1. Japanese Name Brands
Most name brands in this elegant style of fashion generally create clothing sizes that begin at 80 cm in the bust (approximately 31 inches). These clothing pieces are commonly 70 cm in the waist (approximately 28 inches). Despite this, there are many options for apparel by your favorite brands! Many times the cut of the dresses, or fabric they are made from, allow for greater size versatility.
Shirring is your best friend
Shirring may be the greatest invention that has ever existed. That is, at the very least, the greatest invention to benefit lolita fashion. Shirring is a technique used to gather a large area of fabric by elasticized threads in parallel rows. The best part of shirring is that, because the material is gathered with elastic and excess fabric, it allows apparel to stretch or condense as needed. These clothing pieces can, thus, accommodate a multitude of sizes while they stay aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Partial shirring can often accommodate up to a 110 cm (43 inches) in the bust. Fully shirring pieces can often accommodate up to 130 cm (51 inches)! Many brand name lolita jumperskirts, one-piece dresses and blouses feature shirring. To see the measurements of your favorite lolita pieces, I would recommend that you use Lolibrary.org. Lolibrary is an online database of all lolita brand name products. You can find the measurements of each piece, along with other valuable information. Often times Lolitas who own the products will add more measurements in the comments to assist you!
For example, a Bodyline dress I own stated that the max measurements were 120 cm (47 cm). Due to the partial shirring, in reality, the dress can accommodate up to 128 cm (50 inches)! I would not have known the dress could fit me without the input of owners of this particular item. Now, the dress is one of my favorites! Other great places for plus-size lolita tips and measurements is Gorgeous Plus Sized Lolitas. It is as space to connect with other plus-sized Lolitas and post-coordinate photos!
Here are two examples of recent dresses released by the popular lolita brand Angelic Pretty. Both of these dresses feature partial and full shirring. Needless to say, these are two of my absolute dream dresses! The Melty Cream Doughnut jumperskirt has partial shirring. The dress can accommodate up to 123 cm (48 inches) in the bust and 107 cm (42 inches) in the waist. Additionally, it has adjustable straps. Melty Berry Princess the one-piece features full shirring. This dress can accommodate up to 135 cm (53 inches) in the bust and 130 cm (51 inches) in the waist. That's a huge size range!
There is a good chance that your favorite brands, whether they be Innocent World, Baby the Stars Shine Bright or Metamorphose temps de fille, may have pieces that will fit you! The most important thing to remember when it comes to fashion is to dress in what makes you the most comfortable. Wear items that flatter your figure! Lolita fashion is not any different. Confidence is always stunning!
Maxicimam, a brand that gets it
Maxicimam is an understated lolita name brand, but that does not stop Maxicimam from being one of my absolute favorite brands! Why do you ask? This lolita brand has an entire plus-size section known as "lovely size". The sizes in the "lovely size" category can accommodate sizes 96 cm (37 inches) in the bust up to 140 cm (55 inches)! This brand makes everything you need for your lolita wardrobe including dresses, blouses, bloomers, petticoats, bags, coats, boleros, and accessories.
Most of the pieces Maxicimam creates for this label fit 120 cm (47 inches) in the bust and 108 cm (42 inches) in the waist. As someone who owns two pieces from this brand, I can attest to the quality construction, beautiful details and fit of the items. You are welcome to view my first order from Maxicimam here! To order from Maxicimam, use an online shopping platform such as cdJapan or Rakuten to purchase the items you like. Not only do these platforms make shopping easy, but you can also accumulate points to use to save on a future purchase! I have plans to order more items.
2. Make it fit! Modifying Brand
To modify lolita brand clothing is exactly as it sounds. It involves the ability to make adjustments to brand pieces by adding fabric to change the cut, add measurements or change the design. Just let me preference this by saying I have absolutely no experience modifying lolita pieces in order to make them fit. There are numerous tutorials on how to make adjustments to lolita dress and other clothes.
To make alterations to brand you are able to support the brand name financially and still keep the genuine label. While this will lower the value of your brand items, it will allow for your favorite pieces to finally fit you. Additionally, you are able to resell clothes to other plus sized Lolitas if you no longer desire the adjusted item! If you sew yourself, the alterations requirements and difficulty would depend on your personal skill level. I would not attempt to alterations myself, but I would entrust my brand purchases to a professional seamstress willingly. While I have not done any alterations to brand pieces as of yet, or been able to purchase some, it is something I plan to pursue in the future.
This blog is where share my experience as a lolita fashion enthusiast!