Japanese Fashion: Forest Girl

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Sometime ago I wrote an article showing some items in the gothloli style. There are some adorable things that go into that particular look. Here is another corner of Japanese fashion. It is called Forest Girl – Mori Girl. 森ガール

What is it?

Wikipedia describes it this way:

Mori girl

Mori (which means forest) fashion uses soft, loosely fitting layers of garments such as floaty dresses and cardigans. It places an emphasis on natural fabrics (cotton, linen, wool) and hand-made or vintage accessories with a nature theme. The color scheme tends to be light and neutral, but patterns such as gingham and florals may also be used. In terms of hairstyles, bangs (often curled) and braids are very popular.

A blogger explains it this way:

The definition of them is:

  • to have fluffy and curly hair
  • to wear low heeled shoes
  • to like to layer their clothes
  • to want to go to North European countries someday
  • that their favorite seasons are Fall and Winter
  • to prefer to wear ethnic styles or a little peculiar loose dresses, and cover their body line.
  • to not expose their bodies.
  • to wear turtlenecks which are ordinary in Winter
  • to prefer to go to Cafes.
  • to be charmed by good old-fashioned goods.

This site also has a list of things that make a mori girl that has been translated from Japanese.

For me, it seems to be a little Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie with lace and ruffles and have an overall natural feel. The idea appeals to me. However, in practice it is a little too layered and shapeless for my tastes. But I love the idea of it.

What does it look like?

Pinterest has some great samples of the look.

Photo on this pinboard

Photo on this pinboard

Check out more on the pinterest boards I linked for further examples.

This shop specializes in mori-type styles.


And if you have fallen in love with the look and want mori girl to become your style this article on wikihow helps you get there.

A couple ways to incorporate the style that it lists:

Makeup. Keep it natural as possible – nothing heavy. Keep your eyeshadow in earthy tones. Perhaps don’t wear any make up at all. Keep your skin clean. Dove body wash is very good for the skin since it is a white soap and has good lipids (“note: that are not the fat ones”) that form in the skin to create a soft texture to the skin. And also natural oil shampoos are great if you are in to that type of thing.

Pick the right shape. Clothing of the Mori Girl is not body conscious. This means nothing fitted or that hugs the body. Instead of a S-M, pick an L-XL. Don’t forget to layer your clothing. This will create a natural volume as well.

As for me the last thing I need is to add more volume, I have enough of the “natural volume” just on my own, but there are some adorable trends with in the style that I think I will be keeping in mind.

2 Responses to “Japanese Fashion: Forest Girl”

  1. Lindsay Eryn  on February 26th, 2013

    I just discovered Mori style around the time you published this post. I am so in love with it, and I’m writing a post about it this week. Your post was a great resource. Thanks for writing. :)

  2. sasksak  on February 28th, 2013

    I am so happy to hear that Lindsay. I’ll have to check out your post!

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