Lolita is a Japanese street style stemmed subculture that draws inspiration from the Victorian era. After ruling the likes of premium Japanese street style spots like Harajuku, the lifestyle has worked its way over into Western culture. Now there are loyal Lolita scenes in the USA, Australia and all over Europe. Want to know more about Lolita fashion? Just keep reading!
Like most huge subcultures the Lolita Subculture encompasses thousands of sub-styles. The most popular categories of Lolita are: Sweet Lolita – characterised by pink, pastels, candy themes and lots of accessories; Gothic Lolita – which is all about typical Gothic themes like bats and top hats; and classic (or classical) Lolita – neutrals, classic prints like rocking horses or violins and accessories like Pearls and other royal iconography.
What is now considered Lolita fashion is actually a range of styles that branched off from an original – Old school Lolita was the style that started it all. Although many modern Lolita’s consider Old School to be an out dated style it still has a cult following within the subculture.
Other notable sub-styles include Ero Lolita, Pirate Lolita and Casual Lolita.
Lolita’s tend to be major fans of a different kind of designer brands. Lolita designers make extremely elaborate clothes, the most sought after are their limited edition dresses, that can cost anywhere from a hundred dollars to six hundred dollars on one piece alone.
These brands tend to stick to particular sub-styles for their collections. Most Lolita brands are based in Japan and so, many Lolita’s spend hours trawling through resale sites for older, limited edition pieces.
Notable brands include Angelic Pretty/Alice and the Pirates, Baby The Stars Shine Bright, Innocent World, and Metamorphose Temps De Fille.
Many Lolita’s don’t only draw fashion inspiration from the Victorian Era but go as far to abide by Victorian etiquette. A popular example of this is their adoration of tea parties. An average gathering of Lolita’s can be seem at a local museum, out for high tea or picking out cupcakes and macaroons from their local bakery.
Don’t be fooled though, there are many Lolitas in the subculture that are fans of piercings, sport Mohawks and are even in metal and rock bands.
Are you a fan of Lolita? What’s your favourite sub-style?