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.

1 comment:

  1. Nice glossary!, thanks for sharing! I just have a doubt... what is the meaning of "SK" in the lolita's glossary?

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