I used to be really into Japanese street fashion. And I mean really. In my early teen years, I saved up months of pithy minimum wage paychecks in order to afford the lifestyle of a Gothic Lolita. I fell out of the style after a few years (much to the joy of my bank account) but I more or less maintain the belief that Japanese teenagers know everything there is to know about looking sweet as hell.
Via the World of Tumblr, I’ve discovered my latest style aspiration: Mori Girl. According to Urban Dictionary, Mori Girl can be defined as “a fairly new (2007) Japanese fashion/lifestyle trend, dedicated to living a cheerful, simple, natural life of a girl in the forest.” Essentially, a Mori Girl is 50% flower, 50% sweater.
One of the best things about Mori Girl style is its flexibility and room for creativity. There are no set rules or brands to be worshiped; it’s more about a girl’s individual experimentation. Rad!
Naturally, my train of thought eventually returned to knitting. Mori Girl is basically the dream aesthetic of any knitter or crafter. I mean, do you know how hard it is trying to update your “soft-grunge” wardrobe with knitting patterns? Puh-lease. Mori Girl on the other hand? We’re talking antique lace shawls, chunky oversized cardigans, fingerless gloves…the list is truly infinite. I can’t wait to compile a list of patterns to share with you!
If you’re looking for me this summer, I’ll be somewhere in a tree wearing a nightgown!