To dabble in the world of Lolita fashion is to submerge oneself in a subculture that began in the 1980s on the streets of Harajuku, Japan. Since then, Lolita fashion has become a genre glamorized and popularized by most young people all over the world. For many in the Western world, the word ‘Lolita’ conjures up images of older men with fetishes for young girls; an ideal fostered by Vladimir Nabokov’s novel of the same name. However, such theories are frowned upon by dedicated Lolita fashionistas who take their roles quite seriously. The art of Lolita fashion comes not just from wearing pretty doll-like clothes, but in expressing one self in ways that promote and celebrate one’s beauty inside and out.
So how do you decide on which kind of Lolita is right for you? You must first familiarize yourself with the different styles beneath its extensive umbrella. The most popular or common style is the Gothic Lolita – a trend that’s crossed into Western culture. If Goth is not your style, you can choose to be Punk, Sweet, Casual, Classic, Country, Sailor, Ero, Cosplay, Aristrocrat, Guro (the broken doll look), Wa (kimono-themed), Kuro (all black ensemble), Shiro (all white ensemble), Hime (princess), or Kodona (boy style or masculine-themed clothing).
First, select a theme that most fits your personality and work from there. Note that the key elements to a complete Lolita outfit involves either a knee-length dress or skirt, a headdress, blouse, petticoat, bloomers, socks, shoes, jacket and other accessories like purses. If you decide to go with the ‘Sweet Lolita’ theme, choose colors that are bright and eye-catching. Most outfits can be seen in blue, pinks, whites, or even black. If you have purchased a pink Angelic skirt, you’ll most probably need pink and white accessories to go with it. Being able to match items go a long way in making your outfit unique.
However, being unique does take some time, effort and money. Lolita fashions are usually expensive hobbies; however you do not have to break the bank just to achieve your goal. Peruse the internet for websites or forums with helpful tips on where to find affordable Lolita costumes for sale. Visit vintage or second-hand stores in your community; as they are treasure troves for the beginner Lolita. Most importantly, remember that being a Lolita is a celebration of your inner beauty, so have fun with it.