I'm back again and today I'd like to share with you about my first Lolita shopping experiences and show you (finally!) some of my Lolita style clothes. I don't own (YET!) any branded Lolita clothes or even off branded. Well I do kind of but I will explain that in a moment.
First when I got into Lolita fashion I decided to try buy normal, high street clothes in Lolita style and make my own Lolita wardrobe, only because typical Lolita clothes are more expensive and I was a bit sceptical about purchasing clothes from China or Japan. I have to say that this decision was good and bad at the same time, because I wasted a lot of money on clothes that are not enough in Lolita style only because I bought them as a second hand from eBay (oh my eBay addiction! :) I wasted money mainly on skirts and dresses as they were the hardest to find. On the other hand I succeed in finding perfect Lolita style shirts :) I was amazed that most of the high street brands (and not only) sell white high collar or ruffled shirts!
I am too shy to take photos of me wearing Lolita clothes and my excuse is also a fact that I don't have any large mirror to take photos of me :D And so I decided to take photos of my clothes without me :)
I'm not too good with Lolita terms and I think this type of photos is called "coordinates". Please correct me if I'm wrong! :)
This is one of my favourite sets: just a classic white shirt, girly skirt and white socks. For anyone who want to say that this style is weird I can say that both skirt and shirt are from H&M, well known English (and European) brand, and so I'm just buying "normal" clothes for "normal" people but I put them together in my own style :)
As you can see the skirt has its own tutu (just one layer) and as a underskirt I used simple summer ruffled white skirt. Nothing special, just to add a bit of puffiness without going over the top.
For shoes I normally wear simple white ballerinas because I'm not a fan of thick sole typical Lolita shoes (I forgot their proper name!).
I also got tempted and purchased set of skirt and shirt (plus a tutu) from eBay seller based in China. I did it because it wasn't as expensive as branded Lolita clothes and I really wanted to have something which was made to be a proper Lolita outfit. I bought it in April and I was told that as it's a custom made item I will have to wait at least two months. Cool, I can wait. I sent them my measurements and I waited patiently. I finally received it just two days before summer International Lolita Day. I was so happy because I could wear proper Lolita clothes on that day! But how disappointed I was when I opened the parcel and I noticed that they sent me wrong size of both of the items! :( They were at least 10cm too big in waist! I contacted the seller and they said that they can offer me 10$ for finding a tailor who could made them fit on me!! My boyfriend told me that I should ask for full refund but I'm not so good at arguing with people and at the end I agreed on 40$ refund (from 60$ total). I know, I'm a looser..... I will adjust the skirt because it's mega easy but I think I will sell the shirt as I don't know how to make it smaller.
Both of them are in very good quality, material and finish and it's a big disappointment for me that they don't fit :( This experience has put me off from buying custom Lolita clothes from Internet. On the one hand I'm so tempted because they look lovely and they are more in classic Lolita look, but on the other hand I don't want to wait two months and receive something too big again :(
My last hope is buying second hand clothes from other Lolitas or making my own clothes. Yeah, easy say than done! I actually started making my first Lolita skirt which will be simple circle skirt and I hope it will look good. This also gives me opportunity to chose colours I like, more toned and not so pink, because they draw more attention on the street :) I think I preffer beige, cream and grey colours with a bit of pink and turquoise details :) I hope this skirt will turn out well and I will take some photos too.
So what I have learnt from all of this? Well I think I still will be popping on eBay to search for nice Lolita style shirts but I will avoid buying dresses and skirts there. I will also try to learn making my own skirts and maybe simple JSK.
I hope I didn't make you bored with this long post and I would appreciate any advice in Lolita subject. I'm still learning everything but I also try to be open minded and not to let myself be bounded with strict Lolita rules. I know that I will never be "proper" Lolita like most of girls on Internet, but I know that I will still have fun wearing this type of clothes :)
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