Although considered by many as daring, strange and provocative, Japanese fashion has come a long way just about kimonos and school uniforms. Their eye-popping and flamboyant outfits have largely been influenced by Japan’s huge underground club scene. Toky and Osaka is where Japanese Street Fashion is at its best. By adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends, as well as foreign and local labels, Japanese youth have created their own unique blend of fashion.
Japanese street fashion and Japanese spring dress has a variety of trends and styles. Young people were more accurate in their dressing patterns and make-up. Bright colors, eccentric patterns, hand-made garments, heavy jewelery, combining jeans and tank tops with traditional wear like kimonos, is their way to express their views about their cultural influences and way of life. Lolita, Kogal, cosplay, stereotypes are some of the most sought after styles that Japanese youth display on the streets.
Lolita is a style with many subcultures, such as Punk Lolita, where chains, beads, lace and wristbands are popular accessories, as well as pink and peach color prints. Gothic Lolita focuses on styles emerging from the Victorian age such as dark colors, black make-up, heavy brooches, and ribbons.
Stereotype art of Japanese spring dress is similar to North American youth trying to replicate tanned and blonde celebrities and models. The look consists of light or dark tanned bodies, bleached or dyed hair, summer dresses and platforms. Their exaggerated looks and outfits are westernizing their business dramatically.
Kogal style is where young Japanese women display their wealth in different tastes in music and fashion. Wealthy parents often support young girls who are in this style. Japanese spring dress keep up to date with the ever-growing Japanese mobile technology. They adorn themselves with big boots, attached skirt very high, dramatic makeup and the latest American fashion brands. Many see the growth of Gothic Lolita desire to be a reaction to materialism, which is generated by Kogal trend.