Fashion By Jenni

In my last article I addressed the question of what Gothic Lolita is and how to wear some essential parts of the fashion. I gave examples of how to wear intricate parts of fashion, but I didn’t show any outfits. So, I decided I would continue writing about Gothic Lolita and talk about my favorite outfits from a prominent Goth Loli website called Metamorphose.

1. Pin-Tuck Ribbon Pinafore Dress in Antique White– I love how A-line this dress is and it is a perfect example of how the bottom is supposed to gradually get wider. There are bows and ruffles, but not to an extreme. There are just enough of them to stay cute and let it be versatile for any occasion. I would match this with some black leggings for contrast and a flower in my hair.

2. Blouse with Cape in Black– Blouses are indispensable if you are serious about this fashion style. I love the cape on this, because it is unique and different from anything else I’ve seen. Also, it the cape comes off, so you can have two different looks. The lace embroidery is a nice touch and is one of my favorite fabric materials. This shirt can go with pretty much anything, but I would love it with something white because of the contrast.

3. Velveteen High Waist Skirt in Dark Red– Normally I don’t like high waisted skirts, but this outfit is an exception. The white lining on the tiers is so elegant and makes it look very crisp. You tuck in a white blouse so that the criss-cross back and bows show. The problem with this outfit is if you don’t tuck it in you don’t get show off the equsitite design.

4. Yoke Switched Flared Dress in Black– My favorite aspect of this dress is the black ruffles running down the sides that emphasize your waist. The criss-cross in the back allows you tighten the waist so it can be tighter on you. Just make sure it isn’t too tight or else there will be bulges, which is never pretty. The top isn’t low cut at all and shows that being modest is gorgeous.

5. Pannier with Lace in Black– This is what makes the skirts poof out and gives off the beautiful silhouette. The reason skirts need to be looser is so panniers and petticoats can fit underneath them. These come in a variety colors, because if you see the bottom of the pannier than it can complement the color of the skirt. However, you are supposed to avoid seeing it because we are aiming for elegance not sexy.

Browse around the site if you enjoy these outfits, but be wary because the entire site is not in English. The company does mail outside of Japan, but the prices are a little on the expensive side. Round about two zeros off to get around how much it would be. This isn’t surefire, because the rate goes up and down daily. The pictures below are in the order mentioned.

Pin-Tuck Ribbon Pinafore   Blouse with Cape in Black  Velveteen High Waist Skirt in Dark Red

 Yoke Switched Flared Dress in Black Black Pannier


{December 14, 2007}   What is Gothic Lolita?

Whenever I mention the words “Gothic Lolita” everyone seems to be confused as to exactly what that means. Even one of my friends who is very informed about the Japanese culture was befuddled. Basically, Gothic Lolita or Goth Loli is an extremely popular fashion trend in Japan and has seeped into America’s culture gradually.

The reason I love this fashion is that instead of trying to be sexy the aim of this fashion is to look cute. I mentioned in my Top Five Favorite Fashion Trends Post that trying to be sexy cheapens you and how I wish we could aim to just look cute. The Lolita look was inspired from the Victorian era when everything was more proper. Japan is moving towards looking proper while us Westerners are trying to wear as little clothing as possible.

Aspects of the Gothic Lolita outfits are:

  • Petticoats- The purpose of petticoats is to add volume to the skirts. As a general rule petticoats are supposed to do their job without being shown. Having the skirt poof out is an essential part of the Gothic Lolita look. The reason you don’t look wide while wearing one is because it gradually gets wider and the rest of outfit is tighter in comparison.
  • Blouses- Frilly blouses are very elegant and really add to the outfit. The goal when you are putting together a Lolita outfit is to aim for elegance. Make sure the blouses aren’t too short and cover your belly, because we are aspiring for cute not sexy. Anything frilly will add to the outfit and long/puffy sleeves will work well with it. Just make sure you don’t wear any low cut blouses.
  • Skirts- They are around knee length or sometimes shorter, but make sure they aren’t a mini skirt. If they are out of your school or work dress code than they are definitely not right for this style. Tiered skirts are very prominent in this fashion.  Make sure the skirts aren’t very tight, because they need to be loose enough to wear a petticoat underneath them.
  • Dresses- Gothic Lolita dresses come in a variety of styles. Many of the same rules apply to the dresses that apply to blouses and skirts. The top must not be low cut and the bottom must not be too short. The sleeves come in a variety of styles. Try to avoid wearing a tank dress, because you don’t want your shoulders to show too much and never wear a tube dress with this fashion.
  • Accessories- Bonnets are often worn and give off a kid-ish feeling and feel dignified at the same time. Lace or bows also look nice in your hair as long as they match the outfit. Parasols are associated with this fashion and lace ones look fantastic. In Japan knee high socks are all the rage. Although, it doesn’t always show that it isn’t full length if you are wearing a knee length skirt. They look great with Gothic Lolita outfits and come in a variety of patterns and colors.
  • Materials- The materials of the outfits vary, but two of the most common are lace and cotton. Lace is great in moderation, but you don’t want the entire outfit in lace or else it cheapens the look. Cotton like in the U.S. is a very common outfit material and the majority of outfits use cotton in them. Velvet is another material used and in my opinion it looks best when that is the main fabric for a piece instead of being used in parts of the outfits. Many of the outfits use not just one fabric such as cotton with lace embroidery.

Gothic Lolita is my favorite style in the very style conscious nation of Japan. How couldn’t a country where the women spend eighty percent of their income on clothes have good fashion? Since I gave a basic synopsis on what Gothic Lolita is I plan to go more into depth on other aspects of it such as the sub categories of Lolita fashion and great places to shop for it. I am curious to hear your questions about the fashion.

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