The Oft-Neglected Pinafore

When you think of the word pinafore, dear readers, what comes to your mind? Perhaps the frilly apron which Alice wore over her blue dress, or the kind of embellishment sometimes seen in Natural Kei. Maybe you think of something your grandmother used to don in order to dust and sweep the house - but the pinafore is an item that comes in many different shapes and styles. And it is often overlooked within Lolita.

There are many a brand that have tried this concept in the past, but you still don't see it much at actual meetups or in daily coordinates.

As I have stated dear readers, they come in a variety of styles, from an apron meant to be over a dress to a skirt featuring criss-crossed straps and waist ties. Certainly something for everyone, no?

Yet I believe I know why it has come to be so avoided - the dreaded Ita-Maid look. It's one that is pushed into Lolita's mind from the beginning of their frilly journey. Along the same lines of not wearing cheap lace and please don't wear maxi pads on your head, the idea of the apron has rooted itself into ita or maid territory, both of which are something your average Lolita does not wish to be associated with.

So what advice do I have for my intrepid readers who may be willing to attempt this garment?

1. Avoid white - Choose a pinafore in a popular print  - Angelic Pretty and Meta both make an apron style JSK for many of their cheerier prints. Opt for white or a plain color underneath and let the apron be the focal point, rather than the other way around.

2. Choose one that is heavily stylized - a border print, corset lacing, bows, etc. It should complement the rest of your coordinate, not appear as something you merely tossed over it.

3. The brave Lolita wearing white should keep it simple - the apron should look like another layer of your ensemble. In that respect, keep it streamlined and avoid excess lace or ruffles.

4. Give it a country twist - an apron over a natural kei style dress (something long sleeved in a dainty floral or calico print) will look more Little House on the Prairie than housekeeper.

But why, do you ask, dear readers, did I dig up this particular topic? Well, as luck would have it, a recent trip to a large thrift shop yielded a new acquisition in the form of a vintage frilly apron in a dark blue polka dot calico and I'm extremely fascinated with finding unusual ways of coordinating it. I was merely inspired, readers, and now I hope that you might be too.


Halloween and Lolita: The Horror Story

I'm not entirely certain, dear readers, that you need a wall of text to understand my horror regarding the fru-fru costumes that crop up around Halloween taking the moniker of "Lolita", so instead I'll show you some visual examples. For those new to the undertaking of Lolita, let this be a lesson to you in what Lolita is not nor ever should be.

Yellow Sweet Lolita Maid

Red Checkers Lolita Cosplay

Sexy Harajuku Girl via Amazon

There is a silver lining, though, readers! Halloween is a wonderful opportunity for you to don your most outrageous coordinate or experiment perhaps with a style or garment you hadn't the nerve to before. Remember though, dear readers, Lolita is not a costume but can be worn for extravagant occasions much like one would wear a slinky dress to a cocktail party. Have fun with it!


A Long Awaited Gift

I turned the ripe old age of 27 at the beginning of the month, dear readers, and as usual my lovely friend Eva simply could not resist in sending me the most wonderful of gifts. I dare say her little packages are a godsend.

Everything came neatly folded in this tiny and unassuming little box, but I knew better. ^_^

Her personal artwork always makes me smile and I truly think this one is my new favorite - the shading and colors of the witch hat and swirly bits are gorgeous!

I suspected there'd be at least one pumpkin flavored item and was I not only correct, there were actually several flavored teas present. I'm quite excited to try them!

The last item in the box was this beautiful skirt from Pyon Pyon and as soon as I saw the butterfly motif - I knew I'd seen this garment before. Sure enough - it was something I'd oogled once or twice on the internet, but had never been sure of the quality.

I am delighted to say it's a beautiful skirt and I'm actually looking forward to coordinating it in an appropriately Gothic and spooky fashion.

The Longest Road Home

Dear Readers,

I must sincerely apologize for my absence from this blog. The delay could easily be blamed on feeling under the weather, a needling desire to establish stable mental health before returning, or even lack of adequate time. Either way, it all lies with me, dear readers.

As to whether this will be a temporary withdrawal from hiatus or not has yet to be decided.

Please be patient, friends.

~ The Black Rose