KAWAII♥PATEEN Skill-up #6
TRADITIONAL - SWEET - GOTHIC - CLASSICAL - PRINCE
Lolita Styles reference Tutorial
by Misako Aoki
-- Videos in this series --
Lolita genres reference :
Lolita Hair accessories reference :
There are a lot of styles in Lolita fashion : Traditional, classical, gothic, sweet, prince, punk, pirate etc... and it is often difficult to get the difference between some of them, so we grouped them in 5 main categories and had Misako Aoki explain them thoroughly especially for KAWAII PATEEN.
This video is an extension of the styles Misako presented in her noes Lolita fasshion book, which presentation video is here :
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Hi everyone, this is Aoki Misako (Japanese name order; the surname is Aoki).
Today, I'm paying a visit to the storeroom of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (top lolita fashion boutique chain in Japan, shortened to Baby).
Here, I'll introduce 5 major styles in lolita fashion.
The first is "Traditional Lolita".
This style consists of cute, girlish dresses made from plain, natural-toned fabrics and lace.
Traditional Lolita is the old-school style worn by (actress) Fukada Kyoko in the movie Kamikaze Girls. It places a lot of emphasis on basic colors, lace and ribbons to achieve that sweet, feminine look.
Even though patterned fabrics are all the rage these days, vintage dresses like these with natural cloth and lots of lace are timeless and have never gone out of style.
The chest area of this dress is shirred, making it exceptionally comfortable and easy to wear. Check out these 2 ribbons. The blouse can easily be matched with anything.
These items are sold in a set by Baby, making it easy even for beginners to coordinate, such as with this matching Alice band.
Now i'll introduce hair accessories for the Traditional Lolita style.
First is this headdress i'm wearing; it's a classic piece that is iconic of Lolita fashion.
Next are these ribbon hair ties, which can be used to create an array of hairstyles, such as twin ponytails.
And here is perhaps the easiest item to accessorize with, the ribbon Alice band. Like magic, the simple addition of one can turn any look from plain to adorable.
At times when you want to tone down your Traditional Lolita outfit, or during cold weather, i recommend these fluffy beret hats.
The style I'm wearing now is called "Sweet Lolita".
The hallmark of this style is pink color from head to toe, together with patterns featuring chocolates, candy, animals and other such sweet and cuddly motifs.
This Sweet Lolita dress's design features Baby's original character Kuma Kumya, along with cookies and chocolates. It is a very popular style at the moment.
When you put it on, it looks so sweet that you could almost smell the aroma of chocolate coming from it!
This piece has a "Kumya and Friends" design with a Halloween theme. Lately, having seasonal themed designs such as for Christmas and Halloween has become very popular in the Lolita fashion world.
The design of this piece is called "Alice's Dollhouse". It is filled with images of Alice having a tea party with her animal friends like Rabbit and Cat.
Sweet Lolita is all about pink - for example this blouse made of pink fabric coordinated with this jumper decorated with pink patterns. On top of this pink-on-pink theme, it uses images of sweet things like candy and pastries, and feminine things like cosmetics, to really maximise the sense of feminine identity.
This piece I'm wearing retells the story of Hansel and Gretel with lots of sweets, it's really cute, and one of the bestsellers as well.
For the Sweet Lolita, carrying an animal-shaped bag like this one further enhances the cuteness of the look.
This one is Kuma Kumya, and this one is Rabbit Kumya. It has a 'kiss lock' type metal clasp.
Many Sweet Lolitas coordinate their outfits with accessories like these. For an even bolder statement, you could also go for a backpack. It's just big enough to contain snacks and sweets.
As for hair accessories for the Sweet Lolita, besides the ubiquitous ribbon Alice band, mini hats like this are in fashion now.
This one is designed to look like a piece of strawberry chocolate, and other than wearing it on your own head, you could also let Kuma Kumya wear it!
Alright, so I have a Lolita dress, but I can't figure out which style it is. It's a bright and playful pink, which makes me think more of the Sweet Lolita style, but it has lots of ruffles and lace, which brings it more to the Classical Lolita style. I can't figure it out! XD Is there such a thing as mixed Lolita styles? Is that possible?
Also a based on the description OP gave of her dress is really vague and generic (baby/light pink and lots of ruffles + lace is basically 90% of sweet dresses) so we don't know if the dress she has is OTT sweet or not, but it's definitely sweet and not classic
+Yû Euphoria OTT sweet is on the decline but it isn't completely dead and if you look at EGL tags on Tumblr or Insta and Closet of Frills, you see way more OTT Sweet than Hime coords. Lolita fashion is heavily inspired by the silhouettes from Victorian and Rococo fashion and the extravagance and attention to detail of the Rococo aristocracy but it is not the main goal to look like someone from the Rococo or Victorian period. If it was, sweet lolita wouldn't belong to lolita fashion.
With the rise of OTT Sweet/Classic/Gothic, the distinct features that made a lolita coord a hime lolita coord no longer belong solely to hime lolita and that's why I called the hime style obsolete as it no longer has the distinct characteristics that differentiate it from other substyles and has basically been absorbed into the OTT Sweet substyle.
The goal of Lolita Fashion is mainly to look like a Rococo/Victorian/Edwardian girl. And then there are the different substyles. In fact, the OTT Sweet trend is kind of dead nowadays ; now it's OTT Classical and OTT Gothic. Hime Lolita is the most frilly, feminine and extravagant style of Loli, where the purpose is to look like a real frilly & royal princess. It hasn't become an obsolete substyle beceause it's still quite popular and worn. :D You can see it on social media, events, etc. ( I am a Hime Lolita myself. ^.^)
+bizarre_blizzard 87 The goal of lolita fashion in general is to look like a princess though. Also as I said above all lolita dresses have ruffles and lace because that is a staple of the fashion. Also with the rise of OTT Sweet, hime lolita has become an obsolete style
Im new to Lolita and this was a great comprehensive guide to distinguishing the styles. I know there are several combos and spinoffs like sailor/nautical lolita, pirate, and country lolita. Of them all Classical is still my favorite....can never turn down a lace blouse!
this is amazing, cant wait until I'm older so I can finally move to japan. I'm in 8th grade and have always other cultures and other places. I really want to move to japan so I can walk in to a store like that and not feel ashamed because of the people that have rude comments about it.
+Rainah Roddey you can wear lolita anywhere. there really is no appropriate place to wear it. no matter where you go you'll get odd reactions so just DO YOU and dress how you want. Always remember though that its only a style of clothing not a way of life. you don't have to feel weird or bad about it because its not as commonplace as other 'looks'. I know middle school is a hard place to feel comfortable coming out and being yourself but its the start and push you need in order to build your self identity. you should know who you are and dress how you feel like dressing. in the 6th grade i bought my first lolita dress. In the 10th grade I bought my first pin-up dress. I wore both styles along with a punk goth look and a normal "girl next door look" I would alternate between these styles all throughout my high school days with confidence. Sure, you get rude commentary every blue moon or so and weird looks from the male teachers (female teachers fawn over your clothes), in then end of it all their opinions of how you dress don't matter because you like how you dress.
+FlutistPride ahahaha, reminds me of my psychology class ! So clever :D Even tho I would put them like this:
+Marcelo Lucero there are very few dedicated jfashion clothing brands in the western hemisphere, but you could always shop off brand or online. a lot of goth fashion stores have stuff that's "uji-able" like aristocratic vests and coats and stuff. there's also the option of purchasing online. most major lolita brands that carry ouji items have international webshops(baby the stars shine bright has a webshop with ouji items listed in the alice and the pirates sub-brand). and if that option is a bit pricey, you could try taobao brands, though you'd be better off making a large taobao order all at once as shopping services can get pricey.
i can't believe that "BABY,the stars shine bright" actually exists..!I have heard of it in the movie Shimotsuma Monogatari but i thought it was a store/brand made for the movie and not an actual one!Gawd i was wrong!.Even now I find it hard to believe such an amazing place actually exists >x<!
My favorites are Traditional, Classical and Gothic, I really like those styles.
I hope one day to be able to dress Lolita on a more regular basis. I don't get out much, but even just going to the grocery store I've been trying to dress up a little. One day I hope to be able to do Lolita more often (or at all!).
+Eileen Regina This comment maybe a little late (laughs) but when she said 'storeroom' it was in regards that it was a room that was used to 'store' dresses. i.e. A storage room. ^ ^ ;; Though, it looks much more precious and invaluable than any other storage room, hehe!
+Eileen Regina This is not a store, this is the press room of the brand BABY, The Stars Shine Bright (which Store is located in Harajuku, you can check the directions at the end of this video : Japanese Kawaii LOLITA FASHION BRAND ☆ BABY 2013 FALL | BSSBスイートロリータファッションブランド )
When Ed Gein was shown a series of colour photos of pretty girls and asked
what he thought about them....
He "Wondered what their heads would look like on a stick"....
Ed Gein was American farm boy through and through......
But he was not Jack the Ripper......
No, the idea that an American would...........
I would like to see her wearing this dress in a glass-lid-coffin with her eyes closed and hands over hands...Yes this sort of dead girl immediately dug up was the full reason for
the cult of necrophilia which plagued the 18th century grave yards......
When she lets down her long hair and curls it , it is below her shoulders....
Helmut, laughs at her, and says, but coughs, laughs his head off again,
finally composes himself, then says.
"Aren't you a bit old for a hair style like that"......
Marta's head drops and her smile falls......
He starts to bellow with laughter,
The scene ends, and we never see her with hair anything like that again...
What he was saying is what people think they understand...
But, what he is saying is that, you should not try to look sexually attractive or young or innocent in any way now that you are married.......
You are now supposed to look a like brood mare or a fat old cow.....
only the young and virginal are allowed to dress pretty as they are available,
and show this with pretty for a boyfriend/future husband....
You are mutton dressed up as Lamb......is the common expression.
But not so, if you see the movie, you will know that Martha remains a virgin throughout the picture....
After sex with Helmut, she is seen crying and weeping in pain and degradation....
She never knew that that hole was used for sex.....Thus sex was always painful and left her afterwards in tears and sobbing.....
She always thought the front hole of a girl was used in sex, not the back one...
She is confused, in shock and in severe pain as she explains this to the viewer as she explains her state, herself, to Helmut........
So in truth,
as a female, she is still a virgin......
and enjoys only pain, humiliation, disgust and horror at sex with Helmut....
But she knew before she married him that Helmut,
That Helmut ....ah
That Helmut was......
WAS A SADIST!!!!
The movie ends with her, a paraplegic in a wheel chair,
being pushed home from the hospital,
To at least, now a sex life,
Hopefully without pain,
without any feeling at all...
Lolita is the future of the Japanese race.....And the white race.
The Japanese, its culture and all of its people,
are condemned to slow death through its negative
population growth....over decades....
When I dress like a boy I'm called Sir, when I'm dressed like a girl I'm called Sir by transphobics.
I'm biologically female.
When I dress like a boy I tend to just disappoint straight girls flirting with me. Went a whole week dating this girl one time & I realised she thought I was a male. I had to break the news to her.
Really impressive review she's really a good stylist, eventhough we dont wear lolita style of fashion in the Caribbean but we do love tokyo fashion trends, its just so colorful n u can express ur self in any way fashionable as u like without anyone bashing or laughing at u. Tokyo fashion is like being free to do whatever u want.
Are Scarves allowed in lolita if they match the coordinate?
Can themes outside of the well known substyles like techno, egyptian, pin up, or others be used in Lolita while still following the shape and modesty rules or does that make it to Costume-ish?
If we choose to wear wigs, what are some great stores that specialize in higher quality realistic looking wigs that are a little more expensive bot not overpriced?
Any other advice? I'm a new wanna be lolita who is working 2 jobs to save up for her first coordinate. Thanks for reading this if you've gotten this far!
egyptioan might work if you incorporate egyptian themes into it, like sphinx cats, jackals or the anch, maybe even some depictions of the gods! It's not cultural appropriation because you are not saying "we created this" or make fun of it.
Cutwise you could have the top look like a wrapped kalasiri (ancient egyptian women's wear) with overlays that overlap eachother in the front of the skirt and a decorative panel in the front to add a "typical" egyptian touch.
Scarves are fine if they match.If it's negitive butts degrees outside please dress warm. If you wear lolita, you have your coats, gloves, lined bloomers earmuffs, & hand muffs.
I personally would suggest wearing a high collar blouse, as a scarf might cover up some of your cord. But in the end pay head to the weather.
You can still look cute & not suffer. Suffering is not cute.
I often needed to remind my ex girlfriend that.
for the wig one, I would suggest gothic lolita wigs, but bodyline has amazing wigs too. I might suggest ebay for wigs, but you have to be careful because some ebay wigs are scams. make sure you really review the ebay seller and check reviews of that ebay seller as well.
+Crystal Rosado only way i could really see a egyptian loli look working would be like one of the recent dresses with no defined waist(like the shape of AP's holy lantern), maybe done in loose fabric with elegant drapes and gold detailing, but you'd have to super careful about not getting costumey/stereotypical.
In the west, it's called "old school lolita," referring to the fashion before 2006. After 2006-now, lolita fashion has become a lot more over the top and detailed. Old school or traditional, is a lot more simplified and plain.
+SweetManiacDeluxe In Japanese they use the world traditional to refer to the now most well known "lolita fashion" style to distinguish it from the "classic" style most directly inspired by the victorian era. I know it is confusing though.
Lunar look into the lace market. It's used lolita clothing.Most lolitas sell off their older clothing so they can afford new ones.
3 years late to respond, but ey mate, at least I can smack round Lace Market's name
I wish the Lolita style was more accessible outside of Japan, it's truly beautiful and adorable. I personally have always loved the sweet, gothic, and traditional styles. I hope I can visit someday just to enjoy trying on the dresses. For now, I'll try accessing to a more cute, feminine look with what I can find. Thank you for sharing this, I hope to learn more about the style so I can try it myself.
There are lots of Lolita all over the world who buy clothing online and/or make their own clothing! You can also try attending a swap meet with local Lolita to buy some clothes in person. Don't let being outside of Japan stop you from being a Lolita!!
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