I began by scouting mainstream fashion magazines' websites like Vogue, Style.com, and Glamour and to see what trends could easily used in Lolita
There are many trends so I am divide this article up into a few sections.
Gingham is a pattern that is often used Lolita designs, most notably used in Country Lolita coords.
Country Lolita is a cute substyle inspired by the quaint countryside, as well as Anne of Green Gable, and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. When I think of Country Lolita I think of picnics in the spring time with a lovely cherry/strawberry pie for dessert.
A controversial fabric in the fashion, but denim pieces have been made by Angelic Pretty, Meta, and others. This coord is definitely a causal Lolita look. I was inspired to add Hello Kitty because this salopette was an Angelic Pretty collaboration with Hello Kitty.
A staple of spring fashion trends and Lolita, florals with light colored backgrounds are fresh and lovely for the spring time. For this trend I decided to make a Classic Lolita coord, with my favorite Victorian Maiden items.
I recently finished my first pair of bloomers. I made them simple because I wanted to get a good grasp on how to make them before adding any embellishments. They are very easy to make, and I plan to make more later on with lace and bows. I used Lady Sasa's tutorial because I found it to be the most clear to follow. I'll be posting more updates on my projects.
I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. The tail end of 2014 had me wishing I had spent more time in Lolita, so one of my New Years' resolutions for 2015 is to re-acquaint myself with Lolita Fashion . In two years time I have failed to acquire a "working" wardrobe. I have have a few pieces but unfortunately they can't be coordinated into a proper Lolita outfit. So my first step is to build up my wardrobe. I am a tall plus size Loli and while many brands do have options for tall plus sizes Lolis, at the moment my budget just doesn't have room for any brand shopping sprees, whether from well known or indies brands. I have some experience sewing, and decided I will make my own basics i.e. bloomers, petticoat, underskirts, accessories. To build my handmade wardrobe I've decided to start with the foundation garments: bloomers and petticoats (I will discuss petticoats in a separate post.)
Angelic Pretty from Hello Lace
Bloomers are an interesting garment in the Lolita world, they are not meant to bee seen, but everyone highly recommends wearing them for modesty. I wholeheartedly agree. They are essential for making sure there is no accidental mooning when the wind sweeps up our shirts. Some Lolis go for traditional bloomers, with frills and even a bit of pouf to pump up their petticoats. Others opt for more comfortable pyjama shorts (which can be great in winter time if you get the flannel versions) or tight fitting bike shorts. All three options are good, as long as the shorts are shorter than your skirt's hem you should be set. But bloomers are undeniable the cuter option and of course are traditional.
Angelic Pretty from Hello Lace
I've always liked bloomers, they remind me of the historical fashions that inspired Lolita Fashion. I want to make at least few pairs bloomers in solid colors like; white, black, beige, brown, and pink.
Happy Holidays! It has been a little over two years since I last posted here and during that time I haven't been active in the fashion at all. I didn't ever stop liking Lolita, I just become too involved in other things and it fell to the wayside for me. Luckily New Years offers new chances and I am excited for 2015 because I've decided I am going to get back into Lolita. For me this means rebuilding my wardrobe and jump starting this blog. I plan on posting here more: LBC prompts, Lolita wardrobe building post, etc and starting up a tumblr dedicated to my journey into Lolita fashion and other pursuits: Dolls, Crafts, and Lolita-esque themes. I hope you will follow me along the way. Thank you and I wish you many beautiful things in 2015.
Welcome back to LBC this week we'll be discussing make up!
Here are 3 of my favorite make up tricks:
Mascara: I use 2 with different brushes to get lash separation and to thicken them. The first brush is actually a comb head mascara wand. I apply Clinique’s High Lengths Mascara with the comb wand first, getting as close to the base of the lashes as I can to separate, then I apply Clinique's Lash Power Mascara as my second coat to thicken. Blush/rouge: I love blush/rouge. I think it brightens the face giving a healthy appearance, it also helps counteract late night study sessions that make one look sallow and zombie-ish. I use the cream kind, my favorite is one from Avon, Be Blushed Cheek Color in Tropical Peach. Light colored eyeshadow: I love emphasizing the eyes and to do that I use light colored eyeshadow (powder or cream) in the inner corners of the eyes so that area reflects the most light.
This would definitely be in the realm of Gothic Lolita. I'm thinking something a la BTSSB's Alice and the Pirates Vampire Requiem. I love the look of skulls especially with roses in motifs, I an drawn to the dark and romantic concept of it.
2) More fairy tale prints for all lolita substyles
I love fairy tales and wish more would be depicted in prints. Baby has come up with some that would feel perfect for a classic Lolita's wardrobe but what about sweet and gothic lolis. I can imagine the witch's, of Hanzel and Gretel, house displayed in all its candy glory being donned by a sweet loli with a matching polymer clay candy decoden headdress similar to the one found here. I can also see the theme being turned to the dark side. Beauty and the beast displayed with roses and thorny vines surrounding each scene.
I love dolls and have found that many Lolitas do too, I am surprised that with all the collaborations some brands have done with famous BJD companies (Innocent World X Pullip, Angelic Pretty X Pullip, BTSSB x Volks, H. Naoto x Pullip) that there wouldn't be more prints featuring dolls. This could also manifest itself in the different substyles. Broken porcelain dollies for the gothic prints, classically clad bjds for the classic girls, and cute Kiki Kinoko Juice-like dolls for the sweet lolis.