What I Love About the Gaijin Gyaru + Jfashion Community

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Aah, the gaijin gyaru community. Where do I start? Well, it was one of the first things I discovered when I started out doing gyaru and I’ve never looked back. Maybe it’s the sunshine (as Summer always calls to us gyaru) or the fact that I went to a gyaru meet recently – I can’t seem to get enough of gyaru and the online and local community! Here are the reasons why I love the jfashion comm…

What I Love About the Gaijin Gyaru + Jfashion Community

You’ll be surrounded by boss bitches

Wearing a jfashion style is not easy, especially if you’re from a place where pretty much everyone wears the same thing, so every person within the community has had to deal with some sh*t. This means that quite a lot of us has developed pretty thick skin, and no one can bring you down when you’re surrounded by your fellow gals.

They share your love for all things cute

Not everyone in the gaijin gyaru/jfashion community loves cute things, but it’s nice to be able to not feel ashamed for having Rilakkuma hanging off a chain on my bag or having a super pink phone case.

People love to go crazy with their style

Even if they’re just wearing jeans a hoodie, gyaru always find a way to pull it off in such a way that it looks fashionable. Wearing it’s by topping it up with over-the-top accessories and then some more, there isn’t a limit to style! ‘Boring’ is not a word in their vocabulary (even though sometimes we fall victim to feeling so), and I live for it.

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Kawaii fairy kei fashionistas Caspian & Chi
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Wai-yi – probs one of the cutest shop staff I’ve ever laid eyes upon
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Zanni! I adore her, she’s so lovely!
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Artbox, Covent Garden

You get to make friends from all over the world

If it wasn’t for gyaru I wouldn’t have been able to step out of my comfort zone and meet people who soon became the best friends I could ask for, let alone meeting people in a completely different country! Even meeting my jfashion friends from London causes butterflies in my tummy, and I’m just so overjoyed to know them.

Bigger community = more access to jfashion stores

Thank goodness our community is so big – in terms of jfashion as a whole – that we have UK stores like Dreamy Bows, Artbox, Tofu Cute, Roxie Sweetheart, and lots more! If it wasn’t for the fact that there’s a large ‘fanbase’ for all things cute, I don’t think we’d ever have access to things that came all the way over from Japan. And I love it!

They push me to try new things

I never thought something like this would happen but I’ve recently done my first vlog!!!!!! I tried it out when I was a young teenager, but I ditched the idea because I thought I wasn’t good enough. However the other day a newbie gaijin gyaru, Annie, encouraged me to try it again, and I did!

rokku gyaru, emma
With gaijin gyaru newbie, Annie (just look at her hair omg love)
hime gyaru, danielle, lizzie bee
With Dani, probs the cutest hime gyaru ever
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Amber, my long-time gal pal & I
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A few members of the UK gyaru comm! Myself, Amber, Dani & Annie

What are the things you love about the gaijin gyaru/jfashion community? And even to those that aren’t gyaru/into jfashion etc – what do you love about your alternative fashion community?

Love,
Lizzie xx

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Lizzie is a gyaru blogger based in the land of Harry Potter and afternoon tea. You can find her either snacking or napping.

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