I don't see bodies like mine dressed in Mori inspired outfits. I am too thick to be flattered by some of the really bulky and shapeless layers but this outfit has Mori elements with the layered skirts, the cardigan, the lacy scarf, mary-jane style shoes in an earthy brown and my short banged hair. This outfit below could be made more boho or a bit Mori but since it was for kicking around at home it doesn't take me long to abandon even the belt and go quite without accessories and extra layers. Boho and Mori do have a few things in common in that they are creative, feminine and often layered. Even without trying my personal style will have touches of one or the other because it is simply what I am attracted to. If I had been going out, this purple and blue boho outfit would have been a crocheted shrug, perhaps a flower and likely some mary-janes or granny boots. I usually don't get into sandals until June.
This skirt is a new-to me favourite and although I have not yet given it a really Mori style it has much potential. With navy tee shirt, leggings and a denim vest I have made it more funky-boho than romantic but even when I go funky there is a softness to my style that makes sense to me knowing I am attracted to certain Mori styles.
This woman looks a kindred spirit. I borrowed her from this blog. I love her short bangs, cross body bag and her floral layers.
It's probably too dramatic looking for me but I love this look on Gretchen Schields, as shown on Advanced Style Blog
It isn't Mori but it has similarities and the same soft colours, loose layers and slightly old fashioned look appeal to me. Edwardian without corsets perhaps?
Thou shalt dress appropriately for thine age.
Why? I am fortunate enough not to have to please anyone other than myself. I don't have a job. I don't have teenaged children whom I might embarrass. I don't wish to attract anyone who thinks I must dress a certain way.
Thou shalt emphasise thy waist, especially if thou art not skinny.
Mori style tends to involve loose layers, though sometimes a belt or some sort of shape indicators are employed. I like lose layers though I confess I don't want to be mistaken for a tent.
Thou shalt be skilled at hiding figure flaws.
Been there, done that, got the unflattering tee shirt and now I have more interesting things to think about and I resent being trained to view any part of my body as being a flaw.
Thou shalt not be weird.
Sometimes I would like to be ambushed by one of those What Not To Wear television programmes just so I can tell them exactly where they can put that pencil skirt. *
If you really want them, you can search and find Mori Rules. I find most of them pointless but then it is a style that appeals to young women and when young we may be more likely to want rules, to worry about getting it wrong. I didn't set out to be Mori, I simply discovered that my taste has much in common with it and that amuses me. I don't set out to be boho either, but again, my preferences are more in line with boho than preppy so whenever a label is useful, I can always drag out boho or mori-girl as references.
When I get dressed I am aiming to wear something I like the look of and it is essential that I feel comfortable. Those are my only rules.
If you are here because you want to know how to dress in a Mori Girl style, you are likely disappointed. I am not a Mori Model and do not deliberately seek to wear the style, rather I have found that I use many of elements of it instinctively. There are some guidelines for a Mori look which I have learned from a little online searching. It began as a Japanese street style and has evolved and developed variations but the basic idea is to look like a 12 year old girl-probably Edwardian English- who lives in the forest but wears lacy, frilly cream-coloured things and never gets them dirty. Some people take it to an extreme costume degree and others play with it more loosely.
Basic elements include...
** soft colours, pastels and lots of cream/white
**earth toned leather for boots, shoes and bags
**bags are usually messenger or cross body style
**shoes usually have straps, laces or buckles and granny style boots; round toes are the significant feature
**layers include petticoats, flouncy slips, skirts, blouses, cardigans, pinafores
** floral patterns, embroidery, lace and peter pan collars
**body shape disguising
**socks or thick white tights-often lacy or patterned
**flower accessories for hair or lacy headbands
** hair is often lightened to soft browns and red browns, usually straight bangs
**makeup is natural looking-aim for big eyes
**dark Mori does all of this in blacks, greys and dark browns
* Pencil skirts are perfectly lovely if you love them.
All my clothing and shoes, except the cross body bag, the belt and the lacy scarf, are second hand.