Thursday, January 3, 2013

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.

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