Perhaps someone special to you has just confessed that they are, or are interested in, the pursuit of Lolita fashion. Perhaps you are someone who is interested in Lolita and is in search of an introduction for someone who is not aware of the fashion. Regardless of your reasons this guide will introduce this unique fashion, illustrate some key points and answer the tough questions. Without further delay, let's begin!
Lolita fashion is a sub-culture fashion that originated on the streets of Harajuku, Japan recognizably in the 1990s. Since then the fashion has become adopted worldwide and can be found in numerous countries. This fashion style adapts considerable influences and aspects of the French Rococo and the British Victorian era.
No, Lolita fashion is not associated with the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. As someone who has read the novel I can assure you, there is no theme or aspect of the novel that relates to the fashion in the slightest. While an individual participant may choose to dress in Lolita for their own reasons, the fashion itself is not a fetish and not a kink and therefore should not be associated with such preferences.
Lolita in Japanese is pronounced rorīta. It is believed the word Lolita was chosen for the fashion due to the sound and the whimsical qualities the name processed. Lolita was sweet, innocent and possessed romantic qualities that befitted the style. There was no consideration associated with a European interpretation at its inception. The musician Mana is credited with the style being known as Elegant Gothic Lolita.
The overall style is frilly, feminine and eye-catching. Lolita fashion is grounded in modesty, elegance, cuteness and modesty. Each of these elements are the basis for each of the outfits, known as a coordinate, a Lolita wears. The major key element that makes a style Lolita falls to the 'cupcake' or 'a-line' silhouette. The shape starts at the natural waist and then increases in volume. Aside from 'boy-style', this bell or a-line shape is essential to the look. While the silhouette is a firm requirement, there are specific colors, prints and accessory choices that help dictate different styles of Lolita fashion the individual wearing it wishes to convey.
The three most common types of Lolita are Gothic, Sweet and Classic.
Although Lolita may look extravagant compared to today's fashion standards Lolita is not a costume. A costume is constructed of often inferior materials and is intended to be worn certain times of the year. In association with this concept, a costume implies that the wearer is "pretending" to be someone or something they are not. People who wear Lolita are themselves and are not trying to be anyone else. Lolita is a fashion statement to express and celebrate the individual who wears it.
Lolita clothing is expensive for many reasons. For one the style is currently worn by a select niche group and the vast majority of the businesses that produce Lolita style clothes and accessories are located overseas. As soon as the style becomes mainstream, the local fashion stores will be forced to meet the demand and prices for these products will decrease. Additionally, Lolita is a fashion that prides itself on elegance and extravagance. The fabric and materials items are constructed of are of a higher quality, and quality costs more. While quality fabric and lace are well worth the investment, there are ways to look great, have quality products and be completely affordable. I will save those tips however for another post.
Anyone. Yes, anyone. Young and old, male or female, rich or poor, tall or short, light or dark, skinny or plump. Lolita is for anyone who is willing to adorn these beautiful clothes and make a statement.
I have experienced both positive and negative experiences while in Lolita, but more often than not they are positive. In the decade that I have been interested in the fashion, I have seen a dramatic change in education about fashion. Knee high socks when I started adapting elements of Lolita into my wardrobe were seen as sexy and now no one seems them as such! Many people know what the fashion is and make a point of discussing it with me. If people are unaware of what I am wearing they usually ask if I'm in a play, or dressed up for a special function. They are very respectful when I explain that it is a Japanese street fashion! Negative experiences mainly consist of stares and laughs from teenagers. All of these experiences are overshadowed by the exclamations that I am a 'princess' by small children and a source of excitement from elders. For every stare, there is always five smiles or nods of approval and is well worth it.
Also, your special someone is not alone. There are communities everywhere with other Lolitas to help! There are many online communities where your Special Someone can connect with others and there are many times local Lolita communities with special meet ups! Your Special Someone is bound to make new friends.
People where Lolita fashion for numerous reasons. Some people who choose to wear Lolita because it is a statement for feminism and fights against society's norms. Even more, people choose to wear Lolita to help them come out of their shell and be more outgoing. Some people wear Lolita because it helps them have a positive body image and others wear Lolita to be part of the community. Mostly, people wear Lolita because it is a beautiful expression of themselves and a pleasure to adorn clothing that can be considered a work of art.
◆ Lolita is a street fashion that originated in Japan
◆ Lolita is not a kink, fetish or based on the novel
◆ Lolita is catagorized as such due to the silhouette
◆ The three major styles are Gothic, Sweet and Classic
◆ It is not a costume
◆ It can be worn by anyone
I hope this was beneficial for all you curious people out there! Additionally, I hope this information has helped answer some of your questions. What is important is the fact you have gone through all this trouble in order to learn about something that special someone cares so much about. Your support is extremely appreciated!
If you have any further questions, inquiries or thoughts let me know! I would be happy to hear from you.
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for Lolita Fashion.