Spotting mutton dressed as lamb


Saki chan and Sayurigoo Ranking recently published the results of what painful fashion failures people trying too hard to dress young make.


Over the 6th and 7th of March 2013 1,083 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.7% of the sample were female, 11.6% in their teens, 15.0% in their twenties, 24.9% in their thirties, 24.7% in their forties, 12.7% in their fifties, and 11.1% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Wifey occasionally strays into number 2 territory, and of course what Japanese woman doesn’t do 20?

Pictured here is Saki chan and Sayuri; Saki chan often falls into a number of the traps when she does her Evangelion cos-play as here despite being just 29 years old, but Sayuri regularly does just about everything below, but I think she manages to avoid looking too muttonesque… However, her husband has an ill-suited number 17 haircut.

Ranking results

Q: What are the painful characteristics of a person trying too hard to dress young? (Sample size=1,083)

Rank   Score
1 Showing off lots of leg with an extremely mini-skirt 100
2 Wearing clothes with frills or ribbons 95.5
3 Dyeing hair a colour that obviously doesn’t suit one 90.1
4 Wearing clothers that a schoolchild might wear 86.6
5 Excessive fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions 82.7
6 Wearing loud make-up 81.4
7 Sparkly eyes from wearing too much lamé 72.8
8 Wearing loud clothers inappropriate for one’s age 69.8
9 Wearing loud lipstick 61.9
10= Carrying a young person-oriented brand bag 58.2
10= Having over-curled, over-bunched-up hair 58.2
12 Wearing clothes that show off one’s body line 53.0
13= Wearing a short shirt that shows off one’s midriff 52.5
13= Sending email with excessive smilies, decomail (animated icons) 52.5
15 Having over-decorated nails 52.0
16 Having lots of accessories, straps hanging off one’s mobile phone 49.0
17 Getting a Johnny’s-like (male idol) hairstyle 42.6
18 Wearing fashion matching one’s children 40.8
19 Wearing trainers that secondary school kids would wear 33.9
20 Having character-themed accessories 30.4
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