By  on July 12, 2007

TOKYO — It might be the new style for Tokyo's best-dressed couples: The girls are dressed wild and the boys are dressed cute.

Girls are into items with military or outdoor flavor. When wearing a white cotton dress, for example, a girl might wear a large parka with rough boots to offset the prettiness factor. They play with camouflage prints and large military bags, with trekking or large lace-up shoes.

Young sports heroes in Japan these days are called "princes," inspiring street fashion. One of the princes is Yuki Saitou, a baseball hero during last year's high school championship who pitched for the winning team. The other, Ryo Ishikawa, a 15-year-old amateur golfer, is the youngest champion to win a professional tournament in Japan.

The boys share a clean, handsome look. The craze has created the so-called prince-style: white shirts, black vests, slim-fit pants and black accessories. It breaks down into "orthodox" and "naughty." The orthodox consists of slim-fit, pristine white shirts, with black ribbon ties or bow ties. The bottoms are either slim-fit denim or wide black pants. The naughty is a little more casual and includes rocker styles. Both styles play with black accessories, such as brooches with lace, frilled scarves, ribbon or bow ties, and leather hunting hats with plenty of volume.

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