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A Beginner's Wardrobe 
30th-Jan-2013 10:27 pm
Probably about the smallest wardrobe post here haha, but hey why not.
Included is how and in approximately what order I have obtained my pretties, may be useful to fellow beginners :)
Of course, feel free to skip past my babbling and just look at the nice pictures :P



A short introduction,
I am a new lolita interested in mainly sweet style, but also sailor and possibly classic. I have been more seriously into lolita since the start of 2012 (I had always appreciated but never thought of actually wearing it myself until then), and joined my lovely local comm in the middle of the year. Since then, I have been slooowly sloowly building up my wishlist and lolita/loliable collection (I'm fussy, and hesitant about impulse buys, but hey it saves me money), and this is what it has gotten to!

Dresses:

Firstly, the star piece, my one and only lolita dress at the moment, Angelic Pretty's Triple Tart JSK!
I absolutely fell in love with this print like none other when I stumbled upon it for sale on the AP USA website. A few months later I was browsing Closet Child and saw it up for sale there, and after a few days of hesitation, I grabbed it! So glad I did, I love it to bits.
I know it's a bit sudden to start with brand but I knew for me I had to get something I absolutely loved.

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Blouses:

Offbrand
Again, only one at the moment. Bought this secondhand off the comm sales as it fit my small measurements and was nice and simple, exactly what I was looking for to start with.

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As far as shoulder coverings go, I also have an offbrand bolero which I bought at a local clothing chain. I took a photo of it but it must have escaped, so I have included this in a bonus picture at the end.


Big Accessories:

The straw hat is from an offbrand Taobao store, and the bag is from the Taobao store Loris (despite some of their bad reviews, I have used this bag several times full of things and it holds up perfectly well). I wear the straw hat a lot with my normal clothes too.

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Shoes:

Amongst the first lolita things I bought, because I love shoes and I also wear these with my normal clothes.
Both from Bodyline. I wear the red ones a lot! They're so durable.

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Socks:

I also wear these with normal clothes sometimes.
Both pairs of OTKs from Bodyline, Both ankle socks offbrand (cream ones are Taobao).
The ankle socks are a bit hard to show as they're more like stocking material, but they have nice simple patterns to be more decorative.
I also have a bunch of stockings, but they're not worth including.

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Undergarments:

Included to be thorough and because there isn't much here in the first place.
Petticoat is from Classical Puppets on Taobao and shortie bloomers are from an offbrand pyjama store called peteralexander.
I bought the petti (as well as other Taobao stuff) before I got my dress so I could wear it straight away when I got it.

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Small Accessories:

I have been collecting these over the longest time span of all the things in this post, simply because again they're too easy to wear with every day clothes too!
Barette is Angelic Pretty, Headband is Metamorphose and the rest is Chocomint (all bought off comm sales)
The stuff inside my rings is foamy insulation tape I bought at a hardware store, they make them fit properly because I have small fingers.
The handle from my teacup recently fell off T_T but oh well I guess it can be a Chinese teacup now...

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Offbrands.
Star clip from Bonjour Honey on Etsy
Necklace bought from One Day in Paradise at a con
Chocolate & strawberry ring from my friends at Peppermint Carousel
Ribbon headband is a DIY
Bow hairclips bought at a local accessory chain
Wrist cuffs are a premade pair I bought from Bunny Kitty Designs on the comm sales

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Bonus Pics!

My jewelery & accessory storage corner (for everything including loli things, I also sometimes wear some of these in outfits as well as those above)

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Mainly for necklaces & dangly things, it's annoying to hang earrings on
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Bought this at an office supplies store! Perfect!
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Here's where all my earrings are. Nice and visible.
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And worn pic of the bolero I mentioned before, plus obviously a number of other items seen above

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Things in the mail:
- Lavender KidsYoYo (Taobao) bolero
- Another white blouse, lighter material
- White lace wrist cuffs with white bows
- Metamorphose sailor OTKs

The things I am currently on the lookout to buy:
- Sailor lolita OP or JSK
- AP's Polkadot Chocolate JSK in mint
- OTKs that will go with my dress
- Lavender lolita heels
- More bloomers

And that's all! Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed my little post :)
Feel free to ask questions about anything or suggest what my wardrobe may be missing and could use.

Comments 
30th-Jan-2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
it's small but you definitely have a direction! I wish I did that instead of just buying whatever I might possibly want in some distant future, or because it's cheap.. I really enjoyed looking at this post, you can tell everything was picked out with real care. I love the teacup/teapot ring and the meta double bow headband, that's super cute.
31st-Jan-2013 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks I'm glad you like it and think it all goes together well ^^
I guess the way I shop helps it look like everything was picked with care, I usually think about something for a good while before I decide to buy!
30th-Jan-2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
It's so simple but very nice because you have a really good taste even though you just started out. I enjoy looking at your post very much.
31st-Jan-2013 11:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! I am glad you think I have good taste for a beginner~ I think it helps that I lurked for a good while and thought about it lots before I decided to buy, rather than being like "OMG I MUST WEAR LOLITA NOW"
30th-Jan-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
A lovely start to what will be a life of lovliness! I would never think to do red accessories with lavender, but it looks wonderful.
31st-Jan-2013 11:40 am (UTC)
Thank you~ the big red patch of strawberries on the dress helps it all tie in nicely :)
30th-Jan-2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
It's a nice start for a new Lolita ! It's not strange at all to start with brand !
It's at least better than starting as an Ita (like me haha ^^').
And I love your Sailor wristcuffs !
31st-Jan-2013 11:47 am (UTC)
Hurray I'm not strange!
And aw, everyone has to go through a newbie stage in some thing or another :P at least you can look back at those days and laugh
Thanks! they only arrived in the mail the other day~ I can't wait to get a sailor dress to pair them with (I am a sucker for all sailor things)
30th-Jan-2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's wonderful you have been able to buy the majority of your items with a particular coordinate in mind. Like candlelitballad mentioned, many of us start out a little too strong and end up buying a lot of items that don't match anything else we own.
31st-Jan-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that it's come together well! I've been thinking more recently about how well an item will go with what I currently own (lolita or not) when I'm thinking of buying it.
30th-Jan-2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
I really love what you have so far! That's a lovely co-ord you have there, I also love that little lavender bag you have, very cute. ^^
31st-Jan-2013 11:48 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! Yeah I love that bag, it's actually the perfect size and fits so much! You may be able to tell how heavy mine is by seeing how much it squshes my petticoat at the side lol
30th-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think the only reason some give the advice to not start with brand has to do with well...You're new! For some people lolita is a passing thing and there's not sense in building a brand wardrobe for something you may not like in a few weeks or months. It's just to save money. :P

:) So its not sudden at all~ The dress looks lovely on you, btw.
31st-Jan-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm pretty much past the stage where I go through phases of stuff, plus I work during summers when I'm not at uni so money!
By the time I started buying stuff I was sure that I was into it. This is where my hesitation comes in handy. Who knows what I would have bought if I acted upon all of the stuff I wanted as a teenager o_o
And thank you! People keep saying that the dress suits me well, I'm so glad, it makes me really happy >w
30th-Jan-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Your wardrobe is looking lovely! Everything seems to match well and the style suits you very much. I also love your storage cases!
31st-Jan-2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you think it suits me~~
I really love organising things nicely in storage cases, you can find a whole range of different shapes & sizes at office supply stores, so handy!
31st-Jan-2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Lovely starter wardrobe! Mine looked really similar to this in 2010, only with a different JSK, of course. I think you did a great job picking items that not only work in this coord but will work in future ones, too.

Might I suggest looking to Meta for all of your sailor needs? I think they make the absolute best sailor items. :)
31st-Jan-2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ah cool! Maybe my wardrobe will keep developing similarly to yours :P
I'm happy that you reckon I chose well for both now and the future
I shall make a point to lurk Meta more! There are also a couple of indie brand sailor dresses that I've really liked.
31st-Jan-2013 06:12 am (UTC)
I've never seen an accessory wall mount like that before o: I need one! Triple Tart looks wonderful on you :) It's good you have self control with impulse buys too!
31st-Jan-2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
I bought the accessory rack from a local accessory chain. They've been quite common and popular lately, if you can't find one locally I'm sure there's plenty online! It simply hangs on a screw, which is covered up by the fairy, and I keep it from swinging by blu-tacking the bottom corners.
I'm glad you think the dress looks good on me!! <3
I really like how I have so much self control with buying things. Sometimes I will regret not buying something, but that is definitely overridden by how much money I save to spend on more things that come along :)
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