If you met someone who had been in Lolita for years, say, five or more, and they didn't have on piece of brand clothing- not even a hairbow or something- even though they had the money, what would you think of them? Would you still consider them Lolita, personally?
I ask this question because I actually don't plan to ever buy brand. In fact, I plan NOT to. Their designs usually don’t appeal to me, and the ones that do, I could never fit into.
I've always tried to stay away from large brands, except for basic necessities, but for clothes that go towards a specific fashion, I've always bought things from independent seamstresses and non-brand companies. (It worth mentioning I can’t sew my own clothes. I’m taking lessons, but believe me, I just don’t have the gift.)
Yes, I realize that Lolita is very brand-oriented. Will I just have to change my ways? Or is this way of buying okay? Would you still consider me to be a Lolita if I planned to never buy one piece of burando even if I had the money?
EDIT: Thanks guys! I guess i have my answer now. I was reading to deeply, I think. I'm really self-conscious about how I look to other Lolitas, more so than I what I look to the general public, so sometimes these kinds of things weigh on me.