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Boystyle (少年装) is a Japanese fashion inspired by the Victorian era that, much like Aristocrat, is often linked to Lolita as a masculine brother style.[1] Depending on how youthful or mature it looks it is seperated into Ouji (王子) or Dandy (ダンディ). Despire the name containing the word "boy", it is an androgynous style that can be worn by anyone regardless of gender. Additionally, it also often incooperates details considered traditionally feminine, such as longer hair styles and makeup, challenging traditional masculine norms.

History[]

Boystyle fashion originated as the masculine counterpart of Lolita fashion in the late 90s/early 2000s. The fashion is inspired by clothing styles from the 18th and 19th centuries— particularly British Victorian fashion, though it also has some Rococo influence.

Boystyle fashion can be worn by anyone, but wearers most commonly present with a more masculine appearance (e.g. shorter hair, or hair worn in a masculine historical style).

Fashion[]

Boystyle fashion shares language with Lolita, with full outfits being called "coords" or "coordinates". One can also buy "sets" from brands, which are full outfits (usually composed of a shirt, waistcoat and/or jacket, shorts/pants and a hat). The essential part of an Boystyle outfit is the shorts/pants, which come in many styles such as: pumpkin pants, dress pants, shorts, culottes/wide shorts, breeches, trousers and knickerbockers. Jeans, jogging bottoms etc. are not worn. Shirts are worn both long and short-sleeved, and often have interesting details such as frills, lace, and asymmetrical cuts. Waistcoats/vests are very frequently worn in Boystyle coords, in both single and double-breasted styles.[2]

Clothing[]

  • Shirts
  • Shorts or pants
  • Waistcoats/vests
  • Jackets
  • Lace-up boots/shoes
  • Capes
  • Long coats
  • High and low socks (plain, or with substyle-specific patterns)

Accessories[]

  • Pocket watches
  • Bags (satchels, messenger bags, usakumya or other pochettes)
  • Ties (ascot, bow, western bow, bolo)
  • Hats (top hats, army caps, berets, bicornes, tricornes, boater hats, deerstalker caps, fiddler caps, newsboy caps, flat caps)
  • Cravats or Jabots
  • Chains
  • Monocles or glasses (in thin-rimmed round or half-moon styles)
  • Suspenders
  • Bow brooches
  • Canes
  • Safety Pins
  • Substyle-specific accessories (more below)

Substyles[]

Ouji[]

Literally translating to "prince", Ouji embraces a youthful prince aesthetic with strong colors, extravagant accessories, and crowns. There is an abudance of royal looking fabrics such as silk, velvet, and high quality printed fabrics instead of cotton. It's important to prioritize well-fitted and tailored garments to enhance the royal aesthetic. Low-heeled boots also contribute significantly to add a touch of regality.

Dandy[]

As a substyle of Boystyle, Dandy has undergone a significant evolution that departs from its historical namesake with a slightly more modern gentleman aesthetic. It is generally on the more mature side and involves donning well-tailored suits, waistcoats, and long trousers, complemented with subtle jewelry matching the theme of the outfit. While overdressing is generally avoided, the rule of the thumb is that if it looks good and reflects confidence, it's acceptable.

Aristocrat[]

Sometimes also considered a mature part of Boystyle, but Aristocrat generally also exists as its own individual style.

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  • Earl Cain (God Child)
  • Souseiseki (Rozen Maiden)

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  • Alichino
  • Antique Romance
  • Black Butler
  • Devils and Realist
  • Diabolic Garden
  • God Child
  • Hatenkou Yuugi
  • KISSxxxx
  • Ludwig Revolution
  • Shounen Dolls
  • The Rose of Versailles
  • Under the Glass Moon
  • Under the Rose

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