Mori Kei? Bohemian? Still Working It Out

Neutral Top Scarf and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few days ago, Miss 21 (my daughter) introduced me to Mori Kei. She says this somewhat accurately describes my style. When I looked it up, one of the first things that popped up on my screen was an image of a bird skeleton that had been turned into hair décor. What the heck have I been wearing that my daughter thinks I’d wear bird skeletons to work? In the library. Or, at all, for that matter. I’m afraid of birds. Like deathly afraid of birds. And real {un}live bird skeletons?! Are you kidding me?!

After she stopped laughing and I decided against grounding her for life, she showed me some of the images that had popped up on her screen. Now I’m wondering what Google knows about me that I don’t know. Once I looked at her screen, I totally understood why she said the style describes me. It does. Sometimes.

Neutral Top Scarf and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mori Kei is Japanese street fashion marked by the customization of outfits with a mix of homemade, vintage, and store bought items. Some people call it “forest style”. I’m not a fairy, I can’t with that.

Random thinking here…

But I do like the terms: granny chic and prairie style. ‘Cause I do love myself some frocks a la Olivia Walton. I have a soft spot for the house dresses Edith Bunker wore. And Louise Jefferson’s beaded tops and flowy caftans take my breath away. But I can’t wear those items every day.

Neutral Top Scarf and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Back to Mori Kei…

I absolutely adore all the flowy layers coupled with the chunky knits. And the funky footwear just makes my sartorial little heart sing all kinds of happy dancing songs. I’m also a fan of the many neutrals of the style but I’ll wear the heck out of some brights too.

So, I think I’m still working on coming up with a term that describes my style. But, gosh, it’s fun and a little scary trying to figure it out.

Is there a specific style of dress you’re drawn to? Do you love a particular decade? How would you describe your style?

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  • Nathalie

    I have never heard of Mori Kei but I do like your style. I am not sure I can describe my style… Casual for sure, with a hint of Frenchiness perhaps 😛 And I love that blouse and might have to go check TJ Maxx 😉

    • I hadn’t heard of it either until my daughter mentioned it. Then I was all absorbed (after I got past the dead birds). I love how you describe your style — Frenchiness, love!! TJ Maxx is so great for interesting clothing.

  • Very cool. I’ve never heard of that, but I can see how it describes you. I’m still not sure I have a style yet… but according to this quiz (, I’m whimsical with a touch of classical. Sounds good to me!

    • I love those style quizzes, they’re so much fun. Whimsical with a touch of class, I like that description. Sounds fun.

  • I cracked up reading your post! LOL for days!! I’m with you though Edith wore some mean housecoats/dresses and Louise knew she was on point!

    I think my style is sort of Mori Kei, Boho Chic as well. I always have mix of high, low, Goodwill goodness and store bought items on at any given time.

    Side note: It is crazy how fast your hair has grown out. I thought we were Short haired sistas from different Mistas?? Oh well, I am growing mine out too.

    • Right? I love a mix of styles too. It just makes things more interesting.

      Haha my hair grows crazy fast. And I’m transitioning. Again. I can’t decide what I want to do. I get bored too easily, Ya know?

  • This post led to an hour of lost time on google, and will probably result in a couple hours of lost time on Pinterest this afternoon. I can’t begin to explain my style. It’s very eclectic and tends to change from day to day. For example, yesterday I wore a red retro style dress with matching canvas sneakers paired with an oxblood vegan leather jacket. Today I’m in jeans, a tee, and hoodie with tennis shoes.

    • LOL I did the exact same thing. There are so many variations on the theme. I love that clothes can be so much fun,

  • Joan

    Gorgeous! You look stunning. Who makes the blouse?

    • Thank you. I found it at TJ Maxx. It’s by Giuliana.

  • Lyn Moes

    Oh I just adore your style!! I got sucked into looking Mori Kei up on Pinterest! So fun!

    • LOL isn’t it cool and just this side of weird.

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