When was the last time you actively approached and consumed lolita culture?

A few weeks ago I visited an art exhibition with oil paintings made by Ulrika Wärmling. She has been depicting parts of the Swedish lolita culture for almost 15 years. The exhibition itself consisted of new and old works, most of them being two metre long panels. It gives quite an impression.

Art exhibitions are one of many reoccuring activities within my local lolita community. Such super focused exhibitions like Ulrika Wärmling's that are specifically on the topic of lolita is uncommon, most of the time the exhibition topic revolves around something more or less remotely relevant to a generic lolita's interests. Lolita fashion is still a subculture in which the interpretation, the idea of and the expression around the subculture is under a constant forward motion. We ourselves create, nurture and further the culture.

When EGL was alive and kicking on Livejournal, the online community was my primary lolita community. I looked through the Black Lolita mailing list, checked new entries on Livejournal and made the usual rounds of reading other lolitas' journals or blogs. I stared longingly at dresses I couldn't afford. Text based posts where more common than picture based posts so I took the time to read, comment and spin on through a topic. Consuming lolita culture for me, back then, was something that I saw as my me-time in front of the computer.

As lolita culture has been more widespread and known, there are naturally more platforms available that allow space for lolitas online. Online communities are available on Facebook, amino and the likes. Fellow lolitas have their own Youtube channels, Instagram accounts or Vero profiles. After I got my smartphone, my approach to consuming lolita culture is less of an outreachable action and more of an aggregated action. I have my chosen sources available at any time, in my hand, chosen because they are in abundance, all gathered up in one or two flows of strokes. I read shorter texts, I admire more photos, my comments are shorter. Time seems scarcer or is it that time has another sense of meaning now for me?


My favorite dresses from my wardrobe

The yearly wardrobe posts are a form of new years ceremony for Western lolitas. Humble bragging is combined with analysis of one's style development and a throwback of the past year's fashion consumerism. I am no better of course so here is my take on the wardrobe post tradition: my favorite dresses.

Moi-même-Moitié - Holy Queen JSK

I used to take photos of exactly every little thing that was lolita related in my closet. I won't do that. It takes a lot of time and it is not worth the time it takes. I am definitely NOT interested in seeing a person's wrinkly miscolored non patterned brand socks just because there is a logo on it so I won't subject anyone else to that kind of torture. Besides, I usually wear solid tights or stockings with my outfits so it's more like a crumpled mess and who wants to look at a picture of that?

Moi-même-Moitié - Lace Shirring Sundress

2017 was the year that I felt like continuing reaquiring and wearing lolita garments while navigating what out of all the products churned out would fit me, style wise and cut wise. I am now older, more curvacious due to medication and age (mostly age to be honest) and my generic fashion style has shifted. I look for the same qualities in lolita clothing as I do in all clothing: a coherent color scale, something that can be dressed up as well as down and a variety of fabric texture and materials in the same garment. I know, I'm boring and predictable like that. But with these criteria I actually WEAR the clothes in my closet instead of piling them on to an already overfilled rack.

Moi-même-Moitié - Holy Angel Long JSK

I have limited energy, health, time and opportunity to wear the fashion. A so called lifestyle level wardrobe is out of the question (also highly overrated). These are not excuses, these are explanations. My wardrobe content hasn't grown much during 2017. I actually bought more in December of 2017 than I did during the rest of the year.

Triple Fortune - Lily Cross OP

I am very fond of intricacy in details. The pattern of a layered row of lace can make or break the overall impression. Material choices that matter because they create depth in a relatively flat medium. Colors that lift each other rather than demanding your immediate and constant attention. This is what I prefer to dress in because it makes me feel strong, confident and beautiful.

Atelier Pierrot - Long Bustle Corset JSK

I find myself somewhat of a newbie again, having come back to lolita fashion after a hiatus. Trends are different, the second hand market is in full bloom and shopping from Japanese brands is not the only source of import anymore. Lolitas rather look to subcultural peers they actually can communicate with for inspiration instead of deciphering the thick commercial catalogues called mooks. Indie brands and small scale designers are highly acknowledged, no longer suffering in the shadow of the major Japanese brands but rather thriving alongside them. I have learned more in the past few months than I learned the last year before my hiatus. This is an excellent time to be in the fashion - and still a more than awful time to be a wallet belonging to a lolita.

Metamorphose temps de fille - Old School A-line Dress With Matching Headdress From The Time Period In Lolita Fashion When Garments Didn't Have Names, They Were Just Garments (yes this is a possible future blog entry)


A header image!

Thank you Bellosse for your portrayal of me.


My wardrobe post can be summed up in one photo

All solid black.

Honestly though it is hard to photograph my garments because of all the black and the Swedish winter darkness. How does all the other gothic lolitas solve this problem?