If you’re wondering what MODE-kei/MODE-style is, it’s a sub-genre of Japanese fashion that focuses mainly on creating clean, mature, and “high-fashion” silhouettes with interesting lines and cuts. Well, I wouldn’t really say “high-fashion”, but for a sub-genre of gyaru fashion, this is definitely a step up from the usual cutesy material that we see. ViVi, JJ, Happie Nuts, SCawaii and Jelly are only some of the many Japanese magazines that are following this new style! As of this writing, some MODE elements consist of black, white, denim, metallics and tasteful floral prints in sophisticated colors like wine red and mustard. What I love the most about MODE is that it plays a lot with proportions, and it is very, very wearable compared to other styles like mori, hime, etc.