A shorter mode post today since if you’re a facebook or twitter friend you may have guessed it’s a busy day for me
This week as I mentioned The Doll is all about Mode style.
Mode Inspired Make-up
Introducing Mode Gyaru
Mode Gyaru in Magazines
Mode Gyaru Street Snaps and In Store Trends
Mode Hair how-tos
Lip Service 109 to Overseas
Trendwatching: Dots & Stripes
Mode make-up 2: The smoky gyaru eye
So if you’ve picked up any older gyaru magazine lately (Jelly, Blenda, Nuts, SCawaii), you would have noticed the giant MODE usually in English popping out from a section of the magazines. Seriously it’s gone to extremes, SCawaii June issue discusses how to mix MODE with Sweet. It’s just all sorts of wrong, but I’ll forgive them.
Since in SCawaii’s March issue they broke down MODE trends pretty well. I think they’re missing some key looks, so I’ll be using them and pointing out some other key looks.
SCawaii is mixing Mode with Celeb, there are certain differences. So I’ll be saying which is booming and not so booming in Mode Gyaru.
1. Deco Shoulder – This also fits with the military trend. This is not exactly a pure mode trend.
2. Bandage Skirt – THE BIGGEST MODE TREND IS THE BANDAGE SKIRT. A tight lined miniskirt in the style of Herve Leger is the key for many Mode looks.
3. Transparent Black – This is very much MODE style
4. Flower Print – I agree, but I do think the Glad News dress (big one) is rock-kei and the grey dress doesn’t feel bold enough. If a Mode designer does a floral print it’s bright and often with larger flowers.
5. Power Shoulders – Thing above “deco shoulders” it’s the power shoulders. The the second most important element in mode is strong shoulders.
6. High Waist Bottom – Mode is really fueling the high waist look.
7. Spangle (aka sheen) – There’s some in MODE, but it’s usually left to accents or leggings.
8. Necktie – This is a NO for me for Mode. Instead it’s Mannish.
9. Black x Pink – Not only this color combination but Black x a bold Color. Red, Blue or Purple are also popular.
10. Napoleon – Some, but this is not a MODE specific trend.
LOL I did a lot of arguing with that, but it’s best to have a really clear idea of what MODE gal is and its boundaries. To know its limitations makes you understand how to best combine it, if you’d like to. Say MODE x Pop gal, or MODE x Rock etc…
Jelly in the June issue does an excellent job of describing how to use MODE items as one aspect of your look.
1. Mode’s light jackets – Napoleon, bolero, lace loose vest. The key look to these are do they have a decorate aspect: bold shoulders, front detailing, lace in general.
2. A Mode top updates denim looks – Corset tops, Power Shoulders, and yet again Decorative Shoulders.
3. Mode Bottoms update Simple Tshirts – Bandage skirts, Saurel pants, and Denim Leggings (paginsu – the new term for Pants/Leggings)
4. Simple Monotone really powers MODE up – If you’re using a casual style denim go with black or white. Mode onepieces and all-in-ones benifit from small monotone pieces (scarf, jewelry, etc..). Unusual Mix of Monotone with lace and spangle (shine).
5. Small Mode items can “class up” your mix – Decora bracelets, sandals, headwear and belts.
I really liked this piece (as usually Jelly is awesome). It shows that you can buy these items possibly for work or to go a bit more adult, but they can be mixed to provide fun looks that are not necessarily pure MODE put have MODE influences.
I didn’t realize how huge this post was going to be, so next post will be about Street Snaps and current Mode clothes in Gal stores.