It's Gabs here with more questions, but it's a question about engaging social interaction when dressing in such a "strange" manner. I have also been a bit daring when it came to picking outfits from wear ties and pressed button-downs by choice at age eleven or all black and baggy clothes at age ten. But it wasn't until I discovered lolita that I really got reaction to the way I dressed, before I was just seen as different or an individual with no or little regard for trends.
I was fourteen when I first fell in love with this style, my schools anime club was having a "dress up" party and a friend said that the regal poofy fanciness of lolita would fit my personality. I researched it so that I could put together an outfit, I fell in love instantly. Of course, 2 weeks wouldn't have been enough time to put an outfit together. But I stalked the web staring at all the dresses and models.
A few years later I'm slowly building a wardrobe I can be proud of and as a proud lolita I'd like to wear my prize finds whenever the situation seems appropriate (everyday!!!). But with that comes the stares, questions,pointing and a bit of harassment :(
I knew from the start that stranger might be rude or put off by my choice of dress so the thing that surprised me the most was the reactions of my loved ones. My mother thought it was a costume but also thought it was cute and was proud that I've grown to be so feminine. My farther still thinks its a costume and finds most brands and coords are to weird or inappropriate to be worn out. My friends have dubbed me as the princess of my school and my boyfriend though he thinks its cute and enjoys seeing me in it, he is still stuck in the mindset that this is a fetish and worries I'll get picked up by some perv while walking home.
My question to you is what was the reactions of your loved ones, friends and boyfriends or girlfriends. Was it a warm response or a " Oh God what are you wearing?"