Lolita Fashion on Taobao (Part 2)

Here’s Part 2 to my guide to Lolita Fashion on Taobao! It’s going to be really simple: a list of lolita fashion shops I own items from. Check out Part 1 for tips for shopping on Taobao and keywords you can use when you’re browsing and searching.

Here are brands I’ve purchased from (please note most of these I didn’t buy from Taobao, since I purchased them secondhand, and for the ones I purchased directly from Taobao, I used a shopping service):

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The tights (and bottom of the dress) I modeled

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This Dear Celine cutsew matches my Angelic Pretty skirt & half-bonnet so well!

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Blouse from Yilia

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JSK and Headbow from Magic Tea Party

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Bonnet from Elpress L

  • FoxCherry – They have really cute accessories! I purchased some wrist cuffs from them recently, and also have a hair clip I got secondhand years ago.
  • Flower Field – I purchased a hoop skirt from them last year.

I think that’s it for Taobao lolita brands I’ve purchased from, although I’m pretty sure some of the accessories I bought secondhand came from Taobao (but when I purchased them, the original owner wasn’t sure of the brand, and without tags, no idea where they came from). I’ve also purchased socks from Secret Shop and shoes from Secret Shop secondhand, but I can’t seem to locate their shop on Taobao anymore.

I was going to add in wig shops here too, but I think I’ll make a different post about wigs and keep it separate from this section.

Do you have a favorite Taobao brand? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Lolita Fashion on Taobao (Part 1)

Hey everyone! One of my friends recently got into lolita fashion and wanted a guide to affordable lolita items. I still have my MBOK guide up, I wrote up my first experience with Taobao, and I wrote a post for a Lolita Blog Carnival prompt about Favorite Taobao Shops & Pieces, but I never created a guide to great places to get lolita items on Taobao.

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So, what is Taobao?

Taobao is like a Chinese eBay or Amazon. There are tons of different stores and sellers!

Since the pricing is all in Chinese Renminbi (also known as Chinese Yuan), you’ll need to check conversion rates to see how much it’ll cost in your own currency. Definitely keep in mind shipping fees and shopping service fees, if you choose to use a shopping service. I heard there’s a way you can purchase from Taobao directly now and have them forward packages to you, but I’m still most comfortable with a shopping service since they can help answer my questions about products and give me peace of mind.

In my own experience, I’ve purchased clothes (lolita as well as non-lolita), shoes, wigs, false lashes, cosplays, and accessories from Taobao. I’ve also purchased a bag from Taobao too (my beloved Japanese-style school bag that was my go-to convention bag for over a year)!

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Wig from Taobao (fashion wig I used for my Sara Crispino [Yuri on Ice] cosplay)

Taobao is a lot of fun to browse, but can get overwhelming. I’ve definitely spent way too much time browsing Taobao… For example, being on Taobao and looking at all the things I want to add to my wishlist, and then I glance at the clock and wonder how the heck it is already past 2am?!

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Wig from Taobao (photo by theamazingknight)

Another thing that took a lot of time to figure out is… navigating! I speak Teochew/Chao Zhou, but not Mandarin (and I never learned how to read or write Chinese; I only know how to read numbers and a few characters). It was really difficult at first and I literally put things through Google Translate. Of course, Google Translate only works so far (like how it translates “product” as “baby” since the character for “precious item” is also “baby,” and products are listed as such). And Google Translate does not work on text within images. Most of the time, sizing is displayed in an image, so here are some sizing-related translations to help (Chinese (simplified) is on the left, and English is on the right):

  • 尺码 — sizing
  • 高 — height
  • 胸 — bust/chest
  • 腰 — waist
  • 臀 — hips
  • 长 — length
  • 宽 — width
  • 围 — circumference
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Skirt from SurfaceSpell

Something else that confused me when I first browsed Taobao was the number of “deposit” or “reservation” items there were. I didn’t realize this meant they weren’t currently in stock. 定金 (deposit) and 预约 and 预定 (reservation) mean you have to pay a deposit to be able to eventually get the item. From my understanding, you need to purchase the item from the reservation page before you’ll be able to purchase the item on the 尾款 (post-reservation, I guess? the actual item) page. I’ve never purchased something from Taobao that was a reservation since I was always paranoid about not paying the shopping service in time for the post-reservation item page. If anyone has experience with reservation items on Taobao, let me know! I’m curious to hear what the actual process is like. I remember once I tried to buy an item from the 尾款 page and my shopping service said I can’t since I didn’t participate in the reservation.

Here are some useful terms you can use while searching for clothing and accessory items relevant to lolita fashion on Taobao:

  • Dress (OP): 连衣裙
  • JSK: 無袖洋裝
  • Salopette: 背心裙 or 背带裙
  • Skirt:  裙 or 裙子 or 半身裙
  • Blouse: 衬衫 or 女衬衫
  • Petticoat: 襯裙
  • Bloomers:安全裤 or 南瓜裤 or 燈籠褲 or 灯笼裤
  • Cardigan: 小外套
  • Bolero: 短外套
  • Capelet/short cloak: 短斗篷
  • Lolita shoes:  洋装鞋
  • Round headdress: 丸 型发饰
  • Bonnet: 系带帽子
  • Gothic headdress (usually with veils!): 哥特头饰
  • Flower crown: 花环 头饰
  • Beret: 贝雷帽
  • Straw hat:  草帽
  • Lace socks: 复古蕾丝短袜
  • Lace gloves: 蕾丝手套
  • Wrist cuffs: 蕾丝手镯
  • Parasol: 洋傘

When I search, I also add in “lolita” sometimes to see what shows up.

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Cutsew from Dear Celine

Here are some style terms that were fun to use for Taobao searches too:

  • Gothic: 哥特
  • Victorian: 維多利亞
  • Rococo: 洛可可
  • Country: 田园
  • Punk: 朋克
  • Steampunk: 蒸汽朋克
  • Retro/Vintage: 复古
  • Sailor:  水手服
  • Floral: 碎花
  • Oil painting style (those classical painting prints!): 油画风
  • Lace: 蕾丝
  • Tartan/Plaid: 苏格兰格子
  • Cross/Crucifix: 十字架 粉

If anyone wants stuff added to this list, just let me know! I’m happy to update this. Over the years, everything I learned about Taobao were from a trial and error through Google Translate and Chinese dictionaries, lurking on LiveJournal, reading blogs, and browsing Taobao-related things on Tumblr. I did pop over to CGL on 4Chan for a bit to see if I could learn about Taobao but 4Chan really scares me and the posting format confuses me so I spent barely any time on there.

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One of my fave purchases from Taobao: a JSK from Chess Story!

I will definitely write another guide after this one, so stay tuned! My next one will be simple: a list of my favorite Taobao shops that are relevant to lolita. I’ll note if I’ve purchased from them before, or not yet. Stay tuned!

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Born Pretty Store: Cat Ear Headband and Chain Hair Comb

Hi everyone! Today, I bring to you a review of products from this great online store: Born Pretty Store. They have so many great items at low prices!

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Born Pretty Store sent me these two products for review:

They have tons of cute and stylish jewelry, accessories, and hair trinkets! Be sure to check out their Jewelry & Accessories department. All of their products are priced very reasonably! There are so many good deals… For example, the two products they sent me are each priced at under $5! You can find so many cool accessories from Born Pretty Store that only cost $1 or $2. I highly recommend this site for people on a budget who still want stylish items! Born Pretty Store even offers free shipping. 😀 Worldwide free shipping, at that~! (Do you understand how much I love free shipping…? Free shipping is epic!) If you want to buy something from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use the coupon code “WUT10” for 10% off!  Here is the package I got in the mail: DSC_0084 They wrapped everything in a thin layer of foam, secured with tape, for protection: DSC_0085 Inside the foam, each product was packaged in a plastic bag. The items look just like the stock photos! I am very pleased with their appearance. DSC_0086_Fotor_Collage First, I will review the Pearl Cat Ear Headband. Be sure to read the whole review to see what I say about both products! DSC_0089 The detailing on this headband is so pretty, and the faux pearls don’t look cheap. I think this headband would be super cute with casual fashion, as well as more over-the-top looks. BeautyPlus_20150121171226_save I decided to style this cute kitty headband with a wig from Penny Dreads and a vintage embroidered blouse. Here, my makeup look is gyaru-inspired, so it looks over-the-top, but the headband would still be cute with a minimal makeup look. My review for Penny Dreads’ Miss Tea wig will be up soon, so keep your eyes out for that! BeautyPlus_20150121171337_save

I decided to style the Multi-Layer Floral Decor Hair Comb into a cosplay… a closet-cosplay of a cute character, that is! Can you guess which character it is?

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If you guessed Mirai Kuriyama from Beyond the Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) … you’re right!

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These combs are really easy to use, and they stayed really well in my wig! The combs never felt loose and they never fell out. I love the triple-chain detailing on this hairpiece… It’s so elegant and pretty! The floral design of the top chain is also a great touch. I love the faux pearls and gemstones; they don’t look fake at all, and in fact, they add to the beauty of this accessory.

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This chain hair accessory makes me feel like a princess! Could Mirai be a princess? ❤ If you want to be a princess too, be sure to take a look at the Multi-Layer Floral Decor Hair Comb.

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In conclusion, I was surprised by the quality of these items. Despite their cheap prices, they do not look cheap at all. The quality seems very high, and they are both comfortable and easy to wear. I would highly recommend Born Pretty Store‘s Jewelry & Accessories department! Even the shipping is reasonable. They provide free international shipping, and their shipping time was prompt. I received the package well within the estimated arrival date. The packaging was great as well; it kept everything safe and sound. Born Pretty Store labeled the package as “Gift” in the Customs Declaration, so there were no problems with customs at all. I’m not sure why the category is “Electronics,” but it did not delay the shipment or cause any problems, so I don’t have a problem with it. What do you think of these accessories? When do you think you would wear them? I would love to wear the Pearl Cat Ear Headband casually as a fun touch to an outfit, and I think the Multi-Layer Floral Decor Hair Comb would be perfect as an addition to a formal dress for a ball.

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Here’s a little reminder: you should check out Born Pretty Store‘s Jewelry & Accessories department. Seriously, there are so many things there! I wish I could buy them all! Be sure to use the 10% off coupon code “WUT10” if you make a purchase from Born Pretty Store! Happy shopping, everyone~!

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