Before you can start shopping, it is best to pinpoint the style of Lolita that you are the most interested in. There are many styles and sub-styles within Lolita fashion. A simple Goggle search will have you exposed to these numerous options in a moment, and the fashion opportunities are extremely expansive. At this time, you will want to focus on the main three styles, from which most of the sub-styles originate. These three main Lolita categories are Gothic Lolita, Sweet Lolita, and Classic Lolita.
To find the style that is the best fit for you, the only thing I can suggest is to research. Here are some great places in order to see some creative daily Lolita outfits to help you decide what you like best!
✓ Lolita, Amino
✓ Daily Lolita, Tumblr
✓ Daily Lolita, Facebook
✓ Lolita Coordinate Inspiration, Pinterest
Once you find the style that you would like to try, you can move onto the fun part - shopping!
For your first Lolita coordinate, you will need:
✓ a Dress or a Skirt
✓ a Blouse
✓ Hair Accessories
✓ Leg Accessories
✓ a Full Petticoat
✓ Bloomers or Bike Shorts
All of these items are important, however, the petticoat is especially important for your Lolita coordinate. The entire fashion style is based on the bell or a-line shaped silhouette. It is not a proper Lolita outfit without it! A great place to purchase a full petticoat at an inexpensive price is MeLikesTea.
There are multitudinous places to purchase Lolita fashion. Some of the resources are better than the others. For Lolita, we have access to tons of name brand stores and independent Lolita brands.
Since Lolita fashion originated in Japan, most of the Lolita name brands are Japanese. There are brand names for each of the major three styles of Lolita. Each designer brand has their own unique style, and they each add something special to the fashion as the whole. While you are not required to purchase pieces from a Lolita name brand to be considered a Lolita, they are always an option!
Here are a few designer name brands to get you started!
If you buy items from the designer brand directly, you will receive the items at full cost for the majority of the time. The brands do release sales, particularly when they are near major holidays, and discount particular items. The sale items can often be found in the categories of the online shop.
At the end of the year, Lolita designer brands will often release a collection of items known as a lucky pack or a Fukubukuro. A lucky pack is a great way to start your Lolita wardrobe. For the price of just a normal Lolita brand dress, a lucky pack often contains a dress or skirt, blouse, hair accessory, bag, shoes and some sort of leg accessory. These lucky packs often have an exclusive print or theme!
These are the best times to purchase directly from your favorite designer Lolita fashion brands. Many brands also reward repeat customers, so you are able to earn points for a future purchase as well.
There is always the option to buy your designer name Lolita fashion brands second hand. This is a common practice in Lolita fashion. Many Lolitas buy pieces second hand in order to get their hands on a previous release or to grow their wardrobe. Most of the previous owners of the items take excellent care of their Lolita clothes and accessories. They are able to resell the items to other Lolitas directly, our they are able to sell the items to a second-hand store, which in turn can sell it to you.
A shopping service is an individual who lives in the country of origin, purchases your desired items on your behalf and ships them to you directly. This shopping service will typically charge a low fee, such as 5-10% of the item(s) cost, plus the combined cost of the items and internationally shipping.
Each marketplace, community, and store have their own rules, so it is best to review the policies before you shop. For example, it is good to know if the shop charges extra for international shipping, or a marketplace that requires a shopping service ahead of time before you complete your order.
There are just as many, if not more, Lolita independent brands as there are Lolita name brands. Indie Lolita fashion brands are great because they cost less than Lolita name brands. You are able to find quality and unique Lolita pieces at $50 for a Lolita Jumperskirt, rather than $250 for a brand dress.
Indie Lolita brands pop up often, so it is always a good idea to keep your eyes open for new shops! Before you buy from the store, I always recommend looking for reviews from other Lolitas that have purchased items from that particular location in the past. This way, you know what to expect for price and quality, and you are able to move forward with your order or not. Many Lolita bloggers and Lolita YouTubers review items, so you should be able to come across what you are looking for easily.
There are many shops that have multiple independent designers in one place! These shops often encompass multiple Lolita fashion styles and sub-styles, among standard and custom sizing. All of these shops carry each aspect of your coordinate, so you are able to get what you need in one place!
The shops listed above, aside from Bodyline, are a reseller of Taobao Lolita shops. Taobao is essentially the Chinese version of eBay. Unlike our eBay, there are numerous shops that produce high quality Lolita clothes and accessories! You are able to order directly from Taobao with the help of a shopping service, such as TaobaoRing, rather than purchase from the third party websites listed above. Some of the more popular indie Lolita brands include Infanta, Classical Puppets, Precious Clove, Magic Tea Party, Dear Celine, Chess Story, Dream of Lolita, R-series and Strawberry Witch.
I know that this was quite a blog post, and I appreciate your patience! I hope that this was a post that was able to address some of your questions and help to get you started! If you have any particular questions about anything Lolita related, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for Lolita Fashion.