Girl`s style book is a book that is full of small ideas and inspiration for decorating a girl´s room (or anyone`s room who enjoys this kind of aesthetics haha). The book features several kinds of vintage toys such as pose dolls, roly-poly toys, plushes and girly accessories. There are also some interesting interior pictures included! For some reason a few of the pages are in black and white, but that didn`t bother me personally at all. : )
Girl`s style book was published in 2002 which surprised me a little because it doesn`t look too outdated and I still find the layout very appealing. It is interesting to see different kinds of old toys that I have never seen before, I wish I could read the text parts too! :’ ) There are also some toys that I have randomly seen on eBay before!
I got this book from Mandarake`s book selection from Japan last summer, but it seems to be available on amazon.jp for example. : ) If you don`t know Japanese there is an English version of the website available that makes ordering lots of easier!
I really like girly and vintage inspired clothes, and especially in Japan these styles are well presented and quite easily available. I think the brands there show a lot of creativity, I love how unique and cute ideas they often have. I also like the fact that several brands seem to be focused on certain kind of look instead of creating their collections purely based on current trends or to please larger audiences. Browsing Japanese fashion magazines inspires me a lot, especially “reading” Larme magazine which features girly but slightly more mature looks.
Again, I am not a trend expert or anything but I thought it could be fun to share some of my favorite autumn/winter pieces and ideas with you! I try not to follow trends too eagerly, but rather find inspiration and things that suit my existing style the best. : )
These two posts focus mainly on my current favourite brands, so I apologise if the result feels rather narrow or monotonous to some of you.
Modern sailor girl
lilLilly`s sailor style dress vs. Katie`s similar kind of dress
One of my favourite pieces this autumn are the sailor inspired dresses by lilLilly and Katie! I find these two designs surprisingly similar: both dresses have cute pockets and a button row in front. Instead of using the classical navy blue both brands have gone for a little different colors this time and I think that the result is very freshening! I am a fan of vintage inspired sailor looks but sometimes it is easy to accidentally create cosplay-like looks with sailor themed elements. That is something I personally try to avoid since it makes me feel a bit out of place.
lilLilly`s dress is made of velvet which seems to be a trend material in Japan this autumn. Lately I have seen several brands introducing velvet items! The both dresses become in three different colors (lilLilly: white, black and peach / Katie: pink, olive and black), my personal favorites are probably peach and black.
Sweet x leather
On left Risa Nakamura x Bubbles collaboration coordination featuring a faux leather skirt with lace trim. Katie`s autumn lookbook coordination on right also has a faux leather skirt, this time with girly ruffle trim.
Combining sweet and girly elements with leather or pvc is not a new idea, but this autumn it seems to be visibly popular again. The combinations I have personally liked the most feature black faux leather combined with lighter colors such as pink or white. Again, Katie`s A/W collection includes a few faux leather items suitable for this kind of looks. But since Katie is a little on the pricier side I was happy to see that Risa Nakamura`s collaboration collection with Bubbles also had slightly similar style skirt which I ended up grabbing.
A bit newer Japanese brand named Fallin´also features pvc/faux leather items in their new lookbook. To me their collection seems quite bold and fetish inspired rather than super sweet.
I love this old streetsnap of Risa wearing a fluffy sweater and a faux leather skirt! Too cute…
Fluffy and soft
Fluffy looks by lilLilly and Lilicious.
Fluffy materials have seemed popular already for a few years or so. Like last autumn/winter many Japanese brands seem to have fluffy cardigans, marabou shoes and such in their selections. I am still very into fluffy materials myself so I really like how much fluffyness especially lilLilly`s/Lilicious` A/W collection has. Like I already mentioned in my 60s inspiration post I am really into red so Lilicious` fluffy set above makes me drool a little haha.
Katie`s long fluffy pastel cardigans look comfy but cute!
My last autumn`s pom pom obsession hasn`t healed yet either so I am happy to see that several brands are still producing items with pom pom details… ; ) Poodles seem to be some kind of trend also this year (more about poodles in part 2) and meanwhile I have managed to develop a little crush on them haha! I must say that I was little surprised to like Ank Rouge`s poodle cardigan on bottom left though since usually I am allergic to cardigans with zippers. I used to have a few super hideous zipper cardigans when I was in my early teens, so I am still a little suspicious if I am ready to like this kind of designs. : D
Poodles and pom poms! Ank Rouge`s items are not usually exactly my style but I like several things from their autumn collection!
One of my long time sources of inspiration is the 60s’ fashion. A few years ago I was shortly a bit tired with vintage fashion generally and I ended up dressing really casually for a while but now I have found my love for old fashion again and I can`t get enough. I personally find 60s fashion very girly and cute which is probably why I like it so much.
In this post I am going to talk about the elements and items I have been most inspired by lately. I am not an expert on the 60s or fashion so I don`t possibly use all the terms and such right do please try to bear with me. I am talking about things simply based on my personal opinions and taste. ;’)
Brigitte Bardot wearing red outfit and Pattie Boyd featuring her signature hairstyle and cute, very 60s style makeup.
In hair I often prefer rather simple looks and the way how Pattie Boyd (or Anna Karina on bottom right) did her hair looks probably the most appealing to me at the moment. This kind of hairstyle could be simple enough for even me to master which is a bonus since I am definitely not a wizard with my hair, haha… I also think that Pattie`s hair style could also be easily upgraded into a bit fancier one by adding a bow detail or a thick (or alternatively really thin) headband. Pigtails with bow details (like BB wears above!) also look super cute to me! That is a look I´d really like to copy (with a little curling perhaps?)!
Sylvie Vartan and Anna Karina.
In both clothing and interior design red color often gives me a nice retro feeling. This autumn I notice myself liking red clothes even more and I am in love with the idea of combining a red with black or navy blue creating slightly sailor inspired looks. Too bad I just noticed that I own awfully little red coloured clothes, maybe I´ll try to hunt down a red a-lined skirt or a pleated tennis skirt at some point to fulfill my outfit dreams haha… ; )
Mustard coloured a-lined skirt and a red themed outfit! Both model are also wearing cute hair bows.
During latest 2 years or so I have been really into pink clothes again which has resulted in a rather big selection of pink in my wardrobe… The problem is that sometimes I have noticed myself feeling a bit uncomfortable and silly if I am wearing ”too much pink”. This has led to me avoiding wearing some of my favorite pink clothes which is a pity… Maybe the medicine in my case could be combining pink with more toned down colors and elements such as black tights or suitable accessories. I think that the 60s’ pictures will be a good source for inspiration in this case too. ;) Besides combining black and pink the idea about combining red and pink has fascinated me lately! To me these two colors looks really fresh and fun together so I look forward trying this combo at some point. B )
Jean Shrimton in a darling bubble gum pink faux(?) fur coat.
When talking about coats and outwear I think that my taste and inspirations have remained the same for several years already. I adore classical wool coats and this autumn I have noticed myself liking very classical colors such as camel, black and red. Besides wool coats I am still into faux fur coats (which have remained as a trend for several years, I think) but personally I should probably stick with natural shades after all… Last year I gave in to temptation and bough an oversized lilac faux fur coat which ended up being too flashy and unique for me. :( So maybe I´d better skip pastels in faux fur coats after all, sigh…
Jean Shrimpton and Hiroko Matsumoto. Shrimpton`s coat has super nice collars!
In dresses I go mostly with a-line dresses, somehow for several years I have been really fond of this style/design. I think that short a-line dresses look very girly and cute with heels! Though I must add that wearing safety pants to not show too much might be a good idea if you are a little clumsy like me hehe… My favorite kinds of A-line dresses often have pockets, bottons on the frontside, contrast panels or maybe a cute collar with a bow detail! Lately I have noticed myself eyeing this type of dresses also in rather bold colors such as orange and forest green which is a bit funny since I am not too good at combining these kinds of colors with anything else than black haha… But if the dress has a nice fit and design, why not I guess..? ; )
A nice collection of a-line dresses with different designs.
Generally speaking my all time favorite things from the 60s are probably a-line dresses, skirts and coats, space age fashion, bouffant hair styles, drawn on lower eyelashes and cat eye makeup (maybe I´ll write more about space age and 60s makeup styles later…). ; )