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Lolita

All you need to know about Lolita for noobs, by a noob
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By: Maggie P. Lolita Fashion What is Lolita? Most people think that it doesn't have ANYTHING to do in the world... Well, they though wrong. What is the Influence on the world? This part is a little long! :3 Lolita Fashion Styles In the context of fashion, the term "Lolita" does not exclusively relate to sex. The female given name, "Lolita" relating back to Japan's relations to Portugal. Early Japanese lolitas thought it meant something cute in Portuguese and therefore adopted the wasei-eigo term "lolita". The Lolita fashion was not meant to attract boys or any kind of sexual attraction! People commonly misconduct this meaning. One Lolita states: "We certainly do not do this for the attention of men. Frequently, female sexuality is portrayed in a way that is palatable and accessible to men, and anything outside of that is intimidating. Something so unabashedly female is ultimately kind of scary—in fact, I consider it to be pretty confrontational. Dressing this way takes a certain kind of ownership of one’s own sexuality that wearing expected or regular things just does not. It doesn’t take a lot of moxie to put on a pencil skirt and flats. It’s not, as some commentators have suggested, some sort of appeal to men’s expectation that women should be childlike, or an attempt to pander to pedophiles. Pedophiles like little girls. They don’t like grown women who happen to like dresses with cakes on them. I’ve never been hit on by a pedophile while in Lolita. We don’t get into it because it is some sort of misplaced pedo complex or anything, and the objective isn’t simply to emulate little girls, despite the name Lolita." Lolita is based after Victorian style clothing with an influence from Rococo period and the Edwardian period. Which means lots of frills and bows! Victorian Style! Modern Style! (above: Punk Lolita from punk loli magazine: KERA) Questions? Gaming: -Major Japanese media franchise Pokémon has shown Lolita fashion influence in regards to "Trainers" as well as the actual creatures. For example, three newer Pokémon include Gothita, Gothorita and Gothitelle, all based on the Gothic Lolita influence. Cute, little Gothita! Music and Popstars -Visual Kei, (Visual kei is a fashion among Japanese musicians [usually males], featuring make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes.)

-Mana, the cross-dressing guitarist of the bands Malice Mizer and Moi dix Mois, is widely credited for having helped popularize Gothic Lolita. He coined the terms "Elegant Gothic Lolita" (EGL) and "Elegant Gothic Aristocrat" (EGA) to describe the style of his own fashion label Moi-même-Moitié, which was founded in 1999 and quickly established itself as one of the most coveted brands of the Lolita scene. Visual Kei Artists: Mois Diz Mois Magazines and Books! -As you may already know, the "Lolita" term has nothing to do with erotic-ness and sexual meaning. Though, it IS in a sex book by are wonderful, and perverted: Vladimir Nabokov
-One magazine in particular, the seasonally published Gothic & Lolita Bible, has played an instrumental role in promoting and standardizing the style. First published in early 2001, the 100+ page magazine includes fashion tips, photos, sewing patterns, catalog descriptions, decorating ideas, and recipes. Gothic Lolita Bible
Style: Pirate Lolita The magazine can be found at Uwajimaya in downtown Seattle! It costs $20! Sweet Lolita -Sweet Lolita is heavily influenced by Rococo styles as well as Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Focusing on the fantasy aspects of Lolita, the Sweet Lolita style adopts the basic Lolita format and uses lighter colors and childlike motifs in its design. Makeup: Makeup used in sweet Lolita is common throughout most Lolita styles. Pink, Peach, or Pearl make up styles are highly 'sweet' and used by many Sweet Lolitas. This look, paired with a shade of bright pink, red or sometimes nude-pink lipstick, is commonly used as well. Colors: Outfits consist of pastels, fruit themes (cherries or strawberries, or any type of sugary fruit), flowers (roses, jasmines, lily, cherry blossoms) lace, bows, animal themes (cats, bunnies, puppies) and ribbons to emphasize the cuteness of the design. Popular themes in the sweet Lolita are references to Alice in Wonderland, sweets, and classic fairy tales. Jewelry often reflects this fantasy theme. Headdresses, bonnets and bows are a popular hair accessory to the sweet Lolita look. Bags and purses usually have a princess-like design and often take the shape of strawberries, crowns, hearts, and stuffed animals. Brands: Examples of Sweet Lolita brands are Angelic Pretty, Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and Metamorphose temps de fille. Emily Temple cute (sister brand of Shirley Temple, a Japanese boutique), Jane Marple, and MILK are brands that carry more clothing that would be considered more casual, and are available to purchase at department stores in Japan. Gothic Lolita -Gothic lolita is a mix of the goth style and Lolita. It was created in the late 1990's in Harujuku. Some Lolita uses dark color schemes including black, dark blues and purples, although black and white remains popular. Makeup Red lipstick and smokey or neatly defined eyes, created using black eyeliner. Also, white powdered faces are a big part of Gothic Lolita-ism. Colors Gothic Lolita fashion is characterized by darker make-up and clothing. Some Lolitas uses dark color schemes including black, dark blues and purples, although black and white remains popular! Style As with some Western Gothic styles, cross jewelry, religious symbols, bags and purses in shapes like bats, coffins, and crucifixes are also used to accessorize the Gothic Lolita look. Brands! Include: Atelier-Pierrot, Atelier Boz, Black Peace Now, h. NAOTO Blood and Moi-même-Moitié. Atelier-Pierrot Dress! :3 Classic lolita -Classic Lolita is a more mature style of Lolita that focuses on Rococo, Regency, and Victorian styles. Colors and patterns used in classic Lolita can be seen as somewhere between the Gothic looking and sweet styles; it is not as dark as gothic Lolita, but not as cutesy as sweet Lolita. This look can be seen as the more sophisticated, mature Lolita style because of its use of small, intricate patterns, as well more muted colors on the fabric and in the overall design Makeup The makeup used in classic Lolita is often a more muted version of the sweet Lolita makeup, with an emphasis placed on natural coloring. Style: Designs containing a-lines, as well as Empire waists are also used to add to the more mature look of the classic style. Most classic Lolita outfits, however, still stick to the basic Lolita silhouette. Shoes and accessories are less whimsical and more functional. Jewelry with intricate designs is also common. Colors: Colors and patterns used in classic Lolita can be seen as somewhere between the Gothic looking and sweet styles; it is not as dark as gothic Lolita, but not as cutesy as sweet Lolita. Brands: Classical Lolita brands include Juliette et Justine, Innocent World, Victorian Maiden, Triple Fortune, and Mary Magdalene. Juliette et Justine dress! :3 Punk Lolita Punk Lolita (or Lolita Punk) adds punk fashion elements to Lolita fashion. Motifs that are usually found in punk clothing, such as tattered fabric, ties, safety pins and chains, screen-printed fabrics, plaids, and short, androgynous hairstyles are incorporated into the Lolita look. The most popular garments are blouses or cutsews and skirts, although dresses and jumper skirts are also worn. Common footwear includes boots, Mary Janes or oxfords with platforms. Males have known to take up Punk Lolita fashion, and as well as Victorian style Lolita fashion. Makeup The makeup is very gothic, including the basic dark elements: brown, black, dark red, and bright blood red (for special occasions.) Colors Same as the makeup: Blacks, browns, dark reds, violets, and greys! Though many punk lolis have blood red as accents in their outfits! Brands Common Punk Lolita brands are A+Lidel, Putumayo, h. NAOTO and Na+H. Many of the Japanese punk Lolita fashion brands take influence from London's famous Camden Town Markets. Vivienne Westwood, who, though not a Lolita designer, has items and collections that reflect Lolita sensibilities, especially in her Japanese collections, is popular in the punk Lolita scene. Princess Lolita "Princess," Lolita is characterized by a princess-style look based upon the European aristocratic style. This typically includes a tiara and a rococo style bustle back skirt. The style is often credited as being influenced by the Hime Gyaru trend that boomed in the late 2000s. Makeup Very sweet! But the main part is to have HUGE eyes! Colors Pale pinks, baby greens, white, and cream are all basic colors. Then, there's mint greens and pale yellows and sometimes red or black. Brands Hime Lolita coordinations can be arranged with items from most stores. Angelic Pretty is very suitable, due to their over the top style. Baby the Stars Shine Bright releases many Rococo-themed dresses, for a more elegant classic style, and Metamorphose creates many crown-print and floral items. Classic brands such as Juliette et Justine may also be good to check out, as they have a generally more western royality feel to their clothing. All the other styles


Oji Style (Boystyle)

Ōji is a Japanese fashion that is considered the male version of Lolita fashion. It does not follow the typical lolita silhouette but instead takes its influence from the Victorian era of young boys. Though it is considered a "boy style", it may be worn by BOTH GENDERS.

Ōji Includes blouses and shirts, knickerbockers and other styles of short trousers, knee high socks, top hats, and newsboy caps. The colors usually used are black, white, blue and burgundy, though there are feminine versions of the fashion with a broader palette. Good examples would be some of the outfits sold through Baby, the Stars Shine Bright's line Alice and the Pirates.

Though in Japan this fashion is typically referred to as ouji, outside of Japan it is common to hear it referred to as "Kodona".

Guro Lolita

Guro Lolita is the portrayal of a 'broken doll' or "Innocent Gore" by using items such as fake blood, make-up, and bandages to give the appearance of injury. It is suggested that Guro Lolitas wear white to "emphasize the contrast between purity and their wounds", or because blood contrasts better with white.

Sailor Lolita

Lolita fashion that incorporates the look of a Sailor. This can include sailor collars and ties, sailor hats, and stripes. Not to be confused with the common Japanese "seifuku" or sailor-style school uniform. Also popular is the related substyle "pirate lolita" with a similar nautical theme - this usually incorporates a more elaborate dress, styled with treasure chest bags, tricorns and eyepatches. Jewelry is heavily featured. "Alice & the Pirates" (a sub-label produced by "Baby the Stars Shine Bright") is a clothing brand which is well known for its pirate-like aesthetic.

Country Lolita

Country Lolita is derived from Classic and Sweet Lolita style, and is often a little hard to distinguish due to the similar use of motifs and aesthetics that Classic and Sweet Lolita use. However the Country Lolita style can be recognised by straw baskets, hats, fruit, and gingham patterns.

Wa Lolita

Wa Lolita combines traditional Japanese clothing styles with the Lolita fashion. Wa Lolita usually consists of kimono or hakama modified to fit with common Lolita garments. The bottom half of the garment is altered to accommodate a petticoat, or a kimono-style blouse is used as a top to accompany a plain Lolita skirt. Outerwear can include haori or adult-sized hifu-vests. The shoes and accessories used in this style are typical of traditional Japanese garb including kanzashi flowers, and geta, zori, or Okobo. These shoes are often used in place of the normal Lolita platform and high-heeled shoes.

Qi Lolita

Qi Lolita is a similar style but uses Chinese clothing and accessories in place of Japanese. Usually this includes qipao dresses modified to accommodate a petticoat. Accessories include platform-slippers for footwear and bun-covers as hair accessories.

Casual Lolita

Casual Lolita is less of a style in and of itself but is used to describe a 'toned down' approach to the lolita fashion. While the basic lolita elements are still adhered to, the key element in the casual lolita co-ordination is simplicity. An example being a simple cut-sew with a motif of some sort paired with a lolita skirt and hair accessory. Casual Lolita styles can be compiled out of any colours, so long as one remembers to match styles, colours and prints appropriately. Casual Lolita can best be described as what a Lolita would wear when not 'dressing up': Still modest and elegant, but not to the degree of most other Lolita styles. Deco Lolitas hanging out in Harujuku! Though, deciding wether or not to become a lolita is a hard choice. Wether it's too girly or too mature, either way, it's up to you. But if you ARE thinking about becoming a western loli and have some questions about what might look good on you, more depth on a style, or how to save up money (they cost alot!) come talk to me! I might have some answers! :3
P.S. If I get enough people to become lolitas with me, I might start a lolita group! >w< Questions? Kuro/ Shiro Lolita Shiro Lolita, or 'White Lolita,' is a Lolita outfit made entirely of white/cream/off-white co-ordinates, while its counterpart Kuro Lolita, or 'Black Lolita,' is an outfit made-up of entirely black co-ordinates. Shiro Lolitas often pair themselves with Kuro Lolitas in twin outfits to create an interesting contrast. Shiro Lolita Makeup Shiro:
The makeup consists of many light colors such as pale pink, white, and glimmer. it can be very much like sweet lolita, except very bright and light.

Kuro: Very dark, true to it's name. With dark reds, blacks, greys, and long eyelashes, it can be a lot like gothic and/or punk lolita! Punk lolita makeup Colors Shiro: White clothes! Make sure you don't end up like a giant marshmallow, though!

Kuro: Black clothes. Not an ounce of other colors, other than black!

If dressed in all white, you will be considered a shiro lolita. If dressed in all black, you will be considered a kuro lolita. Brands You can get kuro and shiro lolita from brands like ANGELIC PRETTY (shiro) and ALICE AND THE PIRATES (kuro). Just get only black or white things! Alice and the Pirates kuro dress

Ōji is a Japanese fashion that is considered the male version of Lolita fashion. It does not follow the typical lolita silhouette but instead takes its influence from the Victorian era of young boys. Though it is considered a "boy style", it may be worn by BOTH GENDERS.


Oji Style (Boystyle) Style
Ōji Includes blouses and shirts, knickerbockers and other styles of short trousers, knee high socks, top hats, and newsboy caps. Knickerbockers Colors The colors usually used are black, white, blue and burgundy, though there are feminine versions of the fashion with a broader palette. Blue and burgundy necklace Brands Good examples would be some of the outfits sold through Baby, the Stars Shine Bright's line Alice and the Pirates.
Baby the Stars Shine Bright
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