Lolita Wardobe 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

It's wardrobe posting season! My own lolita wardrobe isn't very large, but I make sure that I adore each and every single piece in it. I put a lot of time and effort into searching for dream dresses everyday.

Onwards to the wardrobe~

Excuse the horrible quality. Canadian winter lighting is not kind.

The Infamous Hot Topic Dress

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It's been a long time since the EGL Livejournal community was active. Since the move to Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, I feel that some parts of the western lolita community history are lost. Newer lolitas won't know about some of the major events that have happened in the past, so I'll be doing a series of posts just on these kinds of things specifically.

First up - that Hot Topic dress. Yes, that one. Older lolitas will immediately know what I mean.

Way back in the early 2000s, lolita was not very accessible to the international community. Many Japanese brand shops did not ship overseas and there weren't any stores on Taobao selling lolita. People used shopping services to buy from brand, tried to find loliable things in western stores, risked their money buying from Chinese shops on eBay, or bought clothes from western indie lolita brands like In The Starlight.

Then... Hot Topic started selling an actual lolita dress!

I managed to find the Hot Topic page for it via the Wayback Machine.

There are also more pictures of the dress through sales listings for it here and here.

It appears to have been a mashup of some of Baby's designs. Like the Lace Frill JSK mixed with Millefeuille JSK.

I'm using the newer release stock photos because they are much larger.

Because Hot Topic was so accessible, many people bought this dress and talked about it endlessly. People got sick of hearing about it and seeing it so poorly coordinated just because it seemed like everyone owned one. There were also other loliable dresses released at this time, but none as iconic as this.

It's difficult to figure out when the first post was made about this dress, but I found a post talking about the dress here. The links to the supposed previous post about it are dead and I can't pull it up in the Wayback Machine either. However, this is enough to narrow this dress down to it being released in 2005.

I never owned it myself, but I kind of want to so I can have a little piece of lolita history.

What To Buy When Starting Lolita

Saturday, June 9, 2018

There are varying opinions on what one might purchase first when new to lolita. For me, I think it should be this one thing.

A secondhand (Japanese) brand name lolita JSK

(This is Angelic Pretty's Lyrical Party aka Lyrical Bunny set. The JSK and matching headbow usually show up for under $100 together.)

Now, one might protest at this kind of opinion. But here is why I think it should be this specifically:

1. Brand Name

Choosing a brand name lolita item means that one can expect a certain level of quality. That's not to dismiss indie brands as being lesser or anything like that. What I mean is that because it's brand name, it is more likely that other people have the same piece and can attest to its quality and fit. 

The current state of things is that plus size lolitas are often told to look for indie brands to satisfy their sizing concerns. Depending on the dress cut, it's actually very possible to fit into Japanese brand name lolita dresses. It's easier to look for photos of people wearing the dress, so it's easier to get a better judgement of fit concerns.

It also helps that it's much easier to sell a brand name dress than an indie brand dress off Taobao or a Bodyline dress if there are regrets about purchasing it.

2. Price

Price is a major concern. But if looking very carefully, the cost of secondhand brand items is closer to the cost of a brand new indie brand dress. With the countless options out there for lolita now, secondhand brand has gotten so cheap that it's basically accessible to anyone with a decent grasp of their finances. A secondhand Angelic Pretty dress under $100 shipped is not impossible.

Also if you know where to look and don't mind old, not very popular brand pieces, a $50 brand dress is still within the realm of possibility.

A lot of young girls get into this fashion, but don't know how to dress themselves in general. This is their first foray into dressing well and having a fashion sense. Being used to fast, cheap fashion gives off the wrong idea that clothes should be cheap.

Lolita is a specialized luxury fashion and while it can be done cheaply, it has to be done very carefully once someone has had a good grasp of the fashion already. Starting with a brand name piece known for quality is a safer bet for those new to the fashion.

And I'll reiterate again - it's easier to resell than an indie brand or Bodyline dress! With such a saturated market now, things can sit unsold for months because there are so many different, better options out there.

3. Basics

And why a JSK? Why not a petticoat, or a wig, or a skirt? 

The JSK is one of the most versatile lolita pieces. The way someone styles it with other pieces can drastically change how an outfit looks. It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

In comparison to a skirt, the JSK is easier to wear. A skirt will need at least a blouse or cutsew top. The standard is that a JSK needs a blouse, but this isn't actually necessary. A bolero or cardigan can be worn on top of it instead. And with a JSK, blouse options can be more varied since part of it hides under the JSK. Cropped blouses are popular nowadays and those certainly cannot be worn over a skirt by itself. They are also a cheaper option compared to traditional blouses.

Contrary to the what pictures might show these days - a wig is NOT REQUIRED for this fashion. Wigs can help make outfits more cohesive if someone doesn't have the right hair type to achieve a certain hairstyle. But they are also worn as a lazy option instead of actually styling one's own hair. This is why I don't think it should be the first purchased item, because it's literally not required!

While foundations like a petticoat are necessary in the fashion, getting an actual lolita dress as the very first purchase also helps bring more joy. The feeling of finally getting that first lolita dress is one that cannot be replicated.

Once the dress is bought, it's easier to accept that getting the other pieces are necessary in order to coordinate it properly.

Choose carefully, and your first lolita piece will be one you cherish always.