Animal lovers adore cats because of the way they move and their independent nature. Cats are very popular in Japan. Cat-themed Japanese fashion has become popular among Japanese women from teenagers to twenties because cat lovers want to reveal their love for lovely cats through clothing and accessories. The most apparent examples are cat-themed clothes and shoes. Young women also do their hair and even their makeup in the cat style.
One of the remarkable traits of cats is their independence. They act as if they do not know who their owner is. But as soon as cats are hungry, they will come to human and allow themselves to be coddled. Cats are typically snobbish but still purr on occasion.
Japanese anime often portrays tsundere characters — girls who are usually snobbish and unsociable but then become overzealous and fawning in front of boys they like. There is a similarity between these tsundere characters cats; therefore, cat lovers use cat fashion to express themselves.
Cat-themed Japanese fashion items involve clothes, shoes, jewelry, Alice headbands, and other accessories. Other popular items are T-shirts printed with big cat faces, blouses made from cat-print materials, and skirts or pants designed as big cat faces by using buttons and embroidery. Hats and headbands also have cat ears. Many girls are interested in combining cat-face shoes with cat print tights/socks. Slipper socks with cat paw prints on the soles are very popular, too.
Besides cat-themed outfit, many cat lovers do their hair and makeup in the style of a cat. Can you imagine how “cat hair” looks like? It involves styling one’s hair as the shape of pointy cat ears. You merely bunch up your hair on both side of head’s top and keep it with hairpins. It is a simple way to follow a cute cat style.
Along with cat-styled makeup, the eyes are also be focused. The most common style in Japan fashion is eyeliner winging up and out from the outer corner of the eyes. This immediately creates a charming cat-eyes look. In order to meet needs for this cat-styled makeup, a chief cosmetic company released in September 2012 a “cat eyeliner” product, which includes an ultra-fine eyeliner pen to form solid lines. The product instantly became a hot item in the fashion world.
Additionally, cat-lovers use nail art to express themselves. They go to the nail salons to have paint cat designs or buy cat-themed artificial nails such as nails with cat faces or paw-prints.