Starting a new fashion style can be an intimidating change! Like most newbies to this fashion, I had worries about what I needed to accomplish before I could call myself a Lolita. I hope this list takes a veteran to lolita fashion back to when they were new, and gives beginners some piece of mind!
You're Only A Lolita If...
1. "You Wear Name-Brands"
You are a Lolita if you own indie brands, handmade pieces, or name-brands. The manufacturer of your lolita pieces is unimportant. While lolita fashion does have requirements for it to be, in fact, lolita, the requirement of your pieces being name-brands is not one of them! Whether your item is by Angelic Pretty or a lovely independent brand, you should love what you wear regardless!
2. "You Wear It Everyday"
No - you do not need to wear lolita fashion daily to be a Lolita. Between jobs and school, many people in this fashion can only enjoy lolita in their downtime. There are other factors at play, too. Are you able to comfortably wear lolita for long periods? Would you wear lolita even when you aren't feeling up to it? Have plans that require you to be active? Can you clean your lolita clothes easily? These are just some of the factors that come into play when you wear lolita daily.
I wear lolita in my downtime. Between work, access only to a laundromat, and health reasons, there are days when I cannot wear the fashion I love. Does that make me any less of a Lolita? Not at all!
3. "You're Active In A Lolita Community"
Whether online or in-person, there are many lolita communities you can be a part of. That being said, you do not have to be active, or even be a part of a community, to be a Lolita! Many people in lolita fashion celebrate their love of this style just by wearing it! While communities are a great way to connect with people who share your passion, this fashion style is just for you and that is 100% OK!
4. "If You Own A Closet FULL Of It"
You're a Lolita whether you have one piece or twenty! While many Lolitas aim to have an entire closet of our favorite pieces eventually, it is not required to be a part of this niche fashion. Enjoy the dresses you own, but keep your heart open to pieces you would like to maybe own in the future!
5. "You Have A Set Lolita Style"
Of course not! There are plenty Lolitas that wear multiple styles. While having a favorite style is extremely common, it can be fun to try something new! This is a fashion hobby that is all about having fun and expressing yourself. Feeling a bit dark and mysterious one day, and bubbly and happy the next? Let the fashion help showcase that side of yourself! You don't have to limit yourself!
What are some things you worried about as someone new to lolita fashion? I'd love to know!
This is the account of one woman and her passion for lolita Fashion.