Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 1

We have seen the flowey elegance off Dark Mori, the kooky grace of Dolly Kei, the colours of Pastel Goth, the sweetness of Country Lolita, the unusual combinations of Bittersweet Lolita, the mature grace of Classic Lolita, the demure look of Otome Kei, the elegance of Goth and the playful sexuality of Rockabilly and now it is time for my number one style! Number one combines aspects of quite a few of my top 9 styles, which makes sense since each of these styles contain aspects that I like.

So may I present to you, at long last (way long – bad blogger bad) my number one style – Vintage Chic!

Origin: Unknown – likely Western

Colour Scheme: Up to the wearer

Inspiration: 1900’s fashion styles

Popular Clothing Items: Peter pan collared shirts, printed dresses, circle skirts, beret style has

What: ‘Vintage Chic’, ‘Librarian Chic’, ‘Vintage Hipster’, ‘Nerd Chic’ and even ‘Granny Chic’ are all names used as tags when describing or looking up this style online. Despite the changes in the name, they always describe the same type of style: someone who likes to incorporate vintage style pieces with more readily available items to create a unique look than is inspired by another era.

Most commonly fans of this style seem to lean towards the 1930’s all the way through to the 1960’s, though some people even incorporate Flapper elements into their wardrobe, particularly for evening events. Stores like Modcloth and Unique Vintage have capitalized on this growing fashion trend by offering more and more styles that feature both kischy and more classic styles to suit a wide array of fans.

Common items spotted in this style include:

  • Peter pan collared shirts and dresses
  • Cardigans of any length
  • Full circle skirts, either with or without petticoats and in a variety of lengths
  • Complete freedom in hair as far as colour and style
  • A combination of accessories such as hats, scarves and other pieces

Now that I have graduated school and I am working towards a career, I have been trying to ‘mature’ my wardrobe but without giving up my own unique taste. After a lot of experimenting with a number of different styles, I finally settled on going more Vintage. Not only is this style elegant and mature, but it also helps me express my history obsession in a way that doesn’t  involve running around in a full Victorian Gown.

Not shockingly, for Christmas this year my list contains mostly vintage inspired skirts and dresses since I find it easier to buy tops in mainstream stores where I can try them on and make sure my girls fit.

What I Like:  This is a style for ALL! Anyone can create a Vintage Chic outfit that makes them feel awesome and it shows! Tumblr, Lookbook, Pinterest and Youtube have blown up with outfit ideas that offer up ideas on how to combine a variety of items to make adorable outfits! You will literally find fans of this style in all walks of life with all sorts of interests

Vintage-able (I just made up a word) items are becoming more and more common in

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mainstream fashion, making this style easy to achieve on a low budget, though I must admit if you want to get some really nice staples such as a good vintage inspired dress or certain styles of skirts, you may have to shell out a little more. However, as this style is getting more popular, it is getting easier to find cheaper options.

What I Don’t Like: This isn’t as much of something I do not like as much as just something I have noted and that is that when in this style you have to walk a fine line between remaining elegant and getting kitschy, or even costume-y. To many kitschy patterns and you end up in Rockabilly or even Goth territory while staying TOO vintage in your styling almost puts you into costume territory.

Ultimately it is the creativity, elegance and ease of this style that won me over to this style!

That is it folks! I am now done my top 10 favorite styles! Hmmm … what should I do next for a list.

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Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 4

It is time to continue with the top 10 styles! I know I had promised to have one done by Saturday but my weekend ended up being crazy and I never had the chance to sit down and write a half-way decent blog post.

Anywho, so I mentioned in post 5 that style 4 would be another Lolita substyle, well after some consideration I ended up changing my top 4 lineup a bit and that lead to style 4 no longer being a Lolita substyle. However, this style does originate from Japan and does include many aspects of Lolita, so take from that what you may. Without further ado my I present, Otome Kei.

Origin: Japan

Colour Scheme: Varies widely

Inspiration: 50’s and 70’s

Popular Clothing Items: Peter Pan collar blouses and dresses, cardigans, cute tights, berets

What: Created in the 70’s, Otome Kei is a Japanese style that  focuses on looking lady-like and cute all at the same time and many of this styles outfits can easily be mistaken for Casual Lolita or even Classic Lolita. Unlike Lolita, Otome offers its wearers a lot of freedom in regards to length, prints, and level of poof giving the outfits a more comfortable feel, while still maintaining the cuteness of Lolita.

Otome Kei is only just starting to grow in popularity over here in the Western World and many Lolitas are turning Otome Kei into their ‘everyday’ wear.

Common elements seen in Otome Kei include:

  • Mixed patterns and motifs
  • High variation in level of poof seen in the skirts
  • Natural hair colours
  • A lot of Peter Pan collar dresses and blouses
  • A lot of hair accessories including bows and flowers

 

What I Like: What I really like about the Otome style is just how wearable it is for the Western world. A lot of Lolita styles take a lot of guts to wear in public, or simply cannot be worn in most places people spend their day to day lives. Otome however looks unique

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Polyvore set created by Shirayukin

enough where you do not feel like you are following the crowd, but not so unique that you feel like a complete whack-a-do.

I also love the vintage esthetic of it. I really love the style of the 50’s and 70’s, so combining that with a somewhat dolly look is a-okay with me.

What I Don’t Like: Like Lolita, Otome Kei tends to run on the pricey size and can be very hard to fit when you have a curvier frame. Most of the Japanese brands used in Otome are made for women with slimmer hips and not nearly as much of a rack as I have been blessed with.

See you all tomorrow for a non-Japanese inspired style! (Crazy right?)

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: 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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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!

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!