2009-11-11

J’aime Gothic Lolita

Sorry that it’s taken me forever to update this blog. I can honestly say I forgot that it existed…I use other blogging services more often, like Livejournal.
But since I’m here, I want to talk about my favorite category of Lolita. And that’s Gothic Lolita.
This is probably the most well-known type of Lolita, even though Sweet is more popular. Gothic Lolita looks pretty…well, Goth.
We’re talking Victorian style Goth. So it’s black, mostly. The most common color scheme is black and white. For example, a white blouse, a black skirt or jumperskirt, a pair of black stockings, maybe a lacy headdress and a pair of chunky black mary janes could qualify as a very simple gothic coordinate.
Moi-même-Moitié is the most popular and coveted of Gothic Lolita brands and it is located in Japan. This brand was started by Mana, former guitarist of Malice Mizer, and he coined the terms Elegant Gothic Lolita and Elegant Gothic Aristocrat in order to describe his designs and what his brand sells.
Of course, this isn’t the only place to acquire Gothic Lolita clothing, you can make do with plenty of other brands that sell black items. Baby The Stars Shine Bright have a few black dresses and jumperskirts that work nicely. Bodyline sells gothic and punk Lolita clothing for very reasonable prices and of course you can always make your own.
But just because it’s black doesn’t necessarily mean it’s Gothic Lolita. Anything with an overabundance of lace or bows is probably leaning towards Sweet. Gothic Lolita is a little bit less cutesy and that’s probably why I like it so much.
Mydress 
This dress easily qualifies as Gothic Lolita. The decoration is minimal and the print has a decidedly gothic feel to it. And as you can see, it’s from Innocent World, which doesn’t exactly specialize in gothic attire, so you really CAN find this type of Lolita within other brands.
Next entry will discuss Sweet Lolita and why I’ll never wear it. ^_^

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