Every so often I run into a doll that just screams "kawaii," but isn't dressed the part. Such is the case with one of my Fashionistas, Suika.
Suika is Fashionistas #60 "Patchwork Denim," with a new head, an original body, and melon-colored hair. Indeed, the name "Suika" is actually the Japanese word for "watermelon." This doll's pink hair and soft makeup just begged for some cute little kawaii-style outfit, and while her dress itself does not fall into the style it can be gussied up with some accessories. Suika's belt and bracelet, seen below, help spice up this outfit a bit, and the butterfly on the belt adds a touch of kawaii. As a bonus, these accessories match Suika's hair almost perfectly.
I wasn't fully satisfied with that getup, so today when I went out (had to fetch cat food) I picked up a few more Hello Kitty separates, consisting of two tops and a skirt. One top is a pink spaghetti-strap crop top with clothing items, milk jugs, and Hello Kitty (of course) printed on it, and the other is a less-fitted periwinkle blouse with the Little Twin Stars seated atop a rainbow.
With Suika sufficiently kawaii-ized, I let her joint Deb, Ami, and Melody for a group photo.
Not bad at all! I can't tell y'all how tickled I am that Mattel started making these Hello Kitty clothes, and I hope that more will be made. So far the only characters featured on these outfits have been Hello Kitty, My Melody, and the Little Twin Stars, and no sign of Chococat despite him being on the packaging. But seeing the Little Twin Stars on one of these tops makes me hopeful that other characters will start making appearances. I'm still hoping for Keroppi, since I love frogs and the color green, and Badtz Maru and Chococat would make superb Ken clothes, but only time will tell what crops up.