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Published on: 11 Jun 2011 by silence_
Topic: Lolita fashion (General including Short Overview of each subsequent category and links/resources for those further interested)
Lolita defnition: derivative from the spanish word "Lola" meaning sorrow. Has gained infamy when Vladimir Nabakov used it to describe the sexually percocious young female in his novel entitled Lolita. All of which have nothing to do with the fashion style itself :P.
So then ,What is Lolita Fashion?
A fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian clothing as well as clothing from the Rococo period. Contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with Vladimir Nabakov's lolita and is not "age-play" nor is it a "costume". Just like any other clothes, people wear these outfits daily, and have wardrobes filled from top to bottom with lolita fashion.
Hopefully that video works, if not :
So then what are the subcategories:
Sweet Lolita :
Sweet Lolita is the most over-the-top style and includes aesthetics nearly exclusive to lolita. It is also the most child-like of the lolita styles, using many bows, ruffles and light colors to make up an outfit. The most common colors used in a Sweet Lolita outfit are pink, white, and powder blue, but an outfit can be made with nearly any pastel or plaid (or nearly any color at all as long as it is not neon).
Common motifs in Sweet Lolita are toys, strawberries, cherries, cakes and candies, hearts, polka dots and flowers. Prints inspired by fairy tales are also quite common.
Casual Lolita is a more toned down version of the style, while still retaining the basic lolita elements. It is very hard to put together a nice casual lolita co-ordination unless you have years of experience or are a natural at it.
xjust_anotherx | daily_lolita livejournal
Shiro Lolita, or White Lolita, is a Lolita outfit made entirely of white/cream/off-white co-ordinates. Shiro Lolitas often pair themselves with Kuro Lolita in twin outfits to create an interesting contrast.
Shiro Lolita can be taken from any style of lolita, whether it be Gothic, Sweet or Classic, if the co-ordination is completely white then it is accepted as Shiro Lolita.
PLEASE NOTE: Wearing black shoes with a Shiro Lolita outfit looks terrible and is best to be avoided.
Wa Lolita is a style that is often recognised by the Kimono-esque look of the outfits, and is for those Lolitas who may love to get in-touch with the country that brought about Lolita fashion.
Wa Lolita involves long ‘sode’ or, sleeves, and ‘obi’ or sashes that are taken from Kimono/yukata outfits, and fused with the bell-shaped skirt of lolita. Wa Lolita fabrics are often very extravagant like most Kimono fabrics, involving detailed flower prints, and cranes. Like all Lolita outfits and Kimono, Wa Lolita should not be made out of shiny fabrics such as those that Chinese qi-pao are made of.
Sailor Lolita is a very nautical-themed style of Lolita that is very much inspired by Japanese Sailor-styled uniforms.
Sailor collars, dark blues, and whites are often key factors in recognising this style. Nautical motifs are often used in this style; symbols such as ship anchors and wheels make very cute additions to this style.
Country Lolita is derived from the Sweet Lolita style, and is often a little hard to distinguish due to the use of the same sweet patterns, and motifs that the Sweet Lolita style uses. How-ever the Country Lolita style can be recognised by straw baskets, hats, fruit, and gingham patterns.
Classic Lolita is the tamest of all the Lolita styles as many Classic dresses could pass for a garden party, church or summer dress. Unlike Sweet Lolita that is about looking cute, Classic Lolita is about looking classy, and harks back to Lolita fashion’s roots in Victorian fashion, taking inspiration from the floral patterns, and the sense of elegance of the era; bold colors aren’t normally found in Classic Lolita clothing.
One of Lolita styles. Gothic Lolita outfit can usually recognised by the bell-shaped skirt, and puff-sleeves. It’s usually comprised of black or rich dark colors. Makeup for this style can range from a light natural look to a dramatic smokey eye with a dark red lip depending on the outfit and occasion. The termGothic Lolita is often confused with the term Elegant Gothic Lolita, which was coined by the Japanese musician Mana to describe the clothes of his brand Moi-Meme-Moitie.
The exact opposite of shiro lolita and are sometimes found together with shiro lolita. These lolita
adorn themselves in all black accessories and clothing. Not to be confused with gothic lolita who may
have prints such as crosses , musical motifs, and may wear other colours such as a deep blue, deep red,
Ero-Lolita: Is the more sexy lolita look, although still retaining much more modesty, they are similar to casual lolita in that they draw from certain elements of lolita. But different, in that they gain inspiration from burlesque looks and masquerade looks, etc.
Atelier Pierrot (my favourite)
BTSSB (Baby! The stars Shine Bright)
Moi Meme Moitie
Alice and the Pirates
All 115 brands, whether they ship overseas, links to webstore and more
Websites for information:
do a JOKE rap video in Lolita, poking fun at the brand hoarders (brand in lolita is quite expensive running from 300-400 usds for a dress, so you can imagine the coast of an outfit :I )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQEg-_0JbYU <-- link if video doesn't work.
Things to ponder ladies as you search for your unique and personal style. I hope you enjoyed this post i'm going to go make myself some tea now DX.
Cheaper shops for dresses:
Bodyline.co.jp (International shipping)
Disclaimer: This is just a general overview of the fashion, I don't know the details. But I hope I informed well :P