Monday, May 27, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 21

I have a follower!  I'm super thrilled that my blog has hit off and hopefully helped a few people.  I know lurking is sometimes easier than anything, but I would love to hear from everyone.  So, please don't be shy and feel free to comment once in a while.

I'm really excited to start talking about this weeks Lolita 52 Challenge theme, "Plan for a trip!  A week's worth of Lolita outfits I can fit in a small suitcase"!  If there is anything I love more than Lolita and kittens, it's travel!  I love and live for vacations.  Any time I can go somewhere for a little fun and relaxation, I'm one happy lady.

So, if I was going to be packing up for a week long vacation in Lolita, I'm sure I could do it with ease.  I've been on planes so many times where all I brought was my carry-on for 5 day to week and a half long trips.  I'm an awesome tight packer and can get my clothes, stuffed animal, laptop, camera and non-liquid necessities nicely packed into my mini Hong Kong suitcase or a backpack or even a messenger bag!

First of all, I would pick the two most practice pairs of shoes I own to bring and change them out every day.  Wear one pair and the other pair will get packed last on top of most everything else.  For pairs of a combo of leggings, tights and socks will be square pocket folded for the most space efficiency.  Wearing all but the socks for a second day is just fine.  Socks usually tend to collect the most skin and bacteria, so I only wear them for one day before washing them.  Next, all I will need are two nice petticoats and one pair of bloomers, folded properly and rolled slightly, they take up almost no space.  Six pairs of nice, not too thick, undies are next.  If rolled up, at this point you shouldn't have used more than 1/2 of a layer of space (minus the shoes, which should be packed later).  Next, you need to make sure and pack two nice bras that can be folded into the other cup to take up the least space.  Wearing the same bra all week is not a good idea, but you can wear one twice or even three times if you wear it on days you don't sweat.  Now that your basics are all packed, it's time to nicely fold and gently roll the four skirts you want to take.  Make sure they are all in the same color set so they can be changed out with different blouses.  All of the first layer and a little of the second layer taken up at this point, you're going to want to only take about four blouses.  Two would make 8 different outfits, but for hygienes sake and a little more originality, four will do.  Fold and roll and then add the other pair of shoes and voila!  If you have a pouch/zipper on the outside like my mini suitcase does, this is where I put the hair accessories, cuffs/gloves and jewelry I want.  I usually take about twenty tiny things to mix and match, two headpieces and if you like, a little pouch of matching makeup.  A hair straightener and the other items you need will fit in here just fine.  So there you have it, one week of packing done and no big issue!  You'll be one of the cutest people on vacation.

Now, if you are going to a theme destination, like Disney Land, I always make sure to leave space.  Pack one less blouse, no socks and less accessories.  If you can get away with it, pack one less pair of undies and make sure your clothes are thinner so they take up less room.  Do not pack any bathroom items beside a straightener.  Places like that have things for you for free on site, so no need to pack them.  Now you'll have space for a favorite Disney item or a few tiny things.  You can buy a cute shirt at one of the Disney Stores as well as accessories.  Who doesn't want some Minnie ears and a special shirt for vacation!?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 20

Hello again ladies (and maybe gentlemen?)!  I'm so happy that so many people are reading this and hopefully finding some help from my earlier posts.  Please feel free to comment or message me if you have any questions at all.

This weeks Lolita 52 Challenge is going to be "How satisfied I am with my current wardrobe".  This topic is a little tricky seeing as I'm always grateful for what I have.  I would however like it if my wardrobe was larger or had a few more brand items.  My weight has gone up just a smidge lately, so one or two items are a little tight at the moment.  I'm hopin this changes soon though and I'm sure my mood will change.  I do plan on adding more casual pieces as soon as I can so that I can change out my coordinates more often.  I don't need enough items to wear a different outfit for 365 days, but I would like a months worth of original outfits.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 19

Another odd topic this week for Lolita 52 Challenge.  This week is going to be "Trends that I thought I loved, but now I'm not to keen on".  Again, trends aren't my thing to start with.  They don't really phase me, but if I had to pick something, it would be the mix of Hime x Lolita.  I thought it was really pretty, fantasy like and wonderful to start with, but now I can't really see a reason to wear it.  It's a little over the top fashion wise and I'm more for simplicity.  That being said, I think anyone should like whatever trends they are drawn to and not apologize for it.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 18

Alright, I hate to disappoint seeing as this page has hit off much more so than I thought (average 80 visitors a day!  Wow!) but this weeks topic for Lolita 52 Challenge has me a bit stumped again.  The topic is "Trends I thought I would never get into, but now I love".  As I've noted before, I'm not much of a trend follower.  I like to keep things basic and so, I've never found any trends to be something I don't like.  I also don't really do any current trends.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 17

Sadly, my post for this weeks Lolita 52 Challenge is going to be cut short.  The topic is "My first meetup" and the thing is, I'm anti-social or maybe an introvert.  Either way, I do not socialize with others besides online and pen pals.  I'm a very unique person and I don't handle social situations and on the spot topics very well.  If anything, I like to avoid them at all costs.  Especially political matters, those usually don't go well.  I am a member of the Arizona Lolitas, but at most I post topics on their page and am Facebook pals with a few.  One of my best Facebook pals keeps trying to coax me out of my shell, but I freak out last second.  I'm hoping to get over this fear someday.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 16

This weeks Lolita 52 Challenge is "10 Facts about my Lolita wardrobe".  I'm not sure if I can think of ten total, but I'll make sure to try.

1. My wardrobe is mainly composed of non-brand items.  I own an AP sax purse that was from a lucky pack last year and that is it.  No AP, BtSSB or any other of the brands I adore.  Sure, I'd love some more, if it were practical, which brings me to...

2. My wardrobe is budget.  I like to think of myself as one of the most frugal ladies on the planet.  If there is a deal, I'll nab it.  A sale, I'll be there.  And above all, I never buy new clothes unless I absolutely have at least 10% extra income that month.  That means bills, groceries, memberships and everything else has to be paid off that month and if 10% is left, I'll get myself something.

3. Nothing is from Bodyline or similar.  While I do own budget pieces, almost everything I find is from thrift shops, second hand, girly clothing stores and handmade pieces.  I have gotten really good at spotting a piece that could work with a coordinate at places like Forever 21 or the perfect headpiece at Claire's.

4. I love casual.  The majority of my wardrobe is casual pieces.  It's the most practice, the easiest to find in non-brand stores, and people tend to look at you less in public.  I'm sure all ladies love attention, but having weirdos take pictures of you for no reason, and without even asking, is not something I'm into.

5. I love sax (light blue) and neutral colors.  As I get older, I love the idea of simplicity and elegance more.  Yes, I own pink and lilac, but most of my favorite items are blue and tan/light brown.  It just looks so nice when everything is put together.

6. My wardrobe is still in progress.  I'm still buying things, finding things I think work better than other things I already own and change pieces out once in a while.  Though, who doesn't do this?  Not to mention, I change out pieces I wear when my weight changes.  Another big reason I tend to stay away from brand items.

7. Almost every item I own is interchangeable.  This means that I can make a coordinate out of almost any combo in my wardrobe.  This is extremely helpful for wearing Lolita every day and living on a budget.  If you keep mostly pieces of like colors, you'll have less trouble getting dressed in the morning.

8. I own one wig.  Yup, you read that right.  I own just one single wig and that's all I need.  I actually don't wear it that often do to my natural hair being well taken care of and looking just as pretty.  You don't need a wig to dress in Lolita and don't let anyone tell you any different.  It's also very close to my natural hair color, so I usually just wear it when I'm having a bad hair day and almost no one has every questioned it.  I use to have a blonde one, but I never really fell in love with it.

9. Even my underwear is cute.  Yes, I know that almost no one sees this, but it makes me feel put together when I have a nice comfy bra on and panties with a print.  Nothing sexy, just adorable or elegant.

10. My wardrobe is not better than your wardrobe and vice versa.  I will not judge your pieces unless asked, and even so, I'm not mean.  I'm not the fashion police, I just love to help others.  I make sure all my pieces fit with Lolita code, but I'm not going to chew you out if yours needs a little push in the right direction.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 15

So, there aren't many things I want to talk about today that are on topic, but I'll try to come up with something.  This entire Lolita challenge is really hard since so many of them have to do with the community, which I'm not really part of.  Just like I'm a solitary witch, I guess you could call me a solitary Lolita.  Either way, the topic for this week is "3 things I wish I was told when I was a new Lolita".

First of all, I would have adored it if I had known anyone in the fashion and someone could have told me "Hey!  You're coordinate is a little off!" so that I would have even known I was wearing Lolita to start with.  I've always been attracted to girly fashion options and what I would wear sometimes in middle school was just a piece or two short of a full coordinate.  Sure that didn't make it much less Lolita, but I felt silly after finding out what was a guideline and what to avoid.

I also wish someone would have told me that there were more people into Lolita than I would have thought.  Absolutely no one in my area dressed in Lolita, knew about the fashion or really cared about anything Japanese Culture.  The anime group at our school (the only high school for 30 miles) was made up of only thirty people and a few of them were just there to get out of other activities.  I would have been much happier to start with if I knew I wasn't a freak.

And lastly, I would have liked it if when I first started I knew that other people in general didn't have a lot of money and that brand whores were rarer than made present by internet chatter.  Even if I had managed to be more of a people person and chatty, I was rather scared off by the idea that I was the only poor Lolita in the world.  My parents were rich, but that didn't mean they were willing to drop even a penny on something they thought was a stupid fashion.  Having only an allowance wasn't enough to help me feel confident as a new Lolita.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 14

So, I've been trying to make sure I get on every week to talk about the topics and it's becoming harder and harder now that I have a boyfriend!  I'm super happy that the guy I met last month ended up asking me out, taking me on a date and now wants a relationship.  He's a sweetheart and super adorable and I'm happier than I've ever been before.  It's like love at first sight and I hope that things last between us.

On the topic of this week - "Lolitas I would Like to Meet" - this would be a giant list of absolutely everyone who is on this Facebook group of Arizona Lolitas, everyone who started the fashion and wears it, Kanon Wakashima, Mana and Miss Caro Chan (the owner of F Yeah Lolita).  They all seem very interesting and it would be nice if I could meet any other Lolitas at all.  I'm sure someday I'll work up the courage to force myself to attend a group event of some kind.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 13

This topic is going to be cut short by the fact I have next to nothing to write on it.  This week is about "Lolitas I have met in real life", which comes to a grand total of zero.  I'm not a very social person by nature and I never have any time to go to events or do anything with people who call me their friend.  I wish things were a little easier on me, but my whole life revolves around my ability to make money at the moment.  I'm hoping to join an already existing Lolita community in the area and start making friends.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 12

So, besides things in the world of Lolita, I met someone this weekend!  He's uber cute and I'm so happy he wants to be my pal.  He's kinda nerdy like me and I'm not sure if he'll think I'm crazy for being into the whole Japanese culture set, but I hope all the frills won't run him off.  The only friends I hav  e right now are at my work, but we haven't set away any time to hang out.  Hopefully this will change in the future if I have some time to do something other than try to make money.

Thinking back to last weeks topic made me realize the material I used could be put into this weeks topic as well and dressed up a bit.  I'm going to be saying a bit on what I think about "combining other fashions with Lolita".  Personally, I have no problem as long as the end result doesn't come out to some horrible monster-like mess of clothes and bobbles that don't even go together.  It makes me think of those Hello Kitty x Brand dolls I see all the time that mix her with some J-pop star, model or other franchises character.

Lolita x Natural Kei is one of my current favorites of Lolita.  The whole idea of something elegant, modest and adorable mixed with something Earthy and gorgeous just makes me wish I won the lottery just to buy everything this combination has to offer.  The neutral and Earthy tones make it lean more toward the side of being mixed with classic.  Anything with flowers on it or having to do with nature is okay in my book.

Lolita x Fairy Kei would have to be my top favorite combinations ever.  When I wasn't wearing Lolita, I was wearing Fairy Kei.  Now in the world of the new millennium, you have the option to wear both at the same time.  That's just uber fabulous!  Everything about it reminds me of the earlier 90's or the 80's.  The pastel pops, characters on cutsews from cartoons and random mixes of color.  I think this is great for those who love Lolita, but don't want to stick to a few of the rules for a normal coordinate.  Yes, all the pieces are there, but the amount of poof in each isn't necessary

There are many other combinations to mix up with Lolita and all of them are very unique and rather cute.  There are a few horror stories like camo or visual kei, but hopefully you won't see those too often if ever.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 11

Everything I've thought of so far in way of trends I like for Lolita comes up with a blank.  I don't think there is a single thing I am into now that has gone out of fashion or trends that have gone away.  I'm not much of a trend follower to begin with, so I can't easily tell you what is 'hot and what's not' in the way of Lolita fashion.  Beyond the basics for the styles, I don't really go into looking for much more.  If something seems to fit I go with it, but that's just me.  As for things that I absolutely adore that fit in the 'trends' section, that would be Natural Kei, Fairy Kei and Hime Gyaru.  Whether or not they are still widely spread in Japan, I have no idea, but I love them just the same!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 10

So, not having as fun as I'd hoped I would be in the new place, but way better than being at home.  I haven't had the money to pick up anything else Lolita or even casual, but I'll get something eventually.  I know that I'll come into some kind of luck eventually and start getting either more pay or not have to dip into my savings as much.  I'm thinking about finding alternative ways to make cash, but I'm not sure how that will work out with my cutie pie with me.

So, this weeks topic is... How I first found out about Lolita!  As I've said in an earlier post, I've worn clothing that were almost coordinates in the past for a very long time.  I've always liked the frilly style and I have worn things that would could as casual before even hearing the word Lolita.  Being the person I am and liking anything and everything to do with Japan, I found out about it from Mana of Malice Mizer when I was looking up the band.  I'd been into them for a while in 2003 and came across his clothing line, MMM.  I decided that I liked that very much and it looked somewhat like what I already was wearing part of the time do to my parents making me dress like a boy for school.  My first full Lolita 'frugal' coordinate was something I whipped up from a beautiful skirt and cutsew I found at Hottopic.  That and a bunch of cute accessories and OTK.  I'm very happy that I got into the fashion and even though I moved from Gothic to Casual/Sweet over time, I still love it just the same.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 9

So I'm finally settled in and I managed to get a few small pieces of furniture for the time being.  I've got a lovely tall cabinet that has a two shelf display case, book nook and lower media cabinet with doors.  I also picked up a small table that I want to refinish and make into a kotatsu.  I know it will just all look splendid when I'm finished with it.  I'll need to buy a heater to screw under it, but that can wait until I have more money.  Right now my job isn't cutting it and I'm going to need to find some way to get more hours.

This weeks Lolita 52 topic is "5 keywords that describe my personal Lolita style".  There are just so many words I could use to describe this that I'm not really all that sure.  If I had to take a long time to think about it, they would be... - insert long pause here -


  1. SWEET.  Even for Sweet Lolita, I'd have to say my style is sweet in the sense that it would make you say "aww" more than the toothache aspects of candy and desserts all over.  
  2. SIMPLE.  My style is simple because I keep the colors to a minimum and try not to have more than three in the entire coordinate.  This can't be helped sometimes though.  
  3. FRUGAL.  Besides the pretty AP purse I picked up earlier, nothing I own is brand or expensive and I even got the purse for a steal.  I'll always consider money first before buying any pieces and if I buy anymore brand I'll get it secondhand and as cheap as I can manage.
  4. ADORABLE.  Everything I have is rather adorable in nature.  I don't go for anything so plain that it doesn't show my taste in childish things.
  5. CHILDLIKE.  I've always been a six year old at heart and my style shows that.  As many frills as I can get away with and pastel colors.  Anything I'd wear you could easily see a small child or toddler in.  Most of my casual items have ribbons on them or Hello Kitty.  Think of something a girly six year old would want?  I probably have something on my coordinate that fits.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 8

I just moved into my new apartment and am as happy as can be!  I have to get settled in and work out the entire job situation, but besides that I'm doing wonderful.  Besides the move, I'm going to be doing this weeks topic of "Why don't I wear Lolita more often?".  The answer to that at the moment is the price tag and my mother.  If I paid for something and had it shipped to the house, she'd toss it out, rip it up or send it back.  I still need to change everything to my new address before I start having things shipped out.  I also need to worry about the budget of my small income and leftover savings before I actually buy anything.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Angelic Pretty Purse

Alright!  I just received my sax Angelic Pretty 2013 Lucky Pack bag today!  I'm sooo excited and happy seeing as this is my first brand.  Yes, that's right - my very first brand item!  I've drooled over AP for years, memorizing every single OP, JSK and OTK that they made, the designs and how to tell a fake from a real AP item.  The only problem I had was being poor and now my new issue, being heavy.  The overweight problem will be easy to fix seeing as I've eliminated the things in my life that made me gain all the weight in just two short years.  The money issue is a bit harder to fix though.  If I can somehow find a job that pays well, I might be able to buy brand more often, but for now it's shopping for Lolita as my second job.  I have to look through thrift shops, discount stores and random other various places for hours to find just one item that fits the requirements of Lolita.  It's a hard task, but that's the price to pay for someone who loves a rich style and makes much less than below middle class.  I'm going to cherish and take extra loving care of this bag and hopefully I'll be able to save up enough to buy something from BTSSB in California for my birthday in August.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 7

So, I'm happy as can be because in just two days I'm moving into my own apartment.  I don't care what anyone says, I'm moving all my things at once even if I have to take a bus seeing as I hate my family and never want to speak to them again.  My mother is too judgmental and my younger sister is too self-absorbed and a hypocrite worse than any you've ever seen.  That and I love animals, but I can't stand having their hair all over my things.  That and the dog is unclean and disgusting and I just do not like dogs.  So horrah for me! I'll be posting up a few things that I'm purchasing for the place and any projects I work on from there on.  I just can't wait to be free.

So this weeks prompt on Lolita is why I wear Lolita.  The reason I wear Lolita is because it makes me feel like myself.  There may be thousands of different fashion styles around the world, but Lolita is one that before even knowing the standards, I could put on and feel good about myself.  Later on I found out that it was an actual style of clothing and tried better to perfect the proper way to wear it.  My outfits before weren't as modest as they should have been, but I think over time I've fixed that.  Though most of the coordinates I have are more casual than anything, I only really count the frilly and full coordinates as Lolita.  The rest I just call my personal style seeing as it's what I'd choose without ever knowing the name or reason for it.

Lolita makes me feel like a proper young lady and it makes me happy as can be.  Though the coordinates may be pricey, I would never have my tastes for fashion go any other way.  I could be spending $300 on a jacket for some American fashion trend that will die within the next few months, but I just find the clothes here to be odd and not my taste at all.  If I could be born in a different place and time, it would have been either in Japan or in the Victorian Era.  I just wish it was easier to buy these lovely garments that make my heart sparkle with girlish delight.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 6

Alright, so it's now week 6 of the year 2013 and this weeks prompt is "My favorite Lolita brand"!  This one is super easy for me to answer seeing as it's the brand I adore most and would love to have full coordinates from.  BTSSB is just lovely, but my favorite is AP.  No, not Alice and The Pirates for anyone who gets their new abbreviation mixed up.  My favorite is Angelic Pretty and always has been.  They're the reason I fell so in love with Lolita to start with, that and Malice Mizer, though the gothic look just wasn't exactly me.  I'm a classic and a sweetie to the end and Angelic Pretty serves both of those fashion needs.  Sure, the clothing from them is rather pricey and super small to say the least, but I'd do anything to be able to fit into their clothing.  No, I'm not some chubby Lolita, I just have really big boobs and it makes it impossible for my upper half to squeeze into those 70-80s cm range busts...  They do have a couple things for slightly bigger busts, but if I want an AP cord, I'm going to have to either get breast reduction or hope they magically fall off.  The woes of being a DD Lolita and trying to be modest. *sigh*

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 5

So another week has come and we're now in the month of February!  I'm really excited for this month and cannot wait for Valentines.  Yes, I don't have anyone I live with to go on some fancy dinner date with, but you know what?  I don't celebrate like that anyways.  To me, Valentines is the time of year when I get a present for my Master.  It's not the other way around and though on occasion he has got me things around this date, we usually do things so that I get a present on White Day instead.  This is the holiday for girls where the men return the present.  He usually does anything from a dinner date to over-sized stuffed animals and chocolates.  He does flowers once in a while, but not always.

So on with the prompt!  This time it's My Wardrobe Turnover.  Being a business woman, the second I hear turnover I think about how much I would make if I sold all of my clothes.  Though I also know in the world of fashion turnover means the rate you change out your wardrobe.  I'll give a define on both seeing as they play into Lolita rather well.  I'd have to say that if I sold all of my clothing right now for what I bought them for I'd make around $500.  That really isn't much seeing as that's as much as a normal coordinate from a brand like AP or BTSSB.  Seeing as everything of mine is now used and well worn, though mostly in wonderful condition, I'd probably only see around $280 - $300 of that at most.

Now, back into the aspect of Lolita fashion.  My wardrobe turnover in the sense of how often I switch out my clothing is next to null.  That's right, I don't sell my items.  Yes, I do have three item right now that are no longer in my style and I will be posting up for sale soon.  It's a rose headband, a Hello Kitty necklace and a EGL skirt.  The reason I'm selling these is for one, they are at least six years old and two, they do not fit my style anymore.  I wore them in middle school when I was into Gothic Lolita, though I haven't worn that for a long while and never plan on going back to the fashion.  I was sweet before that and that's how I'm going to stay from now on.  So all in all, I don't get rid of clothing very often though I do add to whenever I can which isn't that often either.  As you saw from an earlier post, I just bought my first JSK in sax, though I do have Lolita-esque clothing that I've had before that.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 4

Alright, so another week has gone by and that means that it's time for a lovely prompt for the Lolita 52 Challenge from F Yeah Lolita.  The logo at the top of each of these, as you should know by now, is linked to her blog post on the challenge.  Though I'm sure most of those into Lolita have heard of her before seeing as she's just as famous as Parfait Doll and interesting to boot!  So, this one is Favorite Thing to Put on My Head.  A silly name for a prompt, but simple enough.


I'd have to say that my favorite thing to put on my head is a bow of some sort.  Whether it be on a band or just a clip, bows are the one thing I adore most.  I actually believe I only own two other items for my hair that aren't bows or ribbons.  As some of you noticed on the side of this blog, I have a link to my Poupee Girl account.  It hosts all of my clothing that I've ever owned, whether I've worn them in a really long time or not. The major item that you'll see over and over are bunches of headbands with ribbons on them.  They're in every color from purple to pink and the styles vary as well from small to overdone, draped Alice Bows.  If I do not have a ribbon on my head and I'm not at work, I'm probably either asleep or having a really bad day so much so I couldn't remember to get dressed.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pretty Pretty

As I mentioned before on my blog, I haven't purchased any Lolita items in a very long time.  Today I just received my very first custom one piece dress.  I was rather excited about this and couldn't wait to try it on and frolic about.  The reason I haven't been purchasing clothing is because I gained weight do to depression and stress and am just now going about losing it.  The dress is very pretty and I am very happy with it.  I wanted to start my chubby wardrobe out in pink, but I saw this and just couldn't resist even though it's sax.  It's heavy cotton, though not so much so that if I fell in a pool I'd be stuck.  The bow is really nice and the dress had just a small amount of high quality, lovely lace.  I really need to get a mannequin now that I'm moving.  That way I'll be able to display these lovely things to show just how wonderful they really look all floofed up.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 3

Alright, so the wonderful prompt for this week is "What my own Lolita lifestyle is like".  This is another good one and something that is easy to answer for me.  Imagine what a proper princess would do day in and day out.  Now imagine said princess in an apartment and take away about ninety percent of her money, maybe a little more, and you have moi.  I do my best to live my life the way I please, though it's hard when you have such a tight budget.  Once a year though, the lovely tax fairy comes and gives me a few thousand dollars, but sadly something usually goes bad right as the money comes into my hand and it all becomes wasted on fixing broken things or buying things that need replaced.  This year I'm really hoping that isn't the case.

So, what is my lifestyle like?  I would have to say it's as glamorous as it can be for a barely above minimum wage girl in the USA.  As some of my friends were shocked to find out, our minimum wage for the country is about one-third of what they make.  Yes, that means their country has a higher cost of living, but it also means if you make just a tiny bit more than minimum wage, people in Britain can more easily afford that Lolita garment as where I have to save up and extra two paychecks to even think about buying it.  Even then, I chicken out because I know that I might need that money for something else.

Besides the price issue with the lifestyle, I try my best to be modest and sweet at all times possible.  I do use a little foul language on my other blog, though I would never say those things in real life and I'm trying to fix this all together.  I'm nice to everyone, even those who need to hold their tongue, and I try my best to make others happy and smile.  I adore hosting parties and get-togethers of all sorts.  My every day activities include hygene in the morning, blogging, watching a few dramas or an anime episode or two, brushing my hair multiple times through out the day because I think it's fun, afternoon tea and a snack, healthy cooking, baking and meals to keep my perfect complexion, playing the piano, reading a good book and doodling on paper.

There are a few other things that I enjoy, though they usually aren't on a daily basis.  I do like to knit, sew, make jewelry and hair accessories, work on my novel, do random crafts, study culture past and present and practice my etiquette and speech.  If I knew more people like myself, I'd host tea parties and sewing or book meets.  I just haven't really gone beyond my door more than four times since I've moved, so I haven't made any friends as of yet.  I'd adore it if I could find a Lolita meetup website or something to that affect.  I know my local anime convention has one, but most of the people for the poster were in poor cosplay and not very Lolita seeming in the least.  I thought girls weren't supposed to pick their noses either, but I see a lot of that and sleeve wiping on the few girls I do see dressed to try and fit the part.

I'd really like to find some way to save up this year and buy myself a decent Lolita wardrobe as well as buy myself a new musical instrument.  I've really wanted to play the violin since I learned my late father played and I think it would be splendid to play the flute as well.  I might even take a baking class or two as well as try and get out there and find someone that shares my interests.  The only one I've found so far is in a different country sadly, but I might get to meet her someday.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 2

Alright, so this would be week to and the prompt is "5 movies for Lolita".  I really don't have a clue what a Lolita should and shouldn't watch.  No person should really be limited to their category  just like Otaku can watch things that aren't Japanese or anime.  Personally, there are some really cute movies that I like to watch as a girly girl and things like that, but none that I would recommend as a 'Lolita' watch.  That being said, here are my top five movies that I think fit in do to my mindset on this fashion and lifestyle.

1. Marie Antoinette - This is one of my all time favorite movies about my all time favorite woman in history, Marie Antoinette.  Everyone knows the "Let them eat cake!" phrase (that she more than likely did not actually say) that is so popular.  This movie is about her life moving to France to be married and all the scandalous glamour until the royal family is ran out.  I'm not giving you spoilers, this should have been a history lesson you've already heard of.

2. Nobody Knows - My second favorite movie, my first favorite Japanese movie and one of the best films you will ever watch.  Please find this and pick it up somewhere.  I watched it from my local movie store when it first came out many years ago.  I do not want to spoil it for you, so just watch.  It's about siblings sticking together and the eldest taking charge when abandoned by their mother.

3. Kamikaze Girls - This is a bizare and awesome movie about a Japanese Lolita biker girl who very much wished to be born 200 years earlier - in Europe.  The movie is really funny in my opinion, though a little vulgar most the way through the parts about her childhood.  It's a cute comedy about her life not only living in the twenty-first century, but a small community that doesn't understand her wants and lifestyle.  I'd recommend giving it a watch.

4. Mister Rococo - It's a short film, but still very good.  It's mostly comedy set with a main Lolita character.  I'm not sure what much to say about this seeing it's a short film and any amount of context would be a spoiler for it.  The main character has ups and downs and goes through a lot wit her new found comedian boyfriend.  It's really cute and I think you should give it a watch.

5. Lolita - This is on the watch list because it will show you, if you haven't already read the book or don't like reading, what Lolita isn't.  It's a story of a man who falls for a young vixen and is basically a tale of the pedobear who didn't expect to be one.  Though I'm sure any man would be head over heals for a younger woman, even if they were just in their teens.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Anatomy of a Lolita Outfit

So, I've decided as of yesterday to post this up.  Now that you've scrolled through all the posts about the different types of Lolita there are and what each needs, I'm sure you'd like to know the basics of what makes up every style of Lolita.  There are people who will tell you lots of different answers as to what makes up a proper Lolita coordinate do to their preferences.  Here, I am just going to tell you the basis for Lolita.

Headwear
This includes items such as headdresses, headbows, barrettes, crowns, mini top hats, double bows and alice bows.  Any of these can be used with any style of Lolita and should be of good quality.  I personally think that every Lolita coordinate needs some kind of headwear to make it balanced.

Tops
This includes blouses with usually puffy sleeves that can be short or long, though some blouses actually have detachable sleeves so you can re-use it for a different coordinate.  They usually have a small amount of lace and some fabric frills, though some have bows on them.  A blouse is worn with a skirt or JSK, though never and OP.  Another type of top for Lolita is a cutsew, which is pretty much a babydoll t-shirt, though they usually have puffy arms like Lolita blouses.  These are mostly for Casual Lolita, though if you're good at making coordinates, you might be able to work it into another style of Lolita.  Another common thing to find on cutsews are the frill around the neck like on Lolita blouses.

Dresses
This includes OP, which means one piece.  If you're the type of person who prefers simplicity in your routine or who doesn't like the feeling of a skirt on your waist, dresses or OP are a popular choice for Lolita.  They work with any style of Lolita and they even make cutsew dresses for Casual Lolita.

Skirts
This includes a bell skirt or a JSK.  Bell skirts are most common for any style of Lolita and as they are named, flare out in a bell shape.  These should be at the knee, thought some styles call for shorter but should never be considered a mini skirt.  As for JSK, these are more of bell skirts with a middle and straps.  They come in many different types and designs, though should always be worn with an appropriate blouse.



Underpinning
This includes panniers, petticoats, bloomers, and drawers.  Panniers and petticoats are used under skirts to gain the poofy Lolita silhouette. They're made out of tulle, polyester or organdy that are gathered in layers. It's best to have a pannier with multiple layers or with a stiffer material.  If you're worried about this rubbing against your skin, that's one function of bloomers.  Bloomers, or drawers, are a short pant type undergarment that is used for modesty to keep from peeking under the skirt.  Another use for these is if you're trying to keep warm.  These are best for colder climate areas, extra modesty or use in the winter months.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lolita 52 Challenge: Week 1

Alright, so one of my favorite blog reads F Yeah Lolita, posted up a Lolita 52 Challenge which is basically to do a post prompt on one Lolita specific topic a week.  Seeing the name, she has 52 prompts posted up.  I'd tackle them in order, though I don't always have the want to write about certain things.  Instead, I've decided to go down the list and skip ones I don't feel like posting on, don't have an answer to at the moment or just don't like and do them after I've gone down the list once and repeat.  The cute graphic for this post belongs to her and all rights to her.  I'd adore to be able to make cute banners like that, but I haven't taken the time to learn yet.

Alright, so the first prompt for week 1 of just #1 is "5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style".  This one has not yet been explained on my blog, though I do intent to put up an "Anatomy of Lolita" post soon.

1. Headwear - This can be anything from an alice bow to hair clips to a headdress.  I just honestly think every single Lolita outfit needs something on your head to keep the balance.  No over the top top hats or headdress lace monsters though.  It can be as simple as colorful ties to keep up your side pony tails.  You just need something in your hair.  If you decide otherwise, fine by me.

2. Proper Shoes - Yes, some people forget to wear shoes all together or opt for slippers, though the wrong kind of shoes bother me just as much.  Regardless of style, I really think that every Lolita outfit should have proper close toed shoes.  Sure Ero and Hime go against that, though you can find tons of wonderful shoes to go with your Ero or Hime coordinate that are closed toed as well.

3. Socks - Alright, so along with the people who dislike proper shoes, you need to be wearing some socks too.  Too many a time have I seen a cosplay Lolita wearing no socks at all or some cheap, thin nylon like socks.  Make sure they're cotton, you can wear those darn ankle socks if you please, but for the love of all that's good, just wear the dang socks.  I prefer OTK and tights to anything else really, though those count just as much as the other lovely opaque types.

4. Underpinning (aka: pannier or bloomers) - Every Lolita outfit really needs these for that tiny bit to the extreme poofing of the skirt.  That, and they're also needed for modest.  If you don't have anything between you and that skirt, what happens if a sudden breeze pics up?  Everyone will see those lovely teddy bear undies and you'll feel like such an Ita-Lolita that you want to run home to your mommy.  So, I really think you should probably wear a pannier that is the right length for your skirt or some bloomers for extra modesty.  Either way, just try to keep it so that everyone won't get a peep show.

5. Blouse - Now, if I was going in order blouse would have been number two, though I'm not.  I'm going by how needed I think they are.  Some Lolita might argue "A blouse is everything!" though I say nay.  Why?  Because I am a lover of OP which as you know is a dress, and that dress... well, it doesn't need a blouse at all, now does it silly?  Though every style regardless should have a proper blouse if wearing a skirt of JSK.

So, that's my prompt for week 1 of 52 in the Lolita 52 Challenge.  Just make sure to wear those items and hopefully the rest of the needed items for a coordinate and we'll be just fine.

Styles of Lolita

If you're accustomed to Lolita, you know there are many different styles in which to wear Lolita outfits and you probably have a favorite style or two.  However, if you're new to the Lolita scene, then you might not know what options you have in the way of dressing in Lolita.  Most people see only one or two styles before they go looking into what Lolita actually is.  If you've read my earlier posts, you should now know what Lolita is and what it isn't, though some things might not be clear still.  I wrote down a brief description of the styles in Lolita Glossary, though that isn't going to help all the way.

Here is a list of the different styles of Lolita.  Read over them, look at the images attached and think very carefully about your decision as to what Lolita style is truly you.  Most Lolita's have one set style, though a few have two or three.  This is mostly do to the fact that Lolita fashion, even budget items, are expensive compared to other fashion trends.  It is best if you pick only one or two styles and make sure they are close in the colors or patterns so that you can mix and match.  If you just won the lottery and you love all the styles though, feel free to try them all out.  Though if you're like me, you're working an hourly or low salary job and should only take up one style to start with.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Styles of Lolita: Classic Lolita

Classic Lolita is one of the most elegant and mature styles of Lolita.  The colors are usually always neutral and the prints consist of flowers, fruit, realistic animals and patterns. Classic Lolita is influenced by various eras in history, such as Baroque, Edwardian, Elizabethan, Renaissance, Rococo, and Victorian. The style is popular among Lolita, though not so much so as other styles including Gothic and Sweet.  Older Lolita tend to choose this as opposed to other styles because of it's mature look.

✔ Headwear for Classic Lolita ranges widely and can be everything from hats of different sizes, flowers, bonnets  barrettes, head bows and headbands.  The color of these items stays within the neutral pallet.  Wigs are not very common, though if wearing one, it must be of a natural hair color and can be anything from curled, straight or some form of elegant updo.

✖ Almost anything is popular in this style, though color is what can cause the outfit to be off.  Make sure to stay away from anything too bright.

✔ There is no set in stone rule for Classic Lolita to have a blouse, though the outfit should be kept modest.  One-pieces are most common and worn alone or with a small over jacket of some kind.

✖ Anything is fine besides tops that show cleavage.

✔ Skirts are a standard knee length or longer and are a-line or high waisted most of the time.  Though they can be of other types if desired.  Some skirts include corset lacing or other elegant features and are light on the amount of lace used.

✖ Anything above the knee is frowned upon in Classic Lolita.  JSK are also not very common.

✔ Undergarments, such as an a-line pannier is best for this style.

✖ 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 lace.

✖ Anything is acceptable that is considered modest and elegant.  Just try to stay clear of fishnet stockings or socks with too many patterns.

✔ Classic Lolita shoes can follow the guidelines of what makes a Lolita shoe, though they don't have to.  High heels under four inches and Victorian style boots and shoes are very popular.

✖ 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 Classic Lolita outfit include:

✚ Classic 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 red lipstick.  Fake eye lashes and circle lenses can be used as well to achieve a doll look.
✚ Accessories for Classic Lolita include very simplistic and elegant items such as pearls, roses, lace gloves, bird cages and antiqued jewelry and watches.
✚ If you use a bag or purse, it is best for it to be plain with a simple bow, have floral prints or shaped like crowns, berries, animals or card suits.

Example of Classic Lolita.

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.