For people who are unfamiliar with the many subcultures of Japan, it is difficult to differentiate between the many styles, because to the untrained eye, it is easy to mix one style with the other. Therefore, it is best if we not only look at what makes the various Japanese fashion styles similar, but also what makes each style unique. It is also best to remember that aside from the clothes, each group also has its own culture. Keeping that in mind will make it easier for us to learn about the different J-fashion styles.
If we try to dissect every subculture there is, we will probably reach the end of this article and still not be able to finish. Instead, we will try to compare and differentiate the most commonly mixed-up fashion styles at the moment: Decora, Fairy Kei, Lolita, Mori Girl, and Dolly Kei.