Trend Report: Rise of Plastic
For better or worse, plastic has transformed fashion. Due to its low cost, colour variations, and durability, plastic has become an ideal way to create cheap and fun jewellery and accessories. In this article, we trawl through Instagram for the latest creative ways plastic has been used in Japanese street fashion. Take a look at some of our top picks!
Image courtesy of Miss Pink Stazi.
Miss Pink Stazi
Stazi, aka Miss Pink Stazi, is an Instagrammer known for her cute looks complete with an eclectic array of accessories! Stazi incorporates plastic in her looks primarily through jewellery, many of which have adorable motifs such as polka dots, hearts, Hello Kitty, and sweets. Especially noteworthy pieces are her yummy strawberry macaron ring, and chunky hair accessories decorated with gold stars, and pearls—which add a modern whimsical twist to her Sweet Lolita style.
Image courtesy of Pink Cheeks.
If you’re looking for kawaii street style inspiration, look no further than Pink Cheeks. Her active social media presence on both Instagram and YouTube means you’ll never be without. Scroll through her Instagram and you’ll find kawaii staples influenced by Lolita, Fairy Kei, and more. And the fairy aesthetic doesn’t stop there—take her gorgeous fairy wings, for example. Her handmade holographic wings aren’t just a beautiful accessory, they’re also an easy DIY project. Check out her Instagram for the tutorial!
Image courtesy of Cécile Loreen.
What better way to incorporate plastic into your looks than on your nails? Cécile Loreen’s instagram is awash with fun pink co-rds, and she tops off every look with perfectly manicured acrylic nails. Alternating powder pink and glittery blues, her nails are decorated with crystal detailing, butterflies, and nail hoops. Head over to Cécile’s Instagram for her amazing nail art, stay for her unapologetically fierce style.
Image courtesy of Juliana Horner.
Juliana Horner, known as Vesperucca on Instagram, uses kitschy-cute plastic accessories to create showstopping, maximalist makeup. Her looks draw a lot of inspiration from the early 2000s: think holographic rainbow stickers, flower hair clips, and lots of colour. Moving away from her usual noughties-inspired looks, we’ve chosen to feature Juliana serving 60s Beach Boy vibes with oversized earrings made of pale blue seashells and pink flowers. She rounds off the look with Twiggy-inspired makeup and a bouffant big enough to make Tracy Turnblad jealous!
Image courtesy of Plastic Candy.
Plastic Candy is an online Etsy store that creates adorable plastic accessories inspired by the sweetest thing life has to offer: candy. Accessories range from Ring Pop-shaped bags to Chupa Chups-inspired bun caps, and more. If you’re looking for a unique, whimsical accessory, Plastic Candy is your best bet!
Whichever way you choose to incorporate plastic into your style, please look for conscious options whenever possible. You can search for recyclable goods, or try to upcycle instead of buying more—and don’t forget to recycle when you’re done!
Written by Katie.
Featured image courtesy of Enna Jewellery.