Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince. – Elizabeth I
I realized that I haven’t done a proper piece on Ouji fashion yet! As per usual you can find the sources I have used linked at the bottom of this post.
So what exactly is Ouji fashion then? It is considered to be “the masculine brother” to lolita fashion. Synonym terms for the fashion also include prince style, boy style, and ouji-kei. Instead of big skirts and dresses, you instead wear pants! That is the main difference at least. The style is mainly influenced by men’s fashion in the 18th and 19th centuries, but have modern details and twists on the garments.
Another term related to the fashion is Dansou. It refers to the act of a person cross-dressing as a male in a strictly fashionable sense. By paying extra attention to your makeup, posing and hair really help with creating the illusion. Gender doesn’t really matter when it comes to the fashion (as with lolita) however, so anyone can wear it.
So how do you put together an Ouji outfit? What pieces do you need?
First of all you want a pair of pants. They can be anything from men’s formal pants to puffy shorts, but do try to avoid jeans. You also want a shirt or blouse, but the style can vary from a basic dress shirt to something fancier (that also can work with lolita). Like a proper gentleman, you also want a vest for your look. It is the easiest way to bring a pop of color to your outfit as well, besides accessories. A jacket isn’t a must, but it ads a lot to your look and is quite necessary if you don’t want to freeze your bum off in the Finnish winter.
When it comes to accessories ouji isn’t as dependant on them as lolita is. Socks are a pretty important part, and diamond patterned or striped socks are pretty common and easy to style. A top hat or newspaper boy hat can be a nice addition. Besides those try to stick to things like neckties, brooches, and maybe a rose for that cool hat of yours!
Like with lolita you can have tons of different sub styles and ways of making your coordinate. It can be monochrome or colorful, gothic or classic, aristocrat or childish and so forth. It doesn’t even have to be that masculine, you can emphasize your femininity with the style as well! If you need some inspiration or examples you can check out the Ouji’s Armoire on Tumblr.
Note that I don’t consider myself an expert on ouji since I am way newer to Ouji than Lolita. The look I put together is also mostly based on things I had in my own wardrobe! I bought the pants second-hand so I managed to get them pretty cheap, but that is the only piece I have specifically bought for Ouji. The shirt I have had for years now as well as the vest (which is way too small for me) and I inherited the brooch from my grandma. Ouji feels quite a bit easier to pull off with my own wardrobe, but I am looking into getting myself some pieces over time.
I won’t be putting as much focus on Ouji as I have on Lolita, but there might be a few posts every now and then.