Ore no Imouto has given its audience a very interesting portrayal of a closet otaku, Kirino. And she has, in turn, stolen many of our hearts. Part of what makes Kirino and the anime so fascinating is the unlikely dichotomy of her “filthy” passion for eroge and her role as an all-star athlete, honor student, school idol, and teen model. Naturally, the anime places a lot of emphasis on Kirino’s otaku side, but it also does not forget to detail bits of her other aspects as well.
I am, of course, talking about her beautiful, chic fashion!
Let us just explore some of my favorites and see how they reveal bits of Kirino’s character.
Here, Kirino wears a petite pink dress. She seems to favor pink on several occasions, which is quite impressive. Pink is a fairly hard color to rock. Too pink will make her seem cheap; not enough, she will miss that youthful vibe. Kirino makes it look easy however. She balances the pink well with her light cyan accessory. That wrist scrunchie works wonders.
This is one of my favorite outfits from her. Kirino strays away from her relaxed, sloppy clothes at home to something that feels a bit more outdoors. The fitting sleeveless sweater vest shows off her slender curves well. The cool summer blue is furthered by the neutrual brown boots and purse. Her accessories add a small layer of complexity to the simple top and skirt. The matching necklace, earrings, purse, scrunchie, sunglasses, and stockings make this outfit fun, but also very precise. It is no wonder the other girls at the meet-up are intimidated.
This is yet another look similar to the last one: a simple blue T-shirt, a small white hooded sweatshirt, short jeans, and her signature wrist scrunchie. Youthful, complex, instinctive, and fresh!
This dress is my favorite of all so far. Although minimal, it has just enough sophistication to be interesting. I love the layered elements and patterns around the borders. The outfit has a laid -back, hippie, counterculture vibe, something popular among liberal arts college students.
Kirino manages to work into this by taking the dress in a slightly different direction. Notice her stockings, painted fingernails, and scrunchie (yet again). With these simple details, she adds a lot adolescent playfulness into this look, and translates it into teen fashion. I could totally see Kirino sporting this chic outfit in a magazine spread. This casual look really illustrates her talent and potential in fashion.
In addition, the different clothes given to the characters provide a further sense of the contrast between the conflicting sides of Kirino, especially when we look at other characters, such as poor Saori.  It is kind of neat to note that although Saori and Kuroneko have terribly uncomfortable clothes, they seem to be much less awkward in their own skins.
I love anime that boasts a host of different clothes.  Kirino has worn at least two new outfits every single episode so far. Kyousuke, Ayase, and Kuroneko all have multiple outfits as well. For that alone, this is turning out to be my favorite series of the season.
- Someone please give poor Saori contact lenses and a makeover!
- Here are two of my posts also related to fashion in anime:
K-On!! Fashion – What Casual Fans Like
K-On!! Going Retro – Fashion in Listen!! and No, Thank You!
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