Let's hop into a time machine. We're flying back to around 2004. In the U.S., fashions were all over the spectrum. You could get away with wearing Ugg boots to the most formal of events; trucker hats were worn by the fashion elite, and it seemed like trends were a dime a dozen. It was then when Gwen Stefani released her pop hit "Rich Girl," which featured a troupe of girls wearing Harajuku styles, or at least an Americanized version of them. Gwen also adopted some of the styles into her own, sending her fans looking for accessories galore.
While Stefani dubbed the dance troupe "The Harajuku Girls," there is no such thing as a Harajuku girl: Harajuku is a capital of Japanese street fashion. Just like a tattoo, Japanese street fashion is often a method of self-expression, and like avant-garde fashion, it is usually controversial or thought-provoking. Just like the punk movement of the late 1970s, visual kei fashion used music as an influence: Many artists will dress differently to stand out in the market. Ganguro fashion started in the late 1990s as a rebellion against traditional Japanese beauty by embracing fake tans and bold color choices.
With so many types of Japanese street fashions out there, which one are you? Take the quiz to find out what Harajuku you are!