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PUNK LOLITA CUTSEW TOP AND VISUAL KEI PANTS: MAR JOUR HARAJUKU.

Mar Jour punk skater ripped t shirt from Refuse to be Usual, ebay Gothic Lolita and Visual Kei store.

I did a massive spring cleaning and fought the urge to bury my head in the sand when I came across some of my old clothes. Three words: Club Monaco sweatshirt. Or how about six: pastel blue Old Navy tank top. These 90s fiascos are on the way to the Salvation Army – but before yelling sayonara, I had to heed the call of two irresistable words: “Fashion Challenge.” With only a pair of scissors, could I turn my lame clothes into something worthy of Kera Magazine?

I immediately recalled a ripped-up Mar Jour t-shirt (above) that I saw on Refuse to Be Usual (the eBay store that sells Gothic Lolita/Punk/Visual Kei wear). The cutsew looks like it’s falling to pieces – and it’s listed at a whopping $100. The Punk Lolita response? DIY!

Punk Lolita outfit on Japanese girl, inspired by Kera Magazine, Mar Jour, visual kei fashion.

I started with a white, longsleeve Nordic turtleneck that I wore to ski lessons years ago. I chopped off the neck and the sleeves at the elbow, and giant horizontal chunks out of the sleeves and front. I slipped the Swiss cheese remnents over a black/red/white Sex Pistols t-shirt, securing it with safety pins over Johnny Rotten’s eyes.

Punk Lolita skirt and Sex Pistols cutsew top with Gloomy Bear toy charm.

To accessorize, I added Vertigo and Batman buttons, a Warrior Princess-style leather corset bracelet, black mask, and mis-matched red striped/skull-printed knee highs. A Gloomy Bear plushie is safety-pinned to my Lolita petticoat-poof from Spider. Not a bad replica – and it didn’t cost me a cent.

Japanese punk boys in ripped up jeans with silver chains, stylish armbands.

My next look was inspired by the I-got-stuck-in-a-car-door-and-dragged-fifty-feet jeans often worn by Harajuku punk boys. Think Sex Pot Revenge, Sexy Dynamite London, or HellCatPunks.

Visual Kei Japan punk girl with armbands and leopard print tights.

I gleefully tore strips out of old Club Monaco dress pants, leaving the pieces to hang from the sides. I picked up the disembodied sleeves from my white Nordic turtleneck and gave them the same treatment. Voila – punk armbands!

Japanese visual kei band outfit, stylish look with punk pants and white tie over black top.

I wrapped one leg of leopard-print leggings around my left leg, and one leg of cherry-red tights around the right. My dad’s white tie is twisted into skinny scarf/noose. The “ninja top” is from Kunpado, a stall in London’s Camden Market. What do you think?

Coming up next: I turn rejected sweaters into deconstructed masterpieces inspired by h.NAOTO’s latest collection!

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  • You've given me a bunch of ideas to start making things! I can't wait to get more space for my clothes after this! Thank you so much Carmen. <3

  • My pleasure! In the next week, I'll post about three ways to rip apart/put together three old sweaters… :D

  • You’ve given me a bunch of ideas to start making things! I can’t wait to get more space for my clothes after this! Thank you so much Carmen. <3

    • My pleasure! In the next week, I’ll post about three ways to rip apart/put together three old sweaters… :D

      • Yay! I literally ran up to the thrift store before it closed to grab some black pants to tear apart, and a few children’s bottoms so I can tear them into little patches and sew onto a grey plaid skirt as well. You’re gonna bankrupt me but I don’t think I care!

  • I think the deconstructed sweater + t-shirt project turned out the best of all of these. The pants look they're missing something, though… safety pins and rough stitching with brightly colored threads, or even plastic Rexlace, perhaps? Try switching out the leopard print for something red/black striped, like the socks you wore with the sweater/petticoat ensemble. Maybe even add some splashes of red paint to the mix! :D And of course, you can't forget the chaaaaiiiinnnnssss…. >:3

    I'll have to try this whenever I'm having an “off-loli” day… xD

  • Yay! I literally ran up to the thrift store before it closed to grab some black pants to tear apart, and a few children's bottoms so I can tear them into little patches and sew onto a grey plaid skirt as well. You're gonna bankrupt me but I don't think I care!

  • Wow! You have great ideas! I would love those clothes! Thanks!

  • You look fabulous…. I adore what you have done with the top….. Next time you are at Camden you must call.

  • With the jeans, why don't you try sandpapering the edges for a more rough look?

    I like what you've done so far and looking forward to more!

    <3 AKARi:BiERNOT

  • Thanks! The pants were unfortunately not jeans, but a light dressy material… great suggestion though!

  • Ahhh yes I've been kicking myself for not adding the chain I previously used in an armband/bracelet…

    http://www.carmenyuen.com/blog/post/index/194/K

  • I think the deconstructed sweater + t-shirt project turned out the best of all of these. The pants look they’re missing something, though… safety pins and rough stitching with brightly colored threads, or even plastic Rexlace, perhaps? Try switching out the leopard print for something red/black striped, like the socks you wore with the sweater/petticoat ensemble. Maybe even add some splashes of red paint to the mix! :D And of course, you can’t forget the chaaaaiiiinnnnssss…. >:3

    I’ll have to try this whenever I’m having an “off-loli” day… xD

  • Wow! You have great ideas! I would love those clothes! Thanks!

  • You look fabulous…. I adore what you have done with the top….. Next time you are at Camden you must call.

  • With the jeans, why don’t you try sandpapering the edges for a more rough look?

    I like what you’ve done so far and looking forward to more!

    <3 AKARi:BiERNOT

    • Thanks! The pants were unfortunately not jeans, but a light dressy material… great suggestion though!

  • Great blog! :)

    I personally like the band shirt look (in the example photos) with the street punk-style outfit, but I looove what you did on the loli-punk look! I saw that shirt on RTBU too, but I didn't think how easy it would be to just make one, haha. Nice!

  • Great blog! :)

    I personally like the band shirt look (in the example photos) with the street punk-style outfit, but I looove what you did on the loli-punk look! I saw that shirt on RTBU too, but I didn’t think how easy it would be to just make one, haha. Nice!

  • Ari

    Arigato gozaimasu^^Wow!!!ur so artistic!!!

  • Wow *__* You are so creative and I like the punk rori outfit very much

  • i love japanese fashion =)

  • LOVE the idea with the t-shirt
    Im deffy goinna try it
    The pants are cool that would look soo sick with dark blue jeans tho
    :D

    <333

  • Ari

    Arigato gozaimasu^^Wow!!!ur so artistic!!!

  • Wow *__* You are so creative and I like the punk rori outfit very much

  • i love japanese fashion =)

  • LOVE the idea with the t-shirt
    Im deffy goinna try it
    The pants are cool that would look soo sick with dark blue jeans tho
    :D

    <333

  • Pretty tops and pants.=)

  • Pretty tops and pants.=)

  • Your shirt turned out really well. I want to make one now.

  • Your shirt turned out really well. I want to make one now.

  • ^^”” your shirt idea( the one where you cut holes in it) gave me great inspiration on how to salvage a ripped skirt of mine ^^

  • ^^”” your shirt idea( the one where you cut holes in it) gave me great inspiration on how to salvage a ripped skirt of mine ^^

  • Hi,

    I love the slashed arm warmers. Your blog is very cool and I can't believe you have a book coming out on Penguin!! that is so awesome.

  • Hi,

    I love the slashed arm warmers. Your blog is very cool and I can’t believe you have a book coming out on Penguin!! that is so awesome.

  • airsly

    Really great :D Especially this one: http://www.carmenyuen.com/blog/blogpics/080629_

    Could tell me, by mail if possible, how could I get clothes like that on the Internet? :)

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Really great :D Especially this one: http://www.carmenyuen.com/blog/blogpics/080629_punkpants1.jpg

    Could tell me, by mail if possible, how could I get clothes like that on the Internet? :)

    Thanks!

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