Of course, getting into lolita wasn't all that easy, considering how much more expensive it is than mainstream fashion, and also my size. A lot of lolita clothing was, and still is, designed with a more petite figure in mind. I'm short enough that I've never had trouble with the length of skirts and dresses. But being a size16, there were fewer options that would fit me within the Japanese brands. I can fit into the fully-shirred items from brands, but I don't always like how they look and get tired of the same dress cut. It's also hard for me to find blouses that would fit into the lolita style but would still look good on my figure and fit my size. Thankfully I've also been able to find pieces made for my size by lolita seamstresses, and vintage items that fit into the aesthetic.
Building up a lolita wardrobe has taken time and patience. And it's really sad that, though I love the clothing, I hardly get to wear it. Very often it's not practical, either because of the heat or the fact that it's not comfortable for the day's activities. I guess you could say my indulging in such an impractical style is an act of resistance... though less logical than my usual acts of resistance. Even if it's just been months, it feels like centuries since I've worn it... Since I've smiled at how petticoats make my skirts flare out, filling me with a whimsical happiness. There's a spring to my step when I wear my favorite dresses. I long for that old feeling. As a sort of tribute to my first fashion love, I've decided to share some pictures of past outfits. (I wear the classic, gothic, and punk lolita styles, but I don't have pictures of all my outfits within those styles.)
These first two were outfits I wore to picnics, don't really know whether they're classic or country lolita:
Tights: Wet Seal
Hat & Flower: Claire's
Cardigan & Accessories: Forever21
Dress: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Wristcuffs: Hot Topic
And the next are gothic lolita:
Headdress & Parasol: Alice and the Pirates
Jacket: she said...
Dress: Innocent World
Tights: Wet Seal
Earrings & Belt: Forever21
Skirt: In the Starlight
Tights: Sock Dreams
I'm eagerly looking forward to autumn and to the fluff of my petticoats. For the season I'm hoping I can add more brown and blue to my lolita wardrobe, and maybe some of those painting printed tights that were so popular a while ago, as well as the blouses I so sorely need.
(P.S. Props if you know the song/singer which inspired the title of this post.)