Hello 2016! This is my third wardrobe post, this time focusing on blouses! Since most of my stuff is not lolita in itself, I arranged most of the main pieces in coordinates, then sorted them by theme and/or color. If something is marked offbrand, that means either it has no tag, or it's in some moonspeak I can't read. I upgraded my camera halfway through and so some pictures are of different quality; but I'd taken so many pictures already that I just let them be! I didn't include my legwear or jewelry this year (boring!) but I did feature them in last year's post.
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JSK Krad Lanrete | Jacket and fur collar offbrand | deer necklace ToxicKitty
My dream dress, and the piece that sparked my love for lolita fashion. Ra (Prunio) has an excellent blog post discussing the details and history of the print, which is a fabulous read! This is love all over- the intricate print, rich colors, excellent construction, and corset lacing done right. Even the waist tie is marvelous.
JSK Bodyline | underskirt Little Dipper | sheer overdress Love Girls Market | pink bolero offbrand | shawl offbrand | hat offbrand, wrapped in H&M skirt | flowers ToxicKitty
skirt (worn as a dress) vintage offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | belts (x2) offbrand | shawl offbrand | blouse offbrand
[Ivory and Cream]
JSK Bodyline | haori vintage | shawl offbrand | hat offbrand, wrapped in H&M skirt | flowers ToxicKitty | wisteria strand KiraKira | brooch Daiso | sleeve flounces handmade
JSK Infanta | sheer lace scarf offbrand | epaulette (improvised echarpe accessory) cut from another blouse | pearls vintage | brooch vintage | blouse offbrand | choker Dorotee Sweetlips
OP MoonCat | underskirt Little Dipper | blouse offbrand | hat Daiso, the tulle details are on the hatband from another hat
OP Walter Ma | underskirt Bodyline l325 | hat offbrand | shawl offbrand
tulle OP snidel | underskirt Little Dipper | blouse offbrand | straw hat offbrand
JSK Liz Lisa | underskirt Bodyline l380 | rosettes Daiso(shoe clips) | off-the-shoulder blouse offbrand | pearls vintage
off-the shoulder long blouse offbrand | underdress Bodyline | pearls vintage | hat offbrand, wrapped in H&M skirt | flowers ToxicKitty
cape offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | blouse offbrand
JSK Shirley Temple Cute | underskirt Bodyline | blouse offbrand | hat offbrand | flowers ToxicKitty
lace overdress offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | sheer overdress Love Girls Market | blouse offbrand
JSK snidel | underskirt Little Dipper | blue sash improvised from scraps | lace belt (impro. echarpe) offbrand | fabric rosette Daiso | blue rosette handmade | huge ribbon Bodyline l329 | flowers ToxicKitty, FoxCherry | sleeve flounces handmade | necklace Juicy Couture
OP Liuz Style | underskirt offbrand | shawl offbrand | hat offbrand, with Taobao lace collar | sleeve flounces handmade
OP Bodyline | underskirt Bodyline | vest offbrand | jabot Bodyline l370 | sleeve flounces handmade
OP offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | owl necklace offbrand | blouse offbrand | hat offbrand, wrapped in H&M skirt | flowers ToxicKitty
lace dress offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | pink bolero offbrand | sleeve flounces handmade | detachable collar cut from another blouse
*this was lipsum before, I missed it when editing, sorry!
flannel OP offbrand | underskirt Ray-Mo | detachable collar cut from something else
Flannel. It boggles the mind why I have velvet and flannel and fur when it never drops below 26C here; actually that would be 'cold'. I guess as long as the print is nice, I'll bite.
JSK Bodyline | blouse offbrand | hat Daiso | white tulle fascinator offbrand | flowers Foxcherry
JSK Bodyline | underskirt Bodyline l325 | blouse offbrand | detachable collar cut from something else | flower brooch offbrand
JSK offbrand | underskirt Bodyline | blouse Mark Jacobs | owl necklace offbrand | straw hat offbrand
JSK offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | vest Solo | necklace offbrand | shawl offbrand | flowers ToxicKitty
JSK Liz Lisa | underskirt Little Dipper | blouse offbrand
dress offbrand | underskirt Little Dipper | blouse Cecil McBee | detachable collar cut from another blouse
White - All offbrand. I gave up on trying to correct colors, but these are all the same general shade.
Warm White - mostly offbrand. 8 is Liz Lisa, 9 is Deep or Shallow. 12 is the blouse I cut the epaulettes from, in the Rose Cathedral WIP.
Ivory/Lace - these are my most detailed blouses. The top left (13) is from Carolina Lace Creations, and it is the pride and joy of my blouses <3 (worn here). These are all offbrand.
More Ivory- it really is an easy color to find and coord. #24 is Bodyline, and remains the only Lolita-specific blouse I have. All the rest are offbrand.
And more Ivory - among these are my more 'casual' blouses; I strongly support cotton blouses over chiffon for the summer, as chiffon isn't nearly as absorbent or comfortable as light cotton. Might be an unpopular opinion, but it's always hot here (PHL)
And even more Ivory- but this is the last batch of them. #34 is Cutie Lolita Punk, #35 is Marc Jacobs; rest are offbrand.
Pink - all offbrand except for #42, which is Cecil McBee.
Green, Brown, Red - I have just the one red blouse. Huh. It's a hard color to find.
Blue, Purple - all offbrand except for #51, which is Liz Lisa. Apparently purple is another under-represented color in my blouse rainbow.
Grey - All offbrand. #55 is my workhorse (cotton! yay) and #57 is practically made of raschel; I'm pretty sure it would catch fire given a chance. I love it.
Metallics - Gold is very useful in coording, but hard to come across. Silver is next to impossible; it was blind luck that I found #63. All offbrand except for #66, which is Allison Taylor.
Black - Last two are MOGAO, I think. #70 is from a Korean brand (can't read the hanggul)
More Black - #76 is Marc Jacobs, all else offbrand. #78 is actually my buttcape in its base form. All those ruffles work surprisingly well.
Behold, my partners in crime - Little Dipper x3
Offbrand, Bodyline l380, Offbrand
Ray-Mo, Offbrand, Bodyline (meant to buy l325 and fudged it with this, go for l325)
Offbrand, Offbrand, Offbrand (they're super long and I don't have a petti for them)
Bodyline l325, Offbrand (relic! like a decade old), Offbrand
Offbrand, Offbrand, Offbrand
Chess Story, Souffle's Song, Offbrand
Offbrand, Spider, Offbrand
All offbrand again. #5 is my elegant flasher coat, I'm waiting for a rainy day to come along so I have the excuse. #3 is not lolita, but the details are so nice, I would like to modify it to alter the shape somehow.
Offbrand, Deep or Shallow, Offbrand
Offbrand, a mon avis, Offbrand
All offbrand except for #16 which is Forever21, and #18 which is BCBG.
All offbrand except for #24, which is from Spider. #20 is the steam-lolita jacket of my dreams; I just have to find a way to coord it.
All offbrand. #28 is made of piña fabric, which is local. Great details, but difficult for me to coord as I don't own much red.
Vest-y things, all offbrand except for #36, which is Liz Lisa.
In a nutshell- I hoard flowers.
They take up one shelf in my accessory closet, and are arranged in no particular order. It gets hard to find stuff, but there is just something aesthetically pleasing about digging through a garden of flowers- even if they are fake ones. Mostly ToxicKitty (gradient flowers in bunches), but there are also some FoxCherry pieces in there. For me, flowers are the ultimate weapon in blending colors, which is why I prefer bunches of gradient colors instead of solids.
Detachable collars and sleeve flounces. The latter are super simple to make- basically they're giant wristcuffs. They make a world of difference when wearing short sleeves, which look kind of awkward on me.
Sun hats. They are very basic, but the important part is - they fit. When you have a head as big as mine, most hats will just. not. fit.
More headgear. My lone bonnet came from my big teddy bear- who was thus left naked, but apparently has the same size head. She'll forgive me.
The two at the bottom left are H&M.
It hasn't changed much from my previous post, aside from having stuff on the dresser and a bunch of crap on top of the A/C unit.
Lots of this is just fancy, but the containers on the right-hand side are functional. The deco acrylic case holds eyeliner pens and go-to lipgloss, and the tin holds my brushes. The gold compact is Canmake.
I would suffocate without A/C, so I tried to make it more kawaii. With the exception of the clock, all the other crap is lightweight material that will not cause major damage if they fall off.
Inside the accessory closet - top shelf is hats, second is 'stuff that is not a hat, bow, or flower', third is the flower garden, fourth holds a chaotic assortment of bows and ribbons, and fifth is fur and detachable collars.
The Bodyline stuff has been sitting in limbo since October. When the holidays roll around, our local post really sucks. You think you have problems? This is normal. This is why I prefer to buy local as much as possible, the wait on packages is suffering.
That aside, the MTP JSK and CP petti are currently pending with Clobba, waiting for the Inori JSK (center) before shipping out.
I am super excited for the Inori release in particular. Searching for Baroque is my dream dress, but it would never be a thing even if it did appear on sale. Much as I love lolita, it isn't a priority spend for me, so I can't imagine actually buying it, without doing a Chicken Little impression. On the other hand, the Inori JSK satisfies all my needs and since it's not burando, I can pin it up, modify it, and wear it any way I please.
If 2015 taught me anything, it's that what I love about lolita is finding pieces that go together. They don't have to be expensive; even with all those blouses, my spending was within very comfortable levels. I like finding uses for junk, and when I find combinations that work, it makes me very happy. My goal for the next year would be to learn to make smaller things on my own- accessories probably. I have been researching fashion design schools around me, and I think I might have found a good place to start learning.