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22nd-Feb-2013 12:03 am
Alright, so I was shopping around thrift shops the other day to find something I could use as a base for a project I'm working on for my furniture.  I happened to spot some items that caught my eye and seeing the super low price I decided to buy them for giggles and put them on.  Please take into account the fact that I'm heavy and large chested, so nothing is going to look modest on me no matter how hard I try.  Also, sorry for the quality of the photo being a little blurred but my four year old took it seeing as I couldn't exactly fit myself into a picture while taking the picture myself.

My silly question is - is there anything I can do to make this outfit usable as a casual Lolita outfit?  I thought the skirt was really cute in person and I just wanted to try it out.  Even if no one can think of a way to use this in casual Lolita, I don't feel bad about wasting the money seeing as the top and skirt together were just $4 USD.  No petticoat is used in this picture, which one obviously would have helped a little.  I can sew, so feel free to give suggestions of add-ons / removal or anything that can save this outfit.

I am liking the input so far.  I'll post up some pictures of the clothing laid out flat as soon as possible.
22nd-Feb-2013 07:28 am (UTC)
Is the skirt large enough to accomodate a petticoat? If it is, then you might be able to mod it... It's hard to say without any definite pictures of the construction of the garments themselves.

Do you think you could take some flat photographs of them so we can see more easily how the skirt is constructed?
22nd-Feb-2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll post up some flat photos of them later today. I would have done so to start with, but they're at my apartment and I'm not home right now.
22nd-Feb-2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Beyond what e_g_lolita said (which is entirely agreeable in my opinion), I can say: probably.

First, it appears that you're wearing the skirt at your hips, and not at your natural waistline. Lolita skirts (95% of the time) are meant to be worn at the waist and tend to look best that way. A petticoat is entirely necessary, even in the most casual coordinates. Other than that, the top looks like a pretty standard cutsew. If you wanted, you could adorn it with some ribbon bows, but I don't think it's necessary. What you would really need to do is coordinate it as a lolita outfit. I would opt for cream tights, black shoes (mary janes, oxfords or boots would be easy to find locally) a black hair accessory, such as a small bow or floral clip, and some jewelry. I think a casual selection of accessories could be some (faux-)pearl earrings, a bracelet, and possibly a necklace. Then, of course, be sure that your hair is presentable and styled and apply makeup if you do normally (or even possibly if you don't), and the outfit will be a lovely casual lolita coordinate.

Best of luck!
22nd-Feb-2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Obviously the two don't go together at all, so I'll be posting them up separate later like e_g_lolita asked. I actually bought some tights the other day that are the same color as the shirt, so I could use those. Thank you very much for the input!
22nd-Feb-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
With some judicious modifications I think both items can each be incorporated into a lolita outfit, but the two together like that as they are is a no-go. Lolita tends to be very matchy-matchy with the colours, so you'd have to find more purple, black and brown to bring out the skirt (a matching bolero, some hair accessories and a waist cincher, perhaps) and more neutral tones that match the top (matching shade of floral accessories, matching coloured lace, matching coloured tights), and even so it's a difficult colour combination for lolita.

One way of altering a skirt to accommodate a petticoat is to add a bustle at the back. If the skirt is tea-length, I would trim off some of the bottom to give it a defined waist and waist-ties like so, or get plain fabric in a complementary colour (black, matching dark purple) to turn it into a high-waisted corset skirt. If you want to add lace, I think the lace should be black or match the light purple highlights in the skirt. If you're dead set on matching the skirt with the top, the lace then should be the same colour as the top.

The top needs some livening up - I think altering it to give proper puffed sleeves, and a collar defined with good lace will do it. It can be square necked, boatnecked, given a sweetheart neckline or even just worn with one of those lace collar motifs if you prefer. You could either wear it completely tucked in under a high-waist skirt or give it some definition by adding back lacing (that starts from underbust height) and ruffles at the bottom. Imagine the end product as being something like this or this, toned up or down as you want, since I'm not sure how thick the material is and whether it can handle all those modifications.

22nd-Feb-2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the skirt will be able to fit a petticoat seeing as the hem is a pretty decent length. I'll try it out real quick before posting the pictures of them up. If not, I think I'll end up trying out your first suggestion. As for the shirt, the sleeves may be more puffed by themselves if I pull them up a tiny bit. I'm sure it could handle the neck ties, though I'm not sure about all the other add-ons. It's not lightweight, but it's not as heavy as some of my other clothing either.
22nd-Feb-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Echoing what other have already said the first step is silhouette so you should try to find a skirt that is worn at your natural waist (not your pants "waist" where jeans would be) and goes somewhere more than 1/2 down your thigh after a petticoat is added.
22nd-Feb-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
I've never worn jeans before and the only time I even have to wear pants of any sort is for work, so I'm not really sure on that one. I was asking what to do with both pieces. The skirt goes below the knee in the picture without a petticoat, so I'm sure it will still be just slightly above the knee with a petticoat as long as I don't use one of my cupcake like ones.
22nd-Feb-2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Your natural waist line in somewhere in the middle of your torso at the smallest point. Here, it looks like your wearing the skirt way too low at your hips rather than at your waist line. You can usually go by your other body proportions if you have trouble finding the natural waist. It is right where your elbows when your arms are bent. That is the lolita silhouette and the easiest way for you to see if an offbrand item will work.

Here is what I mean :

Edited at 2013-02-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
22nd-Feb-2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'll tuck in the top in next time seeing as it goes below the waist of the skirt and take a picture. I'm an hourglass, so it's easy to find mine. I don't think I've ever worn pants below that either.
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