One of the first things you notice about hosts is that they don’t dress like Western guys who are out on the prowl. Hosts aim to deliver the Japanese version of a customer’s secret fantasy, and being swept away by a handsome prince or Wild One on his motorcycle is what makes many Japanese ladies’ hearts go dokidoki. Of course there are specialized clubs for those whose fantasies run to anime characters, vampires or gothic aristocrats, but most hosts dress either in “Prince” (ooji-sama) or “Bad Boy” (yanqi) style.
Ooji-sama hosts take their cue from visual kei musicians. “Beautiful” rather than “handsome” might be the word that springs to mind to describe them. They often strike Westerners as androgynous, their faces as smooth as a woman’s, hair extravagantly bleached and arranged. Prince-style hosts favor sparkly accessories – silver, never gold – and tend to dress in suits made of “luxe” shiny fabric. The current rage is for the jackets to look a size too small, and to wear some sort of “alternative” tie as an accessory. Fake fur mufflers, silk scarves, cravats and other non-standard neckties are common.
Yanqis, on the other hand, tend toward black leather vests with silver studs and spikes, v-neck t-shirts featuring edgy sayings mixed with (go figure) “Catholic” images, boots, piercings and even tattoos.
Both wear their hair long, extravagantly waxed, teased, sprayed into a perfection rivaled only by the most devoted Texas debutante.
For a deeper look at what it’s like to be a host, watch the video here!
Fallen Angel readers often ask me what it’s really like to go to a host club. If you’re curious too, here are answers to the TOP TEN QUESTIONS ABOUT HOST CLUBS:
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Why do hosts dress like that? Everything you always wanted to know about host fashion.
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9 thoughts on “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Host Fashion”
as always, big fun. God I love pretty men! Too, too sad that the clubs are far outside my budget- I’m big fun in any setting, but surrounded with attractive men? Yeehaw!
I’m sure you’d give them an evening they’d never forget!
Are these guys companions or they could be something else too…I always wonder,
I think it’s the dream they could be something else that keeps so many of their customers coming back for more!
in usa how can I get the style of clothes, I came back from Japanese last june, and I regret didn’t get my whole gyaruo style clothes. so there are two brands called BLACK LABLE and JERRY BLACK, only got the wavy layers neck style of shirt but didn’t get the outter clothes: its just a coat style , thin , no buttos, the neck area are many layers too. its like Nagoya kei style, or some visual kei bands wears too. I thought was too expensive now I don’t care the price. I don’t know if anyone knows what im talking about lol
I’ve never been able to find Japanese men’s brands in the US, but you can usually buy gyaruo brands through Rakuten. They have a pretty sucky selection these days, though +_+ so my backup would be White Rabbit Express (whiterabbitexpress.com), If the thing you want is being sold right now in stores in Tokyo (like at Men’s 109) they’ll shop for you and ship it for a pretty reasonable price. Hope you can find that coat – it sounds great!
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they all have manga hair styles