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It’s been three years since we went to Japan and yet I’m still pining for their cherry blossoms. I’ve been searching for them in the UK ever since and had planned on going to Birmingham to see if they had any like they do in Japan but, alas, lock down happened so I’m kind of stuck. But during our little walk we spotted this beautiful tree and I couldn’t help myself. Most of its petals were already scattered on the ground so I think we took these photos just in time! I wore a cute himekaji outfit, but the best part of it was that it was all offbrand.
I’ve been wearing a lot of offbrand clothes lately because I want to show that you can be gyaru without having to spend a lot of money on brand clothes. I bought these clothes many years ago, when I was first getting into himekaji, and I’m so thankful that everything fits! The blouse was from Primark and the floral skirt from a local store (that has since closed down) called West One… It’s amazing what you could find locally! I used to save this skirt for special occasions and was so proud that I had finally managed to find something that fitted into himekaji (I found it really hard to buy Liz Lisa so settled with UK stores at the time). It was nice to bring it out again!
Himekaji is one of the easiest styles to start with as it’s more casual than other gyaru styles, especially during the Spring/Summer months when a lot of brands are featuring florals and pretty blouses in their collections. What I used to do is create a mood-board of himekaji outfits and then try to find things that are similar (if you need help with mood-board imagery, I have a Pinterest board specifically for himekaji). The makeup and hairstyles are a bit more toned down than other styles, too, which makes it perfect for a beginner! Although please note… Even though the makeup is toned down, top and bottom lashes are still important!
Below are some things that I found that would work well in himekaji – please note that these are affiliate links (but it won’t cost you any extra, read my disclaimer for more info.)
Hopefully that helps you in your himekaji journey if you are unable to buy gyaru brand. I’ll try and update the links above as much as possible and add more items as I go along.
What is your favourite wardrobe item that you’ve had for years?