Wondering what to wear right now? If you’re a sweet gyaru style lover maybe I have the options for you! I’m doing this post because of two asks a) one person wanted a basic gyaru shopping list which I find impossible so I’m doing it in groups b) a tumblr question came in for me to do a winter to spring transitional style tips post which this delves into.
Now before I go off the deepend and drown you with a list of items and tips before any styling list
I have to say three points about personal fashion:
1) Wear whatever the fuck you want. Whatever. It’s your body, it’s your life, it’s your happiness. Live and dress for your damn self.
2) Please yourself. Style is mindful masturbation. Fashion is your orgasm. In other words: the only one that has to love it is you.
3) With any style list if you disagree with it, see point 1 and live it.
This set of items could probably last you a good month plus without repeating the same thing. I based this on what I’ve found works as a set of items and matches up well. I also tried to incorporate new Spring trends and winter items you probably have.
Other than the mint color of Spring trends I picked these items mostly at random, so I have already failed at the essential list, but it’s more of a layering and smart dressing list. A few good pieces can go a long way and be stylish for seasons to come.
1) Liz Lisa skirt-pants are great, so comfortable and will fit a wide range of hip and butt sizes. If you’re tall they stop you from showing anything. They fluff up Spring dresses worn underneath. They’re cute paired with knits for a casual look. Buy them in a summer fabric you’ll wear them year around, but summer fabrics pass in winter better than winter fabrics in the summer.
2) While the eyelet is a trend, it’s girly and sweet enough to be a smart basic for years to come. In a light color the eyelet doesn’t show up as much. 3 summers from now if you’re still feeling sweet fashion, it’ll fit right in.
Cotton pills, chiffon doesn’t it’s a logical choice for seasons to come. A cute cami will get you through see through tops and works great under cardigans and holy sweaters. A full button chiffon blouse is one of my must essentials, especially with a tie. It looks great under sweaters. Unbuttoned and open it’s a suitable light jacket. On the hottest days of summer you can still cover your arms (I hate mine even with weight training) and you won’t feel too hot.
Knits, Cardigans & Jackets:
One light knit, one heavy knit. All are great to throw on, completely change a dress into a skirt. Mauve pink is a continuing trend so I picked two colors of that. Waist length sweaters are the smartest bet for layering. One cardigan. One Jacket. The scallop is very trendy right now, but a Spring colored jacket is a smart transitional item. If you’re loving the super sweet style, go for two cardigans and skip the jacket. More Onee sweet style will enjoy the jacket.
Buy more dresses than you think. They’re the do-it-all in girly dressing. If you’re thinking of buying the dress or skirt version of a print. Always buy the dress. You can make so many more coordinates. Around the natural waist is usually better to coordinate tops with, but this is up to you and your body.
One heel one flat. Walking in heels everywhere isn’t always doable. But they elongate the leg. Bonus an oxford and fun socks are a great sweet pairing essential (my personal go-to).
One short, one long. Often hard to notice earrings or rings, but necklaces are an instant viewable accessory. If you’re a nail lover go for a lot of bracelets. More than one ring competes. Scarves and hats and barrettes also big accessory pluses.
I did some basic coordinate to show how outfits blend together and then did one just on a trend for this season which is a Milky Color Mix. Pastel colors are often known as “Milky Colors” so I try to stick with the lingo you’ll see in gyaru mags and webstores. But it is just blending pastels of the same hue together to create pretty looks. I actually like the Milky Color trend coordinates more than the previous ones.
I just grabbed most of these pieces because they were basic with a twist to Spring. But it was fun to see how to combine random pieces from many stores to create a look. A few things did help me: I purposefully chose mint (a trending color) in 3 pieces. I only have two bold pieces: the gradation sweater and the cut-out printed dress. While the other looks allow me to mix better.
I really want that Laguna Moon blouse now.
Admittedly I fudged on some since double sheer layers make it more difficult to layer, but short sleeve or sleeveless are best for this reason and light cardigans can cover the see through layering if you’re picky about it.
I use the term “sweet gyaru” in this blog because I feel like the overseas community gets bogged down in the billion style names. Mori gyaru is one of my most popular posts, so I’m to blame maybe for some of that, but sadly I haven’t seen it in a magazine since. It’s not a style. I stick by the acronym KISS (keep it simple stupid) for this blog and I use sweet because it’s a term I see used in several different magazines constantly through the years. Himekaji, romagyaru, morigyaru etc… just don’t show up in magazines, which are a big lexicon maker of fashion. Oraora, rock, kurogyaru, hime, onee, amekaji (a dying trend) and sweet are the main words I see throughout magazines over the years. The other names just aren’t as popular or a “thing”.
I’m going to have a post on cult party and gyaru mix soon which will make my point less valid LOL