I will finally be able to join the lolita tea party at my local anime con this year and I've very worried about some things. Due to lack of funds and time, I can't go out and buy a nice dress and instead I'm a fixing up a skirt I got and a shirt that I have had for about a year. Once the skirt is done I think it will look great, however the shirt has me worried. The top half above the bust is all black lace that goes up to my neck and continues as long almost bell sleeves. I'm worried that it looks too much like Western Goth and not lolita, but I don't know how to fix it. My next big worry is that fact I don't have a petticoat. One of my friends said that I didn't need it since my skirt has a second layer, but I'm not sure.
If anyone can help me I will forever be in your debt. Thank you.
Edit: I sadly have no actual photos of the shirt nor could I find any online. However, I did find this which is very close to what my shirt looks like. I hope that helps. If not, I'll try to get my friend to take photos for me.