I also apologize if this post may seem inappropriate to the community. I viewed it as appropriate but I am just one person, please tell me otherwise.
So I was wandering Joann's today, looking for patterns for an upcoming Halloween costume (not Lolita inspired/influence, sorry ><). I was looking through the Simplicity pattern book today since they were having a sale, and I came upon this:
Girl's costumes, Harajuku fashion, particularly Lolita and Fairy Kei.
The first thing that came to my mind was "Oh gawd!", and then looking upon the page more I began feeling insulted, thinking "This isn't costume, it's a trend! A style!" I don't know, call me sensitive, but I guess I just felt irked that the world has to label it as "costume", but it's really just a very detailed trend (not to mention, the "lolita" picture is depicted horribly IMO). I'm also a bit ticked off because it's essentially just a pattern you can find DAILY, ON ANY DAY OUTSIDE OF HALLOWEEN. I don't get how it has to be depicted as "costume".
I know that once upon a time I told myself "If I wear Lolita, it will only be at conventions!", but that was before I learned about the more casual pieces and was only exposed to the more elaborate ones.
I just want to know what your opinion on this is. Is it insulting, or do you not really care? Is this how others in the world see it?
What do you think?