Friday, January 14, 2022

Lolita Survey ~dresses~

There are many things to love about lolita fashion, however at the heart of it are the main pieces. One pieces, jumper skirts, salopettes, skirts - the base upon which a coordinate is built. Today, I have asked some of the lolitas behind Quills & Frills about some of their favorite (and least favorite) pieces.

What is your current favorite main piece?

Secret: Brick House Switched JSK In brown

Chai: Angelic Pretty Diner Doll JSK in pink. This was my ultimate dream dress and I finally acquired it last year!

Lady Grey: Marine Island!

Rooibos: The blue colourway of Tartan Check Scalloped JSK! Specifically because it's so comfy.

This version:
but this colour

Pocket Enthusiast: My red riding hood OP, it's incredible you can take off the hood, the sleeves, the ribbons,... and it got pockets!! pockets and a hood. So exciting

Vodka: What a difficult question! In terms of what I seem to like wearing the most right now it's this tartan "OP" which I generally wear as a JSK. I got it recently at a swap meet and I love it. It's just perfect for the colder weather and extremely comfy!

Mocha: Gosh this is so hard. Probably IW's Ribbon Appliqué jsk. It was something I wanted way back when I was a poor lolita-at-heart and I'm so pleased to have found it in great condition. IW is often notorious for their unflattering tube-like bodices, but the cut of the jsk is flattering and surprisingly comfortable unlike a lot of lolita pieces from the 2000s. And yes, although it's from 2006, it's a very timeless piece.

What is the most interesting way you've acquired a piece in your wardrobe?

Secret: Pink Hawase Doll OP- I woke up at 3 AM unable to sleep, saw it was up on WW and bought it and immediately fell back asleep. I thought I dreamed it the next morning at first.

Chai: When I attended Paradiso in 2019, Angelic Pretty was a guest vendor. They sent out a survey beforehand asking what people would like them to bring to sell in their booth, and I said "Magical Horoscope in navy" because the release was a total bloodbath and I'd failed to get it. They actually did bring ONE JSK and I managed to buy it! I have since tracked down all the accessories as well; it's definitely one of my favorites!

Chamomile: It is not especially exciting, but my very first secondhand dress was one my friend found for me on Xianyu. Before that, I wasn't very familiar with Xianyu or which shopping services would let me buy from there. However with her help and a very very patient shopping service, I was able to get one of my dream dresses <3

Lady Grey: This isn't THAT interesting, buut I was pretty silly when I bought my first brand piece (which was Marine Island LOL) I saw it on BTSSB SF for like $125. Plus ALL the jewelry. Current me would be screaming and adding to cart. Buut no, I hesitated and as soon as I saw it was out of stock, I desperately ran to LaceMarket and ended up getting the dress for about $100+ more LOL Why did I hesitate?? I honestly don't know!

Rooibos: Not interesting per say, but I love getting pieces secondhand from friends. It's nice because when I coord with that piece, it'll remind me of them, and I hope it makes them smile to see me enjoying it even if it didn't fit in their wardrobe anymore.

Pocket Enthusiast: Not really interesting but it was so "on the spot" lol. I was at a friend's house and she was going through her wardrobe while I was chilling and she took out 2007 Toy Parade saying "I definitely won't fit into this anymore and there's a melted candy in the pocket that made a stain, I don't know how I could even sell it" and I turned my head briefly and instantly fell in love with how beautiful it looked in black with long sleeves and candy lace and I crawled so fast toward her going "I'LL TAKE IT!!" And that's how I came to own Toy Parade lol. If you're reading this, I'm still taking very good care of it like I promised you <3

Vodka: Hmmm, I think the most interesting one is the story of my Little Witch JSK!  I bought the cutsew OP on release day, then swapped it for the OP, and then swapped said OP for the JSK! So I've had all the cuts of Little Witch.

Mocha: Does going to Japan and buying in person count?

What is something you regret buying?

Secret: A lot of very cheap Bodyline when I first started. I sold most of it. They were good starter pieces at least.

Chai: Anything in a solid color. I see how pretty other lolitas look in solids, and then I buy one and instantly regret it because I really only like prints on me.

Chamomile: Soufflesong Don't Eat Bunny. This was before it was well known how sketchy Soufflesong was beyond simply being a brand that is sometimes low quality. I liked the name of the print and the print itself was very cute (bunnies and sweets and cookies, etc), and it fit me well enough. However the fabric just seemed kind of cheap to me, and I didn't love it. I ended up selling it and I hope it has made someone else happy.

Lady Grey: A lot of my Bodyline pieces. Unless it's a solid dress, two of the printed Bodyline pieces just did not look good. I can't tell what it is. Even though the lace is similar, print pieces from them just do not look good on me

Rooibos: Cheap synthetic fabric blouses. I sweat more when I don't wear breathable fabrics and I'm less likely to decide to put something on if I have to be uncomfortable like that all day when there are natural fibre alternatives that don't do that.

Pocket Enthusiast: An overpriced printed Baby skirt I ended up barely wearing and sold for pebbles.

Vodka: The Meta miniskirt that just doesn't seem to fit anyone who wants it! I wish I'd know it wouldn't fit and be so difficult to sell.

Mocha: Definitely a lot of stuff from Bodyline that weren't shoes. No shade on BL - there are people who can pull off their stuff well, but I was never happy with them. At the same time, I can't truly be regretful because without BL making affordable lolita pieces, I'd probably not have figured out if lolita was for me.

How has your style changed from when you first started wearing lolita to now?

Secret: My general preferred style stayed the same but I’ve def expanded into other styles

Chai: I thought I would wear skirts as well as dresses, but it turns out I just really love the look of JSKs and have since sold all my skirts.

Chamomile: When I first started, I thought I would be a sweet lolita. Even from the beginning, this was a lie though because my first dresses were more classic anyway. I am really more of a classic lolita, and mature sweet is about as sweet as I usually get.

Lady Grey: Sort of. I remember in 2020 I was gravitating towards a lot of solid pieces. I was also into subtler prints. Now, I want something as bright as possible. At the same time, I really want more gothic pieces that look very....vampire-y.

Rooibos: I got swept up in the whole: "You should have a theme" when I first started wearing lolita and thought I was going to buy a lot of star and moon stuff. Ends up I just like wearing solids! No theme needed.

Pocket Enthusiast: Basically I came in for some gothic, ended up being into really cutesy OTT sweet and now I'm into old school. What a ride uh?

Vodka: I started off being a Baby fan, then an AP fan for the longest time!  So super sweet haha. Nowadays the sweet I wear is old school or 2005-2009 stuff. And recently I really started appreciating goth! I've been making purchases here and there and love wearing it!

Mocha: I've been wearing the fashion for over ten years so it's changed a LOT. I started off with classic, and then sweet - realized it didn't suit me, so I wore a lot of kuro-lolita and then sub-styles like sailor and country. I was stuck with old-school for a little while until more recently I've embraced OTT prints and otome-kei. It's been quite the journey and all I know is that I've improved since I was a babbylita.

What's a lolita style you'd like to wear but haven’t yet?

Secret: Ero I guess?

Chai: I'd like to try ero, for the challenge!

Chamomile: I am very very slowly collecting items to have a proper Gothic Lolita coord. Like Atelier Pierrot and Antique Beast Gothic type Gothic.

Lady Grey: Ero, Shiro, Wa, Qi, and Punk. Ero is the closest I've gotten to, since I'm almost finished with the coord. Shiro just hasn't been possible since I keep avoiding buying solid white dresses LOL. As for the others, I just haven't found a style or any pieces I'd like to use to make such a coord yet.

Rooibos: Moi-Meme-Moitie style goth. The pieces are hard to come by at a price point I'd bite at haha but they're beautiful and I definitely want to own some in the future.

Pocket Enthusiast: I'd like to try hime someday- it looks like fun

Vodka: Military! It looks so cool but it's always a commitment to go such a specific route.

Mocha: Ouji. I'm not sure if it really suits me, but I suppose I should try it once. Also, OTT sweet lolita circa 2012 - mismatching tea parties and all.

When the weather gets cold, is there something in your wardrobe you are excited to wear?

Secret: Meta's Apprentice Sorcerer Houndstooth Skirt and Vest! They're wool so very not summer friendly.

Chai: I'm very excited to wear Sugar Dream Dome now that it's getting colder where I live. The fur trim makes it look so cute and cozy! I only wore it once last year but I'm planning to wear it more this winter.

Chamomile: I bought the Meta Bianca Lucky Pack last Christmas with the express intention of wearing it the following Christmas. 

Lady Grey: My Boz cape, my Roland jacket, and this BTSSB coat I'm buying!

Rooibos: Coats!!! I have so many coats and am excited to use both fall and winter ones as the season progresses

Pocket Enthusiast: Aaaaall the long sleeved OPs (and tartans, duh, what better season than fall for tartan)

Vodka: The obvious answer is coats, but I'm just looking forward to wearing my Meta knit camisole! I got it to be able to wear skirts more comfortably in the winter and I think it's such a cute option.

Mocha: I'm just excited to wear lolita again. It's been too hot for too long.

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