Is it ok to wear this?

that is not your fault then

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Yeah, it’s not like I was like “Oohh, kimono! I’m going to buy this even though I’m white!” Nope. I just thought it was a pretty black and pink dress. There is a pretty skirt, which I like, but I probably shouldn’t wear that if it’s part of the outfit.

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it’s part of the outfit, sorry hun

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Yep. Ah well. I’m trying to get into pastel clothes, so I thought that was a good start. Definitely not.

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well at least you asked before you possibly did something wrong

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Exactly!

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I also thought it was for a cosplay, or something theatre-related.

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Honestly, no. A lady was selling it, and I didn’t realize what it was.

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Now, if I was cosplaying Nezuko or something, it would be fine, but I’m not, which is why I was asking if I could wear it. I was very unsure, but thank you to @astralis for making me sure not to wear it.

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It still wouldnt be ok to use as cosplay unless that character has that explicit design.

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Why would you wear it to chinatown???

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I wouldn’t.

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Unfortunately, in society there is no way to wear an outfit that even remotely resembles something that is associated with another culture or race. Unless it is the culture/race that you were born into.

No matter how much you can love an outfit, and genuinely appreciate the item and its culture. (Not trying to claim it as yours, and remaining respectful) the view will always be appropriation unfortunately.

Unless it were to be something you would just wear around home to have fun dressing up in something you like despite it not being from your culture/race, I’d recommend sticking to ordinary clothes that have no cultural/racial association. Can’t exactly go wrong with an ordinary outfit like jeans and a T-shirt. I mean, unless you wanted to wear something associated with a culture/race and wanted to wear a sign saying something like “Thank you [insert culture] for making/inspiring this design. I’m wearing it because I love it, and I appreciate you.” :sweat_smile:

I’m saying this as someone who knows the feeling of not being able to get/wear something you like, because it has a cultural connection. Over time you can get used to knowing that some things you’ll never really be able to wear.

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Right, exactly. At least I can wear this.

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I should probably get rid of my Tokyo Ghoul shirt, then.

Exactly.

That’s a bit far :sweat_smile:

Wearing anime merch isn’t the same as wearing a cultural garment

Kimonos have a lot of history and cultural significance behind them whereas Tokyo Ghoul is just an anime

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I just don’t want to make anyone mad. I’m very distressed.

I know I’m taking this too seriously, but I’m panicking. I’m on the verge of a panic attack over Spanish music. I need to calm down. I don’t know what’s wrong.

That’s true. I’m still freaking out.