Picture of the day – Gyaru

Gal or Gyaru is part of a big subculture in Japan. It originated from a brand of jeans in the 1970’s.  There is a lot of different  sub categorise of gal styles.

Ganguro gyaru (ガングロギャル): a gal with an artificial deep tan and bleached hair. This style was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000, and while that is no longer the case, there are still quite a few people who wear this fashion.

I think is not attractive at all due to the fact that I really dislike Fake tan but I saw this programme once where they said that this style became popular due to the American show Baywatch. Do not know if its true but there is no denying that it quite an interesting style.

Kogyaru: generally a high school student (高校生 kōkōsei).

Mago gyaruo a middle school gal. (中学校 chūgakkō)

Oyajigyaru (オヤジギャル): from oyaji and gyaru. A gyaru who behaves in a masculine way, who drinks beer and uses rough language.

I suppose this one is a gangster version?

Oneegyaru (お姉ギャル): a gyaru who has graduated from high school, and thus become a more mature onee-san (literally “elder sister” but, here, “young lady”). The style is more sophisticated. Onii/Oniikei (お兄、お兄系) is the male equivalent (older brother).

Ogyaru (汚ギャル): a dirty or disheveled gyaru who may forsake daily baths or takes little care in her behaviour and dress, even by gyaru standards. O_O

Gyaruo (ギャル男): the gyaru’s male counterpart.

Manba (マンバ): deep tan and contrasting white make-up. Their hair is usually pastel-coloured or blonde, and very long and back-combed. Their clothes are neon and layered.

Kigurumin*: wear kigurumi, a type of pajama-suit that resembles an animal and sometimes cartoon characters.

Bibinba (ビビンバ): this look usually includes a lot of gold and jewellery. Similar to b-gal.

Banba (バンバ): Can also be seen as a lighter, brighter form of manba, though they are distinct styles. Banba wear less of the white makeup than manba and wear brighter clothes. Club wear is popular. They also use more glitter, and have a neon touch to their hair. They use more extreme-looking types of false eyelashes and coloured contact lenses. The most respected Gal-cir is Angeleek; there are 22 members in their Tokyo group, and they have many other groups throughout the country.

Kyoba bo-i: the male banba. The make-up is similar to Sentaa-gai’s, but the eyes can be made up to look bigger. They accessorize excessively and commonly don bangs.

Himegyaru (姫ギャル): girls who dress as princesses. Hair colours vary from blonde to black and is usually very big and teased. They wear expensive clothing from brands such as Liz Lisa and Jesus Diamante.

This is my favourite one. I do think its super sophisticated and they all look so well done up.

Gyaru-kei (ギャル系): Is the modern general gyaru style. It has many substyles such as Amekaji(American Casual), Saike(Psyche), Bohemian, Rokku(Rock), and Haady, which a creation of Egg magazine that includes bright, wild prints tied in with a punk style fashion.

Gaijin gyaru: foreign girls who follow gyaru fashion

You can find many Gyaru style blogs if you search in google. Read magazines like Egg and Vivi To get some of these styles.

All Pictures via weheartit


  1. hi
    my from KSA

  2. Hello :)

  3. I just love your blog….I’m really into anything that’s Japanese and most of my friends think that’s weird because I am in no way close to being Japanese…..so I guess that makes me a Gaijin gyaru. I’m giving it a try because I just love anything cute! Have you ever heard of Ank Rouge? They have such the cutest close I have ever seen I just wish I could be able to go to Japan and see what other gyarus look like…..any way I love the video it really helps me get my eyes to look amazing!

  4. Aww thank you and japanese fashion is fun. I might be doing more japanese and korean fashion related posts soon ^^

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