Learn All About Japanese Girls’ School Uniforms and Become an Expert!
School uniforms bring back memories of our young sweet and bitter memories. They aren’t just clothes, but symbols of Japanese “Seishun” and culture. Any girl would look 10 times cuter in a school uniform. And there are fans of Japanese school uniforms all over the world. As you see on the top picture, there are many kinds of ways to wear school uniforms in Japan. I know you love them, but do you really know everything about them? Here is all you need to know to be an expert on Japanese school uniforms.
History of Uniforms
In Japan we have had school uniforms for around 150 years. It was first used to show which community you belonged to. But now it has become one of the biggest symbols of Japanese Kawaii culture. The sailor uniform came to Japan in 1920 from other foreign countries. In the 1980s the sailor uniform became a symbol of those who were delinquent girls and the blazer uniform was born.
Types of Uniforms
You probably imagine uniforms to be either a sailor uniform or a blazer uniform. They are the most standard ones, but they aren’t the only type!
Eton Jacket Uniform
Jumper Skirt Uniform
Overalls Skirt Uniform
Suspender Skirt Uniform
Public and Private Schools
In Japan, we have as many private schools as we have public schools. Most people start to wear uniforms from junior high school (except if you go to a private elementary school). The uniforms in public schools tend to be more simple compared to the ones of private schools. However there are also many schools that don’t have a uniform regardless of whether public or private. In this case, there are some that wear their regular clothes to school, but most girls wear a pretend uniform or Nanchatte uniform as we call it. They get to choose everything from scratch so they usually have several kinds of skirts and ribbons and ties at home. Here are some popular brands that sell uniform clothing.
Eastboy is the most basic brand to buy uniform clothing.
Surprisingly, the brand Play Boy has a uniform brand in Japan. Most girls probably don’t know what the brand really is (cough cough)
Sweaters and Vests
Except for the warm season, girls usually wear sweaters or vests. Unless they have a school sweater or vest that they have to wear, they usually choose their own. The basic colors would be white, black, gray, and beige.
The most popular brand for sweaters were Uniqlo. After they released a very colorful collection in these series, many high school girls wore them, and gradually, wearing colorful sweaters on uniforms became the most fashionable style.
Along with the recent trends, wearing a hoodie on uniforms has also become a popular outfit.
Socks for school uniforms have changed a lot over the years. They aren’t just socks, they change the whole image of your uniform outfit. There are 2 colors, navy/black and white. The most standard length is the long one that come up to below your knees.
Gradually the length that only comes 2 thirds of your calf was the most popular length.
The newest trend to wear the really short ones. This is thought to be from the short socks popularity in regular clothing.
And of course, how can you forget these. A very important necessary item for gyaru, loose socks.
Of course girls care about their shoes as well. The majority wears loafers, either black or brown.
In recent collections, there are loafers that have heels so the girls would have a better style.
Another new trend is for the girls to wear sneakers with uniforms.
Ribbons and Ties
Ribbons and ties are another way to show your taste. There are many different types of patterns and designs and it’s always fun to find your favorite one!
Using a backpack is also popular recently.
There was also a very popular brand called World Pegasus. They have many colorful nylon school bags in their collection.
School bags are also a way to show what you like. This is where you see the individuality.
The best skirt length is 15cm above your knee! 15cm above your knee is not too long not too short but just the right length. But some schools have school rules that the skirt has to be long. In this case, girls use special belts or just fold the skirt 2 to 3 times to make it a cute length after school.
So this was the whole tour for you to know everything about Japanese school uniforms! There are many ways to arrange the outfit, but no matter what, they’re cute! Maybe try creating your own perfect school uniform outfit and enjoy the mood of being a Japanese school girl!
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