Becoming a better Lolita

This week’s entry will be short. A few months ago, a long-time friend of mine sent me a picture of me in my first Lolita outfit that I wore at Sakura-Con 2005. It made me laugh so much!

My first Lolita outfit.

My first Lolita outfit.

Gosh, I look so young! I first discovered Lolita fashion in 2003. When I first left home and went to college, I got into Goth fashion. I had been into Japanese pop culture since my adolescence and there was a Japanese book store in the city I moved to. While perusing the shelves, I found a magazine called “Gothic and Lolita Bible.” I was immediately attracted to the word “Gothic” and began flipping through it. My like was forever changed! I was thinking “what are these fabulous clothes that these people are wearing?!” and thus, discovered Lolita fashion. My closet and fashion sense has never been the same.

I really wanted to dress in Lolita, but being a poor college student, I tried to put together an outfit from things I found at thrift stores and Hot Topic. And that’s where this coordinate comes from. But it’s also really great to look back and see where I started and to see where I am nowadays.

Taken by my friend, Patricia Pitre.

Taken by my friend, Patricia Pitre.

This was taken in fall of 2013. It’s a Juliette et Justine dress~ http://juliette-et-justine.com/products/detail.php?product_id=872

People should also check out my friend’s page! She’s an artist and illustrator~ http://www.rainyisle.com/

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Tokidoki at Fine Art Friday

I work at an art gallery and last Friday we had not just 1, but 2 new show opening receptions. To celebrate, we had an event called Fine Art Friday. I feel really lucky to be able to work at a place in which I can dress up and wear special outfits. Here’s my outfit that I wore that night.

I love Tokidoki.

I love Tokidoki.

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Bust shot

If you couldn’t tell from the photos, I’m a huge fan of the brand tokidoki. It is my dream someday to meet Simone Legno. So imagine my happiness last November while shopping at the mall and stopping by Claire’s to find tokidoki has created Neon Star, a line exclusively for Claire’s!

http://www.neonstar.com/

And the announcement on tokidoki’s blog in November with more pictures of line products.

http://www.tokidoki.it/blog/2014/11/neon-star-is-here/

And after checking out those links, by them at Claire’s!

http://www.claires.com/us/categories/style/brands-characters-neon-star/list

I have almost everything from the line- and I still want more! I especially love the scarf.

My furry assistants

Let me introduce to you my two assistants. Or at least they think they’re assisting me. My two chihuahuas!

JJ and Brolly Bow Tie 01The tan one on the left is named Brolly and the little white one on the right is JJ. They are both males. And when I say little, they are small. Brolly is 6 pounds and JJ is 4 pounds. But you’d never know that from their personality. They strut around like a dog 20X their size!

One BADASS dog.

One BADASS dog.

So much attitude, JJ holds his hind food.

So much attitude, JJ holds his hind food.

They are best friends and brothers. Same parents but different litters born a year apart. JJ is the older one.

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So cute!

I absolutely adore them and they are my best friends!

A brief history of Lolita fashion

I love Lolita fashion and subculture. And before you ask, it has nothing to do with the book. It’s a street fashion that started in Japan in the mid 90s (or arguably as early as the late 70s, early 80s) with the rise in popularity of Western Goth fashion and music in Japan. The style didn’t have a name until Japanese designers started to notice and emulate the clothes that teenagers were wearing, like many subcultures that started organically and then were packaged and resold. At the same time, rock stars and and bands started wearing frilly dresses and fancy clothes, and the style spread even more. No one knows who first started calling it “Lolita” but it’s one of those English words that the Japanese adopted to describe the growing fashion without understanding its context. They thought it sounded “cute” and appropriate to describe the look. The term was further popularized by the rock star, Mana, who started his own clothing brand in the late 90s and coined the terms “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat” to describe his brand’s style, further popularizing “Lolita” to describe the look. Since then, the style has spread worldwide and Lolita fashion enthusiasts can be found almost anywhere, even outside of Japan.

For references and more information, here are some links:

What to do when a shirt is too short? Add a peplum

So I bought this great shirt during a Labor Day sale.

So colorful!

So colorful!

However, the shirt was too short because it was a cropped shirt. I don’t normally wear crop shirts but I thought I’d try it and see how I liked it. Aaaaand turns out I don’t like crop shirts.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the reasons I learned to sew was so I could modify and tailor my own clothes so what do I do? ADD A PEPLUM!

Because I’m lazy, I used a McCall’s pattern that had a peplum pattern piece rather than trying to measure and make my own. I used McCall’s #6754.

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I want to make more clothes from this pattern.

Also a really cute dress and shirt pattern. And really easy!

The shirt was made from a stretch fabric so I found a stretch fabric in a similar color at JoAnn and went to town with my seam ripper, scissors, and serger (I love alliteration).

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Hemming the peplum on my sewing machine.

And now, I have a super cute n’ color shirt that doesn’t make my stomach cold!

New shirt!

New shirt!

Back view. I love clothes with a back interest.

Back view. I love clothes with a back interest.