Firstly: I'm repainting/customising a couple of My Little Ponies, which is quite a new hobby for me, so before I launched into the My Little Lazarus Brigade (Read Mortal Engines. In fact, even if you don't want to know, read Mortal Engines, it's an awesome book) I wanted to try something more simple, and lolita ponies came to mind. So my question is: How can I create a lolita look and feel that doesn't involve clothes? I'm already thinking ringlets and possibly real lace, but are there any particular simple icons/images/symbols that would scream 'lolita' when not coupled with obviously lolita clothing? I'm thinking of doing at least Gothic Lolita and Sweet Lolita, if that helps - possibly Amaloli, Punk Lolita and Waloli too, depending on how many ponies I have and how bored I get.
Secondly: What are the feelings on cosplay outfits that have been 'lolified'? I don't mean cosplaying as a lolita (Which is fine... just not for me) but cosplaying as something else but making the outfit look lolita. Like I have a half finished lolita-style Enterprise uniform somewhere (Because my tricorder needs lace, dammit!). While I really like 'traditional' lolita like the brands sell, I also think it's a very flattering silhouette and I like to combine puffed sleeves and a bell skirt with non-lolita elements, usually drawn from some form of cosplay. What are your opinions on this? Is it all good fun, or is it a bit too silly? Would it be appropriate to post pictures of these here, or are they better suited for cosplay forums/communities and I should stick to the classic style for EGL?
Thanks very much, folks!