Right now, I just want some nice solid JSKs that are in my size and come in all of the colors. Particularly on the hunt for a wine red and black solid JSK.
I have bought all of my wardrobe new from indie shops and brand. I have heard too many horror stories about shopping secondhand.
The first pair of Sosic Shop heart tea parties. I was so excited that they were comfortable and I have still not shut up about how this is my favorite shoe store.
It's not really that bad, but when I ordered AP Fleur Cat, I also ordered the cat ear headband. A few days later, AP mailed me to say they accidentally oversold the headbands so I would get a refund instead. This is fate because before that, I would talk about how cat ear headbands were lame and ita.
I try to not think too hard about how much I spend. I'd say my current order of Royal Crown Berry from AP Paris is the most I have paid.
Angelic Pretty used to have special sets that were around $150. $150 for BRAND?!?!? Amazing. This is much rarer now than it was in 2016.
...this is just my Meta Magical Artefacts story again.
I never see AP's Sky Banquet from 2018 and am very sore I missed it. I see Sweet Lacy Basket every so often, but am also sad I missed it.
Nah, I try to not coord things until I have a piece in my hands.
Something I learned early on, even before buying my first piece, was that Fanplusfriend was wacky as hell. That said, my very first pieces were from Fanplusfriend. First two pieces (Musical Palmer and Enchanted Forest) were great. Second two pieces (Chiffon Lover JSKs in lavender and sax) were also great. Third two pieces were from the Puck's Prank series- the OP which looked like a JSK and is pretty simple, and the "JSK" which has always been kind of weird to coord. One of the shoulders is very decorative. There is really freaking weird corset lacing/waist ties. There was a cute but bizarre fairy petal overskirt. I wore it once for Halloween, and a few other times to meets before finally trying (and failing) to sell. It's just bizarre and looking back, I should have just bought the regular OP in both colorways instead.
I bought Strawberry Doll with the intention of twinning with someone but it didn't work out. The dress itself is pretty great though and has led me down the road of wanting fruit prints in the black colorway.
My closet says Angelic Pretty, me being comfy says Little Dipper, my feet say Sosic Shop and my brain says Metamorphose.
I wear a lot of pink and white, but as mentioned above, I am really liking the combination of red and black (especially when that red is in the shape of fruit).
Not when I started, and even now, if there is a piece I really like, I will get it anyway.
I'm not sure.
I do get ideas from how other people coord things on instagram, or sometimes I will see someone else wear a dress I own and that will make me want to wear the same dress :p I also try to pay attention to how other lolitas without bangs do their hair.
Right now I wear sweet and classic lolita. I was initially drawn to sweet lolita because I love pastels and cute patterns, though I have always sort of toned it down because I don't want to be too flashy. I am gradually wearing more and more classic lolita because I just love florals and I love things that are easy to wear.
Wa, Qi or Ero lolita. I know that lolita fashion isn't cultural appropriation, but it just feels so weird for me (a very white person) to wear wa or qi lolita. I would not want to wear ero lolita because I am very modest and shy about showing off. I don't hate these substyles, they are just not for me.
Normie-kei (jeans and t-shirts :p). I am one of those people who gets complained about for not being fashionable outside of lolita, though now I am moving away from wearing jeans.
When I first started, I wanted to be a sweet lolita - sweets and flowers and cats and all the cutesy stuff. However, I think the entire time, I was wearing it in a very toned down, almost classic way, so I am embracing that more now. I am also moving very very slowly towards gothic as well. There are some other lolitas online who wear classic and gothic and look just SO amazing and I want to be cute like them.
If I had to dress up tomorrow in a pinch, I would probably throw on a white blouse, one of my Little Dipper JSKs, white legwear of some type (check the weather first) and then pink or brown tea party shoes. And then figure out headwear, since that is a weak point for me.
Every time I try to coord pastel with black in an experiment that I feel like goes horribly wrong, but I keep trying it again. Sometimes I just get tired of using my white blouses for everything but don't have very many main pieces that go with black.
I am pretty boring and I don't think I've had any particular inspirations for a coord other than "hm I want to wear X dress today" or "I think X dress would fit well with the theme of this meet/event". Usually it is the first.
I'm not too scared to try wearing gothic lolita, but I am too broke to start right away. I am slowly working on it.
I want to wear mori-kei, but it doesn't have the rules that lolita has, nor are there many specifically "mori" brands still around for me to get ideas from, so it's more difficult for me. I'm also beginning to be more interested in Pink House and Axes Femme style.
Burando wise, Angelic Pretty. Indie wise, Fanplusfriend or Little Dipper (do I count blouses?)
I love rose prints so much, but I want to get other florals as well. I am also a fan of cat prints.
Cat (not just a white cat) plus flower (not just roses, but roses are okay too). Honestly right now, I pay more attention to the cuts of dresses rather than the print.
In everyday life, I am bad at accessories so I kind of struggle with accessories in lolita as well. I have made some necklaces to wear with lolita and try to remember to buy more (so I wear more). I also want more rings as well.
I mentioned before that headwear is a weakness for me. I had a phase where I made a bunch of flower clips to wear because I thought that was the only thing that looked good. I want to get some more plain headbows that I can mix and match easily with dresses for more casual looks. I like the headbows from Angelic Pretty but I think some of them are too vertical and look weird on me. The headbows that lay flat are my favorite. I also like bow clips, but I have to think harder on how to stick them on my head.
In terms of items that are distinctly lolita, a DECENT parasol (none of those tiny lace parasols from party stores!!) In terms of things that newbies need to have driven into their heads to polish off a look, good lolita-aesthetic shoes.
Have I raved enough about Little Dipper yet? In that case, I really love the Lily of the Valley Mycologist's Notebook print. I was able to buy the Paradiso exclusive JSK in ivory last year, and it is so gorgeous. The lace details are excellent, and while I'd heard the print runs a little on the green colorway, I haven't had that experience so far.
I think it's a fairly even mix.
It's not so much a rule anymore, but I don't want to wear wigs or have bangs. I might consider getting bangs, but I definitely do not like wearing wigs (from my limited experience of wearing a wig). I don't think I will ever be a true ~lifestyle~ lolita who wears it everyday, but I want to wear more lolita in my everyday life, and wearing a wig feels costume-y to me. (Obviously this doesn't apply to other people who have to wear wigs for whatever reason, or wearing a wig is a more everyday thing to them. It's just not for me).
I don't really keep track of how much my coords cost, so I'm not sure. I suppose some of the main pieces from Soufflesong would count as the cheapest ones.
When I first started, I would hand wash everything in a bathtub with gentle soap, then roll in a towel to remove excess water and then hang to dry. I got lazy over the years, so now I use a delicates bag where I put the dress inside out, and wash/rinse in cold water, and then hang to dry. So far, nothing has become damaged from this. I have a few cotton dresses that need a little more work to keep them from getting too wrinkled, so I have a steamer.
At one point, I had a mental checklist of "oh I want a berry dress and a cat dress and this and that and blah blah blah" but now I don't. I could probably not buy anything new for my wardrobe and be mostly content, but I also think I could make my coords cuter or find new ways to wear main pieces if only I had this or that thing. I do want to continue buying new pieces and shoes and blouses and things. So for me, I don't think a wardrobe can be 100% complete, but it's an evolving thing. I think a lot of other lolitas are like this too, where they buy things and then sell them after wearing them a few times or decide to go in a different direction with their style.Next set...meets and encounters