18 January 2011

森ガール

Better known in English as Mori Girls, they are the girls that imagine life in the forest at a slow pace, away from the big city. This Japanese style is defined by floaty dresses or tunics in beautiful fabrics and textures, often in many layers. Preferring natural fabrics to synthetics often in autumnal shades. My outfit today was inspired by this fascinating style thats made its way to New York all the way from Tokyo, Japan. Of course, I work in an office and modified the outfit to my lifestyle. Interestingly enough, I relate to the Mori-girl more than a hustle-and-bustle New Yorker; longing for a slower pace of life, delighting in small wonders, and exploring quaint new places would be an ideal day.
My dress reminds me of a monochrome winter forest, and yet in the past I had worn it on job interviews with a blazer for a much different effect than today's ensemble. The Thai silk scarf I bought in Bangkok kept me warm through the day. I made sure to layer cotton tights and socks to keep warm with some dainty boots that hint at outdoor adventures, but are probably better suited for a large city park. In North American forests if you're lucky you might spot a moose. This pin from Alaska (complete with tiny gold nugget eye!) was the finishing touch to my American take on the Japanese style.
GLAM dress, BP sweater, Thai silk scarf, knit HUE tights, H&M socks, vintage boots, vintage belt

29 comments

  1. you have an adorable kitchen <3
    and gosh, i love that dress!

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  2. I absolutely adore this. Love how you've worked around the Mori Girl theme. Ahhhh, where would we be without those all those quirky Japanese subcultures?

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  3. Such a gorgeous dress! I love the pattern!

    -Charlotte
    allesmode2010.blogspot.com

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  4. eee! I love those boots, and the dress, and that moose pin. I love you spin on Japanese style, you look so precious!

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  5. This outfit is amazing. I absolutely adore that dress. And the moose pin was a great touch! Fab take on the Mori girl trend!


    Kristine. Or Polly.

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  6. I really love the print of this dress! Very cute. :)

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  7. Awww, really love this dress and the Moose pin!

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  8. This is such a lovely outfit! The dress is fantastic (I love prints that aren't florals, and that one is perfect) and I also think the little moose is just great! Interesting inspiration behind the outfit too!

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  9. I love your dress and boots. You're right, this channels Mori Girls in a day-to-day way.

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  10. no words for how much I love that dress! x

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  11. Beautiful outfit. And the forest-theme is a delightful one.

    I have a friend (Ariel) who lives a forest-loving lifestyle. Her blog is unusual, as is she, but appealing nonetheless. Ariel tries to get closer to nature and I applaud that impulse. http://queercat.webs.com/apps/blog/

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  12. I love how eclectic your outfits are, and how you "own them"... making it your own. Also, isn't so cool how you can remember where each peice came from? Traveling, gifts or just something special you find while out-n-about :)

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  13. I love how you explained your outfit's inspiration because I didn't really know about Mori Girls. I love the outfit but I think your explanation makes me love it even more. That dress is super pretty!

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  14. Life in the country side sounds so lovely to me right about now. I've always preferred natural settings, but right now I'm stuck in new york city as well!
    Anyway, I really LOVE this outfit. That dress is wonderful, and I love that moose pin!

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  15. Your outfit is amazing! I love the pattern on the dress and all the details, but the inspiration behind it is fascinating as well. I love how you adapt everything to be office appropriate. Regardless of the silly statement the streets are a catwalk, in reality you need to be dressed appropriately for any outing and you still manage to be stylish at that!

    Thanks for your comment on my coupledom post. I was worried I just came off as bitter for being single, but I'm glad I'm not the only one and you're even in a relationship! One of my good friends here, who is in a fairly successful long distance relationship, said that when her friends start serious relationships it takes 2 years for them to gain their individuality back haha

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  16. Hi!
    I must confess is the 1st time I've heard about this style, but it really sounds gorgeous!
    I loved how you adapted it to work and the detail with the pin and scarf is very elegant :)

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  17. this outfit is seriously one of my favorites you've done lately. well done.

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  18. Is this your house? If so, can I come by for a visit!? It is awesome. Adorable outfit, love the pin!

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  19. I love the oriental elements. :] Everything is so well put together. The dress is so interesting!!

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  20. Your kitchen is soo freakin adorable! and im in love with that dress too, so cute!

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  21. Lovely post - I love all the components of this outfit and you've really brought them together perfectly.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

    P.S. I've usually had pretty decent luck with ModCloth but I pay really close attention to the reviews (which are usually really helpful for determining fit, fabric durability, etc.).

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  22. oh i just love your boots and the print on that dress is adorable!!

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  23. such a cute little outfit! love the shoes!

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  24. OMG! i love the moose!
    <3 mode.
    http://modestylist.blogspot.com

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  25. I've been told that I look like a Mori-girl in the past because of some of the prairie dresses I wear. I really love that fashion so much!!

    You always look lovely!

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  26. thanks for introducing me to this forest girl style, as a lover of fairies and elves (and the woods) I'm naturally very into it.
    the dress has an almost supernatural sense to it, like it is depicting an enchanted forest.

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