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Guide to All Lolita Styles

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This is a guide for anyone who wants to familiarize with the wide world of Lolita fashion. (the picture is very big but full view please!)

{ What is Lolita? }
"Lolita" has nothing in common with the erotic meaning of lolita/young girl, but it is a fashion subculture very popular in Japan.
Lolita fashion uses Rococo and Victorian era features: bows, lace and elegance are the main ingredients of this style, and it can come in many other styles: Classic, Sweet, Gothic, Country, Punk, Hime (princess), Sailor, Wa (influenced by Japanese kimono), Qi (influenced by Chinese qi pao), Erotic, Kuro (all black), Shiro (all white), Pinku, Mizuiro (all blue), Casual (very simple), Steampunk (very recent style), Guro (grotesque), Pirate, Cosplay (a wrong conception of Lolita style), and Military (very recent).
We can say that Kuro, Shiro, Pinku and Mizuiro styles are the monochromatic subcategory of Sweet (or Classic) Lolita. Sometimes the Pirate style is considered (and underestimated) Cosplay Lolita, but I think that it could be a good style if you've learned the rules of Lolita fashion well.
A Lolita dress always has a knee-length skirt, if it doesn't is NOT Lolita. It can be longer but not shorter, only Erotic loli skirts can be a little, little shorter to reveal bloomers or garters.
Lolita pumps don't have too high heels and usually they have high platforms.
Don't use too much colorful wigs or clothes made of low quality fabric, or too shiny/synthetic fabric.
Think of a victorian era porcelain doll, it should look like her: the same delicacy, the same elegance, the same innocence and grace. Delicacy, elegance and grace have nothing to do with your appearance, so it doesn't matter if you're not extremely thin or Miss America. You don't have to be european or asiatic, you can be of another ethnicity. The most important thing is how you wear your outfit and style.
Lolita is not only a fashion subculture, it can be a lifestyle as well.


So, what's your favourite one? :3
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Camouflage pattern (in Military Lolita) by Peter Plastic fav.me/d29leb2
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Thank you very much for this guide, it is part of my go-to fashion references.

I have lots of love for Lolita style, so it's hard to pick an overall favourite, but in this set, Sailor and Casual are my favourites. Have to say though, I like NintendoMLPSapphic's idea for a Hippy Lolita