What Is A Mori Girl?

Hello my lovely cupcakes!

Since my last online class Mori Cupcake //// Enter The Forest I have received a lot of mails and feedback that many women are more and more interested in this style and would like to develope their own attitude towards dressing this way, but have not heard that much about it.
So this is for you! You might be a mori girl and you don´t know it?

What is a mori girl?

The mori girls (森ガール) belong to a Japanese subculture. 'Mori' means forest in Japanese, and mori girls look like fairytale forest wanderers in their loose dresses, vintage prints and quaint accessories. Mori girls choose to live their lives on their own terms, stopping to appreciate the little things that others overlook amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. ( … )
The childlike nature of mori girls sets them apart from the more aggressive and carnivorous women in the city. They shun stiletto heels for flat shoes and prefer to keep their fingernails short and skin fair. Mori girls are also drawn to animal, candy, checked, floral, vintage or polka-dotted prints. (read the whole article here: http://morigirl.blogspot.com/2009/10/who-are-mori-girls.html )

I love this description! When I first read about the mori girls I felt such a relief!! Finally, I fit in somewhere. I was never a city girl (go away Jessica Parker!) and dressing sexy in order to hunt for men was never on my agenda either. I want to feel comfortable. I want the feeling of my clothes actually hugging me.

Mori girls aren´t overly focused on being cute, but rather being clever, reading a lot, journaling and being in love with nature. They love all kinds of animals and show this on their clothing and accessoire. They care for the environment and like to eat organic food and fresh fruits. Their love for history often makes them pick vintage things to wear.

My favourite thing about this style is the layering. According to the japanese online community "mixi" (the origins of the mori girls can be found there … if you are in: send me an invite! *g*) there are over 60 different styles of mori girls. Those who like layers, those who like simple A-line dresses, those who wear mostly white, etc.

Going slow and consciously walking through life, with eyes wide open, being curious and not being affected or tempted by certain standards or trends is what makes this style so appealing to many. It is timeless, it is calm and it is feminine without being reduced to sexy half-nakedness. Being a mori girl means sitting by a window, eating toast with strawberries instead of watching the news. It means not aiming to be perfect, but to be you.

The Vanillery Garden is a place where all mori girls (total newbies, beginners and advanced) are invited to join in and find new friends. In my experience mori girls make the best of friends. You feel like the world does not get you, but you don´t need to explain yourself there. It´s all clear, it´s all calm.

I plan to have mori girl themed online classes regularly, going from clothing to home- and lifestyle. If you want you can enter the Vanillery Garden anytime, you will find a free beginner´s sewing class there to give you a little headstart for your sewing machine experience if you want to alter your own clothes.

Our next mori girl class will be about journaling, with aquarelle nature studies, photography and of course: clothes! It will start somewhere around June this year. More information soon!

Hugs to you all!


p.s.: I am flattered by the fact that my picture comes up in google when you search for "mori girls" pictures....on page 3! *^O^*