While most name brands in this elegant style of fashion generally create sizes that begin at 80 cm in the bust (approximately 31 inches) and 70 cm in the waist (approximately 28 inches), there are many options for clothes by your favorite brands! Many times the cut of the dress or fabric allow for greater size versatility.
Shirring may be the greatest invention that has ever existed or be at least the greatest invention to benefit Lolita fashion. Shirring is a sewing technique used to gather a large area of fabric by elasticized threads utilized in parallel rows. The best part of shirring is that, because the material is gathered with elastic and excess fabric, this sewing technique creates apparel to stretch or condense as needed. These clothing pieces can, therefore, accommodate a multitude of sizes while they stay aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Partial shirring can often accommodate up to an 110 cm (43 inches) in the bust, while full shirring pieces can often accommodate up to 130 cm (51 inches)! Many brand name Lolita jumperskirts, one-piece dresses and blouses feature partial or full shirring. To see the measurements of your favorite Lolita pieces, I would strongly 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 additional measurements in the comments in order to assist you! For example, a Bodyline dress I own stated that the max measurements were 120 cm (47 cm) however, 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 easy 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, measurements and more include Beautiful Plus Sized Lolita on Tumblr. It is additionally a great place to meet other plus-sized Lolitas and post coordinate photos!
Here are two examples of recent dresses released by the popular Lolita brand Angelic Pretty which feature partial and full shirring. Needless to say, these are two of my absolute dream dresses! The Melty Cream Doughnut jumperskirt features partial shirring in the back, so 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 that can be lowered or shorted as desired. Melty Berry Princess the one-piece features full shirring and can accommodate up to 135 cm (53 inches) in the bust and 130 cm (51 inches) in the waist. 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 just fine! The most important thing to remember when it comes to fashion is to dress in what makes you the most comfortable, and to wear items that flatter your natural figure. Lolita fashion is not any different in this regard. Confidence is always stunning!
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. The majority 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! In order to order from Maxicimam, I suggest using 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 additional blouses, a coat, a petticoat and a few jumperskirts very soon, so stay tuned!
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 clothes in order to make them fit. I have however modified normal clothes to make them a more comfortable size! There are numerous tutorials on how to make adjustments to Lolita clothes, particularly in regards to Jumperskirts and skirts. 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, it is something I plan to pursue in the future.
While you are able to purchase pieces you love from the name brand stores directly, you can also purchase gently used or like new items. This is a fantastic way to build you brand name Lolita wardrobe! Some great places to find rare or used Lolita fashion are Lacemarket, Plus-sized Lolita Sales on Facebook, LolitaDesu, Closet Child and the Elegant Gothic Lolita Community Sales. Additionally, particularly on Facebook and EGL, you sometimes have the option to trade unwanted items for other items you wish to add to your collection
Nothing compares to an item made to your custom measurements! When compared to when I was first introduced to Lolita fashion, there are many different quality indie Lolita brands that offer size customization. Most of these indie brands can be found on Taobao, Storenvy, Facebook and Etsy. Since I get all of my indie items customized to fit my exact measurements, I prefer to use a Taobao reseller rather than purchase items directly from the Taobao shop. I do this to ensure there is no translation error when it comes to the measurements. If there is a miscommunication, I can be reimbursed for the shop's mistake. I can personally vouch for the online shop my-lolita-dress.com since I have ordered multiple items from them successfully. I have heard that Lolita wardrobe is also another great option as a Taobao reseller.
You can also choose to shop for indie brands at Anna House Fashion, Quiteland, and Clobbaonline. While I have heard Anna House is a great place to find Lolita blouses, skirts, and accessories their dresses can be slightly costume-like. I find Quiteland does not update their items often, and the prices are higher than on my-lolita-dress or Lolita Wardrobe. As for Clobbaonline, I have had an absolute failure when I have ordered from Clobbaonline. Aside from the poor quality items, like Quiteland as well, they appear to update their available items extremely slow in comparison to other online shops. There are literally tons of options for tailored measurements in this fashion nowadays! Another great resource for online shops that offer custom sizing can be found on the comprehensive Beautiful Plus Sized Lolita Shopping Guide. As always it is important to take recent purchase reviews and unboxing videos into consideration before you make a purchase!
To sew your own Lolita clothes and accessories requires extreme patience, time, skill and motivation. I had never considered making my own clothes, or even attempting to sew until I fell in love with Lolita fashion. While I have only made Lolita accessories for myself and Lolita fashion items for my doll Hitomi, I plan to make full Lolita apparel for myself in the future. If you sew Lolita apparel and accessories yourself you can save money, take pride in the creation of something beautiful and ensure the pieces will fit you! Additionally, since you can purchase the material and supplies fairly inexpensively, it is a great way to build a Lolita wardrobe on a budget! The ability to make something as simple as your own bloomers and socks really comes in handy. It is also a great opportunity and skill you can use in order to earn extra cash as well!
Otome no Sewing is a Japanese magazine that features patterns and designs that you can create yourself! Many times Otome no Sewing editions can be found on Amazon, cdJapan or eBay. In addition to this excellent source of patterns and designs, there are unlimited tutorials online to discover! Some great tutorials and resources for Lolita fashion include LiveJournal, Pinterest and Youtube.. Also, with the rise of Cosplay and Lolita fashion awareness, there are more traditional pattern brands, such as Simplicity, located at nationwide stores that carry inexpensive patterns that can easily be converted or modified into Lolita fashion styles. You can not believe what amazing pieces you can create and design with a little bit of guidance.
While replica items are illegal and frowned upon in this community, they are a working alliterative. Replica items are illegal copies of popular or rare Lolita items. The difference between an inspired design and a copy truly come down to the uniqueness of the item. For example, the popular Angelic Pretty shoes, referred to as tea parties, are simple shoes made of pleather that feature straps, heart buckles, round toes and a pleather bow. By adjusting three aspects of these shoes legally, people are able to make copies of the design without committing copyright infringement. The most common replica products that exist seem to be copies of Angelic Pretty designs. Replicas range from everything from socks to dresses and bags. Design replicas are less expensive than the designer item and can often be customized or tailored to your current measurements!
If there is anything you can take away from this post, remember this: Anyone can wear Lolita fashion. It does not matter your size, height, race or age, Lolita fashion exists to make you a beautiful version of yourself.
How do you wear Lolita as a plus-sized beauty? What are some tips and tricks you use? I would love to read your responses and add your useful information to my own Lolita fashion plus-sized tips and tricks!
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for Lolita Fashion.