Style, According To The Japanese

In Japan, there are more styles and trends than one can count. What makes the Japanese stand out from all other countries is their eccentricity and flair for the extraordinary. From bright colors to costumes, and various makeup and hairstyles, the Japanese have the ability to transform themselves virtually overnight. If you’ve ever wondered what styles the Japanese love to flaunt, then you’ll want to keep reading.

Perhaps one of the most well-known styles founded by the Japanese is the Harajuku look. This particular trend of mixing and mismatching – yes, mismatching – various styles and fashions have become so popular and widespread that even celebrities and pop singers, namely Gwen Stefani of the band No Doubt, has joined the Harajuku bandwagon. There are different variations of the Harajuku style, which includes Kawaii (cute) style, Gothic Lolita, and cosplay, which involves dressing up as characters from favorite anime and manga (Japanese animated cartoons and movies and comic books). While there are no strict rules for achieving the Harajuku look, common factors include dressing in multiple layers, wearing items of clothing that normally don’t go together or are mismatched in colors, wearing bright, vivid colors, and over accessorizing with handbags, headbands, and fancy earrings, belts and hair accessories. Sporting braids, pigtails, or spiky hair can all qualify as Harajuku.

While the Harajuku style tends to border on the extreme, daily Japanese fashions are a bit more toned down but still unique nonetheless. Many styles are named after certain popular areas in Japan, namely shopping centers that sell specific styles of clothing. Japanese women love to sport the latest trends and will wear just about anything. Japanese women rarely wear clothes that aren’t attention-grabbing in some way, whether it’s a bright green sundress with knee-high, chunky black boots, and a white puff jacket, or a baby tee, with a vest, jean shorts, black sheer thigh high stockings, and high heels.

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Japanese women love sporting bright colors and know how to strategically use them to make a normally bland outfit stunning. Because many Japanese women are not very tall, they love to use footwear to enhance their height and create the illusion of a taller, slimmer figure. Many wear chunky, platform shoes or boots with huge wedge heels. Accessories are also popular, with many Japanese women collecting scores of handbags to go with their outfits, as well as bangle bracelets, wide belts, and fancy earrings.

In addition to clothing, Japanese women are also highly known for their love of makeup and beauty products. Japanese women consume millions, if not billions of dollars’ worth of cosmetics and makeup items each year. If it’s new, they’ll have it.  Just as they love sporting colors on their clothes, Japanese women also like wearing vivid colors on their faces. Crazy eyeshadow colors are highly popular, especially among teens and young adults. From blues to pinks and purples, Japanese women aren’t afraid to make themselves stand out in the crowd.

Stunningly Simple Hairstyles That “Slim” Your Face

We can only work with what we have but sometimes that’s much easier said than done, especially when it comes to facing shape. While some face shapes tend to have a knack for looking great no matter what type of hairstyle they sport, others have their own set of challenges when it comes to this category. Women with wide, heart or round face shapes, in particular, tend to have trouble finding hairstyles that are both flattering and slimming at the same time.

Just as wearing the right clothes can create the ideal illusion, so can sporting the right hairdo. In the case of face shapes that are wide, round or heart-shaped, there tends to be the deceiving appearance of “chubbiness” that can make any woman self-conscious. Because these face shapes tend to be hard to work with and may even appear unflattering in pictures, it’s important to choose a style with the ability to create a slimming effect to bring balance to a woman’s overall look.

However, achieving the ideal hairstyle for a slimmer face shape doesn’t just involve getting a specific cut. For example, the way you part your hair can have an effect on the way your face shape looks. Women with round or wide faces should avoid parting their hair straight down the middle. This only serves to emphasize the wideness of these face shapes.

Additionally, not having a part at all can create an unflattering look as well, such as brushing all of the hair back into a ponytail. Not only does this lack of a part also emphasize the natural shape, it will make your features more pronounced – and not in a good way. The solution? Go for a deep side part, which adds dimension and works to minimize how round, wide or full a woman’s face is. It may sound like a simple thing but it makes quite a difference. Women with long bangs look best with a deep side part, which can be easily tucked behind their ear or kept slightly in their face, creating an alluring and mysterious look.

Speaking of bangs, even this part of your hair can be tailored to work with your face shape and not against it. Make sure to go for bangs that are textured to create more dimension. Heavy bangs that are all uniform in length and style will create a stark contrast in shape to your face, which you don’t want.

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If you’re the type of woman that would prefer a hairstyle that works with your face shape but is also easy to maintain on a regular basis, then you’ll want to look into long, sleek styles. This look is anything but boring, especially if you add soft layers framing your face. Long and sleek tresses actually make a wide face appear thinner/elongated, as opposed to super curly and voluminous styles, which do the exact opposite. For those dying for volume, getting the right kind of layers cut into your hair is a great way to add more oomph to your style while still achieving the slimming effect.

As far as length, it’s best that those with round, heart or wide face shapes choose a happy medium length style. Too long (past the shoulders) or too short (pixie cuts) are styles that do not face shape friendly, unless you have an oval face. Having your tresses in a sexy bob or touching your shoulders are ideal lengths that work in perfect harmony with your style and face.