Today I wanted to bring back one of the gyaru discussion topics, and this time with a theme that has been 'bothering' me for a while, which is the age appropriateness of gyaru!
As most of us know Gyaru is a street fashion which is basically founded by young (high school) girls. It has always been cheery and playful with schoolgirl costumes and bleached hair until more styles and variety's developed. The more time progressed the more styles came to life and the longer girls remained in style. Gyaru has developed from a style that has it focus on younger girls to a broader public which now also reaches young women, often up to 32 - 35. But there are a lot of different substyles within gyaru, but at what point do certain styles stop being appropriate for ones age? Here is my personal opinion about the matter regarding some styles and at the end of this I really wonder what your opinion is on the matter :)
Cute Styles are one of the main styles that I personally don't find very appropriate for older ages, but maybe that also has to do with how I feel in them lately. Ofcourse, everybody is entitled to their own opinions and ways to dress and free to do as they please so this is just my personal opinion. When I first fell for gyaru the cute styles were the styles that really got me, and with that I mostly mean Himegyaru and styles alike so that is where it all started for me. But now, a few years later, I still love looking at the styles but I just feel rather inappropriate wearing them. Whenever I wear something cute, pink and frilly I get the feeling people won't take me serious and that it looks as if I'm into age play. These types of styles are still so adorable and I feel a little sad that I've grown out of it, but I just see at as a part of evolving within the gyaru style. For example there are still some of the other Himegyaru styles that I do find age appropriate!
The pictures above by Jesus Diamante are an example for me of a more toned down hime look that is more appropriate for young women. It is classy, elegant and sophisticate while still staying within the hime theme. I think in this case it is achieved by the more toned down silhouettes and acescoires.
So now onto the next part of age appropriateness, styles that are highly suited for young women. I always feel that the onee and mode gal styles are very appropriate for young women. But the thing I always run into with these styles is that I find them rather boring on western gals. You can often find these styles in magazines such as Happie nuts, Jelly and Blenda. But a while back the Ane Ageha was released, which like a sister magazine to the Koakuma Ageha, and it's main focus is on young women from the age of 25 to 32. Most of their models are within that age range and the outfits that are portrayed within the magazine are on trend but somewhat adjusted to the wearer. Years ago you probably wouldn't have magazines like these as the main focus of the style was on young girls. But young girls grow into young women which are still in love with the style. I think this way the styles for young women have kind of developed on their own.
Onto a whole different side of age appropriateness, being too young for the style. I've discussed being too old for certain styles, but there are certainly styles that I find rather inappropriate for young girls. This first came to mind while I was looking through one of my Soul Sister magazines which mostly portrays the ora ora and kuronba style. And as most of us know D.I.A is one of the main brands, with their short shorts and deep necklines. While looking at the street snap pages I saw that some of the girls in the magazine were only 14 years old! I don't currently have scans on my computer or are able to make them as I'm not at home but I can show you outfits that looked a lot like the ones in the magazines.
As you can see that this is one of the substyles of gyaru that has a main focus on sex appeal, short skirts and shorts, short tops, high heels, lots of cleavage etc etc. I personally feel a style like this is really inappropriate for young girls so I found it rather shocking to see that some of the girls in the street snaps were only 14 years old. I personally think that 18+ would be more appropriate for a look like this, just because I think that young girls shouldn't be focusing on their looks in a way like that.
This is pretty much all I have to say on the topic so far and as I said before, everybody is free to wear whatever they feel like at whichever age they are, but these are just some of my personal feelings. How do you feel? Do you feel some styles are appropriate whereas others aren't? Are their styles you think you wouldn't wear anymore if you're at a certain age? I'd love to hear your opinion!
I will try to post discussions like these more often if you would like to! Let me know what you think ^^