Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 5

Today’s favorite substyle marks the half-way point of my styles post! That’s right we are at 5 out of 10 days of non-stop fashion posts! I promise for my more nerdy readers that after this group of posts I will be doing a more nerdy set of posts – maybe even another top 10!

But onto the style of today, we have another Lolita style (number 4 is the last one I promise) and today we look at Classic Lolita!

Origin: Japan

Colour Scheme: Muted colours including dusty pastels and jewel tones

Inspiration: Regency and Victorian fashion

Popular Clothing Items: Headdresses, floral hairpieces, simpler tights

What: Classic Lolita is, according to many, one of the first Lolita substyles ever created and some even go so far to say as that it IS the first form of Lolita and that all other styles are substyles of Classic.

Classic Lolita is often considered a more mature style than say Sweet or Gothic, and many of its dresses could easily be passed off as ‘regular’ fancy event clothing.

It can be noted that sometimes Classic Lolita plays into colour schemes and prints of other substyles, particularly Gothic and Sweet, though personally I think the Gothic colour work best with the Classic aesthetic.

Common elements seen in Classic Lolita include:

  • A-Line skirts rather than bell-shaped ones
  • More simplistic head wear such as hair corsages, or elegant hats
  • A more mature overall silhouette
  • Less ‘poof’ in regards to petticoats
  • Natural hair colour in wigs

 

What I Like: I am madly in love with the Victorian era. To be honest it is a bit of an obsession (to be completely honest I am just a vintage whore) so that is really what drew me to Lolita fashion in the first place. To me out of all the Lolita styles, classic is definitely the most ‘Victorian’ inspired.

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Classic Lolita polyvore by: lace-of-queens

I love the overall elegance of this substyle and real hair colours, less crazy patterns, it is just a style of less in comparison to other Lolita styles and I personally LOVE that.

What I Don’t Like: Cha CHING! All Lolita fashion tends to come with a hefty price tag. When you added the needed alterations of being a plus-size girl, Lolita is just not practical for the everyday persons wardrobe.

HOWEVER, I have been considering adding some Classic Lolita items into my wardrobe for fancier occasions, so one or two pieces will not be breaking my bank. (I predict future posts!)

Usually the next style post would be Friday but as I have my driving test that day (wish me luck), I will instead be doing the next style post on Saturday!

Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 6

Guess who wrote this yesterday and forgot to press ‘Publish’? That’s right this genius!

Continuing nicely along on our trail of Lolita substyles we come to a rather unusual fork in the Lolita road. One that, many say does not deserve to be recognized as a sub style. Some people prefer to call this style ‘sweet in a black colourway’ but that is too much of a mouthful, so I call a spade a spade and use the Tumblr recognized name, Bittersweet Lolita.

Origin: Western Lolita Communities

Colour Scheme: Black and pastel shades

Inspiration: The black colourways of Sweet Lolita

Popular Clothing Items:  Elaborate tights,  cupcake shaped dresses, bat scarves

What: Often not considered a true Lolita style, Bittersweet seems to have originated somewhere on Tumblr and started off as the term only used for Lolitas who chose classic Sweet dresses but with black bases

While many consider it simply darker tones being used within the sweet style, I like how many Lolitas wearing it have also come to incorporate more punky and gothic elements, making it almost like a punked up sweet lolita style. These punky/gothic elements have led Bittersweet to also being referred to as Creepy Cute in some circles.

Popular items seen in Bittersweet Lolita include:

  • Bats, bones, and other gothy items in pastel colours
  • Black or neon/pastel hair
  • Black cardigans over bright dresses
  • Bright dresses with black patterns OR black dresses with bright patterns

What I Like: I am in love with how Bittersweet has evolved. So much has changed from when it first started appearing in Lolita communities. It has really become its own style with artists dedicating themselves to making accessories and even dresses to fit this growing style.

I also really love how the style kind of looks like something straight out of Monster High, it is just looks like the girls wearing these looks should have some sort of Monster side.

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A simpler Bitterweet Look

What I Don’t Like: Bittersweet Lolita is kind of a sore spot in the Lolita community. While some consider it a fully recognized style, others see it as a ‘Tumblr fad’ and that bothers me. I understand that maybe when it first popped on the scene it was just a darker version of Sweet but I feel like Bittersweet has taken on a life and styling of its own that deserves its own name.

The main reason though Bittersweet is low on my list is because it shares my issue with many other lolita styles: I am not a huge fan of the crazy busy prints. Though I can admire how cute some dresses are, I can never see myself wearing an outfit with so much look to it – heck I get flustered with polka dots sometimes. To sum it up me + patterns = hot mess.

Well that’s all folks! I hope to see you back tomorrow… I promise I will press the right button this time.

Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 7

I hope you lovelies are ready for another. I will warn you in advance styles 7 through 4 are all lolita sub styles so if that is not your thing then you may want to READ THEM ANYWAY! Anywho, onto today’s style, Country Lolita!

Origin: Japan

Colour Scheme: Brown, light cremes, mint, baby blue and pink

Inspiration: Country lifestyle, pioneers

Popular Clothing Items:  Hats, aprons, onepiece dresses

What: Country Lolita is considered by many to be closely related to Sweet Lolita as they often share similar motifs and patterns. However, Country Lolita is often much more simple in appearance than Sweet Lolita with less accessories and makeup being used to help create a more fresh-faced look (think Dorothy from Wizard of Oz).

Some of the main items and looks you see in Country Lolita include:

  • The use of straw baskets and hats
  • Full bell-shaped skirts
  • Lighter floral or fruit prints
  • Gingham
  • Very basic makeup and hair
  • Blouses are often optional in this substyle (Le GASP!)

What I Like: I love the almost pioneer sweetness of the style and I find it very refreshing in comparison to some of the over the top Lolita looks that are more common now.

During my research I also found that the style seems very big on crafting your own accessories and hats to make your outfits your own. Hats, necklaces, hair accessories, and other items are all commonly handmade items that are seen in this style, and I think it really adds a little something-something to the style.

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Created by whitneykscott

Another thing I really love about Country Lolita when I was researching this style was that it is very figure friendly and I saw quite a few adorable-as-hell plus-size girls rocking this cute style.

What I Don’t Like: Despite my love of the pioneer/country girl appearance I am not actually a big fan of the colours used in this substyle of lolita. Though I think they look cute as HELL on so many girls, I am not crazy about how they look on me.

So ultimately that is why I do not participate in this style – no matter how much I love the cuteness and creative nature, I just can’t picture myself ever wearing a Country Lolita coord.

Come back Monday for NUMBER 6 – another Lolita substyle!

Happy New Years!

Well another year has come and gone and now it is time to start thinking about the year to come. 2016 is going to be a very busy year for me and considering I have already purchased 3 parts of my Anime North cosplays already, you can bet that it is going to be a good nerd year.

Things that I know for SURE are happening this year include:

  1. Getting my drivers license – various issues have kept me from doing this in past years but I have been doing a LOT of practicing and my test is booked for next Friday
  2. Graduating College – Technically I have done this twice already, but THIS time I actually plan on staying out of school
  3. Finding a full-time job in my field – This may end up becoming either a part or full-time job depending on availability
  4. Making my first cosplay prop – I cannot sew worth spit but I CAN craft, so I plan on making my holsters for my Twi’lek cosplay

Now onto the big topic that everyone always asks after New Years – what are my New Years resolutions. I tend to avoid doing resolutions to be honest because, to be frank, I suck at following them. However I do have a few goals for the New Year that I am hoping to achieve.

  1. Complete a novel – I am kind of cheating with this one since I already have a book half way done.
  2. Tighten up my arms – I kind of have bat wings right now as it, so I want to trim up my arms before Anime North
  3. Get my drivers license – Another cheat
  4. Post more -This one will benefit all of you here!

I also kind of want to take more outfit photos but this is unlikely to actually happen since right lighting is hard to come by.

Anywho, tomorrow I will resume with my top 10 fashion styles so I will see you all tomorrow!

 

 

 

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!