The most versatile lolita item I own would definitely be a blouse! Blouses can be worn under JSKS or with skirts, and blouses can also be used for ouji coordinates. I am not sure which blouse I have is the most versatile one, but after some minutes of thinking, I decided that my most versatile blouse is my black Fanplusfriend short-sleeved blouse.
I believe that this blouse is the most versatile item I own because it can be used for a variety of different substyles: sweet lolita, classic lolita, gothic lolita, and even casual lolita. It has a simple design and the color is solid black (no other colors work their way into this blouse). The simplicity of this blouse makes it easy to match with different styles, as long as the color black works for the coordinate. Black is an easy color to match too! If the blouse was blue or red, for example, it would be harder to mix and match. In addition, the short sleeves make the blouse ideal for summer heat, and it can be layered with a bolero or cardigan for the autumn or spring, plus with a jacket or coat (plus a scarf and gloves) for winter!
Here are some previous coordinates using this blouse:
My most recent coordinate with this blouse was for the Baby the Stars Shine Bright Grand Opening in New York City. It was a really hot summer day, and I did not want to deal with the high-collar design of this blouse, so I unbuttoned the top buttons. As you can see below, the blouse still looks decent even though I didn’t button it all the way to the top! It worked quite well for the heat.
Here are some detailed photos of my beloved blouse:
So how about you? What is the most versatile lolita item that you own? And if you are not a lolita, what is the most versatile clothing item that you own?
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Sorry about the brief hiatus; I have been so busy with school and such. Finally, I can tell you about my first Lucky Pack! I was lucky enough to join a group order for the Metamorphose Winter Lucky Pack (2013/2014). I have never purchased a Lucky Pack before because I was always nervous about getting items that I disliked or did not fit me. (And I do not think I am very lucky… I almost never win raffles, giveaways, and the blind bags I have purchased in the past have been disappointing.)
In any case, I do not regret getting the Meta Lucky Pack! My friend Emily ordered three Lucky Packs (total cost: 34,300 yen), and then we split up the items among us. There were three of us, so we each got a full Lucky Pack in the end, but we mixed and matched items to best suit our tastes.
The tote bag that I got!
All three of us got the same exact white blouse, but we each got different skirts and accessories.
Here is what I got:
I love this skirt!
- A beautiful bordeaux skirt with an all-over print and a lace trim.
All three of the skirts had the same exact lace trim. My friend Emily observed that none of the skirts have a border print or border detail, other than the lace trim. Perhaps the skirts were made with surplus fabric. All three of the skirts have fully elastic waistbands. In my opinion, this is great because the skirts will fit a wide range of sizes (and I can eat lots of food when I wear this skirt!).
I have not tried on this blouse yet, but my friend Lisa told me that the fabric is quite sheer. So I think this blouse would work well under a JSK, but it may not be so great with a skirt unless I wear a camisole under or a vest on top (or both). I wish the fabric was more opaque! The style looks very nice and versatile though; I think this blouse would work for a variety of lolita substyles.
- A black bow hair barrette.
- A crown cameo necklace.
- Black socks with a trump-themed print.
I love these socks but I have no idea how to coordinate them yet. XD I really want a trump-themed skirt or dress to go with these socks. I think I can coordinate these socks with a plain black skirt and black blouse though, if I use some red and gold accessories.
- A zippered cream tote bag
Please ignore the fact that my coord sucks. I had a friend snap this photo when I tried on this JSK for the first time. I didn’t wear it much; I only tried it on briefly. (I had Kpop dance rehearsals today… plus a lot of homework to do.) I wasn’t really thinking about coord-ing (I just threw on a blouse, tights, a random hair accessory. To be honest, I didn’t even brush out my hair. And I’m wearing no makeup at all oops.)
But in any case, I LOVE THIS JSK. w<
Also – I had my friend take a few more photos so I can write up the Classical Puppets petticoat review. I don't know when I can write it and post it since I'm really busy with homework, internship work, and rehearsals, but I promise the review will be up as soon as I find the time.