Jun 2, 2011
Culture is a wide, diverse subject. It is not something that I pretend to be widely knowledgeable about, nor is it something I shy away from. I enjoy learning about other peoples, the manner in which they spend their lives, and the reasoning behind these choices. Every once in a while, however, I come across a culture that doesn't quite make sense to me. The Japanese fashion subcultures are very good examples of this occasion.
I mean no offense to the Japanese or their culture; I am sure they have specific reasons for they dress. Personally, I cannot think of a logical reason that it is fashionable for grown women to dress like baby dolls in your country. The Mori Girls are one of the more recent fashion groups to emerge in Japan. The term 'Mori' means forest in Japanese, translating in full to 'forest wanderers' somehow. Dandy.
I believe that they are attempting the 'vintage' look that has become ever-so-popular among the unnecessarily nostalgic youth in many countries. That's a pretty big fashion window, seeing that vintage means old, but these ladies just miss it. With their ruffled socks, lace, and stockings they end up looking like the opposite: overly-accessorized tween girls playing dress up.