Monday, February 24, 2014

5 Pieces That Every Lolita Should Have, Regardless of Style

No matter how new or budget conscious your lolita wardrobe is, certain pieces will help to complete and accentuate your OP's, JSK's and skirts throughout different substyles. Below are my picks for items every lolita should at the least consider having in their wardrobe.

Petticoat: Dear Celine
Bracelets and Floral Hairclips: Forever 21
Tights: Sock Dreams
The most defining feature of lolita fashion is the use of a petticoat to achieve shape beneath the dress. Without a petti, dresses tend to look kind of sad and limp. Of all the pieces of a lolita wardrobe, I'd recommend saving up and investing in at least one good petticoat to provide the perfect degree of fluff for the cut of your dresses.

Pearl bracelets
Whether your main substyle is classic, gothic or sweet, pearls can be used to add an extra hint of opulence and luxury to your outfit while being able to be purchased cheaply at mall stores like Forever 21. 

Floral accessories
Again, no matter which style you aim for, a floral accessory can add a nice touch to the outfit. I've found tons of floral accessories at a local dollar store accessory type shop called Z's Outlet, but you can find floral accents to compliment a lolita outfit at many locations.

Rather than socks, lolita brands are more and more releasing tights to go with their sets, so they're becoming more of a lolita staple. Several lovely detailed pairs of tights along with some basic solid colored hosiery in the color scheme of your choice are perfect for any lolita outfit. You can find tights in many different colors and sizes at places like Target, Sock Dreams, and We Love Colors.

Yes, yes, I know that confidence technically isn't a piece you can just keep in stock in your wardrobe. But I believe being able to be confident in your style and appearance while in lolita is a valuable asset. Even if you're newer to the fashion and feel that you have no clue what you're doing, maintaining an air of poise and confidence in your frills can make the difference between having a fearful day worried that others are staring at you and having a relaxed day out laughing with your lolita friends. 

The above post idea was originally from F Yeah Lolita's original list, Lolita 52 Challenge

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