Fashion Trends In Japan That Americans Might Find Bizarre

Japan is known for having some interesting fashions, but not everyone is familiar with the trends. Here is a look at 17 fascinating fashion trends in Japan that might seem bizarre in other countries.

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17. Jika-tabi

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These toe boots, known as Jika-tabi, are popular for their form-fitting design that allows the wearer to feel as if they’re barefoot. That's all fine and dandy, but what about the fact that they look like a giant camel toe?

These toe boots, known as Jika-tabi, are popular for their form-fitting design that allows the wearer to feel as if they’re barefoot. That's all fine and dandy, but what about the fact that they look like a giant camel toe?

16. Lolita

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Lolita fashion is based off Victorian-era clothing and many say it originated in Japan. The styles range from gothic Lolita to sweet and classic Lolita. Some of the outfits are cute and fun, but it still looks like they’re on their way to a tea party.

Lolita fashion is based off Victorian-era clothing and many say it originated in Japan. The styles range from gothic Lolita to sweet and classic Lolita. Some of the outfits are cute and fun, but it still looks like they’re on their way to a tea party.

15. Kawaii

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Kawaii refers to the quality of being cute, lovable or adorable. You can find many girls wearing this style and posing with their hands covering their mouth as if they’re blushing or embarrassed. Kawaii features flouncy skirts, thigh-high tights and bows. It is ridiculously adorable, but seems like a lot of work and money to put these outfits together.

Kawaii refers to the quality of being cute, lovable or adorable. You can find many girls wearing this style and posing with their hands covering their mouth as if they’re blushing or embarrassed. Kawaii features flouncy skirts, thigh-high tights and bows. It is ridiculously adorable, but seems like a lot of work and money to put these outfits together.

14. Visual Kei

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This trend is popular among Japanese musicians, and includes vivacious costumes, intricate hairstyles and sometimes makeup to make a person look androgynous. It’s very interesting to say the least.

This trend is popular among Japanese musicians, and includes vivacious costumes, intricate hairstyles and sometimes makeup to make a person look androgynous. It’s very interesting to say the least.

13. Male Fashions

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Men in Japan aren't afraid to wear vibrant colors, and this may be one of the biggest differences between Japanese street fashion and western fashion.

Men in Japan aren't afraid to wear vibrant colors, and this may be one of the biggest differences between Japanese street fashion and western fashion.

12. Kawaii Eyes

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This style of makeup gives the impression of doll-like eyes. Girls will outline their eyes to make them appear larger, and while it may be aesthetically pleasing or fun, it might also be slightly terrifying to see if you aren’t used to it.

This style of makeup gives the impression of doll-like eyes. Girls will outline their eyes to make them appear larger, and while it may be aesthetically pleasing or fun, it might also be slightly terrifying to see if you aren’t used to it.

11. Ganguro/ Yamanba-kei

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Ganguro is characterized by tan skin, dark foundation and bold lipstick. Everything about this style is bold, colorful and vibrant. It’s hard to imagine this being a daily style in America, but in Japan seeing these colorful people is normal.

Ganguro is characterized by tan skin, dark foundation and bold lipstick. Everything about this style is bold, colorful and vibrant. It’s hard to imagine this being a daily style in America, but in Japan seeing these colorful people is normal.

10. Rockabilly

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Inspired by the “greaser” look, this style incorporates leather, gloves, sunglasses, and anything else one would associate with the 1950s fashion. This isn’t too far fetched from how some people dress in the states, but it’s definitely more elaborate and thought out.

Inspired by the “greaser” look, this style incorporates leather, gloves, sunglasses, and anything else one would associate with the 1950s fashion. This isn’t too far fetched from how some people dress in the states, but it’s definitely more elaborate and thought out.

9. Teddy Bear Ears

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Girls in Japan will style their hair to resemble teddy bear or kitty ears. I think it's cute, but I know I would do a double-take if I saw someone here with this hairstyle.

Girls in Japan will style their hair to resemble teddy bear or kitty ears. I think it's cute, but I know I would do a double-take if I saw someone here with this hairstyle.

8. Colored Hair

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Matching hair colors to outfits seems to be a big trend in Japanese street fashion. It's a fun way to express oneself, and wigs definitely make daily changes easier.

Matching hair colors to outfits seems to be a big trend in Japanese street fashion. It's a fun way to express oneself, and wigs definitely make daily changes easier.

7. Fairy-Kei

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If it’s cute, then it’s fairy-kei! This style is inspired by all things cute, including: Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, bunnies, kitties, etc… It wouldn’t be a surprise to see this come across the water to the US, since My Little Pony seems to be a big hit still.

If it’s cute, then it’s fairy-kei! This style is inspired by all things cute, including: Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, bunnies, kitties, etc… It wouldn’t be a surprise to see this come across the water to the US, since My Little Pony seems to be a big hit still.

6. Tall, Tall Platforms

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Platforms were a hit in Japan, but not just any kind of platforms -- sky-high ones. You can see people wearing these shoes in cities such as Harajuku, but I bet you wouldn't see these worn in the states.

Platforms were a hit in Japan, but not just any kind of platforms -- sky-high ones. You can see people wearing these shoes in cities such as Harajuku, but I bet you wouldn't see these worn in the states.

5. Barettes

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They aren't shy about using barettes as a fashion statement. In the states, women tend to try to underplay their use of hair products, not highlight them. I think using colorful barettes is a creative way to really make an outfit fit your personality, but there is a limit at some point.

They aren't shy about using barettes as a fashion statement. In the states, women tend to try to underplay their use of hair products, not highlight them. I think using colorful barettes is a creative way to really make an outfit fit your personality, but there is a limit at some point.

4. Stockings

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These Japanese stockings make it look as if the person wearing them is covered in tattoos instead of an undergarment. They come in all sorts of prints and patterns, and they make for some interesting street fashion.

These Japanese stockings make it look as if the person wearing them is covered in tattoos instead of an undergarment. They come in all sorts of prints and patterns, and they make for some interesting street fashion.

3. Bralettes

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You can see women in Japan wearing their bralettes over their shirts. While it may seem odd since they are technically underwear, it does make sense. Bralettes are usually decorative and lacy, making them great to show off. However, girls would be labeled in negative terms if they were to try to copy this fashion statement in the U.S.

You can see women in Japan wearing their bralettes over their shirts. While it may seem odd since they are technically underwear, it does make sense. Bralettes are usually decorative and lacy, making them great to show off. However, girls would be labeled in negative terms if they were to try to copy this fashion statement in the U.S.

2. Fruit Prints

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Fruit prints can be a big part of Japanese street fashion, and the way people coordinate their outfits around cherries or strawberries is truly amazing.

Fruit prints can be a big part of Japanese street fashion, and the way people coordinate their outfits around cherries or strawberries is truly amazing.

1. Angura-Kei

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Angura-kei is the Japanes version of gothic. This style may still be bizarre to some in America, but it’s not uncommon.

Angura-kei is the Japanes version of gothic. This style may still be bizarre to some in America, but it’s not uncommon.

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