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
1Showing off lots of leg with an extremely mini-skirt100
2Wearing clothes with frills or ribbons95.5
3Dyeing hair a colour that obviously doesn’t suit one90.1
4Wearing clothers that a schoolchild might wear86.6
5Excessive fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions82.7
6Wearing loud make-up81.4
7Sparkly eyes from wearing too much lamé72.8
8Wearing loud clothers inappropriate for one’s age69.8
9Wearing loud lipstick61.9
10=Carrying a young person-oriented brand bag58.2
10=Having over-curled, over-bunched-up hair58.2
12Wearing clothes that show off one’s body line53.0
13=Wearing a short shirt that shows off one’s midriff52.5
13=Sending email with excessive smilies, decomail (animated icons)52.5
15Having over-decorated nails52.0
16Having lots of accessories, straps hanging off one’s mobile phone49.0
17Getting a Johnny’s-like (male idol) hairstyle42.6
18Wearing fashion matching one’s children40.8
19Wearing trainers that secondary school kids would wear33.9
20Having character-themed accessories30.4
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