2011Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Throughout 2011 my style became a lot more casual and a bit edgier, but I was still sort of firmly entrenched in the onii-kei (Japanese "big brother") glam style. Then in July, this happened:
This was my first foray into a darker style, and it was really well received. After I started to dress like this, I began to feel very uncomfortable in my previous clothes. It was only then that I noticed just how much I had identified with my style then, and how difficult it would be to shed it. But I continued.
For a brief period I became very infatuated with black, drapey aesthetic popularized by brands like Julius, Rick Owens, and Damir Doma and played on by lower-mid-end Japanese brands like 5351 and Buffalo Bobs. This was my first real lesson that I am not immune to the waxing and waning of fashion trends. In the end, while I discovered elements of those styles that work for me, I was not that interested in becoming so dramatic.
It was around this time I discovered Kiryuyrik
, which has proven instrumental to my style transformation.2012 - Current
My style has become a lot more masculine. I couldn't classify myself as onii-kei anymore, despite many others would still prefer to label me that way. I still have certain onii-kei elements, such as the jewelry, hair, and make-up, but everything has become less extreme. I've abandoned colour pretty much entirely.Kiryuyrik
is the brand I am most interested in now, with Shellac
also being favourites. I don't wear button-front shirts anymore and I don't wear any animal or floral patterns. I would have never believed this direction if I'd seen a glimpse into the future back in 2010, but I feel more comfortable in my clothes than ever, picking and choosing what I like and not feeling confined to a specific idea.