October 5th, 2012

Ouji Gender Play- Is it OK to Mess with Boy's and Girl's Styles?

Hello ruffly ladies and gents,

After observing from the sidelines for a few years and saving, I finally plucked up the courage to go Gothic Lolita late last year. Till now I have adhered to girl's style, skirts, pettis etc. but I've always been attracted to Ouji, and the idea of gender play. Mochizuki Jun's manga Pandora Hearts and Xerxes Break are mostly to blame for this >.> The trouble is the look I want to create, I'm not sure if it fits -.-' Perhaps this is a dumb question, but how much can you mess with Ouji and still call it that? For example, suppose in summer I wear black pumpkin shorts, vest coord BUT the vest has a cutout V back and is worn as a top? What do you call this? Does it cease to be Ouji? Just to clarify, I am a moderately androgynous girl. I'm not aiming for androgyny but kind of, hmm... the girl dressed as boy dressed as girl look (Ciel Phantomhive as Alice kind of thing). I apologise if this is a dumb question. I respect the Lolita fashion (and Teddy Boy) communities and I don't want to say I'm anything I'm not... >.> Maybe I'm just thinking of a Visual Kei-ish look >.>

Thank-you for your advice!!
P.S. I would provide pictures but I am in the process of designing the clothes to make myself, and what I own at the moment is skirts and stuff.
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