Katy Perry’s Take on the Japanese “Kogal” Trend



It looks like American pop star Katty Perry is still taking styling lessons from Japan. Not that this is her first attempt to try to make a fashion statement with the help of some “cultural influence.”

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This time around Perry was spotted walking the streets of Japan during her Prismatic World Tour heading to none other than Japan’s street style hub, Harajuku. If the saying goes “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” then Perry’s motto must be “When in Japan, dress as the Japanese do.” Instead of her showtime geisha getup, it looks like she’s taking inspiration from the once popular Kogal or kogyaru trend. Back in the 90’s, Kogal girls were seen wearing some type of school uniform (sometimes non-academic) with shortened skirt hems and paired with loose, drooping socks. For better or for worse, this youthful trend has declined over the years, but will Perry’s efforts bring the trend back?

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Despite Katy Perry’s history of cultural appropriation, she seems to have gained a better grasp on what is and isn’t appropriate. Playing on the Kogal concept, Perry pulls together an outfit that’s preppy and a bit punk, and doesn’t make an offensive statement to the originators.

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What do you think about Katy Perry’s latest styling choices?