Wine and Chocolate Pairing Meetup

Jun 27, 2017

Good evening, today's post is a meetup recap; it's been a really long time since I had attended a meetup outside of a convention! Nowadays I'm swamped with work, however I am always down for a food-centric meetup. K decided to host a wine and chocolate pairing one night back in March, so I decided to show up! I've had wine a few times, but it was never quite enjoyable for me as is most alcohol, but I am always wanting to expand the horizons of my palate since I want to enjoy all kinds of foods.

The meetup was held at Araya Artisan Chocolate, a local Houston family-owned business. I've never had their chocolate, but I had seen their name pop up a few times while browsing Yelp. The tasting is held after the store was closed, so we had the shop to ourselves and the presenters. I realized I quite like smaller meets these days since everyone can talk to each other without branching off into groups.
snacks, chocolates, and cacao bean
I was actually late because I went to the wrong location, but I caught up quickly. We were given 6 different types of wine, 6 different flavors of chocolates, snacks, and a sheet of paper for notes. I was a bad student and didn't really take any notes. A cacao bean was passed around to hold; it was heavier than I thought it would be!
Actually, I only got to taste 5 chocolates. I had gone to the restroom and when I came back to my seat I had one missing? What a sad night for me.
Cheers!
In conclusion, I am still not an avid wine fanatic, but I definitely enjoyed the experience. There was a mini lecture and slideshow explaining the process of making chocolates and wines. Though I drank a little too fast, so I don't remember much of it.
Originally, I did want to wear a chocolate theme, but not in the typical Angelic Pretty style. I failed to come up with something in time, so the coordinate I ended up wearing features the Gathered Chiffon JSK in wine x gold x black to match with the wine theme. I've been wanting to pair this colorway of Gathered Chiffon with the Chat Noire Hat for a long time; it just took awhile because I never had the appropriate time to wear a giant pirate hat outside. Therefore, my theme was wine pirate lolita. Not 100% percent satisfied with wearing this coordinate since it looked better in my head, but can't be perfect all every time!
Some detail shots of other people:
Metamorphose Crown Label Teddy Chocolatier print
Alice and the Pirates gloves and Elizabeth Bride of Death
Angelic Pretty Musee du Chocolat
Blazers and button up are always nice, too!
In finale, a group shot and the traditional shoe shot:
I had fun catching up with old friends and meeting new people. It was probably the chillest meetup I had ever attended (alcohol may have helped). I probably won't see anyone until autumn, so until next time!

#21

Call me crazy, though I've always been a fan of piling layers on myself, I keep wanting to stack dresses on top of each other after I received an overwhelming amount of good feedback on coord #13. Just another way for me to suffer in the Houston humidity. Good news though, I finally found these shoes in my correct size! The ones I wore in coord #1 were too small after learning that the hard way.

Really, I need to learn my lesson and remember to take an outfit shot before the meet not after it. I somehow managed to get this picture in at midnight as I rolled into my house. Things are disheveled, but I suppose it adds to the drunken pirate theme!
Outfit Rundown
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Chat Noire Silk Hat
OP: Alice and the Pirates x Hizaki Collaboration One Piece
JSK: Alice and the Pirates Gathered Chiffon Jumperskirt - Shinjuku Limited Colorway
Collar: Alice and the Pirates Captain Grace's Frill Blouse
Necklace: Voodooodolly The Knight's Repose Necklace - Sword
Socks: Alice and the Pirates Diamond Lame OTKs
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania x Melissa Temptation Pumps

The World's First Doll Model Lulu Hashimoto

Jun 25, 2017

"I'm the first living doll fashion model."

Lulu Hashimoto at Dangerous Nude
Lulu Hashimoto/橋本ルル brings a fresh face to the Harajuku-kei scene. Lulu made her modeling debut in July 2016 and she continues to grow in popularity. Her birth was brought forth by a collaboration of three creative individuals: producer and fashion designer millna, mask maker Nukopan, and stocking designer Ueno Koh(tableau).


Kigurumi is an art form where the performer wears a face mask and body suit. The exact origin of kigurumi is unknown, but the wearers of anime-style masks, also known as dollers, became a niche population in the Japanese cosplay scene. Lulu is the first of her kind to be a fashion model. She looks exactly like a ball-jointed doll, but she's alive!

Located in Harajuku, Lulu can be seen sporting a variety of girlish styles including such as classical styles to more modern styles seen in KERA and Larme. She's made appearances at several brand shop events including Hakuchum Tokyo, Pays des Fees, Dangerous Nude, and Ozz On.


Because she is a doll, her eyes, hair, and even height can be customized. Lulu is actually more than one person, hence the availability of height customization, but they are all Lulu as well. Booking information is available on her website, both in Japanese and English. She even welcomes modeling for brands outside of Japan.


When I first laid eyes on pictures of Lulu on the Dangerous Nude Twitter, I thought she was just a really fancy mannequin, but I was definitely wrong; she moves! I've seen anime face kigurumi before, but the BJD kigurumi is definitely more pleasing to look at. She definitely adds a new interpretation for the term "living doll. She may be the beginning of a wave of doll models. " How do you feel about Lulu? Creepy? Cute? You may be able to catch her next time you visit Tokyo if you're lucky.

To learn more about the creative process behind the creation of Lulu Hashimoto, read Moshi Moshi Nippon's interview with her producer millna: MOSHI MOSHI INTERVIEW: Chatting With the Producer of the Very First “Doll” Fashion Model, Lulu Hashimoto.

Lulu Hashimoto: OHP | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook

A-Kon 28 Presents ATELIER PIERROT, Pentagon Japan, OxT, and More!

Jun 2, 2017

A-Kon 28 will take place on June 8-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. A-Kon is the longest running and second largest anime convention in the US. This year A-Kon presents a stellar fashion and music lineup.

From Japan, first we have ATELIER PIERROT!
ATELIER PIERROT is a Gothic Lolita brand. Their flagship store was established in the famed Harajuku La Foret building when it first opened in 1978. ATELIER PIERROT creates and sells Classical Lolita and Elegant Gothic Lolita designs, with styles ranging from exquisite gothic tastes to elegant Rococo influence.
Designer Yuko Ashizawa and shop staff Mai will be attending the convention. ATELIER PIERROT will have a booth in the Dealer's Room and be in attendance of the fashion show and tea party.
I've been a long-time fan of Atelier Pierrot, so I'm very excited to finally be able to meet Yuko-san. Their clothing is gorgeous, sturdy, and plus size friendly! I have the honor of being able to model for Atelier Pierrot. I am nervous, but it will be a good show.

ATELIER PIERROT: OHP | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


The first featured musical guest is visual kei band Pentagon Japan!
Pentagon Japan is a charismatic Visual Kei band taking the scene by storm with their eye-catching visual style and alternative metal and rock sound. Founded by members of the popular session band “Call Me,” Pentagon Japan released a YouTube teaser video in late 2014. The video garnered thousands of views within days. The band officially began activities on January 12th, 2015, with a sold-out first solo performance and every CD release ranking in the Oricon top 50 charts. In September of 2016, before their 2nd anniversary, the band completed their first major tour which sold out venues and spanned all 47 prefectures of Japan. Pentagon Japan is number one among young Visual Kei bands in the scene today.
Vocals - chizuru
Guitar - Yutori
Guitar - Taku
Bass - minpha
Drums - Atsuki
This will be Pentagon Japan's overseas debut! Bassist minpha will also be making a modeling debut. He will be walking the runway for ATELIER PIERROT. Pentagon's bold visual and energetic music, look forward to their concert! Check out their music and comment video below.


Pentagon Japan: OHP | chizuru Twitter | Yutori Twitter | Taku Twitter | minpha Twitter | minpha Instagram | Atsuki Twitter | Atsuki Instagram


Last but not least, the second musical featured musical guest is OxT!
OxT is the digital rock unit comprised of Masayoshi Oishi and Tom-H@ck.
In 2013, the two released the tracks "Go EXCEED!!" and "Perfect HERO" for the anime Ace of Diamond as Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi. They created the unit OxT in 2015.

OxT has created theme songs for other popular anime including Prince of Stride: Alternative, and Hand Shakers. Their electrifying live performance is not to be missed.
In addition to OxT activities, Masayoshi Oishi will also have a solo concert.
Masayoshi Oishi began his career in 2001 as the vocalist and guitarist of the band Sound Schedule and made his solo debut in 2008.
Guitar slapping and slams are his specialty, and manipulating the acoustic guitar like a magician, Oishi delivers a masterpiece performance with finger picking using his own nail. His singing voice, lyrics, and melodies all contribute to a fun and highly entertaining performance.
Masayoshi Oishi composed several theme songs for anime series such as Ace of Diamond and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun. Recently, his work as a singer-songwriter has included composing the opening theme for the hit show Kemono Friends, as well as providing his composition to several popular artists.



I don't know if you know this already, but I love the anime Ace of Diamond, so when OxT was announced, it was definitely a selling point for me! See y'all in the front row.

OxT: OHP | Masayoshi Oishi OHP | Masayoshi Oishi Twitter | Tom-H@ck Twitter


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Coordinate 20 Daiya no Ace Fandom Ouji

May 27, 2017

Fandom coordinates are a really fun way to combine many things you like into one! In my case, my latest obsession for the last few years is Daiya no A/Ace of Diamond, the baseball anime. Please watch Daiya no Ace.


It took a few months to put this outfit together. The idea was based on the white and blue theme of the Seido High School baseball uniform. The alternative reading of the kanji for Seido is "blue road," so of course I had to include blue. Even though blue is my favorite color, I actually didn't own any blue clothing. Thus, the quest for blue items began.

The first piece I acquired were a pair of Enchantlic Enchantilly diamond socks. "Daiya" is diamond in Japanese, so I thought they were appropriate! Next, I acquired the Mercurius Vest that was sitting in one of the Japanese secondhand shops for a few years. I never even wanted this vest, but it fit the theme very well. The last piece I really needed was a blouse, but finding a bright blue one took forever. The only brand that actively makes blouses in blue is Angelic Pretty, but I hate buying AP blouses since they never fit me. By some miracle, the Yahoo! Auctions algorithm suggested me an Axes Femme blouse with pearl accents. I thought the pearls could vaguely look like baseballs, so I bought it and the price was under 2,000 yen. 

#20

My dressform is wearing the Mizuno official jersey!
Vest: Alice and the Pirates Mercurius Vest
Blouse: Axes Femme
Belt: Alice and the Pirates Buckle Belt
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Mercurius Pants
Socks: Enchantlic Enchantilly Diamond OTKs
Shoes: offbrand
Glasses: Candy Fruit Optical x Bayonetta
Glasses chain: Atelier Boz
Necklaces: Artemis Kings x Daiya, official Daiya locket
Jabot: Alice and the Pirates Griottine

My favorite character Miyuki Kazuya wears glasses and has brown hair. I already wear glasses, so I just threw on a brown wig and called it a day.

it's ya boys
Now what's a fandom coord without official merch? Small details are like the whipped cream for coords. I received this goofy locket in a merchandise lot. Originally, it came with five characters' faces, but the seller I bought it from only put Miyuki and Sawamura. That is perfect for me since they're my OTP!

Ending this post with a shot of my matching ita bag. Unfortunately, all of the plushies are facing backwards, but I promise it was cute! I've disassembled this bag after this day since I want to find a different base bag.

I think this is the only fandom coord I managed to actually wear. I have many ideas, but I get lazy to execute them. I have some pieces that will work for Ace Attorney and Aldnoah.Zero coords, so I hope motivation hits me this year to finish them. Though it will have to wait until autumn since they require jackets. I've got a huge backlog of anime to watch and games to play, so maybe I'll find some more inspiration!

Jabberwocky: The Beautiful and Strange Gothic Fashion Magazine

May 23, 2017

Not too long after the announcement of the end of  KERA physical publications, h.NAOTO designer Naoto Hirooka announced that a new web magazine titled Jabberwocky (ジャバウォッキー) would be launching on May 10. Taking its name from the Lewis Carroll poem, this magazine will feature gothic, dark fantasy, genderless, steampunk, Victorian, and black lolita styles displaying a unique collection of fashion, hair, makeup, culture, and art. The magazine will publish 4-6 pages daily totaling over 120 pages per month.

The debut cover features long-time lolita model Midori Fukasawa wearing items from h.NAOTO STEAM styled in a very doll-like manner. Other models to appear in volume one include IBI, Yura, Satsuki Nakayama, Yui Minakata, Sarahphina, and Julia.

Magazine Staff
Editor: Mariko Suzuki
Writer: Kageyama Mika
Fashion Design: h.NAOTO
Graphic Designer: Yaegashi
Photo Graphic: MAI

Notably on staff is Mariko Suzuki who previously worked on Eternita, Lolita in Tokyo Wonderland, and formerly KERA, KERA Maniax, and the Gothic & Lolita Bible. Jabberwocky will be her first web project.


Naoto's announcement and the website were only made three days in advance prior to the launch. Just based on the cover, I was expecting an over-glorified h.NAOTO catalog and that's pretty much what it turned out to be. Naoto fans will enjoy, but it is pretty boring if you're not into his gothic and punk aesthetic. The pages are generously sized at 900 x 1200 pixels each which is a very generous upgrade from the tiny pictures that usually come from Japanese sources. Unfortunately, the pages are all in JPG format, so the text can't be ran through Google Translate which just turns it into a picture blog for me since I can't read Japanese. I was hoping for PDF format to be able to grab text off the interviews, but you can never expect too much. Compared to KERA, Jabberwocky aims to attract an older crowd. Instead of bright colors, we're seeing monochromatic colors with minimal text, so the focus is mainly on the clothing. The good thing is it's free!

I am uncertain about what to expect. Jabberwocky looks like it's aiming to be a long term magazine, but with Naoto always being inconsistent, it's hard to tell. Mariko's last work, Eternita, only had one volume. It will be interesting to see how long it will last since digitial magazines are still relatively new to the Japanese alternative street fashion scene. So far, the contents are clean and eye-catching, so I look forward to their upcoming posts. How are you liking Jabberwocky so far? What kind of content would you like to see?

Jabberwocky: OHP | Twitter | Facebook

Ouji and Aristocrat Sewing Patterns and Tutorials List

May 16, 2017

This list contains sewing patterns suitable for formal boystyle, specifically ouji and aristocrat. For lolita sewing pattern lists, please refer to F Yeah Lolita and Miss Carol Belle's Lolita Fashion Sewing and Pattern Archive. For sewing help, please refer to Sew Loli or Lolita Sewing Collective

(List is still in progress) 

Patterns

Gosu Rori

Patterns are in Japanese.
  • Vol. 1
    #08 double breasted swallowtail jacket
    #10 gothic coat OP
    #11 sleeveless punk blouse, long layered skirt
    #13-14 punk blouse, neck tie, skirt, breeches, arm band, tie
  • Vol. 3
    #14 bat collar blouse with jabot
    #15 above knee and mid-calf breeches
    #17 punk skirt belted pants
    #18 punk sleeveless swallowtail blouse
    #43 sweet/classic square collar blouse with sausage sleeves
    #44 pleated front bell sleeves blouse
    #46 frill long sleeve blouse, visual kei bondage pants
    #47 mini crown
  • Vol. 4
    #01 bat capelet and mantle
    #09 tie, and front zipper pants
    #10 punk blouse with lace trims
    #11 sweet capelet and peter pan collar long sleeve blouse
    #14 short necktie
    #15 mini hat
    #33 sailor parka and sailor breeches
    #36 pleated collar blouse
    #41 BJD punk chain shirt, bondage pants
  • Vol. 5
    #04-05 punk sleeveless blouse, asymmetric skirt, bondage pants
    #09 gothic long coat
    #49 mini hat
    #51 bell sleeves blouse
    #52 corset-back vest
    #53 aristocrat long skirt
  • Vol. 15
    #17 side flare blouse
    #18 pleated frill jabot
    #19 short pants
    #20 ribbon mini hat
    #21 bow tie
    #22 cuff sleeve frill blouse
    #23 suspender breeches
    #24 jacket with hood
    #25 punk zipper belt long pants
    #33 punk breeches

Gothic & Lolita Bible

Patterns are in Japanese. 

Otome no Sewing/ 乙女のソ-イング/Sewing Book of Girls

Patterns are in Japanese. Come in S, M, and L size. Each book contains 20+ patterns and a few tutorials.
Extra links: size reference/sewing advice | overviews of books with pictures | resizing patterns tutorial
  • Book 1
    #01 juliette sleeve peter pan collar blouse
    #10 short sleeve high collar yoke blouse
    #27 frilly juliette sleeve blouse with bow tie
  • Book 2
    #01 long sleeve bow tie blouse
    #08 mini pom pom beret
    #09 cape with pockets
    #10 round collar capelet
    #25 hooded capelet
  • Book 3
    #01 long sleeve peter pan collar blouse with bow tie
    #11 short sleeve peter pan collar blouse
    #14 wrist cuffs
    #15 mini sailor hat
  • Book 4
    #01 frilly high neck collar bell sleeves blouse
    #04 short capelet
    #13 ruffle bloomers (can be adapted to pants)
    #22 long sleeve blouse with back shirring
    #26 mini top hat
    #27 short capelet
    #28 suspender short pants
  • Book 5
    #01 long sleeve peter pan collar blouse with bow tie
    #08 short sleeve blouse with bow tie
    #14 corset-style bodice
    #37 sailor beret
    #38 short sleeve sailor OP (can be shortened to a blouse)
  • Book 6
    #05 echarpe
    #10 long sleeve bow tie blouse
    #15 boater hat
    #17 long capelet
    #18 suspender knee length short pants
    #27 sweet jacket with heart pockets
    #30 coat with detachable capelet
    #36 sweet jacket with heart pockets and fur trim
  • Book 7
    #02 long sleeve peter pan collar blouse
    #10 detachable yoke with bowtie
    #29 long sleeve peter pan collar blouse
    #34 sailor cutsew
    #36 beret
  • Book 8
    #03 fur stole
    #05 detachable sleeves/arm warmers
    #09 corset cummerbund
    #10 wrist cuffs
    #14 capelet
    #15 long sleeve peter pan collar blouse
    #16 suspender breeches
    #17 mini hat
    #29 mid-length cape
    #30 jabot blouse
    #31 suspender breeches
    #39 long sleeve bowtie blouse
    #46 mid-length cape
  • Book 9
  • Book 10

Commercial Sewing Patterns

Commercial patterns come in multiple sizes and are readily available to most areas. They will usually have to be modified to fit the ouji aesthetic.
  • Burda2459 Men's Pirate & Casanova
    2461 Children's Prince & Mozart
    2471 Napoleon Men's jacket, vest, pants
    2767 History 1848 Men's coats, vest, pants
    6871 Mens Wear, Sports Wear
  • ButterickB5687 Misses' Cape, Jacket, Skirt and Pants
    B6108 Shawl Collar Jackets, Bibs and Skirt
    B6255 Misses' Oversized Collar Coats
    B6340 Men's Banded Jacket, Breeches and Jodhpurs
    B6339 Men's Single or Double-Breasted Vests
    B6400 Misses' Boned, Back-Pleat Jackets
    B6433 Misses' Banded Jacket, Jodphurs, and Breeches
  • McCall'sM4139 Misses'/Men's Lined and Unlined Cape Costumes
    M4321 Men's Shawl Collar Vests, Bow Tie and Cummerbund
    M6228 Misses'/Men's Lined Button-Front Vests
    M6770 Ruffled Jacket, Bustle, Skirt and Pants
    M6800 Misses'/Miss Petite Flared Coats, Belt and Detachable Collar/Hood
    M6818 Floor-Length Coats, Capelet, Cape, Necklace and Dickey
    M7003 Men's Notch Collar Coat, Vest, Pants and Tie
    M7023 Misses' Low-Cut Vests
    M7140 Misses' Ruffled Jacket, Skirt and Tournure
    M7256 Misses' Ruffled Coats
    M7335 Hats in Five Styles
    M7374 Men's Collared and Seamed Coats
    M7399 Single or Double-Breasted Vests and Flat-Front Pants
    M7456 Seamed Jacket, Stirrup Leggings and Cape
    M7457 Men's Embellished Jacket, Pull-On Pants and Cravat
    M7513 Misses' Notch-Collar, Peplum Jackets
    M7555 Underbust, Corset-Style Vests
    M7585 Men's Three-Quarter-Length Coat and Vest Costume
    M7616 Misses' Lined Costume Vest and Jacket with Shaped Front and Back Hemlines
  • Simplicity
    1039 Men's Cosplay Costumes
    3677 Misses' Pirate Costumes
    4923 Men's Costumes (Pirate)
    5794 Misses' Capes
    8075 Misses' Steampunk Costumes
    8235 Men's Cosplay Costume Pattern
    8361 Hats in Three Sizes
    8408 Men's Shirt and Vests
    8263 Misses' Capes and Capelets
    EA251701 Men's Cape Coat
    EA258101 Miss and men's costume coat
  • Vintage

Miscellaneous Tutorials



Found a pattern to add to the list? Comment below and I'll add it in!
Disclaimer: I am not a seamstress.

The New Ouji Overview Part 1: Terminology

Apr 18, 2017

lolita (left), ouji (right)

Terminology

After several years of putting off the original Ouji Overview, I decided to start from scratch with a new and improved Ouji Overview! I hope you find this version more in-depth, but I've left the old one up if you prefer to read that one instead.

What Is Ouji?

Ouji/ouji-sama/王子, literally "prince" in Japanese, is the more masculine clothing style that is often associated with lolita fashion. Dresses aren't your thing? Don't worry, even if the style is more masculine, it can be worn by all genders. Ouji includes a wide variety of looks often combining pirate, punk, cute, and/or gothic elements.

Synonymous style terms include:
-ouji style
-prince style
-ouji-kei
-王子系

Or it can be referred to as the all encompassing terms:
-boystyle/boys style
-men's style

Ouji style is based on the menswear mainly from the historic eras of the 18th and 19th centuries and adds a modern, fanciful details to it. The most important element of an ouji outfit is pants. Like lolita, there is a wide variety of substyles and themes which I will go into detail in later parts.

varieties of ouji

Why Not Kodona?

Though the term "kodona" is widely used in the online international communities, "kodona" is not the proper term for the style. The term kodona has previously been sourced from a Gothic & Lolita Bible interview with Plastic Tree's vocalist Ryutaro to describe his personal style. However, this is incorrect. I asked several fluent Japanese readers to read the interview and according to them the word kodona does not even appear in the spread. Nobody really knows why the international community latched onto the word kodona.
Ryutaro's interview from Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol. 1
The origin of kodona is still unknown to this day. Googling any variation of 大人 (otona) + 子供 (kodomo) will fetch zero relevant results. If you were to go to Japan and ask a lolita off the street about kodona fashion, most likely they would have no idea what you are talking about. We've even asked brand designers in person and they don't know what kodona means. Alice and the Pirates designer Tomomi Nakamura, also known as Cathy, refers to the style either as men's style or ouji style. The term kodona doesn't translate well into English either. It would be the equivalent of calling yourself an adult child which has negative connotation.

Dictionary

Some terms and abbreviations often seen in online communities.
AATP: abbreviation for the brand "Alice and the Pirates", one of the more popular brands for ouji items; Japanese equivalent “A/P” or “A&P”
BPN: abbreviation for the brand "BLACK PEACE NOW"
CC: abbreviation for “Closet Child”, a second-hand Lolita store
CoF: abbreviation for “Closet of Frills”, a Facebook group that is the most active place to post coordinates
community: a group of people having the same interest, in-person or online; often abbreviated to “comm”
coordinate: an outfit; often abbreviated to “coord” or “code (コーデ)”
DS: abbreviation for "direct sale"
EGA: abbreviation for "elegant gothic aristocrat" which refers to one line of Moi Meme Moitie
gay: 基佬 "ji lao" slang for what the Chinese call ouji, this is the most common term on Taobao; sometimes seen as handsome gay 帥基 "shuai ji"
GL&B: abbreviation for the publication "Gothic & Lolita Bible"
IW: abbreviation for the brand "Innocent World"
Mbok: Japanese auctions site; short for “mobile auction” because the site is primarily accessed on a phone
MmM: abbreviation for the brand "Moi-Meme-Moitie"
ouji accessory: joke term from this video
OTT: abbreviation for “over the top”
PT: abbreviation for "pants"
SS: abbreviation for "shopping service", someone you pay to buy something for you
Taobao: a Chinese marketplace similar to Amazon where one can buy items from individual shops
WTB: abbreviation for "wanting to buy"
WTS: abbreviation for "wanting to sell"
WTT: abbreviation for "wanting to trade"
WW: abbreviation for the secondhand shop "Wunderwelt"
Y!J: abbreviation for “Yahoo!Japan” auctions

Related Styles

Boystyle is an umbrella term for multiple styles, ouji included. All ouji is boystyle, but not all boystyle is ouji. If ouji isn't your taste, try checking out some of these related styles.

Lolita 

Lolita fashion is the "sister" style to ouji. Despite being very similar to each other, ouji is not considered lolita because lolita dresses are defined by the silhouette of wearing a petticoat. It is incorrect to refer to ouji style as "ouji lolita/kodona lolita/boy lolita" or "brolita" because no petticoats are used in ouji.

Aristocrat

Mana in femme aristocrat (left) and homme aristocrat (right)
The terms ouji and (gothic) aristocrat are used interchangeably with each other, often incorrectly. While they both share eras of influence, the former adds fantasy and child-like fun to a vest and knickerbockers, while the latter aims to be more historically accurate with a mature elegant feeling. There are femme and homme versions of aristocrat. Information in this ouji guide can be applied to masculine aristocrat as well.

Gothic/Punk/Visual Kei

Visual kei band Versailles wearing costumes designed by Alice and the Pirates
The gothic and punk subcultures are well-known, so I won't bother explaining them here. The Japanese goth and punk aesthetic puts a softer and/or more elegant spin on the styles due to cultural differences and the influence of kawaii culture.
I'll liberally mention visual kei here as well since most of it has gothic and punk influences, only bolder for stage purposes. Visual kei is an overall bold look with large emphasis on styling hair and makeup. It is not uncommon to see ouji clothing used in visual kei or visual kei styling elements used in ouji style.
  • Resources: None that I would recommend. Just look at a band you like and take inspiration. 

    Dandy

     “Neo Classical Goth” Harajuku Style by Tokyo Fashion
    Dandyism started in the 18th century originating in the Western hemisphere. A very simplified  definition for dandy is a formally and fashionably dressed individual. The look of a dandy changes as fashion evolves. To a small degree, some forms of ouji can be considered a minor form of dandyism.

    Dansou

    Dansou model ROOT modeling ouji style for Alice and the Pirates
    Dansou is not a specific clothing style, but the action of a person, usually female, crossdressing as a male in a strictly fashionable sense. The goal is to pass as male, so non-clothing elements such as makeup, hair, and posing need extra attention. Dansou can wear ouji style, but not all oujis are dansou.

    Want to mix and match all of these things? No problem, there will be overlaps. Style is limitless, so don't get too worked up with labeling yourself.

      Additional Ouji Resources



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      Coordinates 14-19

      Apr 10, 2017

      These are actually old coords from the latter part of 2016. My posts are really out of chronological order and I don't think that's going to be fixed any time soon, ha...

      #14

      This is the whole coordinate from my Dream Holic review. I coincidentally ran into the end of a cosplay meetup at the local mall.
      Hair clips: ? taobao brand - it's been a few years and there's no tag, so I forgot the name of the store
      Cutsew: KOKOKIM Fall in Chocolate Turtleneck
      Salopette: Angelic Pretty Melty Royal Chocolate Salopette
      Wrist Cuffs: Pumpkin Cat Eat Chocolate Gain Weight Wrist Cuffs
      Socks: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Torchon Lace OTKs
      Shoes: Alice and the Pirates Clara Boots

      #15

      Blouse: Atelier Boz Aife Blouse
      Vest: Atelier Boz Edmund Sleeveless Jacket
      Pants: Alice and the Pirates Wide Pants
      Shoes: Na+H Platform Boots

      #16

      I love gothic aristocrat with long skirts. Unfortunately, it's hard for me to wear often because the skirts from most brands are too long on me even with 4+ inch platforms on. Because it's a tripping hazard on me, I'm selling this gorgeous bustle skirt on my LaceMarket!
      Jacket: Atelier Boz Kreios Short Jacket
      Blouse: Atelier Boz Halphas Frill Blouse
      Corset: Na+H Bone Short Corset
      Skirt: Atelier Boz Reveur Long Skirt
      Accessories: Atelier Boz glasses chain, official Bayonetta glasses, Na+H butterfly brooch

      #17

      What I changed into from #16, so I wouldn't fall on my face outdoors.
      Jacket: Atelier Boz Gilford Swallowtail Jacket
      JSK: Moi Meme Moitie Divine Cross Print JSK
      Necklace: Moss Marchen Rosary
      Tights: offbrand
      Shoes: offbrand

      #18

      Blouse: Sheglit Frill Blouse with Jabot
      Jacket: Atelier Boz Gerard Rider Jacket
      Skirt: BLACK PEACE NOW asymmetrical lace skirt
      Tights: offbrand
      Shoes: offbrand

      #19

      The more I look at this picture, the more I don't like it. Turns out the fit of the jacket is too large on me, but the cape part is so cool that I don't want to part with it...tough decisions.
      Hat: Corgi-Corgi Police Hat
      Jacket: EXCENTRIQUE Spencer Cape Jacket
      Blouse: Lapin Agill
      Pants: offbrand
      Belt: Alice and the Pirates Buckle Belt
      Shoes: Alice and the Pirates Roll-top Long Boots