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Rainbow Tron & Being Loosey Goosey

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I just love big sweaters, don’t you? This is a vintage 80’s Liz Claiborne Sport (which I call “Rainbow Tron” because of the pattern) in a small size! I usually wear a medium (US 6-8) in today’s clothes. This, however, fits like a large, but it was designed to be loose—just like many of the clothes around the 80’s and 90’s. Though we still have clothing designed to be baggy nowadays, a lot of trendy girls seem to like to pair anything loose with something tight, like it’s some kind of requirement or must. I know it works well for the self-esteem to at least show off something, but it really doesn’t always have to be that way!

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Kigurumi: To wear or not to wear a stuffed toy…

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We all know Japanese trends can be a bit too much for the rest of the world to comprehend let alone like, but that is exactly why a lot of us are drawn to them! There are these things called Kigurumi, Kigu for short, which is a Japanese word which roughly means “to wear a stuffed toy.” They are basically character onesies, usually an animal, for adults.

I’ve seen plenty of these worn as Halloween costumes for kids and even for animals. I’ve also seen Hello Kitty Beanie Babies at Hallmark wearing a bunny onesie, which is frankly rather bizarre and even MORBID. So, Kigus shouldn’t be that weird to the Western world, right?

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Not until you see people wearing them on the streets on a regular day! That’s right, these are “streetworn.”

Take a look at some photos:

Source: Unknown

Source: Christine J Wilson

Source: We are Cartoon

Source: Cambosh

Below you’ll find a few products from English kigu retailer Kigurumi Onesies. A lot of these retailers I’ve noticed are actually from the UK. I don’t hear much about kigus around Northern America. If you are from the UK, have you heard of these costumes turned streetwear called kigus? Would you wear them?

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Top to bottom, left to right: Blue HippoFrogBlue Unicorn

 

 

Merzost’s Kawaii Dresses

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L-R:  – Daisy Ribbon DressJessica Work DressAngela Mesh DressVictoria Colorblock Dress Chelsea Crochet TopElise Babydoll Dress

Not too long ago I reviewed a “wholesale” handbag site. Today, I’m introducing you to an online clothing store called Merzost, my newest sponsor, that has wholesale prices (you can buy items individually) on cute Korean-type clothes and shoes. They have dresses as cute as ModCloth’s but with prices mostly under $30. Beat that. I think you can agree that everyone’s on a budget (especially this Christmas!).

Though some of these dresses may be a tad too short for some of the taller gals, you can always use these dresses like a tunic. I like to wear mine with leggings and just go nuts with the layering for winter styling.