Hello and welcome to my 2020 wardrobe post! The first time I posted was in 2017. The last time I posted before this was in 2018.
I've been wearing lolita since 2015 and, although some pieces have changed here and there, my wardrobe can still basically be split into two categories: "can be worn with red" and "can be worn with black". A few dresses can be worn with both. So versatile! I tried to showcase this with my setup this year.
My goals last year were to acquire more gothic pieces and to be patient in saving up, both of which I achieved! (Well the second was in reverse... it was more "paying off" than "saving up for" but I'm counting it!) My wardrobe stayed roughly the same size but now it's mostly comprised of pieces that I love.
Instead of meets, I now mostly wear lolita to run errands, or to spend time with my fiance and non-lolita friends. Sometimes I'll take coord shots on such outings, so if you want to see my dresses worn, you can catch that on my
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1. Alice and the Pirates - Sleepless Masquerade in the Twilight OP
2. Akane and Alois - Devil Doll OP
3. Angelic Pretty - Honey Cake JSK
AP is far from my favorite brand but this print is gold and my absolute favorite lolita print ever, so when the MTO was announced I had to jump on it. However, if we're being honest, this feels like a giant "FINE, here you go, now shut the fuck up," from AP. The quality is... disappointing, but I am very happy to own this print. I'm conflicted to say the least.
4. Angelic Pretty - Retro Dot OP
5. Black Peace Now - Gathered Embroidered OP
6. Bodyline - Costume839 JSK
7. Baby the Stars Shine Bright - Dessert (2009) OP
8. Baby the Stars Shine Bright - Marcia Velour OP
9. Chocochip Cookie - Strawberry JSK
10. Dear Celine - Ariel The Little Mermaid OP
11. Emily Temple Cute - Air Pop JSK
12. Emily Temple Cute - Bear Jars SK
13. Emily Temple Cute - Ducks SK
14. Innocent World - Belinda OP
Simple, sturdy, and classic. It would get worn a lot more often if it wasn't eternally 10 degrees hotter than hell here.
15. Innocent World - Roses and Ribbon Embroidery JSK
It has lovely embroidered roses and it's black so of course I love it! I wish it had more petti room but sometimes you need a dress you can wear to an antique store without fear of knocking anything over, you know?
16. Ista Mori - Nameless Poem OP
Still the absolute best thing I've gotten from Taobao. The fit is so exact it makes raising my arms a little hard, but the discomfort is worth it when it makes me this happy to wear. I do really wish they had put in a back zipper instead of that useless little side zipper though...
17. Juliette et Justine - L'etoile du Soir JSK
The crown jewel of the more gothic side of my wardrobe. This thing is so fucking lush and beautiful and I can't believe I'm lucky enough to own it. It's the most I've spent on a dress but it was worth every penny. Although it's simple enough to wear out to dinner or something, I'm trying to save the first wear for a special occasion.
18. Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Apple JSK
The holy grail of the more retro half of my wardrobe! I fell in love with it when I saw a picture of a girl wearing it online. Coincidentally, we ended up becoming friends and she's actually the one who sold it to me! I love everything about it and I'll treasure it forever. <3
19. Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Biscuit JSK
I've been really close to selling this multiple times because it's almost TOO tacky but that same tackiness keeps drawing me back in. I haven't worn it in a while, which tells me what choice I should make, but...
20. Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Cat Door SK
Why are lolita skirts so goddamn tiny? I've gained some weight through the years so I can't wear this unless I leave the side closure open 😭 I still really like the print though, so I've been hunting for the JSK version. (Please hit me up if you see it anywhere!)
21. Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Punkuma Camouflage OP
I was once one of the poor misguided souls who thought this thing was ugly as sin. Then I realized that the camo pattern was made up of Rabbitchan and Punkuma silhouettes and suddenly I had to rethink everything I ever knew. The first time I wore it was to see She Past Away and another one of my favorite bands happened to be waiting right behind me in the line to get in. I totally lost my cool, but it's a fond memory!
22. Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Teddy Motors Coat OP
It's a DENIM JUMPSUIT dress with a TEDDY BEAR MECHANIC printed on the back. PER-FEC-TION. I checked auction sites for this religiously and missed it one day, but after expressing my woes a heroic anon sent me a link to a different listing she found. I'm eternally grateful!
23. Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Telephone SK
Have you noticed how much I love Meta yet? Especially this era! This is another denim number and features my favorite lolita mascots on the phone, probably talking about how much better they are than Lyrical Bunny and Usakumya. Because they are. don't @ me
24. Ouroboros - Joan JSK
I wanted a long black dress to wear casually and the fact that this one fits a petticoat made it preferable to a random black department store dress. It's nice but Ouroboros's production time is not.
25. Walpurgis Night - Juliet OP
I love this teal color and would love to get more of it in my closet. It was advertised as velvet but I honestly think it's minky fabric? It sure feels like it. That aside, I really like it! The removable sleeves and simple design give it some versatility.
My lolita wardrobe and my normie wardrobe share a lot of accessories, so to keep myself from going insane I'm only showing the items that I bought from lolita/lolita-adjacent brands or that I bought primarily to use in lolita coordinates.
Angelic Pretty --- Innocent World --- Bodyline x 2
Offbrand --- Alice and the Pirates --- Offbrand x 2
Offbrand x 2 --- Metamorphose --- Dear Celine
Angelic Pretty x 2 --- Offbrand --- Metamorphose
Frosted So Sweet x 2 --- Neant Glass --- Unknown
Lulu van Hoagland x 3 --- Peppermint Fox
Offbrand --- Peppermint Fox --- Handmade --- Alice and the Pirates
Atelier Pierrot --- Peacockalorum
Offbrand x 2 --- Taobao??? --- Offbrand
Offbrand x 2 --- Angelic Imprint
And that's it! Of the 14 dresses I had in 2017 only 5 made it to 2020, which really shows how my tastes have grown/been refined!
I've been very lucky as far as hunting dream dresses goes so I'll probably slow down in buying main pieces and focus more on things like blouses and accessories. But of course dresses are much more fun to buy so we'll see how that works out...
In addition to that goal, I'd really like to get some Moitie into my wardrobe (which I thought was completely unattainable due to the sizing but learned recently that some more forgiving pieces are out there) and go to a big lolita event such as a brand tea party because I've never been to one.
Thanks for enduring my rambling! See you again in a year... or two... or three...