The Evolution Of Japanese Schoolgirl Uniforms

The Evolution Of Japanese Schoolgirl Uniforms

Ch-ch-ch-changes. Over the years, Japanese schoolgirl outfits certainly have evolved. How much have they changed? See for yourself.

The image spans from the Meiji Era (1868 to 1912) to the modern day. While the 1950s and 1960s didn’t didn’t see huge jumps in style, the last few decades certainly have!

This image appeared on Twitter earlier this spring after Twitter user Zapa uploaded the pic. Even now, it continues to pop up online from time to time in Japanese forums.

The Evolution Of Japanese Schoolgirl Uniforms



  • Are number 3 and 9 from the left about to have a Pokemon battle?

    Edit: I can’t count it’s before 6 give me a break >_<

  • Interesting to see the length has started to get longer in the more recent history. I remember when I was in high-school, it was always like a competition among the girls to see how short they could get away with. I remember on more than one occasion, girls getting sent home because they’d gone past that invisible/undefined line in shortness..

    • With the blonde hair bit, there was/still is a thing called Ganguro, where the girls tan a lot, bleach their hair and use lots of colorful makeup. That picture looks like the ganguro phase in the late 90s, before they realised that it looked weird as hell and that short skirts are (probably) cold as hell in the winter. The whole deal behind it was about looking the exact opposite of the typical Japanese definition of beautiful, so tan skin, light makeup, short skirts and bright colors.

  • It’s funny to me how there appears to have been a brief phase where being tan and blonde was a thing, and then it just mysteriously stops.

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