Western V.S. Japanese Goths

You may be thinking – surely all goths are the same – black clothes, black hair, black make-up. However, you are wrong! Western goths are your stereotypical goths who wear ‘bad-ass’ dark coloured t-shirts that have some sort of ‘meaning’ to it, dark pants, dark, teased hair, pleather (fake leather) and other dark coloured things. In comparison, there are the Japanese goths who pretty much put more effort into their outfit and focus on detail (Gothic Lolita fashion).

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The goths of Japan are more into the romance of the fashion and add things such as intricate lace designs, cute dresses and skirts and accessories, but still in Gothic style. They have very exquisite and elegant outfits which show time and effort.

As I mentioned before, the Western goth fashion consists of dark and morbid everyday clothes with some fake leather. This version of Gothic fashion is very basic and more grotesque as opposed to the Gothic Lolita fashion in Japan, which is far cuter.

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To be honest, I think I’d stick with the boring Western Gothic style as I have no time, effort or money for the Japanese style! But in saying that, I think the Japanese version is far more appealing to the eye.

What are everyone’s thoughts on the two styles? Yay or nay? Please like, comment and share and stick around for next week’s blog, focusing on Japan’s major shopping districts. Thanks everyone for reading!!

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What’s up Brolitas?!?

My job was to explore Gothic Lolita fashion and obviously, write a blog on it. As I was researching, I found the Brolitas of the Gothic Lolita world! Now, you’re probably wondering what a Brolita is. Firstly, I’ll explain what a Lolita is, then a Gothic Lolita, and then hopefully you can figure out what a Brolita is!

Lolita refers to a type of fashion that resembles Victorian and Rococo fashions.

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The Japanese Lolita fashion lovers have only used these as a basis and have altered the style to suit them. They’ve abandoned the awkwardly long, out-of-fashion long dresses and exchanged it for short dresses and very long socks (or stockings). However, even though they have the shorter dresses and skirts, they’re still focused on being modest.

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A Gothic Lolita is the same as a Lolita but just dressed as a Goth. So, dark clothes (black, red, purple, blue and burgundy), minimal make-up, and things (clothes, accessories) with crosses, castles, bats, coffins, and other macabre designs.

Now as you can see, Lolita fashion is quite feminine and clearly it must only be for females, right? WRONG! Lolita fashion can most definitely be for guys as well! Have you figured out what a Brolita is yet? If you haven’t figured it out, a Brolita is a male who wears Lolita fashion (shock horror, I know).

SO, now we have all the background information we can move on to what a Gothic Brolita is – a male who dresses up in Gothic Lolita fashion! Yet again, who would have thought?

But, before we go any further, I need to clarify the following. Brolita fashion is NOT a matter of cross-dressing or males questioning their sexuality or anything of the sort. It’s simply fashion and a way people like to dress.

Continuing on with Gothic Brolitas, I discovered that there are two different types – ouji and aristocrat (among just normal Gothic style).

Ouji, known as kodona outside of Japan, is very much influenced by the young boys of the Victorian era. The fashion includes blouses and shirts, knickerbockers and other styles of short trousers, knee high socks, top hats, and newsboy caps.

Aristocrat is rather basic and plain and involves long skirts and dresses (shorter ones in hotter months), long black pants, fitted jackets with tail coats, veils and top hats. Once again, you can see the link to Victorian era styled clothing.

Well, that’s certainly a different style of clothing! Mind you, it sort of resembles my wardrobe – black, black, black and, oh look, some red! What are your thoughts on this dark style? Tell me in the comments below, along with any questions or suggestions! Hope you found my blog informative and stay tuned for next week’s – the difference between Western and Japanese Gothics. Thanks for reading!