Anyone who enjoys gal fashion and loves wearing it will understand that gal is often hard work. Hard work are two four letter words that together should be outlawed when life gets in the way.
…and if you’re loving gal for enough time you will eventually come into a roadblocks of life: school overload, work overload, workout overload, money loss or lack of funds, family issues, a death of loved one, illness, injury, societal pressure, weight gain etc… There are so many life issues to take away from our enjoyment of fashion.
For new gals there is also a false perception of gal growth.
Also a heavier gal style will eventually hurt you.
a) too much tanning hurting your skin
b) acrylics killing your regular nails
c) vigorous hair dying irreversibly ruining your hair
I think within my time I’ve done all 3 I’m a winner!! successkid.jpg
….but no one really addresses when you stumble or when gal is too much for your body.
And from personal experience getting back to gal is often not as easy as slapping back on your eyelashes and heading out the door.
I’ve been into gal since 2007 (dinogal/cavegal!) and there have been a lot of the problems like the ones mentioned above that have affected my outlook to gal style and my own desire to dress in gal style. Thus far they haven’t stopped me, but each time it is hard to get back into it. Hard to refocus.
This post is a) to tell you it happens to everyone and b) to work on some steps to ease you back into refocusing on yourself.
Ready… Set…. Re-GAL!
Step One: You have to want to.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with forgoing gal or giving up gal. People change, situations change. Unless gal is a style that makes you happy then why should you do it? A lot of fabulous ladies have pushed themselves to being gal influenced or fully left gal and they’re still wonderful ladies.
Pick a day you’ll make an effort.
Simply saying okay tomorrow I’ll do better doesn’t always work. It doesn’t work for the gym or diets or schoolwork. Pick a day that week where you will have time devote to putting on make-up and working a good coordinate.
Seriously WTF is Wednesday.
Before that day think about yourself and your style.
What do you want to wear? What lashes or make-up style would you like to use?
For clothing I like to make rudimentary drawings of my clothes and lay them out on paper. I do this especially when traveling, but it helps outfit planning as well.
I did a quick one in my moleskine where I prove I sketch like crap, and my handwriting could qualify me for medical school.
…but you don’t have to be talented, you just have to have a better visual diagram than your closet.
I prefer to pick two tops, two bottoms, and two shoes. Which leaves me with four outfits or more if you think could shoes dramatically changing them.
For make-up you can thumb through magazines and try a new tutorial.
This is all research you can do any time, not even that day and it helps you to continue thinking about gal.
Even if you don’t have any money you can web browse for new ideas or inspiration
Seeing the new trends and clothing pieces you like could inspire you on how to use things in your closet.
For example: I want the Murua polka dot pants, but for now my old American Apparrell polka dots leggings are getting more rotation now.
Read more gal blogs
It doesn’t have to be this one. Shop staff blogs, gaijin gal blogs, information blogs whatever. But if you spend your free time reading about it, you’re more likely to get involved in doing it and get some inspiration. I often use shop staff blogs for my inspirational lift. So much good information comes out of them from nails and hair, to current outfit stylings.
Finally: You are not alone.
Everyone has a few sloppy days or a fashion slacking off point. Now you may not draw doodles in your moleskine because of it. But if you want to get back on the gyaru train it’s always there for you.
I hope you enjoyed my crap drawings on moleskine. I tried to keep this lighthearted because fashion should be forever fun. No matter what gets in the way of it you should always enjoy and love it on your own time.
I am way too proud of that chart….