Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 8

Time to continue with our countdown! Today we are looking at ANOTHER J-Fashion, JOKING! We are not looking at a J-Fashion today. Oh no. Today we are looking at one of the subcultures within the Gothic fashion aesthetic. Welcome to Pastel Goth people, time for an overview:

Origin: North America

Colour Scheme: Pastels mixed with black

Inspiration: Manga characters

Popular Clothing Items: Baby doll dresses, patterned tights, leggings, crop tops

What: Sometimes referred to as ‘creepy cute style’, Pastel goth is one of the newer players on the Goth scene and considered by many very ‘ironic’. On one hand it uses a lot of dark imagery, most of which is heavily used in both the Grunge and Deathrock scenes of Goth. On the other hand though, they style uses pastel shades of lavender, baby pink, and mint green.

No one is QUITE sure where or when the style started, though many agree that it was likely inspired by Lolita with a liberal dash of Deathrock thrown in to keep things interesting.

Some of the main aspects of Pastel goth include:

  • Dyed hair – either pastel shades, white or gray
  • A lot of hair accessories such as bows, skulls, and even hats
  • Baggy sweaters
  • Japaneses inspired characters and imagery on tights, dresses, and shirts
  • Creepers and baby doll shoes
  • Shorter skirts combined with tights and knee socks

 

 

I own a lot of very Pastel goth friendly accessories including skeleton hand hair clips and eyeball bow clips. Otherwise I own very few pastel goth, friendly looks as I just don’t wear a lot of their staple item pieces.

What I Like: I love the sweetness of Pastel Goth. Despite the fact that I really do love wearing all black primarily, I love how Pastel goth combines the dark with the cute. This is very much my personality, which many people say is a weird combination of creepy and cute.y

I also really love the patterned tights and dress look, it is one of my go-to styles for Spring, Fall, and Winter (Summer I avoid going outside PERIOD).

What I do not like:Pastel goth is a very YOUNG looking style and primarily is seen in Highschool or young college students and I find that when it is worn by older ages it ends up looking childish and immature.

While researching Pastel Goth I was disappointed by the lack of figure diversity. Most pastel goths are very slender and frankly I did not see a single plus-size pastel Goth during my search.

I am not entirely sure why this is. Maybe the staple tights and leggings are too hard to find for plus-size legs? I know that really affected by decision to really get involved with this style – that and I prefer having dark hair.

Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 9

With the holidays over I can now go back to talking about my top 10 favorite substyles! This post will be focusing on another J-fashion, Dolly Kei, so let us start with the nitty-gritty:

Origin: Japan

Colour Scheme: Deep tones

Inspiration: Fairy tales, old dolls, antiques & the Victorian era

Popular Clothing Items: Faux fur stoles and shawls, lacy dresses either mid or long length, vintage inspired jewelry pieces

What: Like Dark Mori, Dolly Kei is a fashion subset invited on the streets of Japan. Unlike Dark Mori, Dolly Kei is rarely seen in its entirety outside of Japan. In Europe and North America, most Dolly Kei followers only use some aspects of the fashion and rarely look as elaborate as their Japanese counterparts – so much so that I would almost say that Dolly Kei has a different appearance depending on where you live.

Dolly Kei fluttered onto the J-fashion scene when clothing artist Hitomi opened her store ‘Grimoire‘ in 2008, after previously creating the first dolly line in 2007. The line was based on her prior research into the history of fashion and costume, particularly those from Celtic and Russian fairy tales, and her love of antique items.

Some of the main style aspects of Dolly Kei include:

  • Thrifted and antique clothing mixed with common stores
  • No rules in regards to hemlines
  • A fondness for old floral patterns, antiques and faux furs
  • A mixture of Lolita and Mori girl elements
  • Mixing prints
  • Many handmaid accessories

 

Accessories are HUGE in the Dolly Kei fashion style and can come in many different styles, lengths, and amount. Many Dolly Kei wearers seem to have a preference for clocks, crosses, keys, roses, and many other very Victorian motifs. These same images can be seen in their clothing patterns and even hair accessories.

Looking through my own  wardrobe, I do own quite a jewelry pieces that would fit into a Dolly Kei wardrobe as I have a small obsession with vintage jewelry and accessories.

What I Like: Unlike Dark Mori which has a very loose and flowy style, Dolly Kei is much more figure friendly due to the lack of set rules associated with the style.

Much like Dark Mori I actually love the ideas behind Dolly Kei. I am a huge fan of historical clothing and fairy tales, and I believe that is what pulled me towards this fashion in the first place.

What I do not like: Ironically enough, researching into this style has shown me that my own major concern with the style is not as associated with western Dolly Kei as it is with the Japanese original. My concern was originally with the over-styling I saw being done by a lot of the Japanese wearers. So in short: I liked the idea but not the original execution.

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A more westernized Dolly Kei outfit: roseunspindle

I am also not a huge fan of mixing print, this is simple because I am terrible at visually matching patterns together. I can never figure out what looks good together and what does not.

Final Note: Now that I have actually done more research into this style I am finding myself more fond of it and I may have to create some polyvore sets to see how I could incorporate Dolly Kei into my style more.

Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 10

Kicking off our list we have my number 10 substyle – Dark Mori! First we will start with a quick overview of the style!

Origin: Japan

Colour Scheme: Blacks and grey

Inspiration: The forest, fairytales, witches

Popular Clothing Items: Loose dresses, layers, lace and tulle, oversized sweaters and scarves

What: To know about Dark Mori, one must first know about Mori Kei, the Japanese style that Dark Mori is a subset of. Mori Kei is Japanese for ‘forest style’ and is often considered the creation of Choco, the woman who started the fashion and literally established all the rules.

Some of the fashion ideas behind Mori include:

  • A lot of layering with dresses and skirts
  • Ponchos and other oversized style sweaters
  • Clothing tends to be very loosely fitted
  • Vintage designs are often used
  • Avoiding flashy and overly modern colours or prints
  • A lot of oversized scarves to add to the layering effect
  • Natural items such as leaves, flowers, and even antlers are used in the accessories

Dark Mori has all of the same shapes and styling as Mori Kei, except for instead of using creams and other soft tones, Dark Mori’s prefer blacks and greys. While Mori is associated with a sweet forest dwelling girl, Dark Mori focuses more on the woodland witch and other darker aspects of the forest.

Dark Mori also likes to incorporate skulls, crystals, torn fabric, and other slightly more ‘otherworldly elements’ to help set it apart from Mori Kei. The reason I chose to focus on Dark Mori rather that regular Mori is because I am not a huge fan of how I look in the colour scheme used by Mori Kei. I have very pale skin and light tones like the ones used in this substyle tend to wash me out, plus I do tend to wear a LOT of black (drives my Mom nuts).

Ironically, I do own two pieces of clothing that, when combined, to create a very Dark Mori/Strega style outfit but I actually just bought the dress portion on Ebay because I saw it on American Horror Story: Coven. I wear the combination long lace dress and flowy tulle skirt a lot on early fall and in the winter. It tends to get me some pretty weird looks around my College – though the seniors I work with tend to love the skirt on its own with a cute top.

Random Note: Dark Mori has, some say evolved while others say inspired, a new style of fashion known as Strega. This fashion, is considered by many to be merely inspired by the Mori Kei fashion substyle, though in my opinion it pretty much IS Dark Mori with a few more gothic touches.

What I like: For me I was attracted to the ideas behind Dark Mori more so than the clothing itself. I love the metaphysical/witchy aspect of the fashion and appreciate their use of forest items such as antlers and flowers. I also do like the use of lace in the fashion. I am a lace addict (I have broken out of rehab twice) so any style that likes lace as much as I do is a total win (you will notice that in these upcoming posts).

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What I Don’t Like: The big thing that has kept me from ever really incorporating Dark Mori into my style is the fact that, though I love how it looks on others, I highly doubt that it would suit my figure. I have the stereotypical hourglass figure (big bust, small waist, wide hips and a tendency to carry my weight in my thighs) and hourglasses do not tend to look good in flowy styles as they make us look pregnant! Now that is NOT a look I want for my life!

That is why Dark Mori is number 10 on my list, unlike the other styles I am going to explore I have only ever had a visual fascination with this style and I have never actually tried to incorporate it into my own wardrobe.

Tune in on tomorrow for number 9!

 

Holiday Dresses: Vintage/Pinup Edition

Today is the final day of my Holiday Dress advice posts and I have saved the best for last … or at least in my humble opinion! I LOVE vintage/pinup inspired dresses, in my chosen profession they easily fit into what is deemed appropriate work wear.

For Christmas, vintage fashion fits particularly well as it isn’t as over the top as Lolita nor does it focus on as dark of colors as Goth. Also unlike Lolita and Gothic fashion, vintage/pinup tend to be well accepted by the older generations, making it very relative and work party friendly.

However, vintage/pinup is not without its issues. This fashion tends to be quite expensive, you really do pay for the quality (very similar to Lolita). The other issue is that these dresses tend to be weirdly sized so it is VERY important to know every one of your measurements before purchasing. ALWAYS READ THE SIZE CHART!

You may want to consider asking yourself these questions or taking these ideas into account when choosing a vintage/pinup holiday dress.

  1. Do you want to go with a print or a solid dress? Solids tend to come off as more mature and classy while prints are usually considered more fun and youger
  2. If you do choose to wear a print, would you prefer a kitschy print or a more classy one?
  3. A lot of vintage/pinup dresses tend to be made for the summer and spring seasons with shorter sleeves. This issue is easily rectified though through a well-matched cardigan in either an opposing or similar color.
  4. Wiggle dresses may not be the best choice for a big dinner – they usually require some form of shape wear for even the slenderest figure and could become quickly constrictive after a a big meal
  5. Plan your accessories! Like Lolita, vintage/pinup tend to use a lot of accessories. Broaches, elegant necklaces and earrings, and belts are all great ways to add a little extra holiday cheer.
  6. A lot of vintage/pinup dresses tend to be low cut so you may need to consider a camisole or some sort of cleavage cover for some situations
  7. Like Gothic fashion, many of the kitschy vintage/pinup prints may not be suitable for dinner at Aunt Flo (who is this woman I always speak of?) – just because the skulls are wearing Santa hats, doesn’t mean they are up to Holiday snuff
  8. The wrong shoes can ruin a good vintage/pinup dress so always make sure you plan your footwear
  9. Comfort is key! Just because you want to look gorgeous doesn’t mean you don’t want to be comfortable. Hard to enjoy the party when you can barely breathe
  10. As with the shoes, your hair and makeup are important to help you create that perfect holiday look! Take the time to make your hair fabulous and your makeup en-point!

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Unlike with Lolita and Goth, I really don’t have to focus on telling you – though I suppose a party with friends does let you choose to have as much or as little va-voom as you feel your friends deserve!

So that is that people, hope I have helped in some way for the holiday season – whether you choose to dress to the nines or not! Regardless of your holiday wardrobe don’t forget the perfect Holiday accessory – a Holiday smile!

Yes I am cheesy so sue me.

Holiday Dresses – Lolita Edition

Time to continue the holiday dress lineup, today I will be taking a look at Lolita fashion.

NOTE – I am not a lolita so this information is all based on research and my own opinion, I in no way claim to be a Lolita expert.

Unlike Goths, and even vintage girls to an extent, Lolita’s go into the holidays with a leg up on the festivities they already have many formal pieces in their wardrobe,

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Infanta & Magic Tea Party

many of which are reminiscent of people on Christmas cards and the Victorian era.

Classic, Aristocrat, and even Gothic Lolita’s will likely already have many holiday friendly pieces in their wardrobe, though for Gothic Lolita’s whether or not they have chosen to create a primarily black wardrobe will impact this. Sweet and Hime lolita’s may feel a tad out of place during the Holiday season, as their outfits tend to focus on more pastel shades and are often excessive in their accessories.

That in itself will be the major issue for creating a Lolita Christmas wardrobe – knowing how to tone it down. Like casual Lolita, your Christmas wardrobe will likely include less of everything, making your look more elegant and less ornate.

You may want to consider asking yourself these questions or taking these ideas into account when choosing a Lolita holiday wardrobe.

  1. As with the Gothic dresses, luxurious fabrics are a Christmas must
  2. How fancy is the event? What may be appropriate for a Lolita Meetup may not be as appropriate for dinner at the relatives – tone down on the accessories
  3. If you prefer your dresses printed, consider prints like toys, baked goods
  4. Want to go lolita but not too over the top? Consider a more Victorian style onepiece or a skirt with a blouse.
  5. Religious prints, though seemingly holiday appropriate, may not be deemed appropriate by some people
  6. Combine classic Christmas colors like red and gold or green and gold. If you are into any of those colors go more wintery with white and blue coords and accessories
  7. Worried about getting Christmas nosh on your brand? Go off-brand with brand accessories
  8. If you prefer to wear your coords with a co-ordinated wig, you may want to keep the style of the wig more simplistic and closer to real hair to avoid from looking ‘costume-y’
  9. Tone down the level of floof in regards to your petticoats – petticoats are dangerous around breakable items
  10. Go with short sleeve blouses or cardigans to avoid from overheating at events
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Fanplusfriend, Moi Meme Moite, Mary Magdalena, Bodyline

Once again like with Gothic these guidelines are based around events where people are not as accustomed to your fashion choices (relatives seen only on holidays and office parties). If you are going to a Christmas meet-up with your local community or with friends, the sky is the limit!

Tomorrow we take a look at one final fashion, this time my personal favorite, vintage/rockabilly/pinup!

Holiday Dresses – Goth Edition

Tis the season to not only deck the halls but to deck your wardrobe but sometimes it can be hard to find holiday friendly dresses that fit your personal fashion style. So I am going to be creating a set of 3 posts based on different fashion styles and how you can choose an outfit for your holiday events!

Today we are going to start with Gothic fashion.

Goth fashion can be a slightly harder when it comes to Christmas regalia as most ‘Gothic pieces’ tend to be very darkly colored or have patterns that feature skulls and other less than festive characters.

More than any other of the sub styles I am going to talk about, Goth’s at Christmas have to decide when going to family or office parties if the opinions of others really matter. Not every person in your life will appreciate your darkly inclined fashion and some may even see it as morbid for the holidays.

Ultimately you have to decide how important the opinions of others really are to you – do you really care if Aunt Flo disproves of your look or is keeping peace in the family more important during the holiday? It is really up to you.

This can be a real problem if you have relatives who are not such big fans of ‘black dresses for Christmas’.

You may want to consider asking yourself these questions or taking these ideas into account when choosing a Gothic holiday wardrobe.

  1. Sumptuous fabrics like velvet and lace are all great Christmas fabrics
  2. Take advantage of blood red fabrics commonly seen in Gothic fashion
  3. Is a full skull-print appropriate for an office party?
  4. How fancy of an event is it (a dramatic lacy dress may not be appropriate for a small intimate gathering)
  5. Does your office Christmas party have a dress code?
  6. How comfortable do you want to be? (Your Gothic corset may not be a great match for a big holiday meal)
  7. If you do decide to go all black with your outfit, consider some festive colored accessories like red hair bows or green necklaces to add some holiday color
  8. What type of temperature are you looking at in regards to the venue? Is the location known for being hot or cold? This will help you choose sleeve styles and even fabric thicknesses.
  9. If you DO decide to go more conventional in your holiday attire, dress up your outfit with some creepy cute accessories and jewellery to still express your darker interests
  10. Remember that some symbols may not bother people at all during the year regularly but may really bug people during the holiday season – may want to stay clear of upside down crosses and pentagrams
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These particular dresses can be found at Sourpuss Clothing, Infectious Threads and Heavy Red

Remember though – these are more so guidelines for when dealing with family and work events. When you are celebrating with friends and loved ones who totally accept your weird yet wonderful wardrobe, the sky is the limit as far as what you want to wear! If you can get away with wearing a Victorian Mourning dress to your friends Christmas shindig, DO IT!

Tomorrow  we will be taking a look at some Lolita fashion inspirations for the Holiday season!

 

The Magical Boob Plate

Hello my lovelies!

I apologize for being absent so long but unfortunately I have been crazy busy with school and the internship that was attached to it

Anywho, so today I am going to talk about an interesting topic that has dropped out of popularity for a now but will likely be back and forth depending on whether or not we are in con season.

Anime characters and video game characters, as well as western characters tend to have big assets. Large chests are a staple of anime, western and video game characters as they appeal to the people these forms are made for: Not shockingly though very few of us actually have the real assets to fill in the shirts of these famous characters. So you have two choices (1) get fakies which seems pretty extreme just for a hobby or (2) ignore the bust size of the character and cosplay them anyway.

A cosplayer in Japan though, came up with a third option: fabric made breasts that cosplayers can wear like breast plates to give the illusion of larger breasts. These breast plates are fabric made and combine cardboard or other sturdy materials and ‘skin tone fabric’ to make something like a boob shirt.

fake-boobs-cosplay-portadaAs soon as they arrived on scene cosplayers exploded with excitement. Cosplay Commission pages blew up with people requesting their own ‘set’ so they can cosplay their favorite top heavy heroines.

A lot of people are pretty impressed by this new cosplay breakthrough but they really are not that ground breaking. Drag Queens have been faking breasts for ages and frankly theirs not only move more realistically but also fit better skin tone wise.

Now onto my personal opinion.

I am really torn about these new boob plates. A major concern I have with these new boob plates is how hard it will be match your skin tone to the fake boobs. Now a lot of people could argue that the ‘photo look perfect of the Japanese model why wouldn’t mind?’. Fun fact younglings, Japanese cosplayers are notorious for photoshopping their photos both in and final progress and I suspect that in non-edited photos, the fabric breasts would be beyond obvious.

I do see some positives though:

  • Don’t have to worry about nip slips if you are wearing unrealistic outfits such as Ryoko from Kill la Kill or Ivy from Soul Calibur.
  • Personal chest heater for when you want to wear a skimpy cosplay inside a chilly convention hall.

But with every positive comes a whole lot of negatives.

  • Nearly impossible to get the skin colour exact. You will likely end up looking like you are wearing a boob tank top or crop top.
  • I can sense the 4chan comments already – though a lot of people probably don’t care a flying feck about that
  • High risk of overheating. These are fabric stuffed pillows stuffed onto your chest! In warm weather you may as well be wearing a fleece onesie.

So all in all I would say that these boob plates are a real catch 22. On one hand no nip slips and the opportunity to wear that big busted cosplay you always wanted but on the other hard to match skin tones and serious overheating. They have not been out for too long so we will have to see how cosplayers in the West react as they continue to either shrink or grow in popularity.