This is my second post about the ever-popular subject that has spread from the proud nation of Japan to many other countries, cultures, and ethnicities around that brightly colored globe: VISUAL KEI– complete with the in-depth secrets, tips, and examples of clothing and jewelry that will draw you into this vast category of fashion.
The problem with most blogs or informative articles(I mean no harm or offense to your trusted sources, whatever they might be) displayed on the internet such as “WikiHow” and “Yahoo!Answers” is always the exact same thing. That, sadly enough, would be actual examples of the clothing in action!
Sure, there are pretty helpful 12 step tips out there waiting for you to read them– I’ve read my fair share of “How to be Visual Kei” and “How to Dress Visual Kei” articles– but they’ll likely leave you with a load of important questions that just have to be answered.
In case you haven’t read anything like this, I’ll provide you with a four-step example of a vague, and somewhat useless informative paragraph below in bold.
“How to Dress Visual Kei– 4 steps” 1.)Visual Kei involves dark colors, unless you’re involved with Kote Kei, also known as Kote Kote Kei, 2.)You should be creative, 3.)Add lots of jewelry, 4.)Be fun.
If you’re an intuitive person, these four simple steps could easily provide you with all/any information you need to jump right into your closet and throw a bold, layered, and sometimes complex outfit together; however, if you’re not that kind of person, then you might need an example or two.
Now, to those of you who have the mentality that you have to copy any outfits or accessories I present to, there’s no need to fret– it’s just an example. Just because I may like and suggest cross jewelry doesn’t mean you must buy necklaces or bracelets. It’s all about you, yourself, and your preferences.
Nails. Nail art isn’t for everyone, and there’s by no means anything wrong with fake nails. Depending on your fashion sense and how extreme you might be, nail art will always vary. If you were gloves, you might not want to paint your nails. Half-gloves expose your fingers– they might also come in handy if you live in a really hot region, like gloves and want to tie it into your look, and don’t want to have a heat stroke.
If you like cutesy nails, something like this has variety AND can easily match black, white, red, pink, and brown articles of clothing or any accessories you may want to wear.
If sophisticated or gothic nails are to your liking, then maybe something like this would be for you.
There are MANY different types of nail designs, feel free to pick out some that you like or paint them however you wish. Remember, there’s no right or wrong in Visual Kei.
Accessories: Rings. While I like to designate at least two rings to each hand, you might not like that many, or any at all. The color of any gem ring doesn’t have to match your outfit. Chain rings, flowers, skulls, crosses, whatever you’re comfortable with displaying on your fingers.
Necklaces. Chokers are very popular amongst many people, and not all have spikes. If that type of jewelry isn’t your style, then try something calmer, like a chain or maybe a heart. Whatever goes, and if you want to put together a matching outfit, then keep in mind the basic color pallet you’ve given yourself. You can wear more than one necklace, or none at all. One is fine, too.
Bracelets. There are all types of wrist wear. Crystal, chain, latch, ribbon, beaded, weaved, all are various styles for you to find and try out. Adding a bracelet might give you an extra splash of color to show your style, or you could just like that particular piece of jewelry.
Earrings. If you don’t have any piercings on your ears, and either don’t want to get one or aren’t allowed, clip-on earrings are an option. If you have the standard piercings(which would be the ones on both of the earlobes) then choose some earrings that you like and go nuts. There’s nothing the matter with mismatched earrings, either. For those of you with “cartilage” piercings(this is a piercing on the upper part of your ear), using ball earrings is more common, or a miniature hoop. Cuff earrings are also in demand, though not necessary. Below is a diagram of the different types of earrings available to those who want/are allowed to have their ears pierced as they please.
Clothing: Your Visual Kei inspirations. Start off by looking up some people who’re also into Visual Kei. They don’t have to be famous, but someone widely known such as a Visual Kei band would be a great inspirational source. Thoroughly examine their various outfits, jewelry, hairstyle, and makeup to get a good feel of the general air. Take the band member “Uruha” of “The GazettE” as one of the simpler and more basic role models.
Making the outfit may be difficult for those of us on a limited budget, but if you can afford to go ALL out, then I won’t stop you from ordering this from Cosplay sites in Japan, or even showing a picture of this to a professional who can make a replica; however, if you can’t afford the whole thing, there’s no need to fear, the solution is simple. Let’s say that you love this outfit and wish to own it or at least something almost exactly alike.
1.)Break down the outfit. As you can see, he’s wearing a black, straight laced corset over a black, collared button down shirt. He’s also wearing similarly colored pants, and a white vest outlined with black. Amazon offers a wide variety of half-corsets, white vests, and black blouses. Also, you can see a spikey bracelet on one of his wrists, accompanied by another bracelet with long pieces of string cascading down.
2.)Do research. Look up websites where the products are guaranteed as shown. Make sure you check every place, including stores near you. Remember, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same. What works for one of your inspirations might not work on you the same way. Be flexible. Read comments about the store or online store your visiting to make sure that the quality is good.
3.)Be patient. A lot of people are impatient and want the whole outfit at the same time. But you’ll probably have to acquire a “copied” outfit piece-by-piece over some period of time. Save up and spend wisely.
Hair: Needed materials. Have you dreamed of having that messy, layered hair look? Find a picture of a hairstyle you like and show it to a barber or stylist you have faith in. Explain each detail of this style carefully and wait for them to finish. You’ll need a whole long list of things, depending on your choice: brushes, combs, dyes, gels, hair sprays, flat irons, curling irons, and hairpins. Taking care of your hairstyle is a commitment– you may even have to spend an extra hour or two in the mornings to get it exactly the way you want it. If you happen to get lazy, you still have a layered haircut to fall back on.
Highlights. These will most definitely give you a desired look; but the downside to highlights is having to get them done almost every other week. Hair that has enhanced coloring will need special care. Temporary dye is also an option. It washes off when you shower, so you can have streaks of red, blue, purple, green, or whatever “hair chalk” or temporary dyes you have or like for a day.
Makeup: What you’ll want to have at your disposal. This is also a lengthy list– but it’ll pay off. Blush, eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks, foundation, powders, mascara, glosses, and lip liners.
Below, I’ll provide you with two pictures that help as examples.
Just match anything you want, refer to famous or nonfamous people, be yourself, and have fun with it. For any questions that you may have about anything relating to Visual Kei that I didn’t answer or you want specified, leave a question here or if you have Tumblr, my user name is the same as this website: ThatHelpfulPerson.
I hope that this blog helped you and answered any questions you have/had.