Saturday, January 5, 2013

Styles of Lolita: Casual Lolita


Casual Lolita contains all the basic anatomy of a Lolita outfit and retains it's modesty and slight elegance.  While it retains the same anatomy, the items are toned down, less lace and less dressy all together.  Here is what you should and shouldn't do when dressing in Casual Lolita.

✔ Headwear should be style specific, though more simple than for the actual style it's being adapted from. If you do not have a style other than casual, an alice bow would be just fine.

✖ Do not wear a wig. It's casual and a wig is usually dressy. If you want to, get a simple wig that is straight or with waves, but not over the top curls and pigtails. As with all other Lolita, never wear your hair back in a ponytail!

✔ The blouse is a cutsew or babydoll t-shirt, usually with lolita prints. Other forms of shirts are acceptable as long as it looks proper with the other elements of the outfit. You may also wear a simple cardigan if you like, keeping the lace and bows to a minimum.

✖ As with all other styles of Lolita, just because it's casual doesn't mean wear a tank top. You have to make sure that cleavage is as non-existent as possible. This may be hard for some of the bigger chested ladies, but no Lolita needs cleavage showing.

✔ The skirt should be simple, though can have a bold print if the rest of the outfit is more minimal. The length for Casual Lolita skirts is standard knee-length or shorter.  A JSK will work just fine as well.

✖ Just because the skirt can be shorter does no mean that you shouldn't be modest. As they started doing in school in the early 2000's, hold your arms to your side. If your skirt is above where your fingertips are, it's too short to be in Casual Lolita.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers should also be worn.  The length should match that of the skirt, though

✖ Do not attempt to skip undergarments just because it's casual.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks or tights.  Plain is best, though they may have simple designs on them if you like.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita. Unless you're trying to do some odd adaptation of Erotic Lolita into Casual Lolita, just please don't.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple Mary Janes or other qualifying shoes. The shoes really should be closed toe, though a few people have done open-toed. Most open-toed shoes will not look good with Lolita of any kind, not even casual, so think about the other elements of your outfit before you pick.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Casual Lolita outfit include:

✚ Any color scheme works if it works with the style you're adapting your look from.
✚ Only use a small amount of lace and just a few ribbons.
✚ Make-up should be light in pale or pastel tones.
✚ Feel free to add in just a few style specific accessories to your outfit.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, keep it simple with minimal lace or a bow.

Example of Casual Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Colored Lolita


Colored Lolita is a single color version of Classic Lolita.  This style is actually a collective for the styles Aka Lolita, Kuro Lolita, Shiro Lolita, Sax Lolita, Mono Lolita and Pink Lolita.  These terms are most only used in Japan, though are sometimes used in other countries.  Kuro, meaning black, and Shiro, meaning white, are made up of just a single color outfit with no other color on lace or any other element besides the wig or hair.  Aka, Sax and Pink Lolita are mostly made up of the base color with white lace and very few white elements.  Mono Lolita is a pattern between white and black where as the blouse is white, skirt is black, socks are white and shoes are black or the opposite, either way interchanging the colors with equal amounts of both.

✔ Headwear ranges widely and can be everything from hats of different sizes, flowers, bonnets  barrettes, head bows and headbands.  Wigs are not very common, though if wearing one, it must be of a natural hair color or one that matches the color of the style.

✖ Almost anything is popular in this style, though color is what can cause the outfit to be off.

✔ A blouse in the appropriate color is best for these styles of Lolita.

✖ Anything is fine besides tops that show cleavage.

✔ Skirts are usually the standard knee length and are solid colored with no pattern and a few elements of light lace trim or ribbons.  One-pieces and JSK are common as well, though must be solid.

✖ Skirts that lay above the fingertips are too short for this style and should be avoided.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers is best for this style.  Finding them in the proper color is ideal, thought white or black can be used if not.

✖ Do not attempt to skip proper undergarments or use costume petticoats as this will look terrible and will also be very scratchy and uncomfortable for you.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, ankle socks, OTK socks or tights.  These should be plain or have a simple lace trim around them.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple or ribbon shoe. A Lolita shoe is considered one that is modest with a closed toe and slight heel. Some examples of acceptable shoes are platforms, Mary Janes, rocking horse shoes and ballet flats, even though they don't have a heel.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Colored Lolita outfit include:

✚ The make-up for these styles is very simplistic and consists of mascara, eye liner, eye shadow and pink or red blush.  Lipstick is usually a transparent gloss, neutral or pink.  Fake eye lashes and circle lenses can be used as well to achieve a doll look.  The make-up should be neutral or follow the color of your outfit.
✚ Accessories for these styles include very simplistic and elegant items such as pearls, roses, lace gloves and crowns.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it is best for it to be plain with a simple bow.

Examples of Colored Lolita are Aka Lolita, Kuro Lolita, Shiro Lolita, Sax Lolita, Pink Lolita and Mono Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Cosplay Lolita

Cosplay Lolita is not actually Lolita at all, though I thought I should put this here for those of you who think Lolita is some sort of costume instead of a fashion and lifestyle.  People who use Lolita as cosplay usually have no understanding of what Lolita actually is and therefore their clothing usually do not conform to Lolita

standard for coordinates. Cosplay Lolita is the kind you see at anime conventions worn by ignorant people who really don't understand what they're doing. The outfit is usually made out of cheap materials and looks shiny, is see-through or all-together looks poorly made. Common things you'll see with Cosplay Lolita are...

☢ Cheap blouses that are of low-quality material or see-through or no blouse at all with a one-piece.

☢ Complete lack of proper Lolita skirt.

☢ Lack of bloomers or pannier or use of cheaply made petticoats.

☢ Cheaply made hair accessories or costume-esque animal ears.

☢ Anime or cartoon character elements mixed in.

☢ Lack of proper socks or any socks at all.

☢ Cheaply made or overally shiny shoes that are either open toed or boots.

☢ Make-up is overall shiny, gothic, black lipstick or other odd elements.

There are plenty of sources online that have good definitions of what Lolita is all about. Check out a few Lolita based stores and get a feel for what the outfits look like. Then browse a trade website like EGL Sales on LiveJournal to see if you can find anything you like for a cheaper price than in stores. After a few minutes or so reading up on Lolita fashion and how it came to be and the proper elements of a Lolita outfit, you too can avoid looking like this.

Styles of Lolita: Deco Lolita


Deco Lolita is a crossover fashion of Sweet Lolita and Decora, which is a bold fashion from the 1990s.  It is close in comparison to OTT Lolita, though is different in color prints and amount of accessories.  Here are a few things you should know when putting together a Deco Lolita coordinate.

✔ Headwear for this style includes any Lolita style hair accessory.  Deco Lolita usually has one base item, such as an alice bow, animal ears or headdress, and dozens of small items such as ribbon hair clips, cartoon character clips, beads, ribbons, barrettes and other tiny hair accessories.  The hair can be anything, though is usually a lighter color and sometimes two toned.  Most of the time Deco Lolita involves a wig and usually never a real hairstyle.

✖ A hairstyle you should avoid is a single ponytail pulled back.  This is frowned upon with all Lolita styles.

✔ A standard white blouse is best for Deco Lolita, though black may be used.  Most Deco Lolita tops are a one-piece though.  These can have bold prints on them or be plain.

✖ Anything other than a blouse when not wearing a one-piece is frowned upon.

✔ Skirts range in many different colors and prints.  The most popular are desserts, candy, strawberries, hearts, flowers and toys, though there are even more cute prints to choose from.  A simple bell skirt is the normal while JSK are rather popular now.  All skirts should be worn with a blouse that meets Lolita criteria of quality.

✖ Mini skirts as well as ankle length skirts are two types of skirts that do not belong in any Deco Lolita as they are wrong for the style.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers should also be worn.  Sometimes worn are panniers that are extra poofy to give an extreme cupcake or princess poof effect.

✖ Do not attempt to skip proper undergarments or use costume petticoats as this will look terrible and will also be very scratchy and uncomfortable for you.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks or tights.  The designs on them are very bright patterns, one-side design and even mismatched.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple, ribboned or sweet covered qualifying shoes. A Lolita shoe is considered one that is modest with a closed toe and slight heel.  Some examples of acceptable shoes are platforms, Mary Janes, rocking horse shoes and ballet flats, even though they don't have a heel.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Deco Lolita outfit include:

✚ Accessories come in a wide range from chokers to rings and bracelets with ribbons, pearls, small animals, cartoon characters and different kinds of pastries or food.  Seeing as the style is from Decora, you would want to have a lot of accessories layered on.  Having just a couple of accessories will end up looking like OTT Lolita if you don't mismatch the rest of your outfit properly.
✚ Your make-up should be playful for this style.  Mascara, eye liner, bright eye shadow and some shade of pink blush and colored lipgloss are most common.  Stickers and designs can be applied to the face as well.  Circle lenses are also very popular along with fake eyelashes.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, Deco Lolita purses are usually childish and look like they are made out of stuffed animal material.  They can have pastries, sweets, cartoon characters and other random designs on them.  The more bold the statement, the easier it is to tell it's Deco.

Example of Deco Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Erotic Lolita


Erotic Lolita is the least modest of the Lolita fashion.  It usually follows the basic anatomy of a Lolita outfit, though it doesn't always have to.  This style includes fetish elements, collars and leather as well as other items not found in normal Lolita dress.  As a whole, the fashion is Gothic with erotic elements and a mature style.

✔ Headwear is usually nothing more than an alice bow, feathers or dark flowers.

✖ Do not wear a wig. It's casual and a wig is usually dressy. If you want to, get a simple wig that is straight or with waves, but not over the top curls and pigtails. As with all other Lolita, never wear your hair back in a ponytail!

✔ One-pieces are most common, though some sort of top other than a blouse can be used as well.  These can be modest or show cleavage and are made out of fetish materials such as leather, PVC, vinyl, lace and chiffon.  Corsets and bustiers are also common.

✖ There is no set on what you can and can't wear for this style.  It's best to get quality items though so you do not end up looking costumey.

✔ The skirt is almost always above the knee or a cage skirt.  Some skirts for Erotic Lolita can get rather short and almost be short enough to be considered a mini skirt.  The materials can be any of the same mentioned for one-pieces.

✖ No mini skirts should be used in this style of dress, though below the knee skirts should be avoided as well.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier can be worn, though they do not have to be.

✖ There is no set rule for undergarments with this style.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks or stockings.  Fishnet and lace are very common for this style of Lolita.

✖ Avoid opaque socks or ankle socks.  Unlike other styles of Lolita, showing the legs through sheer fabric is acceptable and almost always practiced.

✔ Erotic Lolita shoes are usually boots, platform shoes or high heels of any height.

✖ There is no set rule for shoes in Erotic Lolita.

Other tips for your Erotic Lolita outfit include:

✚ Make-up can be done in any fashion desired for this style, though ti shouldn't be bright.
✚ Accessories for this style are chokers, collars, broken cuffs and lace gloves.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, keep it simple.

Example of Erotic Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Gothic Lolita

Gothic Lolita is the most well-known type style of Lolita around the world.  The colors are either dark or haunting and play around the more dark aspects of the Lolita fashion.  Gothic Lolita has subtypes the include Traditional Gothic Lolita, which wears solid black, lace trims and has embroidery on the fabric.  The second subtype of Gothic Lolita includes western prints of night creatures, bats, crosses and skulls.  Gothic Lolita and it's subtypes contain all the basic anatomy of a Lolita outfit, though in a more elegant aspect.  Here is what you should and shouldn't do when dressing in Gothic Lolita.

✔ Headwear for this style includes headdresses, roses, bonnets, alice bow, ribbons and miniature top hats.  Wigs or hairstyles that are black, red, white or very light blonde are popular with this style.  Hair may be worn straight or lightly curled, though other styles would work as well.

✖ Some people do not find headbands to be in fashion anymore, while others do.  They were at the start of Gothic Lolita so you should have no issue wearing them, though most places no longer sell them.  A hairstyle you should avoid is a single ponytail pulled back.  This is frowned upon with all Lolita styles.

✔ A standard black blouse is best, though some Gothic Lolita outfits actually call for white.  One-pieces aren't as popular in Gothic Lolita as in other styles of Lolita, but they work well in black as well.

✖ Anything other than a blouse when not wearing a one-piece is frowned upon.

✔ Skirts are a standard knee length and can either be a bell skirt or JSK.  All skirts should be worn with a blouse that meets Lolita criteria of quality.

✖ Mini skirts as well as ankle length skirts are two types of skirts that do not belong in any Gothic Lolita outfit and should be avoided.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers should also be worn.

✖ Do not attempt to skip proper undergarments or use costume petticoats as this will look terrible and will also be very scratchy and uncomfortable for you.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, ankle socks, OTK socks or tights.  The designs on them are usually simple and up one side of each sock, though they can be plain or have a pattern on the entire piece.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple, ribboned or plain qualifying shoes. A Lolita shoe is considered one that is modest with a closed toe and slight heel.  Some examples of acceptable shoes are platforms, Mary Janes, rocking horse shoes and ballet flats, even though they don't have a heel.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Gothic Lolita outfit include:

✚ Black is the main element, though other dark colors such as dark shades of red, purple and blue have been used as well as gold, silver and white for a more haunting look.
✚ Accessories for Gothic Lolita include lace chokers, gothic themed necklaces, lace gloves and cuffs and other simplistic elements.
✚ Your make-up should be elegant and doll-like for this style.  Mascara, eye liner, dark or black eye shadow, some shade of pink or red blush and lipstick or gloss in shades from pink to dark red.  Circle lenses are also very popular along with fake eyelashes.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it can be anything from plain black to checkered, crown shaped, cross shaped or have gothic theme prints on it.

Examples of Traditional Gothic Lolita and Western Influenced Gothic Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Guro Lolita

Guro Lolita contains all the basic anatomy of a Lolita outfit and retains it's modesty.  While it retains the same anatomy, the items are toned down, less lace and less dressy all together.  The outfit is usually all white with splatterd blood, wounds and other items to make the outfit 'gore'.


✔ Headwear is usually nothing more than an alice bow or headdress.

✖ Do not wear a wig. It's casual and a wig is usually dressy. If you want to, get a simple wig that is straight or with waves, but not over the top curls and pigtails. As with all other Lolita, never wear your hair back in a ponytail!

✔ A white blouse should be used for this style, though a one-piece is just as common.  Other colors may be used, though they take away from the horror effect of the style.  If desired, fake blood may be splattered onto the piece of clothing to have a more Gore effect.

✖ Like other styles of Lolita, try to keep modest.  Cleavage is not acceptable in this style.

✔ The skirt should be simple, with no design and would be best in white.  A standard knee-length Lolita skirt or JSK would work well with this style of dress.  Fake blood may be splatted on the skirt for the horror effect or small tares can be made in the fabric.

✖ Try to keep the skirt modest.  No mini skirts should be used in this style of dress, though ankle length skirts should be avoided as well.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers should also be worn.

✖ Do not attempt to skip undergarments just because it's casual.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks or tights.  Plain white is best.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple Mary Janes or other qualifying shoes.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Guro Lolita outfit include:

✚ Only use a small amount of lace and just a few ribbons.
✚ Make-up should be light in pale tone, if any makeup is used.  Fake eye lashes and circle lenses can be used to add to the look of being a broken doll.
✚ This style usually isn't decorated with too many accessories, though fake blood, bruises, stitches and bandages are welcome.  Put them where you feel they look best and try to learn how to properly make gore open wounds or blood bruises with make-up to create a truly Guro Lolita outfit.  Medical eye patches are the most common accessory in a Guro Lolita outfit.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, keep it simple with just a bow or in the shape of a stuffed animal.

Example of Guro Lolita.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Styles of Lolita: Hime Lolita


Hime Lolita is inspired by Sweet Lolita, Classic Lolita and Hime Gyaru fashion.  This look is one of the few that uses satin as a material in dress and has the most royal look to it.  Hime Lolita is elegant and includes items such as crowns to show the look of a princess.

✔ Headwear for this style includes crowns, tiaras, pearl headbands, alice bows, small bonnets and roses.  Hairstyles can be natural or a wig and are usually only in neutral colors.  Curls, hime hair, updos and side-ponytails are most popular, though any princess style hair will do.

✖ Most other forms of headwear are not used in Hime Lolita seeing as they do not keep the look royal enough.  Do not wear hair back in a ponytail.

✔ Almost all Hime Lolita outfits are made up of a one-piece that is either solid or has light patterns of roses or strawberries.  There is a good amount of ribbons and lace on these outfits, though not enough to be considered a lace monster.

✖ No cleavage and usually no blouse as one-pieces are most common.

✔ Skirts range in many different colors and prints.  The most popular are desserts, candy, strawberries, hearts, flowers, small animals and fairy tale settings, though there are even more cute prints to choose from.  A simple bell skirt is the normal while JSK are rather popular now.  All skirts should be worn with a blouse that meets Lolita criteria of quality.

✖ Hime Lolita usually does not have JSK or skirts, though it can.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier should also be worn.  Anything from light to extra poofy can be worn.

✖ Do not use costume petticoats seeing as they will ruin the inside of your dress after a while and they are very itchy.  Bloomers also aren't very common in Hime Lolita and should be avoided.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks, tights or solid stockings.  The designs on them are usually simple and up one side of each sock, though they can be plain as well.

✖ Ankle socks are not common for this style and should be avoided.

✔ Any shoe with a heel can be used for Hime Lolita, including Hime Gyaru shoes.  Boots are also used, though not as common.  Shoes usually have a ribbon, lace trim, roses or pearls on them.

✖ Try to avoid ballet flats.

Other tips for your Hime Lolita outfit include:

✚ Try to stick with pastel colors.  Some try to pull off dark colors, though it usually doesn't look proper.
✚ Accessories for Hime Lolita include jewelry with pearls on them and princess wands.
✚ Your make-up should be elegant and doll-like for this style.  Mascara, eye liner, pastel eye shadow and some shade of pink blush and light pink lipgloss are most common.  Circle lenses are also very popular along with fake eyelashes.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it should be a solid color with ribbons and/or pearls decorating it.

Example of Hime Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Ouji Lolita


Ouji Lolita is a prince style version of Gothic Lolita.  The colors are either dark or haunting and play around the more dark aspects of the Lolita fashion.  Ouji Lolita includes western prints of night creatures, bats, crosses, skulls, animals and churches.  Ouji Lolita only really different in the fact that gathered pants are used instead of a skirt..  Here is what you should and shouldn't do when dressing in Ouji Lolita.

✔ Headwear for this style includes miniature top hats and normal sized or flat top hats.  Hair can be any color, though is usually neutral and should be short in a bob or sailor boy cut.

✖ Most other Lolita headwear is not used in this style.

✔ A standard black or white blouse is used for this style.

✖ Anything other than a blouse is usually frowned upon.

✔ Gathered pants of capri length and puffy shorts are the most popular bottoms for Ouji Lolita.  Instead of a JSK, a short jumper with puffy pant legs is used.

✖ Skirts of any kind should be avoided for this style.

✔ Standard Lolita undergarments do not need to be used, though bloomers do help in make the pants a bit puffier if you desire.

✖ There is not rule set for undergarments.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks or tights.  The designs on them are usually simple and up one side of each sock, though they can be plain or have a pattern on the entire piece.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple qualifying shoes. A Lolita shoe is considered one that is modest with a closed toe and slight heel.  Some examples of acceptable shoes for Ouji Lolita are platforms, boots and dress shoes.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Ouji Lolita outfit include:

✚ There is no set color theme for Ouji Lolita, though darker colors are used.
✚ Accessories for Ouji Lolita include lace gloves and necklaces with gothic elements.
✚ Your make-up should be elegant and doll-like for this style.  Mascara, eye liner, dark or black eye shadow, some shade of pink or red blush and lipstick or gloss in shades from pink to dark red.  Circle lenses are also very popular along with fake eyelashes.  For males using this style to look boyish and not dolly, you do not have to wear any make-up at all.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it can be anything that is plain and in a dark color.  The shape of the bag should stick with the gothic theme.


Example of Ouji Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Punk Lolita

Punk Lolita is currently one of the least popular styles of Lolita.  The colors are either all dark or a mix of dark and light.  Punk Lolita takes aspects from western punk and tries to make them cuter.  I personally have never found this type to be 'cute', though it is edgy.  Here is what you should and shouldn't do when dressing in Punk Lolita.  A newer sub-style of Punk Lolita is Steampunk Lolita which uses steampunk elements with gears and colors such as browns and coppers.  Add a Lolita skirt and shoes to steampunk and that's all you need to have Steampunk Lolita.  As such, I do not favor either of these overall western styles of Lolita.

✔ Headwear for this style includes mini top hats and ribbons.  Hair should be simple and straight or lightly wavy or curled.  Wigs may be used and can be in most any color.

✖ Most other forms of Lolita headwear are not used in Punk.

✔ There is no standard for Punk Lolita blouses. Punk Lolita are more casual in the fact that they wear t-shirts and other common shirts that you can find in any western punk stores like Hot Topic.  Just make sure your top is at least modest.

✖ One-pieces usually are not worn in Punk Lolita style, though they can be.

✔ Skirts are usually above the knee and not standard Lolita length and some are not even more than that of a mini skirt.  Patterns for skirts include skulls, spiderweb, cat skin prints, tartan, checkerboard, card suits and stripes.  Other patterns and punk motifs can be used as well.

✖ Below the knee skirts and JSK are not used in Punk Lolita.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier, should be worn.

✖ Do not attempt to skip proper undergarments or use costume petticoats as this will look terrible and will also be very scratchy and uncomfortable for you.

✔ Socks can be of any length and texture, even cut-off stockings and fishnet are used in Punk Lolita.

✖ Ankle socks are not to be used in Punk Lolita as it does not look proper.

✔ Shoes for Punk Lolita usually consist of boots, high heels and platforms.

✖ Punk Lolita usually do not wear Mary Janes or other typical Lolita shoes.

Other tips for your Punk Lolita outfit include:

✚ Color schemes for Punk Lolita usually consist of black x red, black x white, black x yellow and black x pink, though other colors can be used.
✚ Accessories for Punk Lolita include basic western punk items such as chains, gauges, pin buttons, misplaced piercings (nose, cheek, snake bites, etc.), studded belts and bracelets and skulls.
✚ Your make-up should be dark.  Mascara, eye liner, dark or black eye shadow, some shade of red blush and lipstick or gloss in shades from light to dark red.  Circle lenses are also very popular along with fake eyelashes.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it can be anything from plain black to checkered, skull shaped, western punk or have punk theme prints on it.

Examples of Punk Lolita and Steampunk Lolita.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Styles of Lolita: Sailor Lolita


Sailor Lolita is one of the most popular styles of Lolita.  The colors are usually sea themed or black, red, navy, white and blue. Sailor Lolita is influenced by older sailor uniforms.  This style usually does not have prints, but embroideries and anchors.  Sailor Lolita's subtype, Pirate Lolita has more patterns on it instead and a different range of colors, while keeping the sea bearing theme with a Caribbean twist.

✔ Headwear for Sailor Lolita includes sailor hats, ans sailor-themed berets and alice bows.  The color of these items stays within the sailor color theme.  Pirate Lolita headwear includes corsages and feathered pirate hats.  The hairstyles for both can be just about any Lolita hairstyle.

✖ As with any Lolita style, avoid having your hair tied back into a ponytail.

✔ Sailor Lolita is almost always a one-piece with no blouse of any kind, while Pirate Lolita can be a one-piece or a poet's shirt or blouse.  A one-piece for Sailor Lolita almost always has buttons, a tie and stripes on it and can also have a pocket.

✖ Anything but the above will most likely not work with your Sailor of Pirate Lolita outfit.

✔ Skirts are a standard knee length or shorter, though not mini skirt short.  Pirate Lolita skirts will include some lace, while Sailor Lolita will not.

✖ Anything should be fine, though skirts that go below the knee are not common and do not look very good with either style of Lolita.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers should be worn with Sailor and Pirate Lolita.

✖ Do not attempt to skip proper undergarments or use costume petticoats as this will look terrible and will also be very scratchy and uncomfortable for you.

✔ Socks should be knee socks or OTK socks for both Sailor and Pirate Lolita and can include stripes, anchors or other sea-bearer themes.  Pirate Lolita can also have fishnet stockings.

✖ Pirate Lolita should be able to work with any sock besides ankle socks as they do not look proper with the style.

✔ Sailor Lolita and Pirate Lolita can both have any type of shoe, though shoes with wooden soles are most popular among Sailor Lolita just as boots are most popular for Pirate Lolita.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Sailor Lolita outfit include:

✚ Sailor Lolita make-up is very simplistic and consists of mascara, sometimes eye liner, neutral eye shadow and pink or red blush.  Lipstick is usually a transparent gloss, neutral, pink or soft red lipstick.  Fake eye lashes and circle lenses can be used as well to achieve a doll look.
✚ Accessories for Sailor Lolita include parasols and anchor or sea-themed jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  Pirate Lolita accessories are more of 'treasure' items such as coins, crowns or crown-trinkets on jewelry, rum bottles and treasure chests.  Eye patches are also very common as a Pirate Lolita accessory.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, Sailor Lolita themes include the traditional Sailor colors or an anchor pattern, though they can be shaped like an anchor or boat as well.  Pirate Lolita bags are almost always in the shape of a treasure chest.

Examples of Sailor Lolita and Pirate Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Sweet Lolita

Sweet Lolita is currently the most popular style of Lolita among all ages and is fun, colorful and has a child-like dreaminess to it.  The colors range from different pastels to normal tones.  In Japan and by many outside, the style is referred to it's proper name Ama Lolita or amarori.  In the subtype of Sweet Lolita, there are even more branches such as Bittersweet Lolita, which is a black version and Kote or OTT Lolita, which is extremely sweet in decorations with bright wigs.  Another style of Lolita that is considered a subtype of Sweet Lolita is Country Lolita, which is sweet with country elements such as straw hats and baskets.  Sweet Lolita and it's subtypes contain all the basic anatomy of a Lolita outfit, though in a more playful than elegant aspect.  Here is what you should and shouldn't do when dressing in Sweet Lolita.

✔ Headwear for this style includes headdresses, bonnets, alice bow, ribbons and miniature top hats.  Wigs or hairstyles that are curled are popular as well.  Country Lolita usually has straw hats and braided hair.

✖ Some people do not find headdresses to be in fashion anymore, while others do.  They were at the start of Sweet Lolita so you should have no issue wearing them, though most places no longer sell them.  A hairstyle you should avoid is a single ponytail pulled back.  This is frowned upon with all Lolita styles.

✔ A standard white blouse is best for Sweet, Country and OTT Lolita, while a black blouse is best for Bittersweet.  You can have a range of pastel blouses for Sweet or OTT Lolita if you can find them.  One-pieces are also very popular in all Sweet, OTT and Bittersweet Lolita styles.

✖ Anything other than a blouse when not wearing a one-piece is frowned upon.

✔ Skirts range in many different colors and prints.  The most popular are desserts, candy, strawberries, hearts, flowers, small animals and fairy tale settings, though there are even more cute prints to choose from.  A simple bell skirt is the normal while JSK are rather popular now.  All skirts should be worn with a blouse that meets Lolita criteria of quality.

✖ Mini skirts as well as ankle length skirts are two types of skirts that do not belong in any Sweet, OTT or Bittersweet wardrobe as they are wrong for the style.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier or bloomers should also be worn.  Sometimes worn by types of Sweet Lolita are panniers that are extra poofy to give an extreme cupcake or princess poof effect.

✖ Do not attempt to skip proper undergarments or use costume petticoats as this will look terrible and will also be very scratchy and uncomfortable for you.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, ankle socks, OTK socks or tights.  The designs on them are usually simple and up one side of each sock, though they can be plain or have a pattern on the entire piece.

✖ Please for the love of all that is good do not wear stockings. These are like tights, but see-through or netted and defeat the entire purpose of modesty in Lolita.

✔ For the shoes, try to go with simple, ribboned or sweet covered qualifying shoes. A Lolita shoe is considered one that is modest with a closed toe and slight heel.  Some examples of acceptable shoes are platforms, Mary Janes, rocking horse shoes and ballet flats, even though they don't have a heel.

✖ Do not wear high heels that are more than four inches. This tends to look off and makes your outfit less modest as heels that aren't platforms are associated with erotic adult professions.

Other tips for your Sweet Lolita outfit include:

✚ Try to stick with pastel colors for Sweet, pastel or bright for OTT and black for Bittersweet.
✚ Accessories come in a wide range from chokers to rings and bracelets with ribbons, pearls, small animals and different kinds of pastries or food.  If it looks like you'd want to hug it forever or it's too cute to eat, it's probably more than perfect for Sweet Lolita styles.
✚ Your make-up should be elegant and doll-like for this style.  Mascara, eye liner, pastel eye shadow and some shade of pink blush and lipgloss are most common.  OTT and Bittersweet Lolitas tend to wear darker eye shadow.  Circle lenses are also very popular along with fake eyelashes.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it can be anything from plain to pastry, animal, star or heart shaped.  Bags or purses with ribbons or simple patterns work as well.  Country Lolita uses straw baskets, though can have normal Sweet Lolita purses as well.

Examples of Sweet Lolita, OTT LolitaBittersweet Lolita and Country Lolita.

Styles of Lolita: Wa Lolita


Wa Lolita contains all the basic anatomy of a Lolita outfit with a traditional Japanese theme.  This is the best style for those who want to be closer to the Japanese culture, though want to do so in an elegant Lolita fashion.  Some elements are much different from that of other Lolita styles and do to that, some people actually reject this style as a form of Lolita.  However, it is an official Lolita style as it meets the anatomy of a proper Lolita outfit even though some of the one-pieces aren't as modest as they should be.

✔ Headwear for this style can include an alice bow, bonnet or more traditional Japanese hair accessories such as kanzashi or flower hair clips.

✖ Do not wear top hats with this style.  The do not mix in well with the kimono / Wa Lolita look.

✔ The top for this outfit is a one-piece dress that the top-half has the elements of a kimono or yukata and the bottom half has the bell shape of a Lolita skirt.  This means the top half will be the design of a kimono/yukata and have long sode or sleeves like that found on an unmarried girls kimono.  The patterns on these range from flowers to koi to cranes or other traditional Japanese kimono prints.  The fabric should be made out of quality cotton or kimono fabric.  The skirt of the one-piece can be short, but not too short.  Modesty is needed in all styles of Lolita.

✖ Wa Lolita outfits should not be a full kimonos or made out of Chinese qi-pao material or other cheap fabrics.  The quality of the outfit is very important.

✔ In the event that your one-piece is more of a dress than a bell-skirt kimono, you will wear a plain blouse to go with this.  The blouse should match the color theme of the one-piece.

✖ Do not skip wearing a blouse if you have a dress type bell-skirt kimono like the ones from META.  You'll be showing too much skin this way which is not proper for a Lolita outfit.

✔ Unlike other styles of Lolita clothing, the Wa Lolita outfit has an obi.  This is a sash that is tied around the waist of a kimono.  The obi should compliment the kimono-style one-piece.

✖ Your obi should not be overly stiff or made out of cheap material.  An obi is meant to be an elegant waist accessory to keep a traditional kimono closed and should look just as elegant with a Wa Lolita outfit.

✔ Undergarments, such as a pannier should be worn.

✖ Do not attempt to wear any style of Lolita without some form of undergarment.  Also, bloomers do not look very good with Wa Lolita, so try to avoid these if you can.

✔ Socks should be knee socks, OTK socks or tights.  Plain is best, though they may have a traditional Japanese pattern on them if you would like.

✖ Wa Lolita do not have a set rule on what 'not' to wear as socks.  GLB even features Wa Lolita who are wearing netted stockings and leggings, though it does not look very good.

✔ Wa Lolita have a wide range of shoes to pick from.  Rocking horse shoes and platforms look best with this style as well as traditional Japanese shoes such as okobo or geta.

✖ Wa Lolita do not have a set rule on what 'not' to wear as shoes.  They have been shown with everything but the Lolita taboo of four inch or higher pointed heels.

Other tips for your Wa Lolita outfit include:

✚ Feel free to pick almost any color scheme for your outfit seeing as kimono patterns are usually multiple colors, though they can be just two as well.
✚ Do not over accessorize this look or it will not have the traditional Japanese feel.
✚ You can go to most Japanese kimono stores to find accessories for your outfit including a traditional Japanese style hand bag to match your outfit.
✚ Make-up for Wa Lolita be natural, light or elements of Geisha make-up, though do not paint your face white as this will make your outfit look more like a costume.

Examples of Wa Lolita: kimono print one-piece and a one-piece with blouse.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lolita Glossary

Here is a alphabetical list of common Lolita terms and phrases that you will see throughout my posts, on other Lolita websites, in magazines and while speaking to some other Lolitas.  These are all official Lolita speak, so the common Loli will know what you're talking about.  This list will really be helpful if you're starting out, haven't checked abbreviations before or just need a reference to remember.  It's also a lot easier to say something like BTSSB instead of Baby The Stars Shine Bright.  If you're looking for a specific abbreviation or word, just click CTRL + F on your keyboard and the "find" property will come up.  Type in the desired word and it will take you to it.  If a word you're looking for isn't here, I probably have never used  or heard anyone else use it.


A
A&P
A&P / ARIPAI (A&P / アリパイ)
The abbreviation for the pirate-themed Lolita brand Alice & the Pirates.

AC
Abbreviation for art commission. Shopping-related term.

AatP
Old, but commonly used abbreviation for the pirate-themed Lolita brand Alice & the Pirates.

AFC
Abbreviation for available for commission. Shopping-related term.

AH
Abbreviation for the Chinese brand Anna House.

Alice Bow
A head band with a large bow on top, named after the bow worn on Alice's head from Alice in Wonderland. In Japan it's normally referred to as "katyusha", based on a Tolstoy character.

Alice DECO À la Mode
ARISU ARAMŌDO / ARISU DEKO (アリスアラモード / アリスデコ)
An inspirational magazine that contains Lolita and other fashion styles.

Alice and the Pirates
ARISU ANDO ZA PAIRĒTSU (アリスアンドザパイレーツ)
A pirate-themed Lolita sub-brand of Baby the Stars Shine Bright. Created in 2004.

Alice Loli
ARISU RORI (アリスロリ)
Alice Loli, a style resembling the character Alice from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland. Color scheme is usually saxon blue, with a white apron and black & white/saxon blue striped socks.

A-LineARAIN (Aライン)
The shape of a dress or skirt, which flares out to create the silhouette of an A. Very popular in the 60's.

Aka Loli
AKA RORI(赤ロリ)
Aka Loli is a Japanese-only term that refers to a red variant of Kuro/Shiro Lolita. Aka means red.

Ama Loli
AMA RORI (甘ロリ)
Ama is short for amai (sweet).  The style of Lolita is bright colored and the most childish.

Angelic Pretty
ANJERIKKU PURITI (アンジェリックプリティ)
A Lolita brand catering mainly to Ama Lolitas.  Founded under the name Pretty in 1979.

Ankle Socks
KURŪ TAKE SOKKUSU (クルー丈ソックス)
Socks that are ankle height.  This has been popular for the past few years.

Antique Beast
ANTIIKU BIISUTO (アンティーク ビースト)
A brand catering to mainly Gothic and Ero Lolita.

Aoki Misako
AOKI MISAKO (青木美沙子)
An official model for Baby the Stars Shine Bright. Was appointed as a Kawaii Ambassador for the Japanese government in 2009. Works as a nurse.

AP
Abbreviation for the Lolita brand Angelic Pretty.

Asuka
One of the main designers working at Angelic Pretty since 2003. Often seen together with Maki.

Atelier Pierrot
ATORIE PIERO (アトリエピエロ)
A Lolita brand catering mainly to Gothic and Classic Lolitas.

B
BABY
Abbreviation for the Lolita brand Baby the Stars Shine Bright.

BABY THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT
BEIBII ZA SUTĀZU SHAIN BURAITO (ベイビーザスターズシャインブライト)
A Lolita brand catering to a large variety of styles. Founded in 1988. The name is based on an album by the English band Everything but the Girl.

BETH
MIHO MATSUDA (ミホマツダ)
A closed sub-brand of Victorian Maiden created in 2006.

Bible
Abbreviation for the Gothic & Lolita Bible.

Bittersweet
Recent western term to describe an Ama Lolita coordinate in dark colors.

BLACK PEACE NOW
BURAKKU PIISU NAU (ブラックピースナウ)
A brand catering to Gothic and Punk Lolitas. Founded in 2004.

BloomersBURUMA (ブルマ)
Shorts-like undergarment worn under dresses and skirts.

BonnetBONETTO (ボネット)
A form of headwear with a large brim framing the face, used in various Lolita styles. Introduced in the latter part of the 17'th Century.

BPN
Abbreviation for the brand Black Peace Now.

Brolita
Term for a male dressing in Lolita.

BTSSB
Abbreviation for the Lolita brand Baby the Stars Shine Bright.

Bustle SkirtBASSURU SUKĀTO (バッスルスカート)
A skirt that is pulled up in the back to reveal an underskirt.

C
Canotier
KYANOTIE (キャノティエ)
Often a circular headdress with lace, ribbons or flowers. This term is used by Japanese brands. May refer to the French word canotier (boater hat).

Casu Loli
KAJU RORI (カジュロリ)
A toned down style of Lolita for everyday use. Casu is for Casual.

Circle LensA specific type of contact lens that is very popular in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China. Makes your irises appear larger for a doll-like look.

Classic Loli
KURASHIKKU RORI (クラシックロリ)
A more mature, classic style of Lolita. Often has an A-line silhouette and floral patterns. Also known as クラシカルロリ (Kurashikaru Rori; Classical Loli) in Japan.

Cosu LoliKOSU RORI (コスロリ)
Cosu Loli refers to those who dress up in Lolita-themed clothing for Cosplay conventions. The clothing often has awkward designs and low-quality materials, and usually has a very costumey look. Common accessories are ネコミミ (nekomimi; cat ears). Cosu is derived from コスプレ (kosupure).

CutsewKATTOSŌ (カットソー)
Clothing often made in t-shirt material; commonly includes t-shirts, cardigans, and hoodies, but also in some cases, dresses and skirts. Often has simple lace details and a Lolita-themed print. Goes well with Casu Loli.

Cyber Lolita
Western name of a Lolita style based on Cybergoth.

D
DA
Abbreviation for direct auction. Shopping-related term.

Deco Loli
DEKO RORI (デコロリ)
An older style that was created with the rise of Decora, another Japanese fashion. This style can be said to have merged with Ama Loli to create the Kote Loli style. Deco is short for Decora.

Drawers
DOROWĀZU (ドロワーズ)
Shorts-like undergarment worn under dresses and skirts. Longer than bloomers, and can be seen peeking out from underneath skirts.

DS
Abbreviation for direct sale. Shopping-related term.

DT
Abbreviation for direct trade. Shopping-related term.

E
EA
Abbreviation for eBay auction. Shopping-related term.

EGA
Abbreviation for Elegant Gothic Aristocrat.

EGL
Abbreviation for Elegant Gothic Lolita. May also refer to the EGL Livejournal community in the west.

Elegant Gothic Aristocrat
EREGANTO GOSHIKKU ARISUTOKURATTO (エレガントゴシックアリストクラット)
A label mainly used by the brand Moi-Même-Moitié for their Aristocrat clothing.

Elegant Gothic Lolita
EREGANTO GOSHIKKU RORIITA (エレガントゴシックロリータ)
A label mainly used by the brand Moi-Même-Moitié for their Lolita clothing.

Emily Temple Cute
EMIRII TENPURU KYŪTO (エミリーテンプルキュート)
An older Lolita / Otome brand that has a slightly more mature look.

Ero Loli
ERO RORI (エロロリ)
Ero Loli is a mildly sexualized variant of (usually) Gothic or Kuro Loli. Shorter skirts, display of cleavage and the usage of fetish elements and materials are common. Although more popular in the west, this style is rarely seen in general. Ero is derived from エロチック (erochikku) which means erotic.

ES
Abbreviation for Etsy sale. Shopping-related term.

ETC
Abbreviation for Emily Temple Cute.

F
F+F
Abbreviation for the Chinese brand Fan + Friend.

Fairy Lolita
Western name of a Lolita style based on Fairy-kei.

G
GLB
Abbreviation for Gothic & Lolita Bible.

GO
Abbreviation for group order. Shopping-related term.

Goth Loli
GOSU RORI (ゴスロリ)
This style is the oldest style of Lolita fashion, and widely recognized world-wide. It incorporates pure gothic elements, as well as the modest and cute parts of Lolita. It is commonly referred to as Gothic Lolita. ゴスロリ (gosu rori) is an abbreviation derived from ゴシックロリータ (goshikku roriita), which means Gothic Lolita. The term can also refer to a Lolita magazine containing photos and sewing patterns.

Gothic & Lolita Bible
A Lolita magazine with the latest news, articles, photos and sometimes sewing patterns.

Guro Loli
GURO RORI (グロロリ)
A horror-themed style that has the look of a broken, often blood-stained or bandaged doll. Guro is derived from グロテスク (gurotesuku) which means grotesque.

Gyaru
GYARU (ギャル)
A term referring to Gyaru fashion, which has many sub-styles. ギャル (gyaru) means gal.

Gyaru Loli
GYARU RORI (ギャルロリ)
A term referring to the mixture of Lolita and Hime Gyaru fashion.

H
Happy Pack
HAPPĪPAKKU (ハッピーパック)
Another term used for a Lucky Pack by some stores.

H.NAOTO
EICHI NAOTO (エイチナオト)
A brand catering to mainly Punk and Punk Lolita.

Half Bonnet
HĀFU BONETTO (ハーフボネット)
A bonnet without a backside.

Headbow
Another term for alice bow.  Though it may refer to a smaller version or a clip without a band.

HEART E
HĀTO II (ハート イー)
A Lolita brand.

Hime Gyaru
HIME GYARU (姫ギャル)
A sub-style of Gyaru fashion. Largely influences modern Lolita fashion.

Hime Loli
HIME RORI (姫ロリ)
A style that incorporates extravagant Lolita, and sometimes Hime Gyaru items into their outfits.

I
Imai Kira
IMAI KIRA (今井キラ)
Illustrator who is known for her beautiful Lolita artwork. Often creates illustrations for Angelic Pretty.

Innocent World
INOSENTO WĀRUDO (イノセントワールド)
A Classic Lolita brand.

ITA
Abbreviation for Ita Loli.

ITS
Abbreviation for the now closed American Lolita brand In the Starlight.

IW
Abbreviation for the Lolita brand Innocent World.

J
JETJ
Abbreviation for the Classic Lolita brand Juliette et Justine.

JSK
Abbreviation for jumper skirt.

Juliette et Justine
JURIETTO E JUSUTIINU (ジュリエットエジュスティーヌ)
A Classic Lolita brand.

Jumper Skirt
JANPĀSUKĀTO (ジャンパースカート)
A dress without sleeves that can be worn with a blouse underneath.

K
Katyusha
KACHŪSA (カチューシャ)
A headband often adorned with a big bow, lace or flowers. The term is based on a Tolstoy character, and is common with Japanese brands.

KERA!
KERA! (ケラ!)
A fashion magazine with news and photos on cute trends, including Lolita.

Knee Socks
HAI SOKKUSU (ハイソックス)
Knee-length socks. Their popularity has dwindled in recent years in favor for OTK socks.

Koakuma Ageha
KOAKUMA AGEHA (小悪魔ageha)
A Japanese fashion magazine for Gyaru, Himegyaru and has featured Lolita from time to time.  It was originally posted under the name Koakuma & Nuts in 2005 and is my personal favorite fashion magazine.

Kote Loli
KOTE RORI (コテロリ)
Kote Loli is an evolved, and more over-the-top variant of Ama Loli. Was popularized by the brand Angelic Pretty in 2006, and is currently one of the most popular styles. Kote is derived from コテコテ (kotekote) which is onomatopoeia for over-the-top.

Kuro Loli
KURO RORI (黒ロリ)
Kuro Loli is a color-themed style where all clothing and accessories are black. Kuro is derived from 黒い (kuroi) which means black.

L
LJ
Abbreviation for Livejournal, a social network website.

Loli
RORI (ロリ)
Abbreviation for Lolita.

Lolita
RORIITA (ロリータ)
The Japanese fashion, or a person wearing Lolita fashion.

LP
Abbreviation for lucky pack.

Lucky Pack
FUKUBUKURO (福袋)
A secret pack of Lolita clothing, which combined value is worth more than the set price paid. They're sold seasonly by various Lolita brands, and you can often choose between different packs, containing only clothing or only accessories.

M
Mary Magdalene
MEARII MAGUDAREN (メアリーマグダレン)
A Classic Lolita brand founded in 2003.

MAXICIMAM
MAKISHIMAMU (マキシマム)
An Ama Lolita brand founded in 1996.

META
Abbreviation for the Lolita brand Metamorphose temps de Fille.

METAMORPHOSE TEMPS DE FILLE
METAMORUFŌZE TAN DU FIIYU (メタモルフォーゼタンドゥフィーユ)
A Lolita brand with a large variety of styles. Founded in 1993.

Miho Matsuda
MIHO MATSUDA (ミホマツダ)
An older Lolita brand catering mainly to Gothic and Classic Lolita.

MILLE FLEURS
MIRU FURŪRU (ミルフルール)
A Classic Lolita brand.

MM
Abbreviation for the Classic Lolita brand Mary Magdalene.

MMM
Abbreviation for the Gothic Lolita brand Moi-Même-Moitié.

Moi-Même-Moitié
MOWA MĒMU MOWATIE (モワメームモワティエ)
A widely popular Gothic Lolita brand owned by Mana. Founded in 1999.

Mori Lolita
Western name of a Lolita style based on Mori-kei. Mori means forest.

N
Natural Loli
NACHURARU RORI (ナチュラルロリ)
Japanese name of a Lolita-influenced style based on Natural-kei. The brand MiELette Tautou caters to this style.

NWT
Abbreviation for new with tag. Shopping-related term.

O
Old School
Term used to describe Lolita fashion pre-OTT era. Common old school attributes are no prints, large rectangle headdresses, black x white color scheme, platform shoes and simple designs.

One-Piece
WANPIISU (ワンピース)
By itself it means dress. In Lolita fashion, it specifically refers to a dress with sleeves.

OP
WANPI (ワンピ)
Abbreviation for the one-piece.

OTK
Abbreviation for over the knee socks.

Otome
A term referring to otome fashion, which is a cute and girly style. A popular alternative to Lolita fashion. おとめ (otome) means maiden or young lady.

OTT
Abbreviation for the over-the-top. Usually refers to Kote Loli, but can be applied to any style.

Ouji
ŌJII (王子)
Refers to the only male equivalent of Lolita fashion. Ouji means prince. Also called boystyle.

Over The Knee Socks
ŌBĀ NII SOKKUSU (オーバーニーソックス)
Socks that go past the knee. Very popular in recent years.

P
Pannier
PANIE (パニエ)
Underskirts that are worn under Lolita skirts to create the poofy Lolita silhouette.

Petticoat
PECHIKŌTO (ペチコート)
An alternate word for pannier. This term is common in the west.

Pink Loli
PINKU RORI (ピンクロリ)
Pink Loli is a Japanese-only term that refers to a pink variant of Kuro/Shiro Lolita.

Pirate Lolita
A style with pirate elements. A brand that caters to this style is Alice & the Pirates.

PRETTY
PURITI (プリティ)
Angelic Pretty's early brand name. Also the Japanese abbreviation for the brand name.

Punk Loli
PAN RORI (パンロリ)
A Lolita style which intergrates punk elements in the outfits.

PUTUMAYO
PUTOMAYO (プトマヨ)
A Lolita brand catering mainly to Punk Lolitas. Founded in 1990.

R
RHS
Abbreviation for rocking horse shoes.

Rocking Horse Shoes
ROKKIN HŌSU (ロッキンホース)
Platform-styled shoes with wooden soles. Originally created by the world-famous British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Romper
RONPĀSU (ロンパース)
Popular in recent years as a more casual alternative to full-blown Lolita.

Rori
The romanized form of ロリ (loli). Often used by western Lolitas.

S
Sailor Loli
SĒRĀ RORI (セーラーロリ)
Sailor Loli is a themed style with sailor elements, such as sailor collars and nautical motifs/colors.

Salopette
SAROPETTO (サロペット)
Popular in recent years as a more casual alternative to full-blown Lolita.

Sax Loli
SAKKUSU RORI (サックスロリ)
Refers to a saxe blue variant of Kuro/Shiro Lolita. It also goes under the name 水色ロリ (mizuiro rori) which means light blue.

Shiro Loli
SHIRO RORI (白ロリ)
Shiro Loli is a color-themed style where all clothing and accessories are white. Shiro is derived from 白い (shiroi) which means white.

Shirring
SHĀRINGU (シャーリング)
Stretchable gathering found on dresses, blouses and skirts.

SPOON
A magazine that features the Otome brand Emily Temple Cute and mainstream fashion.

SS
Abbreviation for shopping service or the Taobao brand Secret Shop.

T
Tea Party Shoes
TIIPĀTII SHŪZU (ティーパーティーシューズ)
Flat, extremely popular shoes released by Angelic Pretty since around 2005.

Tights
TAITSU (タイツ)
Tights are the least common form of hosiery used in Lolita fashion.

Twin Loli
FUTAGO RORI (双子ロリ)
Two Lolitas dressing up into the same outfit. May be in different colors schemes. Shiro and Kuro Lolita twinning is common.

V
Victorian Maiden
VIKUTORIAN MEIDEN (ヴィクトリアンメイデン)
A Classic Lolita brand founded in 1999.

VM
Abbreviation for the Classic Lolita brand Victorian Maiden.

W
Wa Loli
WA RORI (和ロリ)
A Lolita style based on Japanese traditional clothing. Wa means Japanese-style.

Wrist Cuffs
OSODETOME (お袖とめ)
An accessory worn on the wrist. Often decorated with ribbons, flowers and lace.

WTB
Abbreviation for want to buy. Shopping-related term.

WTS
Abbreviation for want to sell. Shopping-related term.

What is Lolita?

Though most people who search this word or read over Japanese fashion know what Lolita is, a few people still do not.  Lolita is a Japanese street fashion inspired the Rococo and Victorian eras in history.  The fashion trend that is now a lifestyle as well was started back in 1987.  It started as a basic fashion and now has become a trend around the world.  The fashion is one that you could say has the most strict guidelines for what you can and can't wear to call the outfit a true Lolita.  The anatomy of a Lolita outfit is something that every new Lolita should look into and study and every old Lolita should know.

There are many different styles of Lolita ranging in different colors and patterns along with different accessories, though all of this stays within the rules.  The term Lolita is from Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, though this is not what the style is about.  I however cannot speak for the majority do to the fact I do indeed like older men, always have and my Master is attracted to younger women and finds the style more sexually attractive than that of normal western fashion.  The main goal of a Lolita outfit though is to look elegant or cute and most of all modest.

Along with the clothes comes the personality for some.  Lolita is a fashion and a lifestyle.  Some people are cosplay Lolita who only wear it to conventions and tea parties, while others wear it on a regular and even day-to-day basis.  The people who do this are known as lifestyle Lolita and are even referred to by the word.  Being called a Lolita and not just because of the style is a compliment above all other.  The Lolita is a person who is elegant, charming and radiates with feminine modesty, beauty and manners.  Lifestyle Lolita usually have feminine hobbies such as attending or hosting tea parties, baking, embroidery, sewing and other activities that would be considered old-fashion and for women only.  Even so, there are some men that have adapted the Lolita lifestyle as well and one of the most famous Lolita, Mana, is in fact a male.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Introduction to Princess of Lolita

Hello there friend.  You can call me Precious, as that's what I go by in the online world.  I'm a Gorean who is in love with Japanese fashion, culture and everything adorable in the world.  The name of the blog is "Princess of Lolita" though I do adore other fashion trends such as himegyaru and fairy kei.  I'd have to describe my overall personality and tastes as a lolita though and well, I think I'm a princess.

I started out early December 2012 with my main blog, Princess on a Leash.  This was just meant to be a blog for my Master in which I wrote my daily thoughts on his behavior, my own behavior and one or two little happenings of my day.  I soon wanted to post about my interests as well though, so I decided to start up a second daily blog and that's how I came up with Princess of Lolita.  Now I am here to post about my interests so that my Master doesn't have to filter through roses and sparkles to read my assignments.  So, from now on I will be posting my adventures in the world of finally living out my dream to actually dress, act and be lolita as much as life will allow.
~ Love, Precious (aka: Princess of Lolita)