Current Goal: Dear Celine Early Autumn Victorian High Collar Blouse (off white)
Baroque Stationary Time Seriese skirt
I’ve just returned from a weekend trip to New York with my best friend and while we were there she suggested I turn a lot of the experiences I was having into Lolita tips. I though it was a great idea because I do get a lot of questions that can relate to my experiences so here it is, my guide to traveling! It’s a very long guide, so I’ve decided to put it under a read more.
Third style: Classic Lolita!
Classic Lolita is one of the three, or arguably four, main substyles of Lolita. Classic Lolita is considered often one of the most mature and muted Lolita styles. Though it is a modern Japanese street fashion, Classic Lolita tends to bear the most influence from earlier periods in European fashion. Classic Lolita will often incorporate influences from the Victorian, Rococo, Edwardian, Baroque, Renaissance and Elizabethan periods, though more modern influences such as 50s styles dresses can also be seen.
In terms of the aesthetic of classic lolita, the sub style follows the main rules of Lolita, but has its own distinctive traits. Generally speaking, Classic Lolita tends to be a bit more muted than the other sub styles. Most classic pieces will have fewer ruffles and less lace than a sweet Lolita dress might. In classic Lolita, elegance and modesty are highlighted, and classic dresses tend to be longer than other dresses. Many classic brands tend to offer dresses that fall between the knee and mid calf. Because of the variable length and the frequent use of the A line silhouette classic lolita has the most variable silhouette of the major substyles. The classic color pallete is defined by muted and neutral colors. Ivory, burgundy navy, dusty pink, and brown are all very common. Prints are used occasionally in classic, the most common patterns are simple floral, plaid, striped, and gingham prints, but print featuring forest animal or toys are not altogether uncommon. A number of brands have recently begun adorning their dresses with pints from classical paintings as well.
Natural hair is commonly seen in classic lolita, though wigs have become fairly prevalent in the style as well. Having blunt fringe, side swept fringe, or no fringe at all are all considered acceptable in classic lolita. In classic however, hair is generally kept to natural, neutral colors. Blonde, auburn, brown, and black are all very common in classic. Hair will often be styles in intricate braids, delicate curls, bobs, or ornate updos. Twin tails and other younger looking styles are fairly uncommon in classic lolita.
Like most styles of lolita, there are a number of ways to get items for classic lolita. Of course many buy from the major brands, but for others taobao, offbrand shops, thrifted, and self made items are good alternatives. Given the nature of classic, thrift blouses and some skirts and dresses fit well or can be easily modified to fit into the style. Classic lolita will often includes oxfords and Victorian inspired shoes in addition to the traditional mary janes. Bonnets hair flowers, lace gloves, cameo and pearl necklaces, berets, and capelets are all hallmarks of the style
Places to buy Classic Lolita: