girl of the forest (or an exciting new obsession)

something popped up in my blog read today that looked interesting. valley of the (living) dolls: mori fashion, ureya girls and escapism. so i clicked.

i love fashion. i really, really do.  i read w. i spurge on italian vogue. i watch project runway. i look at tons of fashion blogs. but here's funny thing: i don't dress fashionably. i dress comfortably. i wear clogs or boots and knee socks, sometimes over tights. i wear dresses over skirts and layer on top of layer. i am warm and often feel like i've gone out in my pajamas. 

but i digress, jezebel and fashion. japanese fashion in particular. and this post on mori girls. something in the description of the way struck a bit of a chord with me. i clicked more links. and clicked some more. and then i did a google image and flickr search on mori girls. mori girls, one of the links read, wear layers of thin, cottony dresses& flickr search on mori girls. thick tights and boots, unpretentious makeup..."

and then told a friend who confirmed my suspicions. i could totally be a mori girl. 

Mori girl 

photo: artemis

one of my favorite things i found was this list of rules for being a mori girl:


  1. You like Q-Pot cake shape accessories (huh?) 
  2. You like loose looking one piece (dress, check)
  3. You like more simple clothes (you don’t like loudy and showy clothes very much) (check)
  4. You have a great interest into Nothern Europe fashion (check)
  5. One of your friends told you “you look like a girl in the forest” (check)
  6. Your clothes describes a A silhouette (a line skirts, check)
  7. You like to mix deep colors, dark red, dark green, brown… (check)
  8. Warm colors fit you well (check)
  9. You like knits, furs and hats with volume (knits, yes. furs, no. hats with volume, hmmm)
  10. You are a girl with a soft mood (maybe)
  11. You are a girl that gives the impression of transparency (not sure what that means)
  12. You constantly have a gentle mood (probably not)
  13. You like leather bags (yes)
  14. You use pochettes for everything (yes)
  15. You’re attracted to old things (yes)
  16. You like fob watch (yes)
  17. You like animal motifs (yes)
  18. You like dots and checks (yes)
  19. You like tights and long johns (yes)
  20. You like lavanda (lavender, check)
  21. If you wear sneakers you turn them into sleepers (huh?)
  22. You like to wrap up in stoles and mufflers (check)
  23. You like fairy tales (indeed)
  24. You like white color (yes)
  25. You are loose permed hair (oh noes)
  26. Or hair in a bob (yes)
  27. You’d like to be compared to a Russian doll (um, hmmm. maybe when i was 8.)
  28. Mori Girls are different from “Lolita and so” (i should hope so.)
  29. You’re girly (yes!)
  30. Your magazines are Fudge, Spoon, So-En and Spur (a trip to mitsuwa is in order!)
  31. You like brands like Tsumori Chisato, Cocue and Cuccia (i'm sure i would.)
  32. You also like Fellissimo (maybe)
  33. You like to spare your time in cafés (check)
  34. You like to take a walk your camera in one hand (check)
  35. You can spare time in grocery stores (check)
  36. You’re happy to find cute books in bookshops (check)
  37. Spending time in furniture store gives you pleasure thrills (i wouldn't quite put it that way.)
  38. You like winter and autumn seasons (autumn yes. chicago winter, no. portland or new orleans winter, yes)
  39. You think that Honey and Clover fits to Mori Girl (i understand this sentence and yes!)
  40. You think that Shizuru Satonaka from Simply, I love you is also a Mori Girl (no clue)

i answered yes to enough of those that if i read japanese, i could join the mori girl mixi group, which as far as i can tell is something like facebook or myspace. and really, its probably for the best that i don't.

i'm just happy to learn that not only am i not frumpy, i'm fashionable somewhere on the planet.

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