Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lolita Fashion

Lolita fashion is a fashion style from Japan that is based on the look of Victorian-era or Rococo period clothing.   Contrary to much modern dress for girls and women, the Lolita look began primarily as one of modesty and winsomeness.  It is the deliberate cultivation of innocence, not sexiness; it is not at all related to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.

The Sweet Lolita, also known as ama-loli in Japanese, is heavily romantic and winsome in style, influenced by Rococo as well as Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Focusing on the fantasy aspects of Lolita, the Sweet Lolita style adopts the basic Lolita format and uses lighter colors and childlike motifs in its design.

The wearer of the sweet Lolita style prefers makeup using pink, pearl, or peach tonesch, or Pearl make up styles are highly 'sweet' and used by many Sweet Lolitas. This look is often accompanied by a shade of bright pink, red or sometimes nude-pink lipstick.  Dresses of sweet Lolitas usually employ pastels, fruit themes(cherries or strawberries), flowers (roses, jasmines, lily, cherry blossoms) lace, bows, animal themes (cats, bunnies, puppies) and ribbons to emphasize the cuteness of the design. Popular themes in the sweet Lolita are references to Alice in Wonderland, sweets, and classic fairy tales. Jewelry often reflects this fantasy theme. Headdresses, bonnets and bows are a popular hair accessory to the sweet Lolita look. Bags and purses usually have a princess-like design and often take the shape of strawberries, crowns, hearts, and stuffed animals.

Sweet Lolita

The typical Lolita dress's silhouette is of a knee length skirt or dress with a 'cupcake' shape assisted by petticoats, but may also consist of a floor lenght skirt.  Blouses, knee high socks or stockings and headdresses are also worn. 

Gothic Lolita fashion is characterized by darker make-up and clothing.   Red lipstick and smoky or neatly defined eyes, created using black eyeliner, are typical styles, although as with all Lolita sub-styles the look remains fairly natural.   Some Lolita uses dark color schemes including black, dark blues and purples, although black and white remains popular. As with the Goth look found in the West, crucifixes, ankhs, or other accessories such as those shaped like bats, coffins, or hexagrams may also be used in this look.  There's a tension between the wholesomeness and the creepy produced in this style.

So much for the intro.  The discouraging thing about this style is that it is mostly restricted to Japanese teens.  The rococo look seems pretty; but it probably would not go over in most situations. I can just imagine those great avatars of Puritanism, the assistant principals, reacting to a girl coming to school with the Lolita look!  Or can you imagine a grown woman in her 20's or 30's wearing this at work or even while going out in the evening.

Sometimes some of us just want to look like a pretty confection; but not sexy or modern or efficient or so functional!  We need a resurgance of Romanticism!

Gothic Lolita

Here's Nana Kitade, dressed in Lolita fashion, performing a song:


Deena said...

The Lolita style is very impractable for much of what women do. It is more for people who can afford to do little other than to look photogenic. In a way, it's a type of conspicuous consumption.

Much of romanticism was simply an illusion.

Grenouille Fille said...

I like the rococo aspects of the style. Very charming.

I'm With Stupid said...

I think I've found my next Halloween costume!


Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

The Lolita girls are part of the Japanese street scene. There was even a movie in which themain character was a sweet Lolita.

Grand Crapaud said...

I can't see that catching on here.

bakku-shan said...

Loli dresses tend to be expensive and high maintenance. They're cute, though!

The Bastard King of England said...

This looks ridiculous.

Bilbo said...

Well, it's not a style I especially care for, but if it works for you, go for it.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Lolita style would not do for everyday wear in the South, I think.

Mike said...

I thought I commented. I guess not.

Banana Oil said...

It's cute.