For example, let's say someone posts a picture of their outfit and it's just completely off. No petticoat, tacky pattern, cheap lace, etc. Another user kindly (or rudely, doesn't really matter) gives them some advice and lets them know that their outfit isn't lolita because it doesn't follow the guidelines.
In response, the original poster gets all huffy saying,
"RULES?! Fashion is about expressing yourself! Lolita doesn't have rules! Lolitas in Japan aren't like this! They do whatever they want!"
The last two sentences are more what I'm asking about.
Personally, I always though that lolita in Japan would be a bit more. . .strict than foreign lolis. Heck, when I was looking into gal lolita, I saw things about Japanese lolitas being really mad about them trying to mix these styles. They were saying that gals should stay out of their subculture and all that mess.
Basically, what I'm trying to ask is:
Don't lolita follow the guidelines of the fashion (which aren't that hard to follow and WILL NOT ruin your special snowflake style if you follow them)? Are lolitas in Japan as concerned about the rules/guidelines/LAWS OF LOLITA-NESS as lolitas outside of the country?
EDIT: Just in case anyone misunderstood, I'm not lolita and I'm not planning to go lolita. I'm more gyaru than anything and I just quite like lolita. I'm really curious because I see this all the time.