Monday, August 22, 2011

School Uniforms

Beginning the new school year is literally a day away for some and just around the corner for others, and among the many new items you're shopping for will a new wardrobe. For some this new wardrobe comes with many specific guidelines. Uniforms are meant to help student avoid distractions, but they are very stifling to self-expression. So what is a loli to do when faced with school uniforms? Loli-fy it!

I must begin with the first rule of loli-fying your uniform: Check Your School's Dress Code!
Some schools have a more relax dress code and that gives you ample opportunity to move around within the rules; while other schools have a very strict dress code and will be limited with what you can do.

Once you've reviewed you school's dress code and have an idea of your wiggle room, proceed.

Choose a skirt, even without a petticoat a skirt is more loli than a pair of pants (unless you're going for kodona)

Peter pan style collars are definitely an option, maybe you can look of something with pin-tucks and ruffles (if its allowed of course), this one from lands end is excellent for our purposes. Good news some lolita blouses can work with uniforms (again check your school's dress code before proceeding). Cutsew are also a great alternative, this version with Peter pan collar some even have a cute ruffle. Now isn't that Loli.

Sweaters and Coats:
Some schools are strict when it comes to outerwear, others are more relaxed, letting you wear any style. You might be able to sneak a brand sweater or coat (though I would be careful since sweaters and coats do have a tendency of disappearing or being forgotten). If your school only allows certain styles, then find one that is an accordance with the rules and still has a loli-able aspect.

When choosing shoes go for flats in mary-janes, ballet, or t-straps styles. Most school dress codes will allow flats over heels, still don't be tempted to take your Tea Party Shoes; they might not comply with the unstated rules... check with your school authorities beforehand.

Socks and stockings:
Another essential in the Lolita coordinate. Again resist temptation don't wear your Baby or AP brand socks. Opt for simple no frills solid white, black, grey, or brown knee socks or tights and match them to the color of your uniform.

We lolis love accessories, they make the outfit. For school though be as understated as possible. No head eating hair bows, or Decora methods of accessorizing. Your teacher might take anything too distracting from you and sometimes you won't ever get them back. Instead wear a simple Matilda-esque ribbon in your hair or a small bow diadem, choose just one ring, bracelet, brooch, etc that will show your personality but won't risk you getting in trouble.

Writing materials and Backpack:
Your most important school accessories. If your school's dress code doesn't give you any wiggle room then exploit the opportunities you do have. Your writing materials(pencils, notebook, bookcovers;)and your backpack (or purse, or messenger bag) are a great opportunity to express your taste and styles. Look for stationary, notebooks, backpacks, pencils, pens, etc that are loli-esque.

Classic inspired:

Sweet inspired:

Gothic inspired:

Most importantly please follow your school's dress code and rules. I know it can be tempting to take it OTT at school, but it isn't worth the risk of being reprimanded or having your items taken away. At some school breaking the dress code can have you wearing a large pink or neon orange t-shirt for the rest of the school day so know your school's rules before you decide to experiment.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back to School

The end of carefree summer days is drawing near soon many of us will be returning to homework and test. Yes, pretty soon the fall semester will start and we have to begin buying supplies and yes new fall clothes.

So what should a loli wear for school????

Going to school in lolita, is a little difficult since the main focus of school is learning (though some of your classmates are otherwise entertained), but that doesn't mean you should have to swear off wearing lolita at school. With a few simple guide lines you should be ready to start the new school year.




Try to minimize the distraction:
*School is for learning and loli can be very distracting, so try to use solids or simple prints like polka dots, stripes, plaids. Milky Planet or Bold florals can be a bit to much for school.
* The accessories are just as important as the dress, but for school less is more. Big head eating bows aren't only be distracting, it can also be a visional obstacle to anyone sitting behind you.

Be comfortable:
*Wearing Loli to school means sacrificing pouf. Remember school desk aren't accommodating to big pouf, so consider using a one less petticoat or a slightly deflated one.
* I recommend using very comfortable shoes, walking from class to class or home is much easier when you have comfy shoes. Flats are comfy and might comply better with school dress codes that disallow heels or open toe shoes.

Be safe:
*Remember to always check your school's dress code before going in any fashion, just to avoid having to put on a huge pink shirt over your coord or worst be sent home to change.
* Though most of my coordinates have brand items, I would recommend using less expensive options for school. You never know what stains or tears can occur so you'll feel less of a hit to the wallet if it isn't a brand dress or dream dress.
* Wearing loli to school can be a little daunting confidence wise. Shelby Cloud one of my favorite Lolitas has some wonderful video talking about the topic. Link!

Have fun! Loli is one of the things that brings you pleasure with a few adjustments loli in school can be an option.

** I will be writing something about loli and school uniforms, keep an eye out!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Some Gothic Lolita

Having fun with Polyvore...(Added a Link to my Polyvore account in my Follow Me section by the way) And thought I should post some of my Gothic coords for your enjoyment!

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