very popular these days and
show a little bit of their
underwear when they use them. The
jeans have to be worn around the hip and they hang quite low on the
waist (that is why they are called
hip-hang) to give others a peek at their
panties, especially when someone bends. Until few years ago,
Japanese women were reluctant to even
show off their bra straps but now they feel just fine
showing off their panties.
it OK to show whaletail)
Similar change has occurred in the case of use of
fishnet stockings, which are now also popular in the
winter. A few years ago,
fishnet stockings were probably only worn by
women working at the night clubs and
strip bars. Now, they are popular among average women in their 20's and 30's.
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