As another year comes and goes, there are some trends that some people would rather see left in the last year. After all, not every trend is meant to last forever and it seems like what’s popular changes constantly. Whether they started or persisted through 2021, some people are ready to drop these ideas as they move into the new year.
Learning makeup is now easier than ever. After all, you only have to do a quick internet search of the look you want and thousands of tutorials will answer.
One solution that doesn’t require makeup is sunscreen contouring. This beauty tip entails using different strength sunscreen on your face to get a contoured tan. The video that spawned attention to the brief trend was criticized for not encouraging full protection out in the summer sun.
Don’t File Your Teeth
We’ve all looked in the mirror from time to time and looked at their teeth. You might even wish that they were different in some way.
There are certain ways that you really shouldn’t go about changing them. Most of the time, it’s best to leave those decisions to a dentist who knows what they’re doing. The answer isn’t to file your teeth down with a nail file. That didn’t stop some people from trying, though.
Just a Little Honey
At first, the thought of trying a bite of frozen honey isn’t so bad. Drinking a water bottle full of the substance sounds less appealing.
Yet, it wasn’t the flavor of this ill-fated snack that made this frozen honey trend so bad. Those that drank a lot of honey noticed something upsetting. It didn’t take long for the syrupy sweet snack to leave them with upset stomachs and sprints to the bathroom.
Not a Great Challenge
There are some challenges that start trending that really make you wonder what happened. For instance, why would someone pee their pants for fun? The challenge kicked off when some peed their pants on a live stream.
It wasn’t long before others started to copy the action until the hashtag “#peeyourpantschallenge” garnered almost four million views on the platform before, thankfully, falling back out of trend. We can’t say that we’ll miss it.
Full Facial Waxes
Plenty of people choose to wax their hair off. For one, it can really save time if your preferred alternative is regular shaving. Still, full facial waxes were a reliable source if you wanted to see something shocking.
The only problem was that, once again, this was a trend that was more risk than it was worth. It seems almost unnecessary to say that covering your face with hot wax could have disastrous results.
Taking From TV
Throughout the year, trends cropped up that many remembered from the ’90s and early 2000s. Some of these were more well-received than others.
In this revival of trends, though, people were less impressed to see outfits resembling the ones you might see in movies like Twilight and other popular media of the 2000s. The complaints against it weren’t necessarily that it was bad — just that it wasn’t a very exciting trend to follow for long.
Another aspect of the trends of the ’90s and early 2000s we saw last year was even more denim. In some aspects, this was great and led to some stunning looks.
On the other hand, some weren’t as excited to see trends like patchwork denim come back into style. While they can serve as a great statement piece for some, others think the end results look messy — or that it’s just one trend from the past they don’t miss.
Adding a micro bag to an outfit can be a fun addition. We even saw celebrities like Lizzo jump on the trend with ridiculously small bags as an accessory.
As fun as they were, there were complaints against the fact that they did sacrifice almost all the utility of a purse. All in all, it’s a fairly useless addition to an outfit, practically speaking, and wouldn’t really help if you were already in an outfit that lacked pockets.
Dangerous Gender Reveal Parties
Stepping away from fashion, this is a trend that’s been building for a while now. The concept is simple — parents trying bigger and bigger stunts for their baby’s gender reveal.
What started as all fun and games has gotten out of hand quickly. After one gender reveal led to a devastating wildfire in 2020, people started to call for an end to the excessive trend that had become more dangerous over time.
Jeans Above the Ankle
With so many denim styles popular lately, it’s no surprise that we have a few different popular styles of jeans to choose from. What’s a denim collection without a good pair of jeans?
Honestly, the style itself looked good! Still, a few people had complaints about the style simply because they missed their ankle coverage. We’re guessing this is one trend that won’t disappear overnight but that’s why it’s good to have plenty of options for jeans styles available.
Mixed Emotions on Mullets
The interesting thing about seeing old trends come back around is figuring out which ones still remain as controversial as when they fell out of style.
One haircut that rose from the grave recently is the mullet. This is another option that many people love and have even pulled off but there are definitely some dissenters against the trend’s return as well. As for the mullet, we’ll have to see if it sticks around or falls to the wayside.
There are some trends that are bad enough to leave people rolling their eyes. Then, there are some trends that get banned shortly after they’ve started. That’s what happened on TikTok with the term “devious lick” and some of its equivalents.
The trend featured students stealing or vandalizing items they found at school. The problem led to formal charges, as well as the ban, but at least it also brought about wholesome “angelic yields” as a counter-trend — where TikTokers return goods stolen from their school bathrooms.
The Milk Crate Challenge
It seems pretty frequent that the internet manages to make something fun out of nearly nothing. Still, sometimes the results can get a little risky. The milk crate challenge was simple enough.
The challenge had TikTok users trying to scale structures made out of stacks of plastic milk crates. Unsurprisingly, the catch was that they weren’t particularly sturdy, making failing the challenge pretty painful. It wasn’t long before people were begging for the trend to fall out before more people tried the dangerous stunt.
A Take on Side Hustles
Over the last few years, it’s been easier than ever to make a profit off of your hobbies. If you’re really good at something, someone might have even suggested it already.
When it came to trends not to take into the new year, some people think the concept of turning everything into a side hustle isn’t the answer. They complained that some hobbies should be just that. That is, the complaints are mainly aimed at the obligation of a side hustle, not the bare notion of it.
This is another controversial choice that has worked its way into fashion trends lately. After all, there have been some mixed emotions on the return of cowboy boots.
However, it isn’t an all-around bad trend. Still, some people think that if nothing else, they’re going to be selective about what they pair cowboy boots with. We suppose that they are a particular aesthetic that might not work with every outfit out there.
Take as Intended
There are some items that should never be involved in an internet challenge. Yet, as the internet has proven… again and again, that doesn’t always mean no one will try it.
Still, we have to wonder if there’s any end to bad ideas like the Benadryl Challenge. This challenge involved taking more Benadryl than advised. Needless to say, it was a dangerous proposition and even the FDA sent out a warning about this trend.
As we’ve said, it’s a good thing that there are a few different types of jeans in style. After all, not everyone wants the same look.
Still, there are plenty of people who are ready to trade in their low-rise jeans for a pair with a higher waist. It’s a trend that pops up every now and again, and for some people, it really works. For others, the high-waisted trend is more their preference.
Worst Way to Eat Cereal
Enjoying a bowl of cereal in the morning can be a great way to start the day. That is, unless you’re eating cereal as this challenge calls for.
The trend that we’re happy to leave behind had users eating cereal using another person’s mouth as a bowl. Aside from inducing some gags in the users who saw the trend, it also seems like a bit of a choking hazard. From now on, let’s stick to the dishware.
As Halloween rolled around this year, we had the chance to see a trend where people showed off their costumes for the holiday. Some even came in with handy tips!
This included ways to make sure that those vampire fangs you bought stayed on all night. Unfortunately, if you jumped on the trend around the time that some people made the ill-fated decision to use superglue or nail glue to keep the fangs in place, it makes for a dangerously lasting costume.
This is a trend that existed on YouTube a long time before the trend extended onto TikTok as well. Many are claiming that it’s a trend that we should leave behind this year.
The matter at hand is playing pranks on other people. Specifically, there’s an argument against playing mean pranks on loved ones and especially strangers. To many, it comes across simply as mean without much humor and they aren’t a fan of it moving into the new year.
This is another trend that some people weren’t fans of due to their utility. In the new year, some people are really ready to leave behind their tiny sunglasses.
The arguments against them are, for one, that they’re due to fall out of fashion. On the other hand, some just wonder why they’d opt for sunglasses with tiny lenses rather than the fuller protection of larger lenses that you aren’t as likely to just look overtop of.
At this point, it’s easy to see that not every denim trend that graced our social media feeds this year was well-received. Another trend that not everyone is interested in is the concept of double denim.
This usually consists of a pair of jeans and a denim top or jacket to finish it off. It’s been in style before but some people think it’ll fall off again this year. Still, it doesn’t quite seem like something everyone is willing to give up.
Sneaker wedges are another trend that has left many people wondering if every fashion trend that sacrifices utility is a good idea.
Sneaker wedges have the design of standard sneakers but with a wedge heel for some extra height. They work well if you like chunky sneakers that’ll give you a boost but it removes almost all of the hope of using those sneakers as athletic wear. Some just don’t think they look all that great either.
If nothing else, biker shorts are practical. They’re made as athletic wear and the lycra material makes that clear. They’ve become fairly popular.
Not everyone is as behind these lycra shorts as when the trend first cropped up, though. While there is still plenty of athletic wear that’s sure to stay in style as time goes on, it seems like the bike shorts are fated to take a break for a while.
There are some things that are usually limited to concerning circumstances. Technically speaking, these circumstances had a lot of people concerned. The trend in question here is the blackout challenge, sometimes referred to as the fainting game.
In it, users try to hold their breath or even shake their heads back and forth to the point of passing out. The dangerous experience is highly ill-advised and has even resulted in some fatal circumstances among young participants.
An Interesting Choice of Primer
There have been a lot of beauty hacks introduced via TikTok tutorials. Some were expected tricks while others left us scratching our heads wondering how this came to be.
While some reported that the trend worked, we’re not so sure that Durex is usually who we turn to when we need a primer. It does have propylene glycol that makes for a smooth finish but we’re not so sure it’s worth the apparently sticky results.
One particularly unexpected trend from the 1990s that came back in 2020 was the use of bucket hats as an accessory. The retro look might not be here to say, however.
The casual look that these hats give off might not be among the more lasting trends as of late. While hats themselves are still great accessories for almost any outfit, fewer and fewer people are reaching for their bucket hats to finish off their looks.
The Return of Uggs
There are some trends that were controversial even during their original debut. It seems like they can stay controversial when they’re reintroduced.
That about sums up the mixed feelings around the reintroduction of Uggs. However, many think that the best thing to do is to leave them in the past. They’ve been docked not only for the sake of being Uggs but not always providing the same protection as a winter shoe despite their appearances.
This is an example of something that people are tired of both for their looks and functionality. Honestly, we can see where the controversy comes from with straw bags.
On the more shallow side, some people are ready to say goodbye to these wicker-like bags purely for their looks. Others complain that since straw isn’t quite as flexible as a purse made out of cloth, they aren’t quite as useful when it comes to serious storage either.
Upside Down Bikini Tops
Sometimes, a new trend doesn’t mean buying something new. It can just mean wearing something you already have in a new way. That’s what happened to bikini tops as people started flipping them around and wearing the tops upside down.
The trend is pretty popular, especially when the weather is warm for the revamped look. Still, there are some who find the trend didn’t quite offer the security they were hoping for.
A scarf shirt is another example of something that doesn’t necessarily look bad. Yet, some are still sick of the trend.
Much like the concept of an upside-down bikini, some found that the look wasn’t worth how much trouble they had keeping the top in place throughout the day. All in all, the complaints mostly centered around looking for something with a great look that’ll stay in place as you go about your day.
Logos on Everything
This is another example of a trend that people have seen for a while. It’s no surprise we’re seeing it again given the ’90s revival in fashion. There are plenty of people who are sick of seeing huge logos on clothing and accessories.
While some are happy to represent the brand they love, others find the practice tacky and unnecessary, putting more focus on the company than the individuality of one’s fashion sense. Only time will tell which opinion on this trend prevails.
Throwing on Crocs
Crocs have been in and out of style over the years. However, that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been highly criticized since their release. So, it’s no surprise that as 2020 closes its doors, people are begging to leave crocs in the past.
Granted, they do have the benefit of being comfortable but when it comes to trends with skyrocketing popularity, they aren’t the most common choice. Those calling an end to this trend argue that comfort just isn’t worth it.
Just Take a Bite
From time to time, we’ve probably all wondered if there was a more efficient way to enjoy our favorite foods. Still, there are some measures that are just too far.
In a cartoonish feat, users put a cob of corn on a drill to try and use the spinning motion to eat faster. In fact, the trend even got Jason Derulo on board who left the video with a chipped tooth and probably a couple of regrets.
Best Left to the Professionals
There are some trends that seem like great ideas but aren’t the best DIY option. Sometimes, it’s just better to get a professional involved.
For instance, one Big Brother Australia star ended up with some less-than-exciting results when she tried out some DIY acupuncture she saw on TikTok. Tilly Whitfield shared their story and warned others against blindly trying out DIY beauty trends — especially ones that most people leave to the professionals.
It seems like fitness trends are a dime a dozen anymore. The bad news is that there have been some truly dangerous trends here as well. This included the dry scooping trend that had TikTok users eating a scoop of a pre-workout mix without mixing it with water.
The only problem is that pre-workout mixes are full of caffeine and it can turn out potentially dangerous, including one influencer who had a heart attack after trying the trend.
Not in the Outlet
It seems like basic knowledge that you shouldn’t put metal from anything other than a plug into an outlet. That didn’t stop people from trying to slide a penny behind a plugged-in charger.
The prank even sparked an advisory from the Massachusetts Fire Marshall. In an advisory, Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey warns that doing this trend can result in “sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases, fire.” Seems like a good trend to leave behind and never bring back.
When TikTok introduced their inverted filter, plenty of people flocked to try it. Not everyone liked what they saw, though, prompting many to call for the filter to stay in the past.
Conceptually, the filter flips or inverts your features to show what you might look like to someone else. The only problem was it quickly highlighted the parts of people’s faces that weren’t symmetrical and the filter ended up giving many feelings of self-consciousness rather than having fun with a new filter.
It’s very common knowledge for almost everyone to have an online presence. Still, you should have the option to opt out of it if you want.
That’s why many people are saying that in the new year, maybe it’s time to finally give up recording strangers for online videos — especially without their permission or knowledge. While the reactions might entertain at times, many say it isn’t worth bothering others who may not want to be involved in the content.
We’re not quite sure what led to this trend cropping up on TikTok. The challenge includes three people and has the apt name “skullbreaker challenge.”
The challenge involves two people tripping the third person, causing them to fall and — in many cases — hit their head. This trend led to a myriad of warnings, legal action, and even fatalities. So, we think it’s safe to say that this trend should be left behind for good.
40+ Japanese Fashion Trends That Are Almost Too Weird to Be Real
Japan is known for a lot of things. They have some of the politest people, hard-working people, and delicious cuisine. However, you might not know that Japan also has a vibrant fashion subculture where some trends are weirder than usual. Here are some weird Japanese fashion trends that will make you rethink what you know about Japan. Some are cute, some weird, and some are just straight crazy.
Reminiscing our childhood is something we all have done at some point. The times felt simpler. Everything was easier and fun. We had our toys and playtime with friends. Let us introduce you to a fashion trend that you might think takes that nostalgia factor up a notch.
People try to look like a child or a doll as much as possible. Cute or absolutely weird? You decide. This trend is all about skirts, hoops, and all nine yards. There are even subcultures too, like punk Lolita or even gothic Lolita.
Most people will probably feel quite insecure if they had twisty teeth or teeth that stick out a bit too much – not the Japanese, though. Yaeba is the fashion trend that extends the canine tooth and makes it pointier.
It requires some surgical implants, of course. The dentist will make a ceramic tooth extension to put on top of the canine to make it stick out. You can even choose it to be fixed or removable.
Here is a style that takes an old fashion trend and gives it a modern Japanese twist. The trend started around the 1950s in Japan and is still popular to this day.
Men adorning the fashion trend wear clothes that resemble that of Elvis very closely. The women may be seen wearing poodle skirts. There are a lot of dark shades of clothing and a ton of leather happening in this style.
A little spooky, a little unsettling, and a lot of weird – the Shironuri fashion trend seems to be obsessed with ghost-like looks achieved with heavy pale makeup and clothing.
The clothing style for this trend consists of a lot of flowy fabrics and, more often than not, white hair dye. The name “Shironuri” literally translates to “painted white.” One thing is for sure: the trend definitely stays true to its name.
Put together tons of accessories with very brightly colored clothing – layers and layers of clothing – that do not always seem to go together, and you have the Decora fashion trend.
The style is meant to turn heads and catch the eyes, and we must say that the loud colors and crazy accessories do a very good job of that. The style started during the 1990s, but it was not until the 2000s that it really started catching on.
Cosplay may be a more familiar trend for the western audience. Have a favorite game or manga character? Why not be them? Cosplay has most definitely crept its way into the mainstream culture of America. Cosplayers dress up exactly like their favorite characters.
The outfit is not the end of it, though. It is trying to be the characters. This includes embodying the character’s demeanor, actions, speech, and the way a character moves. All these play a role in cosplaying.
Kigurumi is a well-known Japanese street fashion that is related to costumes featuring cartoon animals. The “Kiru” in its name comes from a Japanese verb that means “to wear” and the latter part comes from a noun called “nuigurumi,” which means “stuffed toy.”
Somewhat similar to cosplaying, Kigurumi is, as the name suggests, the trend of dressing up as cartoon characters. If you ever wanted to dress up as your favorite cartoon character and do it without getting any looks, Japan is the place to do it.
Here is another weird Japanese fashion trend that is sure to make you think about what is going on over there. The Kogal fashion trend has girls in Japan dress up as schoolgirls with school outfits and short skirts. Rolled socks are also worn and, sometimes, the girls dye their hair too.
The districts of Tokyo, such as Shibuya and Harajuku, are considered the center for Kogal culture in Japan. You are sure to find some girls embracing the Kogal trend in those parts of the country.
Some fantasy stories romanticize the forest and portray it as home to mystical creatures, which only a few lucky ones get to encounter. If you ever find yourself in Japan, you might not meet any actual mystical girl in the forest, but you might encounter the Mori Kei fashion trend.
A Mori Kei girl is meant to look like a forest girl – one who lives off the Earth. It includes clothes with natural fibers and many layers of clothing. Sometimes ruffled hemlines also make an appearance.
Visual Kei can be described in two words: loud and colorful. This style has gotten really popular with Japanese musicians. Some hallmarks of this trend include very over-the-top makeup, crazy hairdos (although we quite like some), and very playful costumes.
Some Visual Kei bands include Bis (a Japanese rock band), Guruguru Eigakan, and more. The style has actually gotten very popular amongst many genres of music from heavy metal to electronica.
Otaku can be described as the Japanese version of a nerd or geek. The Otaku fashion trend is embraced by people who are huge fans of a particular anime or manga. Most Otakus are something considered as the opposite of fashionable.
However, over recent years, many brands have been offering clothing to help embrace the trend fully. You can love a particular anime and be able to express in its full galore with Otaku.
Some like to read about history while others like to relive it. That is the weird Japanese fashion trend that is Reki-jo. A Reki-jo refers to a girl who loves Japanese history – traditional Japanese history, to be precise.
They would visit historic sites, familiarize themselves with historical texts, and just generally be really deep into Japanese history. The trend actually was considered as a type of Otaku. Over the years, it has grown to be its own thing.
Old school cuteness for the modern world – this fashion trend from Japan is called Fairy Kei. It has little to do with fairies and a lot to do with cutesy clothes and fashion trends from the 1980s.
People who dress according to the Fairy Kei trend may take inspiration from cute cartoon characters from My Little Pony or The Care Bears. For what it’s worth, some Fairy Kei looks are hard not to go ‘aww’ at.
Me No Shita Chiiku/Byojaku
While most girls will apply eye makeup on the upper eyelids, the Me No Shita Chiiku/Byojaku trend does the opposite. The idea of the trend is wearing eye makeup under the eyes to give them a somewhat tired or sickly look.
Think of a damsel in distress, but more Japan! The makeup or fashion trend is meant to make a girl look vulnerable and in need of help. So, if you see someone with flushed eyes in Japan, you don’t need to worry about rushing to her assistance.
The Gyaru trend peaked during the early 2000s in Japan. The style, as some see it, is all about an exaggerated version of the American Party Girl. The name of the fashion trend is the Japanese transliteration for girl or gal.
You can spot Gyaru trend enthusiasts having tanned skins, long hair, large eyelashes, and very boisterous makeup. It is also meant to challenge the traditional beauty ideals in Japan.
Gyar-oh or Gyaruo is a complete subculture in and of itself. This fashion trend from Japan is for the super fashionable guys. The dresses are loud and make a statement, and people who embrace the trend are not afraid to show it.
It consists of tanned skins, shades, and, of course, hairsprays. Some styles will also have very flamboyant hairstyles to go with the whole look as well – quite the interesting trend, if we might add.
This trend was started by a single dance group. The name “Takenokozoku” translates to “bamboo shoot tribe.” It has become more than just a fashion trend – it is now an activity too. The group is also responsible for popularizing Harajuku fashion around Japan.
The style’s iconic elements include jumpsuit-like clothing with lots of colors. We have to say, the suits are not the only things that make this style. You also have to have an attitude.
Deep tans seem to be a common element in some of the Japanese fashion trends. The Manba fashion trend is a very eye-catching look that uses a dark skin foundation to achieve the tanned look. The girls who follow the trend also perform a specific dancing routine called the Para Para dancing.
The name of the look comes from Yamanba, a witch from Japanese folklore. While most girls follow the Manba look, boys who take on the look have developed their own unique signature style.
The Nagumo Gal trend isn’t really that popular; it used to be more of a groupie style. Most people consider a Nagumo gal as an annoying fan. It was born in 1983 because of a record label named Nagomu.
The style consisted of a grunge-rock look – kind of like an-emo-meets-a-book-nerd vibe. They preferred long-sleeved tees, knee socks, pants or fluffy skirts, and thick rubber-soled shoes. The trend ultimately died down with the label itself.
Over-the-top trench coats can be a great edgy look if you can pull it off. The trend itself spread out to many countries – we always see the Kardashians and the Hadids strutting down the street with oversized shirts or coats.
Ariana Grande, who is quite popular in Japan, also popularized the style of oversized clothing. Now, chic fashion in Japan means oversized trench coats, whether it’s denim blue, crème, or vibrant red – pair it with your favorite heeled boots, and your look is served.
Agejo is another one of the trickled down sub-cultures from Gyaru trends. Agejo consists of being more glamorous, with silk slip-in dresses and big hairdos. The trend used to include big stone jewelry, a lot of sparkles, and glitters.
In time, however, it adopted a more subdued look. From hot pink and black lace silk dresses, it went to more pastel-colored soft frocks. The style now includes cascades of curls and soft dewy makeup.
Remember the infamous pair of jeans from Sisterhood of Travelling Pants, where the friends added each little memory in the form of tokens drawn or sewn into their jeans? That’s a type of personalized piece. It’s a trend where you use your creativity to make your clothes your own items.
Japanese people cut up big squares, add big dangling pockets, draw their favorite anime character, write song lyrics, and whatnot – it’s all up to you, but the most important thing is, it’s edgy, and it’s cool under your terms.
Silver Statement Looks
The silver statement looks celebrate the ‘90s flair for fashion. The metallic looks can be served as futuristic, nostalgic ‘90s, disco, and street style hip-hop. Silver look ascends the time/season concept, and Japan is all about it.
Many subcultures have incorporated silver into their style, starting with metallic silver to sparkle to monochrome to silver-white, in various forms as well – pants, skirts, oversized coats, statement pieces, camo pants, and, of course, into thick rubber-soled knee-high boots.
Rasuta was also derived from many sub-cultures of Gyaru fashion. You can even call it a sub-culture of a subculture because it’s an addition to the Ganguro world. The Rasuta Gyaru dawns on looks inspired by reggae music. They are fans of Bob Marley and celebrate the colors of the Jamaican flag, which is green-yellow-red.
They also use accessories made of straw, like handbags, and their clothing is mostly hemp material. They sport stylized weaves to match their reggae spirit too.
Shorts Over Sweatpants
Shorts were mostly worn over pants for exercise or sports back in the 1980s, but now it’s nothing compared to how Harajuku flaunts it. It’s dark and chic. Many Harajuku enthusiasts – both men and women – wear it in various styles.
The shorts itself could be of any material – even faux leather – and the size of the shorts also depends on the wearer. It could be short-shorts or half-pants over tight or oversized pants. Most importantly, it’s never tacky
Sleepy Time Chic
This trend of flaunting in your PJs or homewear has been around for some time now. The outfits aren’t similar to regular PJs. Overused pajama bottoms and oversized tees – these items are mostly incorporated in this style.
It can start from colorful PJs made of cotton or silk accessorized with chic uneven bed hair look and makeup, or the drabby side of well-worn home clothes contrasted with over-sized sneakers or designer glittery Skechers, RayBans, and bracelets.
Who doesn’t love a little fluff? Well, the Japanese street fashion took it up a notch. You’ll see many eye-catching colorful poofy accessories gracefully carried by people. They come in various styles and sizes of bags or earrings of different colors.
People sport fluffy headbands, ankle bracelets to wear with their combat boots, or pretty pastel backpacks. In the world of Japanese fashion, you cannot help but be awed by the extent of creativity. This style is popular amongst tween, teens, and adults.
The whole trend of wearing military jumpsuits or any kind of khaki jumpsuit is one of the most versatile trends out there. There are many different kinds of looks that can be birthed from it.
There’s the laid-back look paired with white sneakers or the strong assertive look with combat boots that looks beautifully intimidating. The most amazing thing is, in Japan, they keep on playing with the two extremes and create wonderful fashion statements.
This style also incorporates a brilliant pairing of items because the final outfit can have so many possibilities! It absolutely depends on the wearer, but generally, oversized hoodies are paired with fishnets and sneakers, and then comes the personalized effects.
Many wear ordinary sneakers, a big bright belt with the end just left dangling, and a cross belt across the chest. Another could be a gothic-inspired look with ripped fishnet, sneakers with spikes, black eyeshadow, and an oversized black hoodie with big blood-red earrings.
Oneegyaru also is part of a Gyaru trend, a subculture which refers to the “graduated” look, such as Agejo, “Onee” in Japan means “older sister,” so Oneegyaru is a more mature fashion from Agejo. It is a kind of grown-up look that still celebrates the original styles of Agejo or Gyaru.
The clothing is a bit more sensual mixed in with a lot of practical items such as a coat. Lacy high heels are replaced with pumps, lace pumps, or knee-high leather boots.
Oshare Kei fashion has been around for quite a while now. It’s a subset from Visual Kei and started gaining popularity around 2001. “Oshare” means “fashionable.” Since it’s the opposite of Visual Kei, which is the popular trend of rock band themes, Oshare Kei encompasses the pop and synthetic style music.
It’s colorful, bright, loud, and portrays a party vibe. There are major bands who follow the Oshare Kei theme, like B’laive, No Gosan, Vivaush, etc., which leads more fans into Oshare Kei themselves.
This is a bit of an antique musical box doll style. Dolly Kei resembles mystical creatures who have lost their way and ended up in this concrete jungle. The clothes consist of vintage summer frocks – long or short – paired with patterned tights, printed pantyhose, etc.
The clothes are always modest and layered. Many of the Dolly Kei enthusiasts also sport muslin frocks with ruffles and laces, wrapped with shawls to create a vintage look.
Spank is another one of the doll-like fashion trends in Tokyo. The spank fashion, however, is a lot more retro and reminiscent of the ‘80s with tie-dyed tees and bleached jeans. In Tokyo, it’s much more than that, tough.
It transcends the level considerably since spank fashion is much louder and brighter. The colors are not necessarily neon. It includes ranges of pastel colors, sweaters with solid colored pom-poms, fringes, shredded hemps, and so on.
“Angura” translates to “underground.” The style itself derives from the dark underground theaters that produced shows back in the 1930s, which went against societal norms and views. It contrasts traditional Japanese garments, but are worn with emo grunge vibes.
Many anime artists are, in fact, heavily influenced by Angura fashion and art when creating their characters. The garments include kimono, old-school uniforms, or attires blended with gothic hairstyles and makeup.
Pastel goth is one of the most intriguing styles out there. It’s terrifyingly beautiful, but instead of dark colors, it’s all bright pastel – doll-like colors – which makes it all the more intimidating. The pastel goths do not abandon black, though.
They adore adding black accessories with the soft pastels – a combination that plays with patterns, big bows, pink glasses, earrings, and pastel hair. The hair colors may include mint green, lilac, pastel pink, and baby blue – not to mention, silver and purple.
Uchuu Kei fashion mixes both fairytale and futuristic styles. The colors of galaxies are the limit. The look is inspired by a number of concepts but mainly focuses on pixies and aliens – futuristic looks.
There’s a lot of use of silver and purple in many as well as white. A true uchuu kei look may involve a silver crop top, purple latex mini skirt with silver fishnet, and smooth white high-heeled knee-high boots with very thick rubber soles.
A look derived from Mori girls, Natural kei enthusiasts pretend like it’s the 1800s. The trend could be traced back to the 1970s, where the girls celebrate the natural, soft femininity.
It includes modest clothes that represent village girls – single pieces of sleeveless frock worn over full-sleeved ruffled pieces inside and petticoats as well. The shoes are buckled shoes, or sneakers of brown suede or brown leather polish paired with striped socks.
Otome Kei can be seen as a kind of look that is related to Lolita. The style is more refined and looks similar to the fashion of upper-class girls back in the 1940s to 1970s. “Otome” translates to “refined lady.”
It is a look that inspires the innocent, good girl looks with plaid skirts, jackets, white knee-length socks, and black buckled shoes. The hairstyle also adds to the refined look with two mature ponytails.
Cult Party Kei
Cult party kei’s main motif is to create looks that use both ‘80s-‘90s characters and religious influences. The looks mostly play with different shades of white – white laces, white muslins, and light pastels as well as bright red contrasts.
Many create doll-like looks with such hairstyles and then keep adding layers of white-silk robes to give a cult vibe. The shoes also stay in ranges of whites. The overall look could also be characterized as doll-like mourning.
If you love bandages and creepy dolls, you will love Guro Lolita. Guro Lolita specializes in broken doll imagery as well as gothy imagery. The creepiness is celebrated here. The Guro Lolita is a subculture under Lolita that is quite popular among mainstream Lolita girls, but it isn’t really a look for Lolita tea-parties.
The most fascinating thing is, a Lolita girl can go from sunny doll-like cutesy daylight Lolita to a dark and gore Lolita simply by adding some dark makeup and corn-syrup splatters.
In English, kawaii translates to cute, adorable, or loveable. It is the overarching trend of cuteness that transcends so many aspects of Japanese culture, including fashion. Beyond clothing, kawaii culture also appears in Japanese toys, food, entertainment, and everyday mannerisms.
Examples of kawaii culture, or “cuteness culture,” include famous animated characters like Hello Kitty and Pokémon’s Pikachu. The myriad of cutesy subcultures that made this list all owe a debt of gratitude to the Kawaii trend.
“Yami” in Japanese can mean both “sick” and “dark.” The aesthetic consists of a gorey look, with practitioners wearing t-shirts adorned with dark messaging. Think the American equivalent of goth fashion.
While it may seem odd to an outsider, those that are a part of the culture dress this way as a means of supporting other people afflicted with the same type of dark feelings and are seen as an important way of supporting one another’s mental health.
Harajuku can best be described as a sort of fusion, combining fashion trends and blending them together in a fun way. For example, one could take elements of lolita fashion and twist it up with punk rock or street style for a unique look.
The key is to have fun with it. Second-hand clothes are popular, along with older, and completely mismatched looks. With Harajuku, the possibilities for an outfit are literally endless; just make sure to go overboard with the accessories.
Okay, sneaker culture definitely isn’t an exclusive thing in Japan, but the Japanese do have a remarkable interest in extremely high-end streetwear, and are known for their own, Japan-inspired limited editions.
Notably, the trend in Japan and Asia in general tends to have a preference for brighter colors than the American and European markets. A nice pair of Nike’s to let the people in the street know that you’re a serious collector, but this colorway is far less popular in North America than it is in Japan.
Traditional Tabi Socks
Here’s a little 2020 fashion secret – slides with socks will be the new 2020 fall and winter look, taking inspiration from the several months that people all over the world have been homebound in their respective quarantines.
In Japan, the tabi sock is a style that dates back to the 15th century. For someone looking for the socks and slides look without having to ditch their thonged sandals, these are the ones to get!
Japanese Wooden Sandals
Sandal wearers worldwide may not know that the sandals on their own feet were designed after the Japanese zōri. Traditionally accompanied by the tabi sock, the style has stood the test of time, remaining trendy for centuries.
After World War II, sandals became popular in Europe and America as soldiers took home zōri to their home countries. In the old days, the shoes were made from a combination of wood and bamboo, but now can be found in cloth and a variety of other materials.
Penny loafers may not be an exclusively Japanese trend, but the fact is that no matter which country you might see someone rocking a pair, there’s just something weird about them. It takes a certain sense of fashion boldness to pull off the look the right way.
For Japanese girls that are attending college or just into the Kogal fashion trend, owning a pair of pennies is a must-have, (although it should be said that in Japan nobody is putting real pennies in their shoe lapels).
Somebody has to say it, it looks like she’s wearing a huge tee-shirt, with no underwear. While the big tees, no pants look is cool when you’re hanging around the house, we strongly do not recommend wearing this style in public.
As far as fashion is concerned, we believe that an article of clothing should remain as it is. Once different cuts of clothing begin to morph into one another, it just creates a strange look that will be here one day and gone the next.
Japan is definitely on the cutting edge of the streetwear scene. More recently, sellers are having success importing new styles from Russia and from Scandanavia, with Japanese consumers often flocking to buy Cyrillic-lettered t-shirts and hoodies before they sell out.
Stores like Bunker Tokyo even advertise in Russian on their website and Instagram. Japan may be ahead of the curve when it comes to streetwear, but as a general rule of thumb, we strongly advise not wearing any article of clothing that displays writing that you cannot read yourself.
Doggy Dress Up
In Japan, eccentric style isn’t limited to just humans. Kawaii, cosplay, and other Japanese fashions have transcended species, becoming popular amongst canines.
Dressing up pets isn’t an exclusively Japanese thing either, but Japan and other countries in Asia were definitely the first to take pet pampering mainstream. Interestingly, the rest of the Japanese society isn’t always as tolerant. Taking a dog on public transportation in Japan is forbidden, and owning one could lessen your chances of renting a nice apartment.
Sukeban is the style for the strong and independent girl that fears no one. The word “Sukeban” translates to “mean, boss girl.” One look at the trend, and you can immediately tell where it got its name from.
The style took shape and formed its own identity around the 1970s. Of course, the trend is mostly adopted by women. It includes brightly colored hair, clothing modifications (mostly to school uniforms), and a whole lot of attitude.
If we know anything about Japan, they are a polite, respectful, and cultured bunch. Yankii, on the other hand, is meant to challenge that exact notion – so far, it seems to be doing a good job. It is more of a lifestyle choice rather than a specific fashion trend.
Yankii, spelled with “I,” consists of tracksuits, drinking, and extravagant demeanors. The Yankii community is close, and some community members have been a part of it from as early as middle school.
The Bagel Head trend must be one of the weirdest ones on this list. This fashion trend uses a saline solution to swell the forehead. Some even push a finger down in the middle of the swollen forehead to give it a more bagel-y look.
The look lasts for a couple of hours. Surprisingly, this weird fashion trend originated in Canada but has gained massive popularity in parts of Japan.
Kegadoru Bandage Fashion
Apparently being injured and bandaged is attractive? Yep, it is in Japan. “Kegadoru,” which translates to “injured idols,” is among one of the weirdest trends, where girls artistically wrap themselves in bandages and patches.
The fashion appeals to a distinct group of people who likes the idea of injured, vulnerable girls. The color of bandages itself acts as a symbol, ranging from white being virginal grace to black being evil and kinky.
Who said fashion trends could be only for people? Certainly not the Japanese. Dekotora is a crazy trend in Japan that includes revamping trucks with bright and colorful neon to give them a flamboyant look.
Trucks tricked out to embody the Dekotora look are very fun and colorful to look at. You certainly won’t miss one at night. The word “Dekotora” is an abbreviation for ‘decorated truck,’ and we must say that it is quite appropriate.