Lolita Style in Japanese street fashion
Having touched upon the Lolita trend in a previous post, it’s time to delve more into this incredible fashion movement – in particular, into the Lolita style. There are many types of Lolita, all based around the same sort of principles and forms of self-expression. The word Lolita symbolizes bright bold and far-out costumes, which really express the wearer’s creative flare!
Where did it all come from? The Lolita look came from a humble beginning, primarily as a look of modesty with a focus on exceptional quality in both material and manufacture of clothing and accessories worn by the person. Lolita fashion is thought to have been partly created to react against the growing exposure of the body and skin in modern society. Ever wondered why Lolitas are fond of plentiful hair accessories, jewelry, and excessive makeup? Well, that’s why.
The style originated in Japan by creators, who wanted only to choose a cute name for a cute fashion. They weren’t connecting the style with the Lolita in the book or movie.
Gothic Lolitas take a heavy influence from the Eastern and Victorian Goth style and put their own vibrant twist on it. Often characterized by deep, dark, and sultry colors, Gothic Lolitas like to accessorize with crosses, bats, and spiders, as well as other popular gothic ‘icons.’ Victorian iron gates and architectural designs are also often seen in their ghoulish and spiritual clothing. Skirts are usually worn knee length with petticoats beneath for volume. Blouses or shirts are lace-trimmed or ruffled in the Victorian style. Knee-length socks with boots, bonnets, brooches, and a parasol finish out this style of Lolita.
This style of girly girl look is probably the easiest recognized. The wearer is transformed somewhat into a living doll. The sweet Lolita is considered the most ‘child-like’ of the styles and one of the most popular. The look is cute and reminiscent of ‘Hello Kitty.’ There is a heavy emphasis on looking sweet and girly. Sweet Lolita dresses often feature pastel colors, lots of ruffles, bows, and cute themed prints as well as big bows. The Sweet Lolita look can be basic or extremely exaggerated.
Classic Style Lolita
A more mature style, the Classic Lolita focuses on Regency and Victorian styles. Victorian looking, sweeter styles form the basis of the Classic Lolita line. It makes extensive use of colors and patterns from these niches. Neither too dark nor too “cute,” the line falls somewhere between the two. This look is often associated with being a more mature, “grown up” version of Lolita and is perhaps more readily accessible for an older crowd with a desire to protect their maturity while still enjoying the fun of Lolita dressing.
Because of the individualist nature and ‘do-it-yourself” idea of Lolita fashion, many other themes have come out of the ones described above, and women are trying and testing incredible new mixes of looks and styles, creating a vast and wonderful array of outfits and looks.