Dolly Kei, a look which is currently one of my favorite Japanese street styles because it provides a creative and fresh approach to wearing vintage clothing. In the U.S. and U.K., wearing vintage seems to have two main camps: those who wear clothing in the general style it was meant to be worn (a 1940's dress with a 1940's hairstyle for example), and hipsters. I don't have an issue with either of these approaches, but neither of them really appeal to me personally. Dolly Kei (kei just means 'style') on the other hand captures a slightly deranged, fairy-tale atmosphere, as if the wearer lived in the attic of a Victorian mansion and had only the forgotten, out-of-date clothing stored therein with which to dress herself. As the name 'Grimoire'- meaning a magical book- might tell you, there is often a dark, mystical feeling running through the aesthetic of Dolly kei. European fairy tales are often mentioned as one of the look's influences.
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