I’ve been in the fashion for the past 4 years (well, 12 years including the time when I’d known about Lolita but was a student and so couldn’t afford it myself), but I’d never had the time to do a wardrobe post before. This year, I needed to do some spring cleaning before Chinese New Year and thought it’d be a great idea to do some closet-cleaning and take photos of my wardrobe at the same time.
Between my busy work schedule, making Chinese New Year hampers for church fund-raising, and helping my sister take care of her newborn son, it’s taken me all month to write this post, but it’s finally finished! :D So here is my first wardrobe post (and my first EGL post too actually ^_^)
I don’t wear full-on Lolita often, but I like to dress up my mannequin a lot and I do wear my dresses regularly in casual non-Lolita coordinates. I also really like dressing up other people and going out in a group
In this post, I’ve mostly stuck to Lolita-specific items, i.e. stuff that I’d bought with the sole intention of wearing with Lolita. Also left out of this post are underthings like bloomers and petticoats, as well as stuff in the laundry and in my to-sell pile.
I apologize in advance for the varying and mostly poor quality photos here – eventually I got a bit tired of snapping photos and didn’t really bother checking my settings etc ^^;; I also got a bit lazy when editing the photos, so while most are corrected to show the right colour, there isn’t much else done to them. Besides, there’s only so much sharpening Photoshop can do to blurry photos! And um please don’t mind the wrinkles – I hope you understand that due to the sheer volume of stuff, I wasn’t about to iron all these dresses for just a photo catalogue of my wardrobe haha.
Anyway - here we go!
I love dresses! Even my officewear and the few “normal” clothes I do have are mostly dresses. A good 30% of my dresses are from Lucky Packs, and these are the ones that see a lot of use, since they’re usually the plainer, non-printed pieces. I never actually realized just how many dresses I have till this post haha! Wow, need to cut down on my spending. Yikes ^^;
Innocent World: Elise Rose
Juliette et Justine: La Dame et L’amant
Innocent World: Bertille Rose – There’s a bit of a story behind this one! When it was first released then put up for sale, I couldn’t decide which colourway I liked best and ended up not buying the dress. Then along came my next three Innocent World Lucky Packs, and each of them had at least one Bertille Rose item in it! Such a pleasant surprise :D
Alice and the Pirates: End of Immortal Eden
Baby the Stars Shine Bright: Rose Stripe Bouquet
Innocent World: Heart Rose Bouquet - This dress has so many memories attached to it! I attended my sister’s wedding rehearsal and later became godmother to my friend’s baby in this dress.
Innocent World: Mucha Collaboration Print
Innocent World: Lucky Pack JSK
Metamorphose: Happy Bell
Juliette et Justine: Lapin et Camee
Innocent World: Rose Basket Angel
Innocent World: Aphrodite
Innocent World: Bertille Rose
Victorian Maiden: Rose Flocky - First Victorian Maiden dress! It’s so gorgeous *___*
Innocent World: Theresia Rose
Innocent World: Rococo Rose Border - One of my favourite dresses! I’ve worn it so many times that the fabric is feeling pretty soft now. I’m afraid I’ll probably have to retire this dress from active wearing soon ;__;
Juliette et Justine: Library Dress - BOOKS! This dress reminds me of my antique book collection :D
Innocent World: London Stripe Tiered JSK
Lady Sloth: Magical Landscapes
Metamorphose: “Sherlock” Dress
Innocent World: Lace Crinoline
Innocent World: Lucia Check
Innocent World: Beatrice
Innocent World: Lupus
Innocent World: Merry-Go-Round
Innocent World: Antique Book - More books!!!
Juliette et Justine: Robe de Pluvier
Alice and the Pirates: Masquerade Theatre - My very first AatP dress! It’s soooo gorgeous *__* I would buy this print in all the colourways if I had the money!
Innocent World: Chocolat Classic
Innocent World: Alencon
Innocent World: Story of Queens & Angels
Innocent World: Eleonore
Innocent World: Ellen Clapsaddle
Innocent World: Flora
Innocent World: Margrette - Another favourite dress! There was a 7 year time gap between when I was made aware of Lolita and when I actually started wearing Lolita, and this was the dress that pulled me into wearing the fashion.
Bodyline: Floral Stripe JSK
R-Series: Floral Summer JSK
Innocent World: Pleat Ribbon
Innocent World: Emmelina
Innocent World: Rose Striped JSK - Absolutely the most comfortable dress in my wardrobe.
Innocent World: Rose Stripe Chiffon
Juliette et Justine: Beatitude Eternelle
Bodyline: Bolero style OP
Innocent World: Royal Parade
Innocent World: Versailles Rose
Innocent World: Philharmonie Angel
Innocent World: Trompe L’oeil
Innocent World: Pearl Beads - Together with the Aphrodite dress, this was my first ever brand dress! It came as part of my very first LP, and I was so excited to see this gorgeous chiffon dress, with a matching headbow. Before I received this, I’d never even thought of having any blue in my Lolita closet, but this dress changed my mind completely!
Innocent World: Violets Inside Mansions
Metamorphose: Happy Bell
Innocent World: Bertille Rose
Innocent World: Ballerina Check
Innocent World: Viennese Waltz
Innocent World: Rabbits & Squirrels
(This is probably my favourite photo in this entire post ^^;)
Juliette et Justine: Robe du Village
Innocent World: Grazia Crown
Juliette et Justine: La Robe du Chateau - I received this dress when my mum was sick, and let her open the parcel to cheer her up (it’s like opening a present!). The moment she saw this dress, her whole face brightened and she just said “Wow, such a gorgeous dress! When I was your age, I definitely would’ve worn this!”. I’m glad this fashion was able to put a smile on her face! :) Never selling this dress for this reason haha.
Alice and the Pirates: Midsummer Night’s Dream - I bought this from YJA just before the Anketto results were announced. I felt rather silly having paid more than retail for a re-released print, especially once SS fees and shipping were included, but at least I knew I’d definitely have the dress instead of fighting half the Lolita comm for it :)
Alice and the Pirates: Night Fairy Fantasia
Angelic Pretty: Radiant Candlelight - My first and only AP dress! :) I actually really like some of AP’s stuff (omg Chocolate Rosette, Misty Sky, Bookmark omg) but I’ve never been quick enough to catch their releases. This one was a lucky hit and I’m so happy I managed to snag this!
Surface Spell: Judgement Day Embroidery
Innocent World: Charles Crown
Metamorphose: Rose Birdcage
Baby the Stars Shine Bright: Schoolgirl Tartan Check Lucky Pack JSK
Juliette et Justine: Amour d’Amants - First JetJ dress! It was my first time browsing the JetJ site, and I’d just happened to notice that this dress was still in stock for my size, and just bought it without thinking. Such a lucky coincidence! One of my most flattering dresses :)
Innocent World: Royal Library - I was again really lucky to get this dress! I was occupied with work when this was first released, and by the time I got to the site, most everything was sold out. So glad I did manage to get this :D
Juliette et Justine: Muguet
Metamorphose: Dim Light - This was the first Meta dress I’d bought, not including LPs. I spent a week trying to decide on a colour, and I’m really glad I chose the green! I’m now looking for the same JSK in Blue :D
Lady Sloth x2 – The painting print dress on the right is one of my favourites! It’s a really comfortable cut and there was a time when I wore it to work once a week for months. It’s pretty faded by now, but so comfy.
Innocent World: Anneliese
Metamorphose: Fancy Egg
Baby the Stars Shine Bright: Traumerei
Juliette et Justine: Le Cadre du Chat - Cats! I love cats, but finding a cat print that I like in a cut that flatters me is pretty difficult.
Alice and the Pirates: Briar Rose Rabbit
Baby the Stars Shine Bright: Cross Rose Print
Bodyline & Lady Sloth
Lady Sloth & Offbrand
Baby the Stars Shine Bright: Flower Cart
Lady Sloth: Cemetery Print
Innocent World: Kuneyoshi Kaneko Collaboration Print
Juliette et Justine: Robe de Chemin des Lapins
Innocent World: Gertrude
Moi Meme Moitie: Scallop Lace OP
Surface Spell: Cathedral Embroidery JSK
Innocent World: Heidi
Innocent World: Lupus
Innocent World: Acanthus
Innocent World: Striped Jacquard Bustle JSK
Metamorphose: “Sherlock” JSK
Innocent World: Antique Rose Tiered JSK
Innocent World: Dorothy
Moi Meme Moitie: Silent Moon
Metamorphose: Dot Shirring LP JSK
Juliette et Justine: Lapin et Carrousel
Moi Meme Moitie: Sleeping Garden - My first MMM dress! It’s so gorgeous, but the full shirring looks horrible when worn haha.
When I first started the fashion, someone recommended that I try skirt + blouse combinations because I’m a little on the heavy and curvy side, so dividing the outfit into two separate pieces would help make me look slimmer. So for a long while, I only bought skirts as main pieces, even though I didn’t really enjoy how it looked. Then one day, I decided to get myself some JSKs from Bodyline to try them out and found that I really look a lot better in JSKs than in skirts.
So, after also discovering that I look and feel better in classic than in sweet, I decided to sell nearly all my skirts. The skirts in these photos are actually mostly used as underskirts and overskirts, but I do love the few print skirts that I do have!
Innocent World: Romantic Rose
Innocent World: Versailles Rose
Victorian Maiden: Victorian Queen - I’m so happy I managed to get something in this print! Back when I was just starting to wear Lolita, it was one of the Victorian Queen print dresses I’d seen in GLB that convinced me that classic is my style.
Juliette et Justine: Le Monde de L’ange
Lady Sloth: Mists of Venice
Dear Celine x2
Metamorphose: Dim Light - So gorgeous! I call this one my Gryffindor skirt haha.
Innocent World: Merry Rose
Juliette et Justine: Petale de Rose et Ruban - Both of these make very lovely underskirts! It’s quite hard to capture the actual colour of the pink skirt in photos, even after colour-correcting… This photo is actually nowhere near its actual colour!
Juliette et Justine: Petale de Rose
Bodyline & In The Starlight
Mille Fleurs: Georgette
Innocent World: Ribbon Pintuck Skirt
Dear Celine x3
Mille Fleurs: Georgette
Innocent World: Lily Emblem
Juliette et Justine: Petale de Rose et Ruban
Innocent World: Juno
Innocent World: Triple Stripe Skirt? Not sure which skirt this is!
Innocent World: Merry Rose
Innocent World: Stained Glass Rose
Juliette et Justine: La Vierge Marie
As I live in a tropical country with an average temperature of 32C all year round, I find cotton blouses a bit too stifling. I much prefer wearing boleros over JSKs and I try to stick to chiffon blouses when I absolutely have to wear a blouse. I’m not quite sure where all these cutsews came from (oh wait, I think most of them are from Lucky Packs) but they’re what I pair with my skirts :)
My favourite blouses are the Mille Fleurs ones – I pair them with just about everything!
Black Jackets - Top: Juliette et Justine, Metamorphose; Bottom: Bodyline
Black Cutsews – Top: Offbrand, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Bodyline; Bottom: Metamorphose, Offbrand x3
Black Cutsew – Bodyline
Black Blouses – Top: Dear Celine, Offbrand; Bottom: Innocent World, Mille Fleurs
Dark Blue Blouses – Top: Alice and the Pirates, Infanta; Bottom: can’t remember, Innocent World
Blue Cutsews – Top: Innocent World x2; Bottom: Offbrand, Metamorphose, Bodyline
Velvet Boleros – All Surface Spell Gothic
Green & Blue Boleros – Metamorphose, Bodyline
Green & Blue Blouses – Top: Bodyline x2; Bottom: Bodyline, Offbrand
Green & Pink Cutsews – Kidsyoyo, Innocent World
Pink Cutsew – Offbrand
Pink Blouses – Top: Innocent World, Bodyline, Bottom: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Red & Pink Bolero – Bodyline x2
Dark Red Boleros – Innocent World, Surface Spell & Dear Celine
Red Blouses – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dear Celine, Infanta
Brown Cutsew – Offbrand
Brown & Beige Boleros – Innocent World, Juliette et Justine
Beige Boleros – Innocent World x2, Bodyline
Offwhite Boleros – Mostly offbrand; Top left: Innocent World; Bottom Centre: Dear Celine
Offwhite Cutsews – Bodyline, Offbrand
Offwhite Blouses – Top: Anna House x2, Dear Celine; Bottom: Innocent World x2, Bodyline, Mille Fleurs
White Blouses – Top: Offbrand, Anna House, Bodyline; Bottom: Metamorphose, Innocent World
Lace Boleros – R-Series, Offbrand, R-Series
Bustiers – Rose Melody, Krad Lanrete, Bebe
I’ll admit I have an addiction to shoes! I’ve tried to limit my Lolita shoe collection to one of each colour, but it seems to have expanded without me noticing haha. And I have another 3 pairs of Bodyline shoes on the way!
Pink – Bodyline, R-Series, Innocent World, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Secret Shop
Bright Colours – Bodyline x3, LK Bennett
Blue, Green, Purple – Top: Offbrand x2, Bodyline, Offbrand x2; Bottom: Bodyline x3
Brown – Top: Bodyline, Offbrand x3; Bottom: Secret Shop, Bodyline, Offbrand
Sparklies – Offbrand x3
Black – Top: Offbrand, Bodyline, Offbrand; Bottom: Alice and the Pirates, Offbrand, Secret Shop
White – Bodyline, Antaina, Secret Shop, Bodyline
I’m more of a tights/crew-socks person, so nearly all of my knee socks and OTKs are lucky pack items or free gifts. I really like how they look in coordinates, but I just don’t enjoy wearing them haha. But wow, for someone who’s only bought 8 pairs of mostly Bodyline socks, I really do have a lot of brand ones. I guess I got more of them in lucky packs than I realized!
I didn’t take photos of my lace tights collection, which are actually my most used legwear. Kind of hard to make used lacy tights look good in photos :)
These are all the Lolita-specific bags that I have! About half of them are from lucky packs, and most of the others were bought second hand. For handbags, I actually prefer to use street label bags. That said, I really really really want a heart bag collection – they’re just so cute!
I also love the clock bag – my colleagues are always very amused by it.
Dark bags – Top: Alice and the Pirates, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Innocent World, Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Middle: Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Innocent World
Bottom: Metamorphose, Innocent World, Bodyline
Light bags – Top: Innocent World, offbrand, Innocent World
Bottom: R-Series, Metamorphose, Innocent World
HEADWEAR, ACCESSORIES & OTHER STUFF:
I love hair accessories! I especially love flower corsages – I wear them nearly everyday :D I tried taking photos of these according to colour, but when digging through my collection, I sometimes found stuff I’d missed, so these photos are a bit all over the place.
I keep all my smaller hair accessories in this stackable drawer tower from Muji. My cousins, friends and their daughters love this tower! It’s like a treasure trove for them – open a drawer and it’s full of pretty things to look through and try on! I like to keep some of the drawers stocked with cheap hairbands and small accessories that I buy wholesale, so that the kids can take home something if they’re really having fun with the accessories.
I don’t wear many accessories, and most the few that I do wear are from my usual jewellery cabinet. However, I do love pearls very much, so I snapped a photo of some of my favourite pearl accessories :D
And some other accessories I use pretty often: umbrellas, parasols and fans, all to keep away the heat. I have a lot more fans than this (thank you, Daiso!) but these are the cutest ones I could find. Most of the others are scattered in handbags, book bags and I think I have about 5 of them in the office. I keep at least 2 fans in my handbag wherever I go, no matter what I’m wearing.
On the way in the mail:
Alice and the Pirates – Queen’s Coach in ivory
MILK Heart bag – one in black, one in lavender
Baby the Stars Shine Bright Mint Tartan OP & matching headbow
BPN asymmetrical dress
3 pairs of Bodyline shoes
A few Bodyline wigs
After looking through this post again, I think I really need to start working on some parts of my wardrobe that I find lacking, namely:
1. Purple stuff!
2. Brown boleros, blouses and cutsews
3. MILK heart bags :P I really want the gold one!
If you’re interested, I post my coordinates and updates on my Tumblr:
Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I’ve enjoyed being part of the fashion :)