General style, which doesn't require a tan, although most gals have one.
Fashions can be worn by both Ganguro (tanned Gals) or Ganjiro (untanned Gals).
Has many sub-categories, here are some of the most common ones:
Amekaji-American Casual = American brand casual wear, includes Uggs!
Saike Gyaru-Psyche Gal = Club wear and tie dye, tribal prints etc.
Roma Gyaru-Romantic Gal = Gal that wears frilly, cute clothes etc.
Bohemian = Bohemian print dresses, fake fur waistcoat, etc.
Miritari-Military = 'One Point' eg 1 item of camo or military style
Rokku-Rock = Rock style tee, stripes, plaid, skull prints, denim etc.
Rizouto-Resort = General, gypsy skirts, shorts, tees etc. summer clothes.
Marin-Marine = Blue/Red/White stripes, anchors etc, marine stuff!
Haady Gal is purely a creation of Egg and so it barely deserves notation here, but since people talk about it so much:
Includes brands such as JSG and Galaxxy, tied in with rock/punk style Gal fashion. Very bright, often multi-coloured clothes and crazy patterns.
Definiton: Male counterpart of Gyaru
Hair is often in a mullet style, ranging from light brown to silver to pink!
Usual clothes are clubwear, sweats with tank tops or a stylish jeans + tank top + open shirt combo. They don't wear makeup but are usually well tanned, although a tan isn't a requirement.
Definition: 'Older Sister Gal'
A classier style, very similar to regular gyaru-kei in fashion, but including only sexy or very stylish clothes, so for example you would wear a camisole instead of a tshirt, and heels are really the only footwear.
There is a HUGE emphasis on designers brands, this is really the main point of Oneegal. Brands are very, very important as well as social status, which go hand in hand really. Don't do this unless you have plenty of money!
Definiton: Celebrity Gal, gal who follows western celeb fashion.
This is classed as a type of Oneegal, but can include casual wear. Serebu is a gal that closely follows western celebrity fashion trends. Hiromi Endo is a good example of serebu, because she takes influence from Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton's styles. Serebu can include specific trend items as Uggs, Junk Food tees, 'IT' bags such as Anya Hindmarch's Eco Bag, as well as western brands such as CC Skye, Dereon, Rocawear and Ed Hardy. However it can be difficult to seperate serebu from regular oneegal, as many gals simply copy the general style of a celebrity, not the brands they are wearing. There are sometimes obvious differences, such as in the case of Hiromi Endo, who dyed her hair black to look like Lindsey Lohan, even though this is not usually a hair colour a gal would choose. In any case, it is advisable to know American and British trends just as well as you know Japanese trends, so that you will be able to tell when a gal is dressed in serebu style, or to be able to dress in this style yourself.
Defenition: Princess Gal
This is a princess version of Oneegal basically.
A lot of himegal have that puffy beehive-style hair, but it's not a requirement, any girly style is fine as long as it looks very fancy.
Clothes include long, cocktail dresses or short dresses in mainly red, white, pink, blue and black, as well as leopard and floral print. Empire line tops and dresses are very popular and so are denim jackets, in summer.
Variation: Himekaji-Casual Hime:
More like Onegal, includes things like silk camisoles, mini skirts and shorts, blouses, etc. People in casual hime often have their hair down and curled. Really the only time it's acceptable for himegal to have straight hair is if your hair is short or it's partially up.
Definiton: Literally 'Older Brother Style'
This is actually a style for women or men, so you can guess it's quite generally. On a man, it tends to mean a classier version of Gyaru-oh, leaving behind the brightly coloured hair and clothes of their youth (lol) in exchange for plenty of designer brands like D&G, dressing mostly in jeans with tank tops and shirts, of course with some very stylish, smart shoes or boots. Most Onii-kei guys tend to have sunglasses permanently attached to their face if they're not in a club. Obviously cool factor is very, very important to them.
On a girl, Onii-Kei basically means something plaid (a
shirt or shorts), or a tribal print t-shirt worn with jeans/shorts.
Really just a mannish Gyaru style, although some have been known to follow onii-kei exactly as men do.
マンバ・ MANBA (NEW)
Definition: A shortened name for the original 90's style of Yamanba. Has undergone yet another change since 2004.
Manba has evolved since 2004, when it featured a lot of hawaiian prints, leis, face stickers and pastel-coloured hair. The style now has much thicker white makeup, brighter and more varied coloured eyeshadow, light to extreme panda makeup, coloured eyelashes and diamantes around the eyes. Clothing ranges from neon clubwear to sweat suits, but no longer includes the hawaiian accessories or huge amounts of stickers under the eyes. Hair tends to be bright, flourescent colours or blonde and is cut in a mullet style or braided.
Definition: Barbie Style (Manba)
This could be seen as a lighter version of manba, but is really a style in it's own. Makeup is considerably lighter than manba and does not include face stickers or very heavy block white makeup. Hair tends to be either natural or neon colours, often with a side-swept fringe (bangs) and curls or braids.
Clothing originally started out as literally bright, 'Barbie Style' clothes, like a bright pencil skirt, platform sandals and a bright shirt. Banba then moved on to general club wear and were often seen in popular Psyche brand Shanit Core during it's boom last year. One variety of banba includes Bosozoku (Biker) Banba, featured in the top right corner of the above picture.
強めギャル・ TSUYOME GAL
Definition: Lighter version of Banba
This is very similar to banba, the main difference being that tsuyome has lighter makeup than banba.
The term 'tsuyome' can be applied to many things, but in this context tends to mean a lighter version of banba.
There are no set rules to this style, it's very general and it can be difficult to tell whether someone is tsuyome or banba. However, tsuyome will always have light pink lip colour at the most, never the block white that some banba wear.
One way to spot tsuyome style is to look at what the person is wearing. Tsuyome should include a little 'wild' clothing/accessories, such as a ripped tee, leather fingerless gloves, headband/wrap, skull belt buckle, graffiti print, etc. There is usually some hint of hip hop, rock and/or biker to tsuyome. Although tsuyome is an incredibly vague term, so gals can really interpret it in a lot of ways, there is a general feeling of a strong/fierce gal image.
Definiton: Male version of Manba
Named after 'Sentaa Gai' (center street in shibuya), their style varies a lot as they don't seem to be as influenced by trends as manba and banba.
Makeup can still include the white 'whiskers' that manba used to draw on their face, but clothes are similar to manba in that it is mainly brightly coloured clubwear, some do still wear hawaiian prints and leis (possibly for novelty value, but this is not done with manba). Hair is often spiked up with a side-swept fringe and in blonde, silver or bright colours.
Definition: Literally B as in breakdance (b-boy, b-girl in the west etc).
Also features reggae style clothes and clubwear, can be pale or tanned. Dancehall is popular with B Gals.
Hair is often braided and side ponytails are very
popular. Ra-ra skirts, tube tops and sports wear are commonly worn, as
well as any other hip-hop style clothes. In Shibuya, it is said that B-kei hang out in a different area to gyaru and they don't mix, so there is obviously a difference between hardcore B-kei and gals that sometimes wear hip hop fashion.
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