"Hikikei (meaning shut-in style), is currently one of the most popular styles in otaku basements. It is both a lifestyle and a fashion based on being both comfortable and cute, for people who simply do not want to spend a long time on their appearance, but still want to maintain an air of cuteness. The style essentially consists of pyjamas and roomwear with cute accessories, but the unkempt air seperates it from other fashion styles.
There are two styles of hikikei:
- Comfy Hikikei, which focuses on pastel colors, soft and fluffy textures, cute pajamas and loungewear. It is the sweet side of hikikei fashion.
- Gloomy Hikikei, which focuses on ill-fitting, sack-like, or more grungy sleepwear and sickly complections. It is the gothic side of hikikei fashion.
Hikikei borrows from a wide mix of styles including Gyaru, Lolita, Cult Party Kei, and Soft Grunge.
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