Recent Gal Boom! Popteen Kei ☆


Hey cutie! How are you? ♡ Today I want to share my current gyaru boom (inspiration) – Popteen-kei! Mainly from 2008-2010. As you may know, Popteen heavily featured a lot of himekaji looks during these years and while I was flicking through my magazines I became more and more drawn to the casual gyaru looks (especially Okarie’s coords). Me and my bby Darla call this the “Popteen kei” look, but of course, we’re not claiming it as an official term so don’t hold us to it haha (⁀ᗢ⁀).

So I decided to dig around my laptop for some more inspiration, and here are some pictures that have really inspired me lately including coords from Popteen models as well as models from other magazines (which I’ll mention in another section)! I’m trying to look for inspiration for Spring now to help me plan on what clothes to buy next!

Popteen kei….?

I don’t claim “Popteen kei” as an official term, it’s something me and my friends use to best describe the style that the Popteen gals wore during those years especially when Okarie and Kumicky were heavily featured in there. It’s incredibly casual mixed with a very girly/sweet vibe (without being too princessy) and they don’t generally wear lots of flashy accessories e.g. massive d.i.a belts.

Popteen kei inspo for Spring/Summer

The kind of clothes that are really catching my eye in particular is the mixing of hoodies/baggy sweaters and cute skirts! These would be absolutely perfect for every day styles and they look super comfy as well. Most of the models I’m inspired by are the same as my last gal boom such as Okarie, Kumicky, Chie and Chika, but this time I’ve also been inspired by some of Satomi Yakuwa’s old looks as well as other Popteen models like Airisa Fukudome and Mikipon!

Disclaimer – not all of these photos are from Popteen, but they definitely gave me the Popteen kei vibe!

I really can’t wait to create more looks for my new gal boom! Obviously I am still an old-school himekaji gal, but it’s nice to find things more suitable for every day.

What’s your current gal boom? What has inspired you lately?

pic by my bby Emi

p.s. shoutout to my bby Darla and Georgie for encouraging me to write this post and giving me some help with explaining things (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡

What do you think?

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  • Lynn
    February 10, 2021

    I am in love with this! and I really get your idea of the popteen kei x33

    • GeorgiePiyo
      February 10, 2021

      I absolutely LOVE the term popteen kei and I think it really was a style popteen was promoting more then other magazines! The cute girly style rather then flashy and sexy~~ thank u for making this post I love deep talked about trends and styles in gyaru♡♡♡

      • hellolizziebee
        February 11, 2021

        Georgie my love <3 <3 <3 Yeah I feel like Popteen really have a different vibe and it's quite interesting to see that some models outside of Popteen (such as Satomin) really fit into that cute vibe!
        And gosh yes me too! I really want to do more topics like this <3 Thank you so much for reading!

    • hellolizziebee
      February 11, 2021

      Awh yay that makes me so happy to hear! Thanks bby girl <3

      • Holly
        February 21, 2021

        Ah, this sort of casual and a bit more modest style is great, especially for me since I am a younger gal and way too scared to wear short skirts and crop tops lol. Thanks for this!

  • Michelle
    February 11, 2021

    Love this style! It’s casual but still very kawaii! ♥

    • hellolizziebee
      February 11, 2021

      Yes I totally agree! Makes it more wearable for every day life <3

  • Sparklewolfie
    February 11, 2021

    I really adore the casual-sweet aesthetic too!! I don’t wear jeans though, so many of those coords I would not wear, but I enjoy the looks on others!
    Layered sweets look and casual but girl hair are love (′▽`〃)

  • Kiwiitan
    February 11, 2021

    This post came just in time♥ I’ve been looking into old popteen issues! And recently just bought a top and few pieces that could qualify into this boom for spring♥ Can’t wait to wear them 🙂

  • Nina
    February 11, 2021

    Cant wait to see your outfits ❤
    I have to continue to scan my magazines bc I think I have a popteen from that time xD

  • Ophelia of Harts
    February 13, 2021

    Awww I love Popteen Kei! It’s so cutesy and I love the gingham in it.