Friday, January 4, 2013

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.

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