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: 3

Ladies and gentlemen, boils and ghouls today we hit the top 3 fashion substyles and these styles are allllll western! Starting our top 3, we will be looking at a style that I fallen in and out of love with since Grade 7, though I suppose it could be argued that I have liked it even longer. May I present, Goth fashion.

Origin: Britain

Colour Scheme: Varies heavily, usually includes black

Inspiration: Punk fashion. Victorian and Elizabethan

Popular Clothing Items: Corsets, short skirts, long coats

What: Goth fashion was first spotted in England in the 1980’s as an offshoot of the punk genre.Unlike other substyles for the 80’s, Goth has proven to be able to stand the test of time and has some of the largest communities seen worldwide. Most people agree that the basic idea behind Goth fashion is 19th century Gothic Literature and horror films, though different substyles within Goth do exist, and they all have their own features and inspirations. Some of the substyles within Goth include:

  • Cyber-Goth
  • Victorian Goth
  • Glam Goth
  • Nu-Goth
  • Cabaret Goth
  • Deathrocker

Due to the amount of substyles within the Gothic fashion, many different people have joined this substyle of fashion, and unlike any of my previous substyles mentions, Goth attracts a really wide array of people from all walks of life.

Common elements seen in all of the Goth substyles include:

  • Chains or metal details
  • Corsets as both outer and underwear
  • Dark or unnaturally coloured hair
  • Elaborate makeup, usually with dark eyes and lips
  • Leggings and tights

Not shockingly I own a MASSIVE amount of Goth friendly clothing which varies from long black skirts, to corseted tops and in my program I am often referred to as ‘the Goth chick’, even though I really don’t consider myself a Goth. I just like the fashion and LOVE wearing black.

What I Like: Gothic fashion is a very widely known substyle of fashion that could almost be considered ‘common place’ in modern Western society. Because of this, Goth friendly clothing pieces can be found in most, if not all, average clothing stores, though you still often have to either DIY or go online for those finishing touches.

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This in turn creates another item I like about Goth fashion, how creative it allows its wearers to be in regards to styling. There are really no set rules in regards to Goth fashion, so you can wear pretty much whatever YOU feel comfortable in, though this does have an issue in and of itself …

What I Don’t Like: As I do not consider myself a Goth, I am not a member of any Goth communities or anything, but a continuous issue I have heard is that Goths can be seriously judgmental of other Goth’s fashion choices and there tends to be a divide amongst the substyles within the culture.

The only other issue is more of a societal problem. A big issue people always encounter when wearing all black are strange questions. ‘Who died’, ‘Are you a Satanist’, and even ‘Are you depressed’ are all common questions faced by people who choose to wear Gothic fashion. It can get pretty tiring.

Well if thats Goth, then you’ve had it. Join me Saturday for number two!

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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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: 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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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.