GIRLY VINTAGE Fashion Book (HITO) - 2016 - Review

16 July 2016

I was having my usual browse on the website CDJapan which has plenty of goods such as books, music, dvds and magazines from Japan where you're able to just order directly. Unlike other sites in Japan where you may need to use shopping services thus Tenso and Personal Shopper Japan. It's very easy, you can use Paypal and despite shipping sometimes costing an arm and a leg it is an extremely fast service. They include shipping prices too for you to select (all differ). Those estimate how long it should take. 

Well I was having a look at the book section and this particular one caught my eye "Girly Vintage Fashion Book". I had a quick skim at the description and then googled to see what I could find about this book. I found that it was a new and first release from Japanese Vintage shop Grimoire buyer and manager Hito (Instagram @Hito0806). 

It's her first style book and she held an event on the 4th May 2016 for it in Grimoire Vintage Gallery, location in Shibuya Tokyo which is in the center of fashion district of Tokyo. Now Hito is rather popular among young girls there for her style. 

Grimoire is a store over in Tokyo, Shibuya but the name originally comes from a textbook of magic, how to create talismans and form magic tricks. It's a unique fashion which mostly consists of used, vintage and antique clothing. Most are sourced from US and Europe i.e Austria and also Germany. They're a combination of bohemian, gypsy and have sort of a fairy tale folk enchantment to them. 

I think it's a very unusual and pretty style, it reminds me of old story books I used to read when I was little. But personally Grimoire is not really for me but however I found that in this book there were key looks I wouldn't mind trying and a lot of them were actually not as overbearing compared to some Grimoire styles I've seen online. 

Now since I usually cater mostly to the fashion Larme instead, I did find that this book gave me a slight touch of Larme influence such as the hairstyles. They're pin-up - very 1950s styles but I found that they would also work for Larme too! 

As while Larme has a more hazy girly appeal the coords in here are more or less the darker, grunge and boho version of what Larme fashion could be interrupted as. Larme fashion tends to have a frillier, sheer and softer combination in their pieces. But in Girly Vintage the colour scheme is dimmer, bolder and bleak. 

Regardless though I think the outfits presented here are lovely, well coordinated and while it does differ a little from Larme I think they could work very well if you were to take certain pieces away in order to form a Larme inspired outfit. Not all but some of the outfits.

I really love the outfits taken from 021 and 026! They're absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could dress like the 026 style everyday. It's that A line skirt with the belt, turtle neck and a little handbag. Very Audrey Hepburn! I just love that kind of look. It reminds me of old fashioned Barbie dolls and Paris strangely enough. Sadly where I live... muddy Manchester always rains. 

I do want to try the hairstyle Classic 1 which is the one with the black bow and chunky earrings. It's adorable! It's relatively easy to do too. My hair isn't that long yet to pull it off but when it grows longer I'll definitely be trying it. 

Also Hito shows us some of the places she visits in order to collect and gain inspiration for Girly Vintage. I like how there is a page on each era and the page before shows a collection of dresses belonging to them. I did textiles for my GCSES at school which takes me back now thinking about it... I also made a dress in Year 11 which was this pink rose bud mod dress based on the 1960s. 

It was supposed to be similar to ones Twiggy would flaunt during her time. I got a lot of help from my grandmother who was a young girl during that time so I was given guidance and tips with my sewing. Plus it was always very interested to know more about that era from somebody who actually lived through it. 

The make up shown comes across very neutral and mature which would be suitable for an everyday look. It's very subtle using shades like light browns, rosey pinks and nude eye shadows. I think because Grimoire outfits have so much going on already the make up helps tone things down. 

I really like Hito's favourite items page. Everything is so kitsch and quirky! It's a mix of old and new items. When I look at this page it reminds me of shopping around second hand shops and finding that good bargain of the day. I adore that Miu Miu purse and those lovely red velvet slippers! 

I do think the last couple of pages are my favourite though. It's very Larme centric with the birthday party, the use of glitter framing the photographs for that scrapbook feel and just generally being together with your friends having a good time!

 The models all have baby faces too making them look like little dolls (so cute!) in such pretty floral dresses. Looking at the scene it makes me think of Wonderland which I think is one of the main goals set by Grimoire. To help people who are interested in the fashion believe they are in a beautiful world of their own.

Although they aren't really - it's just a fashion which helps gives a pleasant state of mind. I think the book ends well using these photos as it enhances Hito's knowledge, interpretation of Grimoire fashion to be loving and fun. 

For those reading this what are your thoughts on Girly Vintage? Please let me know!



  1. thank you for your blog, it's so beautiful!

  2. How darling is this book?! Thank you for sharing so many pictures from it! I had such a great time looking at them all! 038 really caught my attention, even though the colours are quite dark, and I adore 017! Very pretty!
    Grimoire is a style that I wasn't particularly fond of when it first started gaining attention, and I have to admit I paid it no attention, but these looks are so beautiful, they're like a totally different style to how I remember grimoire. I'm quite fond of vintage too, so I really like some of the vintage vibes in some of the outfits. I really like everything I've seen of this book! I really want to get my own copy. Thank you again for sharing! :)


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